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Toyota, FCA Recall About 2 Mil Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

Takata defect not the only problem.

by on May.24, 2016

The 2010 Lexus GX is part of the most recent airbag-related recall for Toyota.

Nearly 2 million more vehicles are being recalled by Toyota and Fiat Chrysler due to a series of airbag problems, the vast majority of them involving defective Takata airbag inflators.

Designed to enhance crash safety, airbags have become a major headache for automakers around the world due to design and manufacturing issues. The Takata problem alone has already become the largest recall in U.S. automotive history, impacting as many as 20 different automakers.

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The largest of the two new recalls involves 1.6 million Toyota vehicles equipped with Takata airbags. The service action affects both the driver and passenger front airbags on vehicles as much as a decade old and sold through the Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. (more…)

Steering, Other Problems Lead to New Toyota Recalls

Bigger issue could leave Camry sedan with “complete loss” of power steering.

by on Mar.12, 2015

The Toyota Camry got a major update for 2015.

Toyota has ordered up several new recalls for a variety of issues, the most serious potentially leading to a “complete loss” of power steering in several of its most popular models, including the recently redesigned Camry sedan.

Though it would still allow a driver to muscle through turns, the maker warned, the problem “increases the risk of a crash.”

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The second problem could cause some of Toyota’s RAV4 EV battery cars to unexpectedly shift into neutral making it impossible to move out of the way were the issue to occur while on a freeway or in a traffic jam.


Feds Unveil Online Recall Info Tool

Owners need only VIN number to find information.

by on Aug.20, 2014

Anyone seeking vehicle recall information, can now go to the NHTSA's or manufacturer's website, like GM's, and enter the VIN to get the information.

In the United States this year, recalls are coming faster than Kim Kardashian selfies – about 40 million thus far, and 70 million in the last two years – and that can make it tough to know if your car, truck or SUV is involved in one.

Until now.

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After suffering through some criticism regarding the difficulty in determining is a vehicle is subject to recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled its new online search tool that allows the public to easily discover if they’re vehicle needs to take a trip to the dealer. (more…)

U.S. Automakers Obliterate One-Year Recall Record… In Six Months

Latest GM recall blitz obliterates old mark.

by on Jun.30, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra has presided over the bulk of the largest number of recalls in U.S. auto history.

Most of the time breaking a record is followed by celebration and jubilation; however, with the recall of 7.65 million vehicles today — nearly 8.5 million worldwide — General Motors helped U.S. automakers secure a record none of them want to be part of: the most vehicles ever recalled in a single year. Worse than beating the record is that it only took six months to do it.

With the latest action, the new total is 39.85 million vehicles, easily surpassing the previous one-year record of 33.01 million set in 2004.

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GM’s latest announcement covers six new recall campaigns — bringing to more than 40 the total number of separate safety-related service actions it has taken this year. GM alone has been responsible for the recall of more than 26 million vehicles since January. By comparison, the entire industry called back just 27.96 million vehicles last year.

Keenly aware of the growing damage to its reputation, GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement, “We have worked aggressively to identify and address the major outstanding issues that could impact the safety of our customers.” But Barra also signaled GM’s recall blitz is not necessarily over, adding that, “If any other issues come to our attention, we will act appropriately and without hesitation.”


Chrysler Announces Major New Recalls

Nearly 840,000 vehicles impacted by five separate campaigns.

by on Jul.08, 2013

Chrysler's 200 sedan is one of the maker's many models covered by five separate new recalls.

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling nearly 840,000 vehicles due to a series of safety-related issued, putting new stress on the Detroit maker’s efforts to rebuild its reputation for quality, reliability and durability.

The problems cover a wide range of issues, including faulty head restraints, airbag software glitches and electronic stability control systems. The quintet of recalls comes just weeks after the maker reluctantly agreed to call back 1.2 million Jeeps due to potential fire hazards.

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Though the Jeep recall was significantly smaller than federal safety regulators originally sought it nonetheless means that Chrysler has so far had more individual vehicles sold in the U.S. covered by recall orders than any other maker.


Jeep Recalling Over 900k Older Models

NHTSA cracks down on faulty airbags.

by on Nov.09, 2012

The 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of several models targeted by the latest recall.

Chrysler is recalling over 919,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs worldwide due to a potential defect that can cause their airbags to unexpectedly inflate while the vehicles are being driven.

A total of 775,000 older versions of the two Jeep models will be impacted in the U.S., along with 49,000 sold in Canada, 22,000 in Mexico and the rest distributed to other global markets.  While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the problem has not led to any accidents there have been a number of minor injuries caused by the inadvertent airbag deployments.

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The latest recall adds to the growing tally of safety actions related to airbag safety defects. Ford, Honda and Hyundai are among the list of other makers who have been affected in recent years.


VW Recalls Routan Minivans for Possible Fires

Vans are essentially the same as ones Chrysler recalled earlier.

by on Jun.11, 2010

VW had no choice but to follow Chrysler.

Volkswagen AG has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is recalling more than 15,000 of its 2009 model Routan minivans because of a possible wiring routing problem that could cause fires.

There are no reports of accidents or injuries from the safety defect.

However,  this is just the latest in a growing list of examples where an auto company hastens a recall, which is the direct result of the record $16.4 million fine that Toyota paid to NHTSA for its delays in recalling millions of vehicles with sticking accelerators. (more…)

Chrysler Recalling 600,000 Minivans and Jeeps

Troubled maker cites potential brake failures, wiring fires.

by on Jun.07, 2010

The latest recalls are the result of design or assembly process defects.

Chrysler is recalling 600,000 of its Jeep Wrangler SUVs, and Dodge and Chrysler minivans to address potential safety problems involving brake and wiring defects.

The announcement is the latest setback for the struggling automaker, and comes just days after it issued a recall notice for 161,000 Dodge Caliber models to repair a potentially sticky accelerator pedal because of defective parts from CTS, the same supplier of recalled Toyota pedals. (See Chrysler Recalls Dodge Calibers for Sticky Pedals )

The latest defects are the result of improper engineering or assembly.

On model year 2008 and 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans manufactured from February 2007 through September 2009, some of the minivans may have been assembled with an improperly routed wire harness. The lower sliding-door hinge bracket can make and wear through the wire insulation. A short circuit in the latch is possible, which in turn could cause a fire. About 285,000 minivans with power sliding doors are affected. No accidents or injuries are reported.


Chrysler Recalls Dodge Calibers for Sticky Pedals

CTS, the same company that supplied Toyota, made the parts.

by on Jun.05, 2010

The engine control computer will override a stuck gas pedal if the brake is depressed.

Chrysler Group is recalling almost 35,000 Dodge Calibers in the United States, Canada Mexico and other countries to fix a potential problem with sticky gas pedals, the same defect that affected millions of Toyotas. A small number of Jeep Compass models, 90,  are also involved.

No accidents or injuries have been reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation back in April covering 161,000 of the 2007 model Dodge Caliber hatchbacks. At that time, Chrysler said that only 10,000 of the vehicles, produced during a five-week period in March and April 2006 are affected by the potential problem.

The Federal safety defect investigation was looking at pedals manufactured by an Indiana-based supplier, CTS Corporation, also the source of sticky accelerator pedals involved in the January recall of 2.3 million Toyota vehicles. Toyota recently paid a record fine of $16.4 million for failing to notify the government of the problem in a timely manner. NHTSA had received customer complaints about sticking Dodge pedals.

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Chrysler said the pedal is a completely different design and was made on different tooling than the Toyota pedals. It appears to be a mechanical problem where a pivot bushing falls out and jams the pedal. And unlike Toyota, the engine control computer overrides the accelerator if the brakes are applied at the same time so the driver can stop the Caliber.


Honda Joins Recall List With Fit Subcompact

Potential fire hazard prompts action.

by on Jan.29, 2010

Honda's worldwide recall of the Fit hatchback impacts 140,000 cars in the U.S.

Honda's worldwide recall of the Fit hatchback impacts 140,000 cars in the U.S.

Honda Motor Co. will recall more than 600,000 of its subcompact Fit hatchbacks due to a potential fire hazard, the maker announced today.

The problem is the result of a defect master power window switch that could leak and, in some cases, cause a fire.  So far, the automaker acknowledges, it has received three reports of fires caused by the defect, including two in the U.S. and another in South Africa.

The problem impacts what has become one of Honda’s best-sellers worldwide, and a vehicle that has proven unexpectedly popular in the United States, where it competes against a growing list of subcompacts, such as the Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, and soon American offerings like the Ford Fiesta.

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The recall involves a total of 646,000 of the subcompacts sold in North America, South America, Europe, South Africa and Asia.  The Japanese market – where the Fit is Honda’s best-selling product – is notably not included in the recall.