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FCA Recalling 300K Ram Pickups for Gas Tank Problem

Automaker's second Ram pickup recall in last month.

by on Mar.16, 2018

FCA is recalling 300,000 Ram pickups due to a problem with the gas tank.

Fiat Chrysler issued another gas tank-related recall, ordering more than 300,000 Ram pickup trucks to head to dealers because the fuel tanks can sag.

The action affects Ram 1500 pickups from 2009–12, mainly in cold-weather U.S. states and Canada where salt is used to clear snow from roads. In the U.S. the trucks are in 20 states and Washington, D.C.

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An investigation found a bracket can corrode, allowing the tanks sag, the company noted. The remaining structure will stop the tanks from falling. Fiat Chrysler says it’s not aware of any crashes, fires, leaks or injuries due to the problem. (more…)

Ford Recalling More Than 1.3M Vehicles

Automaker takes action on steering wheel problem.

by on Mar.14, 2018

Ford is recalling 1.3 million 2014–18 model year Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs for a problem with the steering wheel.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 1.3 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans due to a problem with the steering wheel detaching from the steering column.

The automaker says the affected vehicles are from the 2014–18 model years. The cars have a steering wheel bolt that could potentially loosen over time, causing steering wheel to detach from the steering column.

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Ford said it is aware of two accidents with one injury that was allegedly related to the steering wheel bolt problem. (more…)

Hyundai Recalls 155K Sonatas for Airbag Issue

No deaths have occurred as a result of issue.

by on Mar.09, 2018

Hyundai is recalling 155,000 2011 model-year Sonata for an airbag problem.

Airbag recalls are still dominating headlines in 2018 as Hyundai announced it is recalling nearly 155,000 Sonata midsize cars in the U.S. because the airbags may not inflate in a crash.

The action covers cars from the 2011 model year. The problem is unrelated to the ongoing issue with Takata airbags.

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South Korean automaker Hyundai claims a short circuit in the airbag control computer can stop the seat belts from tightening before a crash as well as prevent the airbags from deploying. (more…)

Another Transmission Recall at Fiat Chrysler

Move targets over 200,000 Pickups that could roll away.

by on Feb.16, 2018

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 229,000 Ram pickups due to a problem with the the trucks unexpectedly shifting out of park.

Fiat Chrysler will recall 229,000 Ram pickups due to a defect that cause them to unexpectedly roll away.

Because a pin can become dislodged inadvertently if a driver keeps a foot on the brake when it is shifted into park, the normal shift interlock mechanism can be deactivated, allowing the vehicle to unexpectedly shift out of park without a key in the ignition or a foot on the brake.

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It is the latest in a series of transmission problems for the Detroit automaker, though most of the recent issues have involved new electronic shifters that don’t have a direct mechanical linkage to the gearbox. One issue was linked to the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, who was crushed by his Jeep two years ago. (more…)

Ford, Mazda Expand ‘Do Not Drive’ Takata Recall

Automakers broaden small pickup recall after additional testing.

by on Feb.12, 2018

Owners of certain 2006 Ford Rangers are being told to park their trucks immediately as part of a recall to repair faulty Takata airbags.

This story has been updated with additional information.

Ford and Mazda issued a warning to about 35,000 Ranger and B-Series small pickups to stop driving the trucks immediately due to potential problems with Takata-made airbags. The action is essentially an extension of a smaller recall Ford issued last month.

In January, Ford issued the same order for 2,900 Ranger pickups for the 2006 model year because of the faulty inflators from Takata. The company became aware of a second death that occurred in a truck from the same “production run” of vehicles causing Ford to send out the urgent warning to owners.

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Mazda Motor Corp. followed suit for about 1,800 2006 Mazda B-series trucks that were built by Ford after it had issued a warning for 160 trucks last month. NHTSA said the vehicles pose “an immediate risk to safety” and asked owners to immediately schedule a free repair. (more…)

Mitsubishi Recalls 227K for Sunroof, Parking Brake Issues

Dealers will begin repairs in late March.

by on Feb.02, 2018

Mitsubishi is recalling 227,000 cars, including Lancers, to resolve a couple of defects.

Mitsubishi’s ongoing comeback in the U.S. has hit a rough patch as the automaker announced a recall of nearly 227,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix glass sunroofs that can fly off and parking brakes that may fail.

The sunroof recall covers about 57,000 Outlanders built from 2007 to 2010, Lancers from 2008 to 2010, Lancer Evolutions from 2009 and 2010, and 2010 Lancer Sportbacks. The sunroof glass can detach while the vehicle is in motion and become a hazard.

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Dealers will replace the glass at no cost to the customer. (more…)

Recall Costs Topping $20B Annually as Safety Defects Grow

Minor problems now can grow into global nightmares as automakers have cut quality efforts.

by on Feb.02, 2018

Now 22 people are known to have died due to faulty Takata airbag inflators. Recalls will cost the industry more than $20B in 2017.

An electrical defect that can prevent airbags from deploying in a crash forced Toyota to recall 645,000 vehicles worldwide this week. It’s the third big service action involving airbags in barely a month and sets the auto industry back on a dubious path, the possibility that 2018 could set another recall record, something that’s happened almost annually in recent years.

As automakers have become more aggressive in addressing safety problems – driven by public demand and emboldened regulators – the impact taken a heavy toll on the industry’s collective bottom line, according to a new study by Detroit-based AlixPartners.

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The consultancy noted that 53.1 million vehicles, a full 20% of the U.S. car parc, were recalled in 2016, something it estimates cost the industry about $22 billion. And because automakers are making increased use of shared platforms and components, AlixPartners said in its study, recalls are “no longer an isolated geographic event, but a global (issue).” So, the U.S. figure represents only a fraction of the overall cost. (more…)

Toyota Recalls 654K Vehicles for Airbag Issue

Airbag issue unrelated to Takata's ongoing problems.

by on Feb.01, 2018

Toyota is recalling certain Priuses among 645,000 vehicles globally due to an airbag issue.

Toyota issued a recall for approximately 645,000 vehicles around to world due to an electrical problem that may prevent the vehicle’s airbag from inflating during a crash.

The action covers certain Toyota Prius and Lexus RX and NX SUVs. Also covered are some Toyota Alphard, Vellfire, Sienta, Noah, Voxy, Esquire, Probox, Succeed, Corolla, Highlander, Levin and Hilux models. All were produced between May 2015 to March 2016.

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An open electrical circuit could occur over time, the automaker warned, that would set off an airbag warning light and could stop the side and front air bags from deploying. (more…)

Strong Q4 Helps Ford Turn $7.6B Profit in 2017

Automaker predicts lower profits for 2018 as it launches 23 products.

by on Jan.24, 2018

Ford CEO Jim Hackett said the company has laid the groundwork for its end goal of producing nothing by smart vehicles.

Ford Motor Co. today reported Q4 net income of $2.4 billion, or 60 cents per share, on $41.3 billion in revenue and full-year results of $7.6 billion in net income on revenue of $156.8 billion.

The company’s pre-tax profit for the final quarter of 2017 was $1.7 billion, or 39 cents per share on an adjusted basis. The results were lower than Zacks and Thomson Reuters consensus estimates of 42 cents per share adjusted.

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For the full year, the company’s pre-tax profit was $8.4 billion, or $1.78 per share. Again, that was lower than Thomson Reuters analysts’ estimate of $1.83 per share. The net income of $1.90 per share was also lower than what the automaker has predicted it would be a few weeks ago. It said it would be $1.95 per share. (more…)

Aston Martin Recalls Entire Run of New DB11 Sports Coupes

Faulty wiring could cause unexpected airbag deployment.

by on Jan.22, 2018

The convertible, or Volante, version of the DB11 was added to the mix last year.

Aston Martin is recalling the entire run of its newest sports coupe, the DB11, due to a defect that could cause the vehicle’s driver’s side airbag to inadvertently deploy.

The problem is not related to defective Takata airbags but rather is caused by a wiring issue in steering columns provided by Daimler AG, an ally of the British sports car company. Daimler itself has recalled over 1 million vehicles due to the defect.

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Airbag problems have become a major headache for automotive manufacturers in recent years, though the majority of problems have involved faulty Takata airbags that have so far been linked to at least 21 deaths and hundreds of injuries.