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Hyundai Motor America Recalling 600,000 Vehicles

Problems with hood latches, warning lights force action.

by on Jun.08, 2017

Both Santa Fe and Sport are being recalled due to a faulty hood latch cable.

Hyundai announced it will recall nearly 600,000 vehicles by the end of June to resolve two separate issues: faulty hood latches and parking brake warning lights.

Both recalls will begin June 30.

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said the company 437,400 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers due to a faulty cable for the secondary hood latch. The cable may corrode and prevent the hood from latching. (more…)

Honda Recall, Stop-Sale Orders Impact 1.7 Mil New, Used Vehicles

Fiat Chrysler recalls over 500,000 Dodge Chargers.

by on Feb.03, 2016

The 2016 Honda Civic with the 2.0-liter four cylinder engine is being recalled and is subject to a stop-sale.

Another day, another major recall, it seems – or in this case, three major recalls, including two from Honda. And the Japanese maker has also announced it is putting a stop-sale on a number of vehicles due to airbag and engine problems.

Separately, Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall covering more than 500,000 vehicles worldwide because they can fall off jacks when changing tires or performing other repairs.

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The latest safety actions come less than two weeks after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that recalls hit yet another record in 2015, manufacturers ordering repairs covering about 51.5 million vehicles. (more…)

Expect Recall Numbers to Remain High, Study Says

NHTSA looks to increase investigation numbers, leading to more actions.

by on Feb.25, 2015

Mark Rosekind, NHTSA's new administrator, is pushing for a tripling of the agency's budget to ensure it can be an "enforcer" of safety rules.

The steady stream of automotive recalls that made 2014 the Year of the Recall is unlikely to occur again this year, but volumes are likely to be higher than normal, according to a recently released study.

Stout, Risius and Ross, a financial advisory firm, released its second annual automotive industry warranty and recall study suggesting that the federal government is getting better at determining when there is a problem and getting automakers to take action, which will mean more recalls than normal this year. The firm discussed its findings at the Society of Automotive Analysts second annual Automotive Warranty and Recall Symposium.

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In short, another year with with 63.9 million vehicles recalled shouldn’t happen nor should a replay of last year’s type of recalls where two large events dominate the recalls. According to the firm, Takata’s faulty airbags accounted for 30% of last year’s recalls and General Motors was good for 20% with its action related to its ignition switches. GM, Toyota, Ford and Chrysler led the year in recalls. (more…)

Ford Ends 2014 with Recall; GM Kicks Off 2015 with Recall

Makers continued to be plagued with ignition-related issues.

by on Jan.02, 2015

Ford is recalling Lincoln MKCs to move the ignition button to the top of the console, left, from the bottom, right, where it was susceptible to accidental shutoffs.

For the U.S. auto industry, 2015 is beginning much the same way 2014 ended: with a recall.

Ford announced on Dec. 31 it was recalling more than 25,000 Ford Escapes and Lincoln MKC models for two separate problems. Meanwhile, General Motors kicked off 2015 by announcing it was instituting three recalls for more than 92,000 full-size trucks and SUVs. The move may have some wondering if 2015 will be any different than last year, which saw the industry recall a record 60 million-plus automobiles: double the previous high.

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Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford is recalling 13,500 2015 Lincoln MKCs built at its Louisville Assembly Plant to move the push-button ignition switch from the bottom of the center console, which is near its touch-screen infotainment center, to the top of the console. (more…)

Chrysler Recalling 250,000 Minivans

Vehicles could stall unexpectedly.

by on Mar.04, 2011

Chrysler recalls 2010 Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan minivans.

Chrysler is recalling more than 248,000 minivans and crossovers due to problems that could lead the vehicles to unexpectedly stall out – an issue already linked to dozens of complaints and at least two accidents.

The issue appears to be a key that may at times slip out of the “On” position, shutting the vehicle off without warning, Chrysler says, and that could lead to a crash if the problem occurs in traffic.  At least two rear-end collisions have been reported to the company, which has also received 32 direct customer complaints and another 465 warranty claims related to the defective ignition switches.

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The maker says it will formally issue a recall notice to owners of 248,437 2010-model Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan minivans.

The maker has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as many as 3% of the minivans it produced between August 2009 and June 2010 might experience the defect, which was tracked to a part produced in Mexico.

Recalls will be made free of charge, the maker says.

Automotive recalls have been on the rise lately, last year reaching the highest level since 2004.  Part of the problem has been the crackdown at Toyota, which has experienced a variety of problems, including unintended acceleration, excessive corrosion and braking defects.  But a number of other makers have also experienced a rise in recalls, Ford so far this year recalling nearly as many vehicles as during all of 2010.

A major reason, industry analysts say, is that makers are now feeling pressure to take aggressive steps to correct issues that might not have triggered recalls, in the past, but just resulted in less public moves, such as Technical Service Bulletins.  In such instances, dealers will often make free repairs but makers won’t specifically advise customers to come in for servicing.