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Ford Recalls 202K F-150 Pickups, Explorers

Second time in last two months for truck recall.

by on Dec.04, 2017

Ford recalled more than 200,000 2016 Ford F-150s and Explorers due to a problem with the front seats.

Ford Motor Co.’s F-Series pickup trucks may be the best-selling vehicles in America for nearly four decades, but they’re also creeping up a title the company may not want: most recalled vehicles.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker recalled more than 202,000 F-150s and Explorers for an issue with a front seat adjuster. The recall affects 2016 model year trucks with power front seats.

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A bolt on the seat adjuster may come loose or fall out, according to the company. If the front seat cushion is missing the upper left pivot bolt, it could move more in a collision, potentially increasing the chance of injury.  (more…)

FCA Recalling Half-Million Trucks for Fire Issue

No injuries or fatalities tied to problem, FCA says.

by on Sep.20, 2017

Chrysler is recalling more than 494,000 Ram medium- and heavy-duty trucks with 6.7-liter V8 engines in them.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 500,000 medium- and heavy-duty Ram trucks due a water pump issue that could potentially lead to a fire.

The problem affects 2013–2017 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups as well as 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs. The action covers only trucks with 6.7-liter engines, according to FCA. The problem hasn’t led to any injuries or fatalities, the company noted.

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According to reports, the automaker is “aware of a small number of incidents,” that met the “regulatory definition of fire, which includes everything from a burning odor to open flame.” Some of those fires caused damage to the vehicles in the area around the water pump. (more…)

GM Recalls 800K Full-Size Pickups Due to Steering Issue

Company will update software to fix problem.

by on Aug.11, 2017

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is being recalled for a potential problem with its electric power steering.

General Motors Co. is recalling 800,000 full size pickups worldwide due to a potential problem with the trucks electric power steering.

The action impacts 690,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks in the U.S., the automaker noted. The recall impacts 2014 model year vehicles.

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The trucks could suffer a temporary loss of the power steering, particularly during low-speed turns, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dealers will reflash the software in the truck to resolve the problem. (more…)

Honda Recalls 1.15 Million Accords due to Possible Engine Fires

Japanese automaker notes four vehicles have caught fire.

by on Jul.14, 2017

Honda is recalling 1.15 million Accords in the U.S. built between 2013 and 2016.

Honda is recalling more than 1 million Accords in the U.S. because a faulty battery sensor may cause a fire in the vehicle’s engine compartment. The action affects Accords produced between 2013 and 2016.

The Japanese automaker noted that four vehicles have reported fires resulting from the defect, but no injuries. The recall covers more than 1.5 million cars worldwide.

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The issue stems from a poor seal around the sensor that monitors the battery’s state of charge. If the seal is compromised, substances like road salt or water can short the sensor, potentially leading to a fire. (more…)

Another 2.7 Million Defective Takata Airbags Recalled

Announcement comes a day after another death reported.

by on Jul.11, 2017

NHTSA forced Takata to recall 2.7 million vehicles due to faulty airbags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered Takata Corp. to order the recall of another 2.7 million potentially defective airbag inflators, a move that will cover vehicles sold by Ford, Mazda and Nissan.

Earlier this week, Honda reported the death of a 11th American caused by faulty Takata airbags. Worldwide, at least 18 have been killed, with another 180 known to have been injured. About 70 million airbags have been covered by recalls in the U.S., a figure that grows to more than 100 million worldwide.

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Takata declared bankruptcy last month, its assets sold to Detroit-based supplier Key Safety Systems. The move is expected to help speed up the production of replacement airbag inflators. A shortage of parts has meant extended wait times for many owners looking to get their vehicles repaired. (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Urging Owners to “Check To Protect” Vehicle Recalls

Maker partners with National Safety Council on new website.

by on Jun.28, 2017

Fiat Chrysler is partnering with the National Safety Council to raise awareness of unrepaired recalls through the Check To Protect website.

The National Safety Council and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have collaborated on a new website that allows consumers to check if their vehicle has an open recall, such as those involving airbags made by now-bankrupt Takata Corp.

It’s estimated that just 35% of vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbags have been repairs, but the consequences can be catastrophic for not getting the vehicle fixed. The defective inflators have been traced to 16 deaths and 180 injuries.

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The “Check To Protect” campaign allows users to enter their vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number – found in the lower left corner of the car windshield or on the inside of the driver side door – at www.checktoprotect.org to obtain a full recall status report on any open recalls for that specific vehicle. (more…)

Toyota Recalling 228K Tacomas in US

Oil leak could damage differential, causing loss of control.

by on Apr.28, 2017

Toyota is recalling 250,000 Tacomas worldwide due to an oil leak that could damage the truck's differential.

Toyota announced it will recall 228,000 Tacomas in the U.S. to fix an oil leak that could increase the risk of a crash. The action impacts 2016 and 2017 model-year pickups.

The automaker said the truck could leak oil, potentially damaging the rear differential. If that occurs, there could be an increase “in noise and reduced propulsion.” If the problem is bad enough the differential could seize and the driver could lose control of the truck.

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There are 250,000 trucks globally that are part of the recall. It is unclear at this point if there have been any complaints about crashes or injuries related to the problem. Toyota officials declined to comment, according to multiple reports. (more…)

Tesla Recalling 53,000 Vehicles Due to Brake Problem

EV maker repairing Model S and Model X cars.

by on Apr.20, 2017

The Model X part of a large recall of Model X and S cars due to a brake problem.

Tesla is riding a streak of bad news. The California-based EV maker announced a recall of 53,000 of its Model S and Model X cars due to an issue with the parking brake.

It’s the largest recall in the young company’s history.

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The total may not seem so large compared to recent actions by other automakers, but the company only produced about 83,000 vehicles in 2016. (more…)

Former FBI Director Overseeing Takata Victims Fund

GM fund manager Feinberg was expected to handle.

by on Apr.07, 2017

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller III will oversee the disbursement of funds from the $1 billion Takata restitution funds.

When Takata agreed to form $1 billion restitution fund for victims of its faulty airbags, it was almost assumed that Kenneth Feinberg would oversee the disbursement of those funds. He’d handled it for General Motors and several other high profile funds.

However, U.S. District Judge George Steeh in Detroit appears set to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller III to oversee the fund. The court appointed Mueller, who headed the FBI during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as special master in the high-profile case.

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Steeh apparently liked Mueller’s qualifications, in particular the fact he was settlement master in the Volkswagen diesel emissions case. Feinberg, who also oversaw compensation for 9/11 victims, was considered. (more…)

Hyundai, Kia Recall 1.4M Vehicles Due to Stalling Engines

Debris in the engine can restrict oil flow.

by on Apr.07, 2017

Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 1.4 million vehicles, including 2013-2014 Santa Fe models.

Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and South Korea because the engines in the vehicles may stall, creating a potentially dangerous situation for drivers.

The effort includes some of the automakers’ most popular models including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata midsize cars. Also covered are 2011-2014 Kia Optima, Kia Sportage from 2011-2013 and Kia Sorento 2012-2014.

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The South Korean recall includes Hyundai’s Grandeur and Sonata sedans and Kia’s K5, K7 and Sportage with engines produced from 2009-2013. (more…)