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Kia Recalling 260,000 Late-Model Soul Crossovers

Steering system can fail unexpectedly, maker tells NHTSA.

by on Nov.16, 2015

The Kia Sould is one of the Korean automaker's most popular product lines.

Kia has announced the latest in a string of major recalls plaguing the auto industry this year, this one impacting nearly 260,000 late-model Soul crossovers.

The maker says that a faulty steering gear assembly could cause the vehicle’s steering system to fail, the steering wheel itself even coming lose.

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It’s just the latest in a string of six- and seven-figure recalls that are pushing the industry close to a new record, potentially topping the all-time high 64 million vehicles affected by safety-related issues n 2015.

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Automakers Blow Away Recall Record by 100 Percent

Companies recall 63.95 million vehicles in 2014.

by on Feb.13, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra testified before congressional subcommittees four times due to GM's recall of 2.6 million vehicles last year.

When General Motors initiated the first major recall of the year last January, it triggered a tsunami of actions that had observers wondering not if the industry would break the record of 30.8 million, but by how much.

The answer, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is more than 100%. There were 63.95 million vehicles recalled last year in the U.S., surpassing the previous record set in 2004.

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GM led the assault on the record with nearly 27 million vehicles and 84 recalls. The most public of those being related to faulty ignition switches on 2.6 million small cars built more than a decade ago. Those switches are the cause of 52 deaths and more than 70 injuries. (more…)

NHTSA Debates How Far to Expand Takata Airbag Recall

Agency still wants nationwide recall for faulty driver’s side bags, but hedging on passenger-side airbags.

by on Dec.02, 2014

A Takata airbag after a crash.

(This story has been updated.)

Already under fire for its handling of several recent major safety issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to debate how far to expand the recall of vehicles equipped with potentially faulty airbags produced by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

With NHTSA officials set to testify before Congress on Wednesday, the agency confirmed it is still seeking a nationwide recall of driver-side airbags, but that it is not yet calling for a similar action for passenger-side airbags. The safety agency was sharply criticized following its initial decision in October to order a recall of 7.8 million vehicles in areas with high humidity where the risk of airbag failures was considered most serious.

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The big question is whether Takata will accept NHTSA’s midnight deadline and agree to go along with the expanded driver’s side airbag recall before tomorrow’s Capitol Hill hearing.

Takata Chairman Shigehisa Takada was expected to announce a decision on Tuesday but failed to reveal the company’s position.

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Hyundai, Nissan Combine to Recall 1.1 Million Vehicles

Latest actions push number of recalls to 45 million in 2014.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is subject to a safety recall.

Add another million to the running tally of vehicles in a record-setting 2014 as Hyundai and Nissan announced actions totaling 1.1 million cars today: Hyundai recalling 889,000 vehicles and Nissan more than 226,000.

Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonata sedans from 2011-2014 due to a faulty shift cable. The cable may disconnect allowing the car to roll away after parking or preventing it from being shifted out of park.

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The maker received nearly 1,200 warranty claims due to the problem. Dealers will inspect the cable and repair the connection between he shift cable and shift lever at no cost to the owner. It also recalled nearly 5,700 2015 Sonatas for brake problems, asking owners to park the vehicles. It was the second time this year the 2015 model has been recalled. (more…)

Honda Adds Another 1 Mil Vehicle to Airbag Recall

Subaru also impacted by faulty Takata airbag problem.

by on Jul.09, 2014

Honda will recall as many as 1 million more vehicles due to airbag problems, including '03 Accords.

One of the largest safety-related problems in automotive history has become even bigger, faulty Takata-made airbags forcing Honda to recall as many as 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker impacted by the problem.

More than 10 million vehicles have been affected by the defect which could cause airbags to improperly inflate in a crash, potentially sending shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

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The announcement comes a day after Honda announced a separate recall due to a separate problem involving the headlights on some of the vehicles sold by its Acura luxury brand. Ford, meanwhile, announced six separate recalls on Tuesday covering over 100,000 vehicles. All told, more than 41 million cars, trucks and crossovers have been recalled since January 1, already a record well ahead of the 34.1 million vehicles recalled in 2004.

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Nearly Every GM Model Targeted for Recall This Year

Maker hits 54 separate recalls in just six months.

by on Jul.01, 2014

One of the very few new GM vehicles not recalled this year: the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox.

The numbers are daunting: 54 separate recalls in just six months impacting nearly 26 million vehicles sold in the U.S., nearly 29 million worldwide. For General Motors that works out to one separate recall nearly every three days. It has a record for any individual manufacturer, and has pushed the overall U.S. auto industry to an all-time record, manufacturers collectively recalling about 39 million vehicles in just six months, 20% more than the previous peak set for all of 2004.

When GM’s recall frenzy began, back in mid-February, with the first recall related to faulty ignition switches, senior executives like CEO Mary Barra were quick to point out that the problems were largely focused on products built by the “Old GM,” before the maker’s 2009 bankruptcy, such as the now abandoned Chevrolet Cobalt. If anything, newer models, such as the 2014 Chevy Impala, they stressed, were winning rave reviews and endorsements from the likes of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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But while GM’s recall frenzy continues to sweep up older products – including this week’s callback of 6.8 million vehicles dating back to 1997 for “unintended ignition key rotation” – a growing number of new models are also being targeted. In fact, a search of GM and federal recall records by TheDetroitBureau.com shows that only three of more than three dozen General Motors products, along with a few model variants, have so far not been subject to recall in 2014.

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Chrysler Recalls Nearly 700,000 Minivans and SUVs

Expands earlier ignition switch issue.

by on Jul.01, 2014

The 2007 Chrysler Town & Country is one of the vehicles covered by the maker's expanded recall.

General Motors isn’t the only automaker watching its recall count rise fast, Chrysler saying it will also take action to fix nearly 700,000 faulty minivans and SUVs.

In fact, the problem at the smaller maker is one GM is quite familiar with, Chrysler saying the vehicles are equipped with faulty ignition switches that could inadvertently switch from the On to Accessory position, potentially leading to a crash while also disabling the vehicles’ airbags.

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The announcement helped push the U.S. auto industry to an all-time record for recalls – and after just six months. It also marked one of the busiest months for recalls in automotive history. GM alone staged 24 recalls in June, impacting a total of nearly 12 million cars, trucks and crossovers in the U.S. and over a million more abroad.

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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.”

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