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Latest Honda Airbag Recall Lengthens Shadow of Product Doubt

Industry tracking to beat last year record-setting recall year of 64 million.

by on Oct.30, 2015

The 2008 Honda Accord is part of another recall for faulty airbags. The maker is recalling 300,000 of the vehicles from 2008 and 2009.

If you own a Honda Accord, don’t slam that door too hard. The Japanese automaker is recalling 300,000 of the cars from 2008 and 2009 because the side-impact airbags may deploy if the door is “forcefully slammed.”

There have been 19 complaints about the issue, which the maker blamed on an incorrect sensor calibration. The problem affects both the air curtains, which are in the roof above the side windows and provide head protection, and airbags in the side of the seat that protect the torso.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started investigating the problem last year due to the complaints, which included several instances of the automaker refusing to pay for the repair. (more…)

GM Changed Ignition Part Without Telling Drivers, Regulators

Lawsuit uncovers modification aimed at quietly eliminating problem.

by on Mar.25, 2014

A lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who was killed driving one of GM's recalled vehicle discovered the automaker changed the ignition without telling owners or federal regulators.

General Motors knew about a defect in its ignition switches eight years ago and changed the design of an internal part, but never told federal regulators or the drivers of its cars, according to evidence from a recent lawsuit filed by the parents of a Georgia woman who died in a 2010 GM car crash.

In February, the automaker recalled 1.6 million vehicles, saying their ignition switches could be accidentally turned from “on” to the “accessory” position while the car was being driven, shutting down the car’s power brakes, power steering and airbags. GM’s own figures have linked ignition problems to a dozen deaths.

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But evidence from a lawsuit filed by the parents of Brooke Melton, whose Chevy Cobalt spun out of control after shutting off on her 29th birthday, shows that in 2006 GM altered two internal pieces of its ignition switches in a way that would make it less likely for the ignition to shut off accidentally – and made the change without alerting the government or the owners of the cars affected. (more…)

Mazda Recalls B-Series Pickups for Engine Fires

Mazda ensnared in Ford cruise control debacle as the largest recall in NHTSA’s history grows even larger.

by on Nov.02, 2009

Common components lead to common problems and big recalls.

Common components can lead to common problems and sometimes huge recalls.

The unfused cruise control switch that spontaneously erupts into engine compartment fires is being recalled by Mazda, which sold a version of the Ford Ranger pickup truck built in Edison, New Jersey.

All 1995 through 1997 and model year 2001 through 2003 Mazda B Series trucks equipped with the Texas Instruments speed control deactivation switch (scds) and/or anti-lock brake system (abs) and manufactured on or before December 5, 2002 are affected.

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Almost 40,000 units are involved in NHTSA’s longest running and largest recall.

Ford Motor Company resisted for years recalling all of the vehicles involved, arguing unsuccessfully that engine fires, which occurred in shut off vehicles, were confined to only a few models.


Ford Recalls Another Four Million Trucks for Fires

In an ongoing problem, an unfused cruise control switch burns.

by on Oct.19, 2009

This could be the longest running recall ever. It is certainly the largest.

This could be the longest running safety recall in NHTSA history. It is certainly the largest.

Ford Motor Company is recalling model years 1995-2003 Windstar, 2000-2003 Excursion, 1993-1997 and 1999-2003 F-super duty, 1992-2003 Econoline, 1995-2002 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer, 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Ranger, and 1994 F53 vehicles equipped with a Texas Instruments speed control deactivation switch (SCDS).

The SCDS may leak internally and then overheat, smoke, or burn.

An additional 4,500,000 vehicles are affected in the latest safety campaign for the problem, which dates back more than a decade.

Critics maintain that Ford has been reluctant to deal with the issue due to the large number of vehicles involved. All told, Ford has now recalled more than 14,000,000 vehicles for the fire problem in the U.S. alone, a record for any single safety defect.

Ford Canada is also recalling about 500,000 vehicles for the same fire problem, making it the largest recall in Ford Canada’s history.


Toyota Recalls Corolla, Matrix and Scion xD models

Power brake failures are possible in cold weather states.

by on Aug.29, 2009

All the recalled cars have 1.8-liter engines.

All the recalled cars have 1.8-liter engines.

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will launch a voluntary Safety Recall next month with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) involving approximately 95,700 Toyota and Scion vehicles sold in the United States; about 10,000 2009 Pontiac Vibe models are affected as well.

Some of the vehicles were built at New United Motors Incorporated, the plant in California that Toyota will close next March. Pontiac Vibe models ceased production there earlier this month. Other models were built at Toyota City in Japan and Cambridge, Canada.

On some 2009 and 2010 model year Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and 2008 and 2009 Scion xD vehicles all equipped with 1.8-liter engines, Toyota says that if the vehicle is operated in cold weather, there is a possibility that condensed moisture from the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) port may seep into the brake system vacuum port and freeze.

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Over time, ice may accumulate at the vacuum port and in the extreme case, ultimately plug the vacuum port, which supplies the power brake booster. Because of the accumulation of ice, power assist to the brakes would gradually decrease and lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances.