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NHTSA Investigating Mercedes’ Recall Protocols

Agency accuses automaker of dragging heels on issuing recalls.

by Michael Strong on Oct.30, 2018

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is part of Daimler's recall of 1 million vehicles to resolve and airbag problem.

Mercedes-Benz USA is alleged to have dragged its heels on mailing recall notes to the owners of 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it found after an extensive review the German automaker has been exceeding the time limits for mailing informational letters to owners about recalls for their automobiles.

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The safety agency also has questions about the company’s process for making recall decision, specifically the time it takes to make the call and inform the U.S. government. (more…)

Ford Recalling 1.5 Million Focuses for Gas Tank Problem

Company is unaware of any accidents due to problem.

by Michael Strong on Oct.25, 2018

Ford is recalling 1.5 million 2012–18 Focuses for a problem with gas tank deformation.

Ford is recalling approximately 1.5 million 2012–18 Ford Focus vehicles for a problem that could cause the vehicle’s gas tank to become deformed.

The automaker says car equipped with 2.0-liter GDI and 2.0-liter GTDI engines may have a malfunctioning canister purge valve that can become stuck in the open position. When it happens, an “excessive vacuum” in the fuel system can cause the deformation.

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As a result, owners may get a malfunction indicator light or a fuel gauge with fluctuating or inaccurate fuel levels. This could lead to a stall while driving and/or an inability to restart the vehicle, which can increase the risk of a crash. (more…)

Toyota Recalls 2.4 Million Priuses Worldwide; 807K in US

Second time for this repair.

by Michael Strong on Oct.05, 2018

The Toyota Prius has been recalled due to a problem with stalling.

Toyota is recalling 2.4 million Prius hybrids worldwide – including 807,000 in the U.S. – that could stall while driving.

The Japanese automaker said the action covers certain 2010 to 2014 Prius hybrids and certain 2012 to 2014 Prius V hybrids. The problem stems from the vehicle failing to move into “fail-safe driving mode” when the car’s hybrid system “faults.”

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While it issue happens rarely, “the vehicle could lose power and stall. While power steering and braking would remain operational, a vehicle stall while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of a crash.” (more…)

General Motors Recalling 1.2 Million Trucks, Sport-Utes

Problem causing temporary power steering failure.

by Michael Strong on Sep.13, 2018

GM is recalling 2015 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks for a problem with the truck's power steering..

General Motors is recalling more than 1.2 million full-size trucks and sport-utility vehicles to correct a steering problem causing crashes.

The company reveals that the power steering may fail and then recover due to a voltage drop in the vehicle’s electrical system. The dip makes the vehicles more susceptible to a loss of control and a crash.

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GM says it has reports of 30 incidents related to the problem, including two injuries. No deaths have been reported. (more…)

Fire Risk Forces Recall of 2 Million Ford F-150s

Faulty seatbelt system could trigger smoke, fire after crash.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Sep.06, 2018

The Ford F-150 built between 2015 and 2018 is part of a 2-million truck recall by the automaker.

Nearly 2 million Ford F-150 pickups are being recalled because of a seatbelt defect that could lead to a fire following a crash, the automaker announced Thursday morning.

The issue involves the pretensioners used to cinch seatbelts tight following a crash. But, on late-model versions of the F-150, the pyrotechnic system used to activate the pretensionsers “can generate excessive sparks when they deploy.”

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“When sufficient sparks are present, gases exhausted inside the lower portion of the B-pillar by the pretensioners may ignite,” Ford said in a statement. “If this gas ignites, components behind the B-pillar such as insulation and carpet may subsequently catch fire.” (more…)

Kia Recalling 500K Cars Due to Airbag Problem

Hyundai already recalled nearly 600K vehicles for same issue.

by Michael Strong on Jun.12, 2018

The 2011 Kia Forte is part of a larger recall related to an airbag deployment problem..

Kia issued a recall of more than 500,000 cars in the U.S. because the airbags may fail to inflate during a crash, according to the automaker.

The action includes 2010–13 Forte modes, 2011–13 Optima models as well as 2011 and 2012 Optima hybrids and Sedona minivans. The move comes in conjunction with a similar action by Kia’s sibling maker, Hyundai.

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Which brings the total to nearly 1.1 million vehicles due to the problem, which has been linked to four deaths. (more…)

Ford Recalls 350,000 Trucks, SUVs and Mustangs

Automaker issues two recalls for transmission problems.

by Michael Strong on Apr.06, 2018

The 2018 Ford F-150 is subject to a recall due to a problem that results in the truck being in a different gear than the driver selected.

Ford announced it is recalling more than 350,000 F-Series trucks and Expeditions in the U.S., Canada and Mexico due to a potentially unseated transmission gear shift cable clip, which cause the vehicle to be in a different gear than is shown.

The action covers the 2018 F-150 pickup and Expedition large SUV with 10-speed automatic transmissions as well as 2018 F-650 and F-750 trucks with six-speed transmissions.

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The problem stems from a clip that locks the gear shift cable to the transmission that may not be fully seated. The partially seated clip or a clip that becomes dislodged may allow the transmission to be in a gear that is different from the gear shift position selected by the driver, the automaker says. (more…)

Another Transmission Recall at Fiat Chrysler

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

by Paul A. Eisenstein 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…)

Recall Costs Topping $20B Annually as Safety Defects Grow

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

by Paul A. Eisenstein 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…)

NHTSA Calls Up Next Round Vehicles with Takata Airbags

New set includes 3.3 million airbags.

by Michael Strong on Jan.18, 2018

Now 21 people are known to have died due to faulty Takata airbag inflators.

The next round of vehicles needing to have faulty Takata airbags repaired have been released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is now overseeing the repair process.

The current set includes models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled. The automakers in this round include: Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren and Volkswagen.

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Toyota, Ford and Honda released some of their models last week. (more…)