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All These Recalls Make Me Nervous

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On: Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:40PM | By: Karen Cook


All These Recalls Make Me Nervous

Is there a car sitting in your driveway or garage? Do you depend on it to get you to work, school, doctor’s appointments and other necessary destinations? Most of us do. We count on the safety and dependability of our vehicles and trust that as long as we take care of them they will take care of us. And where does this trust come from? Manufacturers build it through information provided to us from advertisements and also word of mouth.

We all have our favorite cars and we want to believe everything the maker tells us. We read safety rating information and convince ourselves that the maker has told us all we need to know. We put our lives in their hands.

The following is a sampling of recalls from just the first two months of this year. It is by no means complete and the stated problems have been summarized. For full information you may visit the NHTSA website.

Mitsubishi is recalling the 2013 Outlander Sport due to the driver’s airbag wiring which may have been improperly routed. Chrysler’s 2014 Ram Promaster has a sticky gas pedal and its brake hose may have been damaged during manufacturing causing it to leak brake fluid. Toyota has discovered that Prius vehicles from model years 2010-2014 contain transistors which can become damaged and cause the vehicle to shut off while being driven. GM has a “roll-away” problem with various Buick, Chevy and GM vehicles. Ford Explorers manufactured between 2011 and 2012 have steering gears which may lock depriving the driver of the ability to steer. For seven years, from 2008 to 2014, Aston Martin has been producing accelerator arms which are prone to breaking causing the driver to be unable to increase or maintain speed.

As I said this is just a sampling, but seen all together it is a frightening list. Even more disturbing is that these are just the ones we know about. As was recently proven with GM, car makers don’t always tell us when they discover a problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other government agencies try to provide checks and balances, but I have to ask if this is enough. Is there more we can do? If you have suggestions let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.




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