Throughout The Car Industry
The Takada airbag debacle continues, as Infiniti voluntarily recalls its flagship luxury SUV. Nearly eight million vehicles have already been recalled to fix the faulty Takada rupturing airbag inflators. Many Infinitis have been included in that massive recall, and they’ve just added a few more to the list. Although the exploding pipe-bomb-in-the-face risk is the same, this is actually a different problem…
Most automotive recalls are designed to protect a carmaker from a safety defect that could result in a costly class-action lawsuit. But a Porsche recall is usually designed to protect their reputation for unfailing durability. Case in point, their latest recall for the Boxster, Cayman and 911. Click through to find out how Porsche is protecting their customers from future headaches.
Tags: porsche 911, porsche cayman, porsche boxster, recall
Hot on the heels of the Takata airbag debacle, Audi issues a massive global recall of one its most popular models. It seems that the airbags in the 2013 –2015 Audi A4 can fail to deploy in an accident, leading to the potential of major injuries and death. And shamed airbag producer Takata had nothing to do with this malfunction.
Earlier in the year, seven automakers were forced to recall over one million vehicles that were fitted with faulty airbag inflators made by OEM supplier Takata. In a crash, these deflators could rupture and spray shrapnel inside the cabin. Six injuries have already been reported, making this a rather serious problem. To prevent further injuries, Toyota is going to re-notify owners of cars in high-humidity regions. Is your car affected? Click through to find out.
Tags: recall, toyota corolla, toyota tundra, toyota sequoia, toyota matrix
Ford dealers just started taking orders on September 9th, but Ford’s new pony car is already being recalled. Fortunately, just 53 copies of the 2015 Ford Mustang were affected by the recall. But faulty seat belt sensors could actually be very dangerous.
Tags: 2015 Ford Mustang, 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, 2015 Ford Mustang GT, recall
When the sixth-gen Volkswagen Jetta was released in 2010, purists railed against the new car’s bargain bin interior, and the lack of a standard multi-link rear suspension. A torsion beam suspension made the car cheaper to build, and the newly lowered price helped VW’s little compact to compete in the crowded C Segment. Naturally sales soared, and the Jetta faithful were appeased with the independently sprung Jetta GLI. But that cheap rear suspension seems to have bitten Volkswagen in the... ehm, rear, as they’re forced to recall 1.1 million Jettas and Beetles fitted with the torsion beam suspension.
Until now, Mitsubishi has managed to avoid the whole mass-recall epidemic that’s been sweeping the auto industry. But that impressive reliability streak has come to an end, as they’ve just recalled 166,000 Lancers and Outlanders. Nobody has died from this defect, but these recalled models can stall unexpectedly, leading to all sorts of potential safety hazards.
Posted In: Car News, Recalls, Safety
Tags: Mitsubishi, recall, recalls, Lancer, Lancer Evolution, Outlander,
The Ford Motor Company has issued two recalls for certain 2015 Ford Transit Connects and Ford Transit cargo vans—1,319 Conncects for a potential brake fluid leak, and 600 cargo vans for a problem with windowless sliding doors
Recently car makers have been in mainstream news media, perhaps more than at anytime since the economic downturn of 2008 when the US tax payer stepped in to bail out GM and Chrysler. Unfortunately the media attention is not about the good news of an industry now getting back on its feet again, but around parts failures, and the recalls issued as a result. As this blog shows, car makers often issue recalls, but what has stood out about the GM ignition switch recall is how one bad decision has meant that millions of cars, many almost a decade old, of different brands, assembled in different plants, and perhaps worth only a few thousand dollars today, are having expensive, time-consuming, car-maker-profit-destroying work done on them to fix a faulty component. Isn’t there a better way to manage this?
Posted In: Recalls, Safety
Tags: Recall, GM ignition switch
Hyundai is issuing two recalls which will begin sometime in September. The first covers 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from model years 2001-2006 and built between March 31st, 2000 to February 15th, 2006. The front coil spring is prone to corrosion from common road salt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that if the spring fractures it could puncture a tire, which could lead to an increased risk of accidents. So far there have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities stemming from this problem, but there have been more than a thousand warranty claims. 90 of them contained reports of the spring contacting the tire. 94% have been filed in states which routinely use salt on the roads in the winter.
Toyota has issued a very small recall on some very new vehicles. Only 263 of the new Sienna minivans have been sold, but dealers have been ordered not to sell any on their lots until they have been repaired.