Throughout The Car Industry
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, 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.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Recalls, Safety, Recalls
Tags: recall, toyota, sienna, NHTSA,
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a preliminary investigation concerning 2004-2007 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Mercury Marauder vehicles, all produced by Ford. The investigation stems from five complaints received by the NHTSA stating that the vehicles became difficult or impossible to steer while driving.
Tags: ford, crown victoria, grand marquis, marauder, steering
Don’t you love it when someone tells you that you look good or pretty or, best of all, hot? If someone happens to tell you that while you are driving a Grand Cherokee or Durango, you might want to do more than blush and smile. They could be clueing you in on a more serious matter.
Tags: chrysler, grand cherokee, durango, recall
Ford is recalling 92,022 vehicles due to a defective part which could cause a “loss of drive function” and carries a rollaway risk if the gearshift is placed in park without using the parking brake also.
Ford is recalling 2,124 Escape SUVs for a problem with the glass roof panel which “may have an improperly cured urethane bond between the glass and the attaching bracket,” according to Ford, which may “result in noise, water leakage or separation of the glass panel from the vehicle, potentially increasing the risk of accident or injury.”
We’ve heard about GM’s problems with manufacturing defects, and we’ve heard testimony from some of the members of their corporate offices, but we don’t hear much about what’s going on at the other end of the line. How hard is it to be an employee of a GM dealership in the wake of all the brouhaha? We can imagine sales are down because who wants to by a car that could potentially have so many issues. We can imagine that a salesman is hard pressed to make a sale if he isn’t sure about his product anymore. And who wants to be a GM tech right now? Customers surely have something to say about this mess, especially when it has affected them. Service guys are a captive audience to listen to all those complaints.
You know how when one kid at school gets a cold, lots of kids at school end up with a cold? I don’t know the precise location of General Motors factories in relation to Chrysler’s, but it seems like GM’s ignition switch disease is spreading.
Tags: chrysler, dodge, ignition switch
Nissan is issuing a recall on 196 2014 Leafs (Leaves?) because there is a problem with the vehicle shutting down. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that the problem is with the motor control circuit board which can cause the inverter to fail. If the inverter fails the vehicle will shut down thereby increasing the risk of crashes and injuries.
Tags: nissan, leaf, recall, inverter
CarMax is currently dealing with car safety advocacy groups across the nation who are up in arms over the car sellers’ advertising practices. CarMax, Inc. states in its ads that all its vehicles must pass a 125-point inspection before they are offered for sale. The problem is that this inspection does not check for open recalls or whether the car has been previously recalled and repaired. The ads lead buyers to believe that all issues have been investigated and/or repaired when this is not the case.