Throughout The Car Industry
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.
The massive recall of General Motors’ ignition switches has raised some important questions and sparked discussions throughout the automobile market. With the number of vehicles recalled in the millions and still growing, we have to ask how long the old key-activated ignition will be around. The short answer is, it’s not going anywhere.
Tags: keyless ignition, ignition switch
General Motors is paying out beaucoup dollars every day in connection with the ignition switch recall fiasco. The company was given a deadline of April 3rd to produce documentation explaining when they knew about the defect and why they took so long to report it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Last week the internal investigation, which was lead by former US Attorney Anton Valukas, finally produced the documentation, which was handed over to the NHTSA for their perusal; it was also made available to the general public. The report specifies where the manufacturer went wrong and blames the late recall on incompetence and complacency. That’s a fancy way of saying that the people who should have caught the faulty ignition switch either didn’t notice or didn’t care.