Throughout The Car Industry
When it comes to building cars, there are literally thousands upon thousands of pieces that go into their creation. Engine, suspension, body, interior, exterior, there are so many areas to keep track of that it is almost mind boggling to the average human being. Beyond that, when producing cars, you then have to perfect the process, and then repeat it thousands, and even millions of times over and over. So it’s no wonder that, occasionally, some of those products come away with a defect or two, and a few cars need to be brought back for some revisions.
The dominoes are falling. On May 7th, a Tesla Model S strikes a tractor-trailer in Williston, Florida. The Model S driver is killed. On June 28th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opens an investigation of Tesla in regards to the fatal accident; their main concern seems to be with the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) in Telsa’s Autopilot driver-assist system.
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Technology is generally a good thing. We use it for everything. What once took us hours and sometimes weeks at the library, or making phone calls, or searching through pages and pages of dusty old documents dredged up from some dank basement in the mountains can now be done in seconds while sitting on a moving bus or train, watching television, or sitting on the toilet, and sometimes minutes, depending on the WiFi connection.
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BMW has long since lived up to its self-proclaimed "Ultimate Driving Machine" moniker. We have seen dozens of examples of BMW's ability to produce amazingly powerful, fast, luxurious, and elegant cars, while still making them fun to drive day-to-day. But even the mighty BMW is subject to a screwup here and there. It's inevitable; you build millions of cars, and you're bound to have a few that don't quite come out right. It happens to bakers, bartenders, authors, and, obviously, carmakers; the odds are that if you produce a lot of something, eventually a small percentage will be incorrect.
Following several recent reports of suspension failure in Tesla's Model S, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has closed its investigation into the matter, stating that the majority of the complaints were false; it also clarified Tesla's position regarding its scrutinized Goodwill agreements.
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For some time now, Kia has been making quite the climb up the caste system of car companies, from lowly newcomer on to serious contender for entry-level supremacy. But over the course of time, even the best efforts of things don't always go as planned. Those of you who may own a 2013 Forte model built between September 10–October 31 of 2012 may be victim to some of those unplanned events. It seems that there are a total of 5,245 Forte models that may have been produced with seatbelt retractor retainer plates that have screws that weren't properly tightened.
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People in my profession—and outside it, too, I suppose—have always railed against government “interference” in the production of vehicles. Sure, the seat belt was a good idea, but airbags, “safety” bumpers, and—more recently—the laundry list of electronic nannies like automatic braking and stability control?
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Chrysler's newest toy over the past couple years has been its acquisition of the Fiat brand. They are fun cars that rival the Mini Cooper on every possible plane of competition. But every toy has its occasional problem, and Fiat is no different. It seems that Chrysler is issuing a recall of 39,217 Fiat 500 models designated as 2012-2016 models that were produced between June 21, 2010 through January 12, 2016.
If you own a newer Ford Explorer, it might be best to listen up. Ford has issued a recall of 75,346 model year 2014-15 Explorers. It seems that the models in question may have a defect from the factory in which the toe links on the rear suspension could have potentially been welded incorrectly. The models that may be affected were built between January 17, 2014 through May 31, 2014.
Anyone who owns a 2016 Nissan Murano or Maxima should pay attention. Nissan has issued a recall of both of these models, totaling 12,616 in all. Specifically, Murano vehicles produced from December 17, 2015 through February 11, 2016 and Maxima vehicles made from November 25, 2015 through February 12, 2016 that have been equipped with ABS and VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control). It seems that the O-Ring on the ABS actuator could be damaged, which could result in a drop in brake fluid pressure. If this happens, the lack of pressure could cause a decrease in braking ability for these cars, and result in much longer than normal distances to come to a stop. Obviously, farther braking distances can have very severe consequences for drivers.
With great success, comes great responsibility. Hyundai has made some great strides over the past couple decades, and climbed their way up from bargain basement car company to a very respectable car manufacturer that produces cars people can be proud to own. But, as with any company that produces a thing, the more of it you produce, the higher the likelihood of something going wrong with one, or two, or 173,000 of them.
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