Throughout The Car Industry
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.
In the right hands, a Ferrari can do amazing things. It reacts to your input much faster than a normal car, and that allows you to cover large tracts of land very quickly. They can also make you look like a complete idiot, if you allow your ego to take the wheel. Our tool of the day discovered this fact the hard way. And it is funny.
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,
I’m old enough to remember a time before car seats. I can remember a time before lots of things, but this article will focus on car seats. The first “restraint” that I remember wearing in the car was similar to the leashes you see some children equipped with in public places so they don’t get too far from their parents. It covered my chest and hooked to the seat belt but left me plenty of room to stand up to see out the windows. Its purpose I assume was to keep me from flying out of the vehicle in an accident. Luckily, it was never put to the test.
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
Volvo Earns ''Acceptable'' Rating in 2014 IIHS 40 mph ''Small Overlap'' Test. They Did MUCH Better 22 Years Ago with an '81 model...
Imagine driving down a five lane—two in either direction with a turn lane in the center—street lined with houses. You're in the nearer-to-center lane—at the 45 mph speed limit, of course—and notice a small pickup back out of a far away driveway into the curb-side lane of your half of the road. You think nothing of it, seeing as how they’re starting to roll forward in a different lane, as expected. But just as the “Why are they going so slow?” question sounds in your brain, the truck's driver decides to make an abrupt left turn directly into your path when you’re two car-lengths away.
Instantly you’re HARD on the brakes and diving for the center turn lane in a vain attempt to miss the collision, knowing that turning any further will only put you in the path of oncoming traffic and make things worse. And that’s the last thought your brain gets out before your beloved 1981 Volvo wagon’s right front corner plows into the offender’s 1990 Toyota pickup at its left front tire.
Welcome to the REAL world of 40+ mph “small overlap” impacts, 1992-style. And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed from all the driving and typing I’ve done in the 22 year interim, I was (relatively) unhurt. The other guy(s), well, not so much…
Posted In: Car News, Classics, Miscellaneous, Safety, Special / Limited Edition, Technology, Videos
Tags: volvo safety crash damage 1981 240 200 Series IIHS Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2014 XC60 Motor Trend
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
Not long ago, Google presented the world with a completely autonomous vehicle that required no help from human beings to navigate to a specified destination. This is odd because there is no way for a “driver” to take over if the car can’t perform its function. You see, it doesn’t have pedals or a steering wheel. Google believes this is the future of self-driving modes of transportation.
Tags: california, google, autonomous vehicle, self driving
The minivan is the go-to vehicle for many families since they come with room for lots of stuff, lots of people, and your four-legged family members too. Since they cater to those with children, safety is at the forefront for both buyers and manufacturers.
Tags: honda, odyssey, nhtsa, safety rating, airbags, antilock brakes, Brake assist, vehicle stability assist, traction control, safety