New expansion adds more vehicles to Takata recall

Tokyo, Japan — May 30, 2015 — Although this blog has already reported multiple times on the Takata airbag-related recalls, more information is now available as further cars and trucks are included. The Associated Press states that major manufacturers have released model names and years for the newest batch of vehicles recalled over fears of air bag inflator explosions. These manufacturers include Honda, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, BMW AG and Mitsubishi Motors North America.

Of these, the Fiat Chrysler recall expansion is the largest, as it includes “about 2 million” vehicles around the world, such as the Dodge Durango, Chrysler Aspen and Ram Pickup. While the Mitsubishi expansion is the smallest, it notably extends the recalls from the Gulf Coast region, which has been identified as a highly risky area given the moist climate. Altogether, 11 manufacturers have recalled vehicles due to Takata airbag concerns so far.

In a USA Today article, American Honda Vice President Bruce Smith said that his company has made progress since the initial faults were discovered. Honda is recalling 350,000 more vehicles in the United States as of last week.

“The vast majority of Honda and Acura vehicles impacted by last week’s announcement were already covered by past recalls or safety improvement campaigns,” he said. “In fact, many of these vehicles have already been repaired – we’ve replaced nearly 2 million inflators since 2013, most of those in the last nine months alone.”

The source also quoted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is increasing the number of recalled vehicles to 33.8 million. There have been no new reported deaths linked to the faulty inflators, although more than 100 people have been injured.

Recall information will need to be well-disseminated to be effective, especially so dealers and owners don’t get confused in a series of new recalls on the same cause.

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Major brands still see high value in the face of major recalls

Detroit, MI — May 28, 2015 — Despite the massive amount of industry attention that the major Takata airbag inflator recall has received, well-known manufacturers like Toyota are still industry leaders to be reckoned with. A Millward Brown study ranking the top ten most valuable car brands listed Toyota as number one, with nearly $29 billion in estimated worth, in the face of the recent recall news related to faulty Takata airbag inflators.

Peter Walshe of Millward Brown told Automotive News Europe that the new actions haven’t hurt Toyota’s standing among consumers. “When you look at the trust the Toyota brand generates from car owners, there is little dent from the airbag issues,” he said. “The customer experience, the good value, and the quality that customers trust see the brand through.”

Other major manufacturers on the list include BMW, which placed second with a value only $2.5 billion lower than Toyota, Honda, Ford and Nissan. All of these companies have also been involved in recalls related to the Takata airbag crisis.

Although the incidents of Takata inflators leading to actual ruptures are reportedly low, and only six related deaths have been reported out of 84 explosions, the risk is still present, especially for residents in moist areas like the Gulf Coast. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is still investigating the situation and urging owners to fix their vehicles. Replacement inflators are being especially prioritized for the Gulf region.

This newer round of recalls shows that major brands could still persist in sales even if they are involved in recalls. Car dealers should obviouslyprepare to handle repairs for name autos as well as lesser-known models whenever a recall occurs in the interest of consumer safety.

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Takata airbag concerns spurs on more Honda recalls

Tokyo, Japan — May 27, 2015 — Manufacturers continue to recall cars in response to Takata airbag inflation mechanism concerns, and according to the New York Times, Honda Motor Company has decided to recall millions of vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2008, such as Accords and Civics.

The source says that nearly 5 million vehicles have been newly recalled, although they were mostly available in Japan and have reportedly not contributed to any known injuries. On the other hand, the six deaths associated with the exploding Takata systems were originally all traced to Honda vehicles.

The new total for cars recalled because of Takata airbag concerns is now near $35 million, the source said, and Honda is taking the effort to replace faulty inflators. Earlier this week, Nissan and Toyota recalled more than 6 million vehicles total for similar worries.

Sho Minekawa, the company’s CEO, said that the new recall is expected to have “some impact” on Japanese sales. Reuters said that other manufacturers from that country will likely face pressure from the transport minister to follow in Honda’s footsteps and issue their own recalls.

This same week, Acura, a division of Honda, also recalled several vehicles, albeit for an unrelated issue. A statement from that company said that 19,500 MDX and RLX cars are being recalled because of a fault in the Collision Mitigation Braking System that could be triggered by “a metallic structure.” The radar system could apply the brakes at the wrong time and possibly instigate a crash.

In both of these cases, circulating proper recall information is paramount to replacing defective systems and achieving goals. The Takata recall is likely to inspire more news in the future, so giving consumers and dealers the knowledge they need may help them prepare for further response efforts.

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Hybrid vehicles recalled for bad frames [Video]

This month, hybrid vehicle owners may want to reinspect their cars if they own a GEM from Polaris Industries.

The manufacturer is recalling 628 vehicles that may have been affected by a faulty frame weld. According to the NHTSA, the defect could cause the frames of these vehicles to brake, and there have been four reports of this occurring so far.

What’s the solution? Because the recall hasn’t officially begun yet, there is no repair action listed. However, the source does say that owners will receive letters and instructions to help them inspect each vehicle before it is officially repaired by the car dealer.

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Ford issues new pair of recalls for more than 442,000 vehicles

Detroit, MI — May 26, 2015 — Ford announced two new recalls in a single statement issued on May 27. Together, these recalls concern more than 442,000 vehicles across North America, most of which are in the United States, and so far neither of the conditions the company is addressing have resulted in any known injuries, although one has led to four “minor accidents” that could be related to one of the concerns.

Those accidents are attributed to the larger of the two recalls, which includes a group of some 422,800 vehicles for the model years between 2011 and 2013. Affected models include Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKZ and Mercury Milan automobiles, originating from assembly plants in Chicago, Hermosillo and Oakville. These vehicles are at risk of a electric power steering fault that could suddenly shift steering modes while the vehicle is in use.

The other recall targets a much smaller group of 19,486 2015 Ford Mustangs, specifically those with 2.3 liter engines. The release says that the underbodies of these vehicles are potentially more vulnerable in higher temperatures.

“Prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures might cause degradation of the fuel tank and fuel vapor lines, which could eventually result in a fuel leak,” it says. “In addition, prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures might cause the parking brake cable seals to degrade, potentially affecting parking brake functions.”

In both cases, car dealers will perform the necessary repairs, although the steering issue may require an additional new gear replacement if a simple software fix isn’t enough. The Associated Press reports that 508 related complaints have been traced back to the steering fault, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

With all of the correct recall information in mind, dealers and car owners alike will be able to take the proper action when any significant recall is needed and reduce risk.

Recall MastersFord issues new pair of recalls for more than 442,000 vehicles

Recall stats: 100 million recalls issued in 16 months

Detroit, MI — May 25, 2015 — More than 74 million auto recalls were issued in 2014 alone, and CNNMoney recently reported that the number is even higher if one extends the count to include the first four months of 2015. The data comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is currently managing multiple high-profile recalls, including the record-setting Takata airbag case, which involves 34 million vehicles so far.

The severity of a recall-related situation can depend on how many drivers successfully follow manufacturer instructions, which makes recall follow-up actions important, along with the initial statement. This fueled the recent contention between the NHTSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which is being questioned over 20 different recalls.

An article from the Detroit Free Press quotes NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind from a press conference, where he mentioned the problems raised by this company’s possible negligence.
“NHTSA has concerns about slow completion rates, slow or inadequate notifications to consumers, faulty remedies, improper actions by dealers and more,” he said. “Each of these defects presents an unreasonable risk to safety and in each case there is reason to question whether Fiat Chrysler has met its legal obligations.”

Another significant case that has contributed to the total is the General Motors ignition switch recall, currently found to be responsible for more than 100 deaths and stemming from a recall of 2.5 million cars. Nearly 500 cases still wait review by the General Motors Ignition Compensation Fund, a separate article from the Detroit Free Press reports.

Individuals and dealerships that ignore the greater recall trends can possibly neglect fixing specific vehicles and affect the accuracy of an attempted recall fix. However, all recalls need to be followed and respected, not just those for the most visible brands and dangers.

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New GM recall concerns faulty seatbelts [Video]

A condition that could lead to weak safety belts has General Motors recalling hundreds of thousands of Chevrolet Malibu cars, according to the Detroit News.

The source says one injury has so far been traced to the defect. It will recall more than 469,00 vehicles total from around the world, the majority of which will be in North America.

Vehicles that suffer this defect could see the metal cable connecting the seatbelt weaken and even separate completely over time. To fix the problem, car dealers will be able to replace the lap pretensioner and outboard lap mounting bracket.

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Growing Takata concern requires car owner vigilance

Detroit, MI — May 22, 2015 — As the impact from the Takata airbag recall continues to grow, owners need to take further steps to comply with recommended response actions. In a press release, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy called for more scrutiny of possible affected cars, on both the consumer and government levels.

While the government monitors repair activity, owners also need to verify their Vehicle Identification Numbers and get on waiting lists for specific repairs. The Department of Motor Vehicles will reportedly investigate 5,500 car dealers and repair shops.

According to the source, this recall concerns around 34 million vehicles. Other sources have identified it as “the largest auto recall in history,” and as the Washington Post put it, “one in seven” cars has now been recalled by various manufacturers for reasons connected to dangerous mechanism airbag faults.

Governor Malloy both acknowledged the need to address concerns immediately and told consumers to remain calm.

“It’s our goal to get as much information out as possible, so we can protect the safety of residents in Connecticut – and we’re doing just that,” he said. “While some details are still unclear and the situation is evolving, we do know this: people should act. Residents may understandably be concerned, but there is no need for immediate panic.”

Understanding whether or not their car is in the affected group is just the beginning for drivers. The Post mentioned that certain areas, specifically those with high humidity, could aggravate the airbag problem. Residents in these areas are being especially targeted by Takata with recall warning notices.

Turning recall information into productive action is important for consumers to improve the current state of their vehicles. Since the recall and repair process can take a long time, starting out with proper information makes it more likely that the correct actions will follow.

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More recalls issued for Takata airbag worries [Video]

More cars are being recalled due to safety concerns over Takata brand airbags, as BBC News reported. Together, Toyota and Nissan are addressing 6.5 million vehicles.

While the source says that no injuries have been linked to this latest round of recalls, the air bag problem has so far been responsible for as many as six deaths from Takata airbag inflators exploding. These explosions occurred in cars made by Honda, which will also be recalling more autos soon.

Toyota’s vehicles make up the lion’s share of this current recall, accounting for 5 million Tundra, Sequioa, Matrix and Corolla cars and SUV’s.

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Chrysler to take part in public hearing over recalls

Detroit, MI — May 20, 2015 — On July 2, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to conduct a public hearing regarding the recall-related actions of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. According to a statement from this organization, the hearing will review several recalls over different features, including ignition switches, air bag inflators and other elements in the company’s vehicles.

The total amount of recalls pertain to millions of vehicles, including such models as Dodge Chargers, Dodge Challengers and Jeep Grand Cherokees. The NHTSA is concerned that Chrysler has not sufficiently addressed the individual problems and is acting partly in response to consumer complaints.

Among this group of recalls, the highest amount of vehicles addressed in a single action is the December 2014 recall, issued in response to defective Takata airbags, which affected more than 2.9 million vehicles.

In the statement from the NHTSA, Administrator Mark Rosekind said that the organization intends to encourage proper behavior from Chrysler that extends beyond the initial recall announcement when a defect is detected.

“It is not enough to identify defects,” he said. “Manufacturers have to fix them. Significant questions have been raised as to whether this company is meeting its obligations to protect the drivers from safety defects, and today we are launching a process to ensure that those obligations are met.”

The Detroit News also quoted Rosekind, who said that the officials will “use all available tools” to spur on compliance from the manufacturer. Some of the vehicles included in older recalls are no longer produced by the company.

To support the NHTSA’s vision for sustained improvement after a recall commences, manufacturers have to commit to making changes and promoting proper information among car dealers and consumers alike. With the proper recall systems, disseminating information is more achievable.

Recall MastersChrysler to take part in public hearing over recalls