A new safety recall from Nissan targets multiple models that might have door latch problems.
According to the recall report, nearly 7,000 vehicles with the model year 2015 are potentially subject to this action. Of these, the majority are Nissan Sentras, which make up over 5,000 of the total. Also included are 1,200 Versa Notes and 41 Rogues.
In these autos, the door locks on the driver and rear left side doors may not latch properly. This is because of an error from the supplier, Magna Closures, and leaves passengers at risk if the doors open while the car is in motion. Nissan dealers will solve the problem by inspecting recalled vehicles and replacing affected door locks, a process that is both free and can take as little as one hour to complete.
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It’s already crucial for auto manufacturers to conduct recalls properly and follow legal guidelines. However, legislation announced earlier this month revealed possible future penalties for manufacturers that are even higher.
According to the Detroit News, maximum fines for delayed recalls under this new plan would increase to $70 million. The same bill would come with other related provisions that would potentially raise the safety budget of that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by more than $14 million within the next five years.
Preparing for these possible changes could require efforts on the part of manufacturers to pay even closer attention to the effectiveness of their recalls. Likewise, dealers can invest in recall services that communicate important issues to the customer base quickly.
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Detroit, MI — August 6, 2015 — This blog has referenced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) concern over Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ recall actions before. More recently, this agency was involved in a hearing through the Department of Transportation in which it heralded possible penalties for the manufacturer, which could come before the end of the month. For owners and dealers, the main concern could be the way initiated recalls were not upheld by the company.
According to the Detroit News, the NHTSA has cited multiple problems in the way FCA has behaved, including a lack of customer notification. Within recent years, the company has reportedly seen more than 11 million vehicles recalled for various reasons, including nearly three million connected to faulty Jeep gas tanks that could lead to fire hazards. Some of the contended recalls stretch back as far as 1993 and include various models.
The News piece quotes Joshua Neff, a recall specialist who criticizes FCA’s performance.
“Fiat Chrysler has repeatedly failed to provide correct information to the agency on basic issues,” he said. “In my considered judgment, such errors reflect carelessness or lack of attention to detail on the part of Fiat Chrysler’s employees responsible for administering recalls that could also have more more consequential results for vehicle and driver safety.”
Although there has been no concrete penalty or settlement agreed to yet, a representative from Fiat Chrysler has reported a dedication to better recall performance in the wake of the hearing and these claims or poor performance.
Effective communication is crucial to the number of people reached by a recall as well as the way a company is perceived for its ability to handle emergency situations effectively.
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Detroit, MI — August 4, 2015 — General Motors is adding to a recall for thousands of Cadillacs around the world as it addresses a possible sunroof switch issue. We’ve covered similar types of defect before, and in this case the affected vehicles feature overly sensitive switches that close the sunroof too quickly. This is an extension of an already existing recall launched earlier this year that now totals more than 82,600 Cadillac ATS sedans around the world: of these, 63,665 are in the Unites States.
Even though the recall now includes added numbers, the company has yet to identify any injuries related to this problem. It might seem like a less severe threat than a problem affecting the engine or steering systems, but the sunroofs in these Cadillacs could close faster than expected and catch fingers in the cracks, as General Motors noted in a statement quoted by Edmunds.com. To fix the problem, dealers will have to simply replace the switch trim plate.
According to this source, the switch problem also violates standards, putting the owners in possible danger “The power-operated roof panel systems on these vehicles will auto-close when the non-recessed portion of the ‘slide’ or ’tilt’ switches are pressed and the roof panel is open,” the company said. “Because these switches are not fully recessed, they can be actuated with less force than required to comply with applicable federal standards.”
Verifying what difficulties in vehicles constitute violations is part of the process of promoting better car care and awareness. Only when recall statements are released to the widest possible owner audience can dealers be sure that the right message is getting out.
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