Supercars Recalled For Takata Airbag Issues

It’s been more than two years since Takata airbag inflators were found to have been defective and needed to be recalled. Even still, vehicle models continue to be identified for airbag-related recalls.

Car and Driver reports that a number of supercars have now been affected. These include older vehicles, such as the 2012 Fisker Karma and the Lexus LFA. But many recent cars will also be recalled, including the 2017 Audi R8 and the 2016-2017 McLaren 570S. Most notable is that the entire Ferrari lineup from 2016-2017 has been affected, according to the news source.

Tesla, the all-electric vehicle maker that is steadily growing in popularity and prestige, will be affected as well. The company will have to recall all 2012-2016 Model S sedans for airbag inflator problems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined last year that affected airbags used an ammonium nitrate-based propellant, but did not use a chemical drying agent. As a result, temperature variations and moisture began to cause airbags to improperly inflate, while launching shrapnel at drivers and passengers. As many as 11 deaths and 180 injuries in the U.S. have been attributed to this defect.

So far, it does not appear that any of the affected supercars have been responsible for additional deaths and injuries. But the fact that so many of these models are relatively new – with some even being released after news of the Takata recall broke – suggests that automakers have had difficulty sourcing components made by other manufacturers.

Consumer Reports estimates that by the time the recall is finished, a total of 42 million vehicles in the U.S. will be affected.

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Additional Chevy Malibus Recalled Over Takata Air Bag Defect

Recall Masters – December 29, 2016.

Additional Chevy Malibus Recalled Over Takata Air Bag Defect

The Defect

General Motors will recall all 2017 Malibu vehicles manufactured on Nov. 10, 2016, according to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The right-hand rear side air bag inflators in these cars appear to lack sufficient welds, which could cause the inflators to separate at random. As a result, these air bags are at risk for spontaneous deployment that can project debris and cause injury or death among vehicle occupants…

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Additional Chevy Malibus Recalled Over Takata Air Bag Defect

Warren, Mich. – Dec. 29, 2016 – General Motors will recall certain 2017 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles for defects with Takata air bag inflators. These problems were similar to the reasons that led to a recent recall of 2016 Malibu vehicles.

The Defect

General Motors will recall all 2017 Malibu vehicles manufactured on Nov. 10, 2016, according to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The right-hand rear side air bag inflators in these cars appear to lack sufficient welds, which could cause the inflators to separate at random. As a result, these air bags are at risk for spontaneous deployment that can project debris and cause injury or death among vehicle occupants.

Timeline of Events

  • November 13, 2016 – Takata informed General Motors inflators have ruptured during lot tests of modules.
  • November 14, 2016 – General Motors opened an investigation into the issue and attempted to locate all of the other inflators that originated from the same lot as the failed component.
  • November 16, 2016 – Further tests of the failed inflator confirmed the underlying issue was an incorrect seam weld. No other issues could be found in inflators from the same lot.
  • November 18, 2016 – General Motors decided to conduct a recall on the entire lot, affecting every Malibu vehicle made on November 10.

Resolution

General Motors will send notifications to all vehicle owners containing additional information about the recall schedule. As these cars are still under warranty, no reimbursement will be offered, but dealers will replace the side air bag modules free of charge.

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Mitsubishi Will Replace Lift Gate Out of Caution

Recall Masters – December 28, 2016.

Mitsubishi Will Replace Lift Gate Out of Caution

The Defect

The problem appears to affect model year 2011-2012 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured between Aug. 26, 2010 and June 1, 2012. Also being recalled are 2016 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured between Jan. 11, 2016 and July 8, 2016.

According to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the support tubes that are meant to hold up the vehicles’ lift gates when they are open do not contain the correct amount of anti-corrosion treatment. Over time, this means that salt and water can corrode the tubes, which will in turn cause them to lose pressure more quickly. If not treated, affected lift gates could crash down on operators without warning, possibly causing injury…

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Mitsubishi Will Replace Lift Gate Out of Caution

Dec. 28, 2016 – Cypress, Calif. – Defective lift gates on several vehicles models have led Mitsubishi to conduct a recall of those that have been affected.

The Defect

The problem appears to affect model year 2011-2012 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured between Aug. 26, 2010 and June 1, 2012. Also being recalled are 2016 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured between Jan. 11, 2016 and July 8, 2016.

According to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the support tubes that are meant to hold up the vehicles’ lift gates when they are open do not contain the correct amount of anti-corrosion treatment. Over time, this means that salt and water can corrode the tubes, which will in turn cause them to lose pressure more quickly. If not treated, affected lift gates could crash down on operators without warning, possibly causing injury.

Timeline of Events

January 2016 – A supplier informed Mitsubishi that corrosion in a similar outer lift gate tube had caused the inner spring to snap off. The supplier suggested that Mitsubishi investigate its own components as well.

December 2016 – After a full investigation, Mitsubishi had no knowledge of any documented cases of failure on any of its vehicles. The company decided to conduct the recall out of a sense of caution, to ensure no future problems will arise.

Resolution

Mitsubishi is currently working with dealers to determine the best date in which to inform customers of the recall. Owners will be encouraged to visit their nearest dealer to have their existing lift gate replaced, free of charge.

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GM Given Chance To Avoid Recall [Video]

U.S. safety regulators may give General Motors the opportunity to avoid a costly recall if it can prove that its Takata-produced air bag inflators are safe.

Takata’s faulty air bags have been linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. and 16 worldwide. This past spring, GM was one of the many automakers that agreed to recall vehicles with Takata components installed. However, GM now argues that its inflators have unique designs that make them safer than the others on the market.

GM has until Aug. 31, 2017 to prove that its inflators still meet federal safety guidelines. If it can do so, the planned recall of 2.5 million vehicles will be canceled.

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Ladder Weakness Leads To Motor Home Recall

Dec. 26, 2016 – Elkhart, Ind. – Forest River Inc. has announced the recall of several model motor homes with defective ladders, which could prove to be dangerous.

The Defect

The recall will affect the following four model years of vehicles:

  • 2015-2017 FR3 motor homes manufactured between Sept.24, 2014 and May 12, 2016
  • 2015-2017 Prime Time Spartan toy haulers manufactured between June 10, 2014 and May 31, 2016
  • 2013-2016 Palomino Columbus toy haulers manufactured between Oct. 4, 2012 and Dec. 4, 2015
  • 2015-2016 XLR Thunderbolt and Nitro toy haulers manufactured between May 23, 2014 and Nov. 23, 2016

The ladders on these vehicles are welded to mounting plates that may separate from their hinges, according to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The inadequate welding meant that if too much weight was applied to the ladders, they might separate from their vehicles.

Timeline of Events

  • Nov. 2, 2016 – The Office of Corporate Compliance at Forest River learned of the possible defect from Christianson Industries and launched an investigation of the problem.
  • Nov. 3-4, 2016 – Forest River confirmed that the ladders it had installed on its vehicles were made by Christianson Industries. The company then concluded that a recall would be the best course of action.

Resolution

All owners will be notified of the recall. Forest Hills plans to mail out a repair kit to all owners that will allow them to make the necessary fixes. This kit will contain six brackets, six bolts and six lock washers, as well as mechanical fasteners. These will be shipped out free of charge.

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KTM North America Recalls Motorcycles Over Brake Line Issue

Murrieta, Calif. – Dec. 22, 2016 – KTM North America has issued a safety recall for several motorcycle models that have experienced brake line problems that could lead to sudden failure.

The Defect

KTM will recall model year 2015-2016 1290 Super Adventure motorcycles manufactured between Dec. 1, 2014 and March 10, 2016, and model year 2013-2016 1190 Adventure and Adventure R motorcycles manufactured between Nov. 20, 2012 and April 25, 2016. According to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles affected have frayed wiring harnesses that allows brake lines to form electrical connections between ABS modulators and the vehicle ground. If these connections are maintained, the brake lines can overheat and melt, losing effectiveness.

Timeline of Events

  • June 2016: A customer service claim came through Germany that indicated a problem with motorcycle brake lines. Further investigation revealed that this was a rare defect, but one that could pose a serious problem under a specific set of circumstances.
  • December 2016: Following a lengthy investigation, KTM determined that a recall was in order.

Resolution

KTM North America will notify all registered motorcycle owners about their potential for being affected. Owners are advised to avoid operating their vehicles until they have been repaired, as the functionality of the brake lines will not be guaranteed until then.

Dealers will have to inspect and reposition all brake lines and harnesses on motorcycles in their inventories before any future deliveries will be allowed to go out. In addition, KTM will keep the federal government updated on the progress of the recall.

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