Honda Recalls Nearly 640,000 Odyssey Minivans Over Seats That May Suddenly Shift During A Crash

Tech Time – December 31, 2016


Honda Recalls Nearly 640,000 Odyssey Minivans Over Seats That May Suddenly Shift During A Crash

Honda has confirmed Dec. 29 that it is indeed stopping the sale of its Odyssey minivans in the United States and will recall nearly 640,000 units sold from 2010 until 2015.

Faulty Lever
According to Honda, the recent move has been prompted by a defect on the second-row seats of the minivan. In its report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Japanese automaker explained that it involves a lever that could remain in unlocked position, which could cause the seats to suddenly move…

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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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2016-2017 Kia Sorento, 2016 Sportage recalled for brake light glitch

The Car Connection – December 26, 2016.

2016-2017 Kia Sorento, 2016 Sportage recalled for brake light glitch

Last week, Hyundai recalled some 5,600 crossovers due a wiring glitch that could cause trouble when the vehicles were towing trailers. Now, Hyundai’s sister, Kia, is recalling more than 10,000 vehicles for the very same problem.

At Kia, the issue affects 2016 and 2017 models of the Kia Sorento and 2016 models of the Kia Sportage. As with the Hyundai vehicles, Kia’s problem is rooted in a faulty trailer hitch wiring harness that can cause a trailer’s brake lights to malfunction. Specifically, the harness can cause the brake lights to remain illuminated, which makes it harder for vehicles to tell when the Kia is braking. That, in turn, can increase the risk of a Kia being rear-ended…

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