Mazda car parking brake may not hold, company issues recall

ABC News – June 30, 2017

Mazda car parking brake may not hold, company issues recall

Mazda is recalling more than 307,000 cars because the parking brake may not fully release or could fail to hold the cars, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall covers certain Mazda 6 cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years and the Mazda 3 from 2014 through 2016.

The company says water can get into the brake caliper, causing a shaft to corrode and bind. If that happens, the parking brake can get stuck in the on position or fail to fully engage. That can let the cars roll unexpectedly if parked on a slope.

The problem affects only cars with a hand-operated parking brake lever system, according to documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…

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Toyota recalls models with faulty tie rod assemblies


Plano, Texas – June 29, 2017 – Toyota Motor North America has recalled more than 1,700 vehicles with defective tie rod assemblies, according to a company news release. The campaign affects 2017 Lexus ES 350 sedans.

The Defect

The vehicles named in the recall could contain improperly installed right-hand tie rod assemblies, according to Toyota. This defect, which often creates noise, can cause the vehicles to drift left or right while operating.

Additionally, in severe cases, drivers may experience loss of steering control. Both events can increase the likelihood of an accident. However, Toyota has not received reports of any injuries or wrecks related to the defective tie rod assemblies.

Timeline of Events

Toyota has not released details into the events or internal inquiry that led to the recall campaign.

The Solution

The car company has ordered dealers to inspect the tie rod assemblies on affected vehicles, specifically the right-hand-side lock nut. If this fixture is lose, dealers are to replace it, along with the steering gear and tie rod assemblies, at no cost to owners.

Toyota is expected to send out owner notifications via first-class mail later this month. However, the organization encourages owners who suspect they might have vehicles involved in the recall to check by entering their vehicle identification numbers at the Toyota recall portal or the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s site,

Those in need of more immediate assistance can contact Toyota customer service at (800) 331-4331 or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.


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Ford Issues Safety Recall For Around 400,000 Transit Vehicles


Dearborn, Mich., June 28, 2017—Ford Motor Company has recalled about 400,000 of its 2015-17 Transit van or bus vehicles in North America, with 370,630 in the U.S. alone. These models have chassis cab/cutaways with medium wheelbases and medium, long and extended wheelbases.

The Defect
Ford field testing showed that once the affected vehicles reach 30,000 miles, the driveshaft flexible coupling deteriorates. This issue can lead to driveline separation. As a result, the Transit can move while in park without the parking brake applied or lose motive power while driving. Damaged fuel and brake lines are also possible if the driveshaft separates from the transmission.

So far, Ford has not associated any accidents or injuries with the defect, although such incidents are possible.

Timeline of Events 
All the recalled vehicles originated from the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, with dates of manufacture ranging from Jan. 17, 2014 to June 15, 2017. Ford announced the recall June 28, 2017.

The Solution
Ford recalled the vehicles to replace the driveshaft flexible coupling. This interim repair is not necessary for affected models that have fewer than 30,000 miles. Additionally, the fix is not required for vans or buses with more than 30,000 miles that have had the coupling replaced within that mileage span.

Until a final repair is available and complete, affected vehicles will need a replacement coupling every 30,000 miles. Ford will send mail notifications to owners, who can receive repairs at Ford or Lincoln dealers at no cost. When available, the permanent fix will also come at no cost, and Ford will again send a mail notification instructing owners to schedule a repair appointment for their Transit vehicles.

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Ford recalls more than 400,000 vehicles for safety and compliance issues

CNBC News – June 28, 2017

Ford recalls more than 400,000 vehicles for safety and compliance issues

Ford on Wednesday issued one safety recall and two safety compliance recalls in North America.

The safety recall will impact approximately 400,000 2015-17 Ford Transit van or bus vehicles, the car manufacturer said. No accidents or injuries have been associated with these vehicles, Ford added.

“In the affected vehicles, continuing to operate a vehicle with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power while driving or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied,” Ford said…

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Volvo XC90 Recalled to Fix Seat Belt Problems

Car Complaints – June 27, 2017

Volvo XC90 Recalled to Fix Seat Belt Problems

Volvo XC90 SUVs have seat belt problems, enough to cause a recall of 1,300 of the model year 2017 vehicles to fix third-row seat belts.

Volvo says a small component inside the right-hand seat belt retractor called a micro gas generator can detach after the seat belt retractor pretensioner is deployed.

The automaker says the seat belt will still work in a crash, but the gas generator can become a projectile inside the cabin if the generator detaches. In addition to entering the cabin, the detached gas generator can enter the luggage area through the trim panel…

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General Motors recalls vehicles with faulty front seats


Warren, Mich. – June 27, 2017 – General Motors has recalled more than 760 vehicles that may be equipped with unsafe front seat head restraints, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2016-2017 Buick Envision sport utility models produced between May 16, 2017 and May 27, 2017. GM estimates that 45 percent of the cars named in the campaign contain the defective equipment.

The Defect

The vehicles mentioned in the recall could feature front head restraints that do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 202a, which mandates that all restraints attach securely to seat backs, according to the U.S. Government Publishing Office. Buick Envision models come with backseat tablet computer holders that hook to the front seat head restraints. These devices could prevent restraints from fully engaging with seat backs, posing a serious safety hazard to drivers. However, GM has not received any accident or injury reports connected the defect.

Timeline of Events

On March 21, 2017, a GM employee and Envision owners filed an internal report alleging that the tablet holder prevented the head restraint on his vehicle from connecting properly with the seat back. The car company launched an official investigation May 11. GM engineers corroborated the report with the dealer that had sold the vehicle. The dealership also confirmed the tablet holder had been installed in multiple Envision models, some of which had been sold.

GM reviewed the instructions provided to dealers and discovered that they most likely caused confusion at the point of installation. Specifically, many technicians probably failed to remove the button caps located on the arms at the base of the head restraints, creating a situation in which these fixtures would not lock in place with the addition of the tablet holder.

On May 17, the Brand Quality Manager for Buick notified dealers across the country of the problem and instructed them to remove restraint button caps when installing tablet holders. The GM Open Investigation Review evaluated the investigation and resulting fix June 5. On the June 8, the automaker’s Safety Field Action Decision Authority chose to conduct a voluntary non-compliance recall.

The Solution

GM has distributed updated installation instructions. Dealers will reinstall the tablet holders in affected vehicles, free of charge, according to the NHTSA. The car company has yet to provide owner notification dates. However, those in need of immediate assistance can contact Buick customer service at (800) 521-7300 or call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Takata files for bankruptcy after fallout from air bag inflator recalls


Auburn Hills, Mich.—June 27, 2017—After an extensive series of recalls and with repairs still needed, Takata is officially filing for bankruptcy. This recall, which many have referred to as the largest of its kind in U.S. history, has affected several major manufacturers and addresses a concern involving dangerous air bag inflator systems, which could rupture and has had fatal repercussions.

The Bankruptcy

The New York Times reported that the bankruptcy is a direct response to the mounting costs of the recall. Though the manufacturer plans to fix the recalled vehicles, it reportedly has as much as $50 billion in liabilities to contend with.

As a result, the major manufacturers taking part in this recall will have to pay the remaining costs, the source said, potentially offsetting what Takata is unable to complete. Takata also owes $125 million to victims of the defect.

The Takata airbag recalls have been official news for more than two years, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announcing the decision as far back as May 19, 2015, according to a recall timeline for the action on its website.

State of Completion

As of May 26, the NHTSA, listed more than 30 vehicle brand names as part of the Takata-related recall efforts. Of these, Honda boasted the highest completion rate, with nearly 66 percent of its driver-side air bags repaired, compared to 52 percent of its passenger side air bags, adding up to more than 58 percent of the total amount.

On the other end of the spectrum is Mercedes Benz, which had completed just 1.8 percent of its necessary repairs, which solely consisted of driver-side air bags.

More than 7.9 million driver side air bags were complete of this time. The overall repair rate for these air bags improved between April 28 and May 26, growing by nearly 1 full percentage point after increasing again by that same amount between April and March.

The passenger side air bag completion rate also grew between April and May, but unlike the driver side repair rate, dropped between March and April. The total air bag repair rate followed a similar pattern and was 38.1 percent as of May 26.

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Takata, brought down by airbag crisis, files for bankruptcy

CNN Money – June 26, 2017

Takata, brought down by airbag crisis, files for bankruptcy

Japan’s Takata was brought down by the huge cost of its exploding airbag crisis. The company’s faulty airbag inflators, which can blast shrapnel into drivers and passengers, have resulted in the recall of tens of millions of vehicles and been linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. and several others elsewhere.
With spiraling debts estimated at more than $9 billion, Takata (TKTDY) said Monday it’s seeking bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. It’s also selling off the lion’s share of its business to a U.S.-based rival.
Key Safety Systems, a Chinese-owned company based in Michigan, is paying $1.6 billion for nearly all of Takata’s operations. But it’s staying away from the parts that deal with the airbag inflators, which will eventually be wound down…

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2014-2016 Chevrolet SS recalled over power steering problem

The Car Connection – June 26, 2017

2014-2016 Chevrolet SS recalled over power steering problem

General Motors has issued a recall for the 2014-2016 Chevrolet SS. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles could be at risk of losing power steering assistance.

The problem with the SS stems from corrosion on a device that connects the car’s electronic power steering module and the torque sensor. The device was manufactured by Mando Corporation in South Korea…

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GM recalls Chevrolet SS vehicles


Warren, Mich.—June 26, 2017—A new Chevrolet recall pertains to thousands of vehicles with a potential power steering issue. According to an acknowledgment statement filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers in certain Chevrolet SS models could suddenly lose electric power steering assistance while the vehicle is in motion. The specific models involved cover the years from 2014 to 2016 for the Chevrolet SS, though the recall itself comes from General Motors.

The Defect

The statement said that a power steering connector could suffer conductivity issues through fretting corrosion, possibly cutting off assistance altogether. This could in turn activate a warning light and noise to alert the driver, even though it might still technically be possible to drive the car. Estimates indicate approximately 95 percent of the 6,204 vehicles may have this issue. The affected components themselves are from Mando Corporation.

Timeline of Events

  • May 14, 2013: This was the earliest production date listed in the same NHTSA statement, applying specifically to the 2013 Chevrolet SS vehicles in the recall.
  • April 27, 2016: The production period for the 2016 vehicles involved in this recall ended on this day, making it the last of all of the included vehicles overall. The report did not list how many vehicles of each model year were included.
  • July 26, 2016: The gold-plated terminals, which were listed as part of the solution to the issue, were introduced on this date. However, the manufacturer reportedly didn’t discover this until it had begun its investigation the following year.
  • September 28, 2016: A related chronology document, also filed with the NHTSA, said that this date was when a report on steering warranty data brought the matter to GM’s attention.
  • March 23, 2017: The manufacturer began its official investigation on this day, with the actual recall decision coming on June 9.

The Resolution

The original statement listed the dealer notification date as June 15, with no date listed for owner notification at that time. The replacements will involve the previously introduced gold-plated terminals to fix the assembly, if such a repair is needed.

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