More Takata Airbags Recalled

Another huge recall this week – nearly 800,000  more Fords added to the list of Takata airbag recalls. It’s the same problem:  Takata brand airbags can shoot shrapnel at car passengers when an airbag deploys.

Takata airbag recalls require IMMEDIATE REPAIR. Repairs are FREE.

CARS JUST ADDED TO THE RECALL:

  • 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX
  • 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger
  • 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ,
  • 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Recall repairs are FREE
  • Some dealers can help make repairs more convenient, ask for a loaner, mobile repair or what else they can do to make it easier to repair your car right away
  • Even if your car’s recalled airbag has been repaired, you could be subject to newer airbag recalls. Check your vin here
  • Some 2006 Ford Rangers’ airbags are considered so dangerous they are in Do Not Drive status. Other Do Not Drive cars 2001-2002 Honda Civic, 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL, 2003 Honda Pilot, certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda advises do not drive)
  • More Ford Info: https://owner.ford.com/service/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-takata-airbag-recall.html
  • Millions of makes and models have been recalled for dangerous Takata airbags. Check all your cars here for Takata airbag recalls and all other possible recalls

WHAT TO DO

  • Check your VIN
  • Call your local dealer to arrange repair
  • Ask if the dealer can offer an conveniences – a loaner, other transpo, mobile repair at your home or office, etc
  • DO IT NOW! Be Motor Safe!

 

 

 

 

Sandra ThomasMore Takata Airbags Recalled

Car Fires! Know This:

Heads up Kia and Hyundai Owners

Make: Kia and Hyundai –  2011-2014 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe, and 2010-2015 Kia Soul vehicles

Overview: About 400 complaints of engine fires, engine failures (with and without fires), melted wires. Some cars recalled in 2015, 2017 – others not yet recalled pending a government investigation.

Threat: Cars suddenly catching fire without warning or external trigger, like car crashes. Some crash-related fires as well. Some cars that have been repaired catch fire anyway.

Of Course: It’s free to get a recalled car repaired, but only some fire risk cars have been recalled. Many cars in question have *not* been recalled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating nearly two million cars and may decide more recall solutions are in order. Car safety advocated group, the Center for Auto Safety, is demanding recalls now of three million cross-over models and sedans.

Right Now:  Check MotorSafety.org’s recall checker  to learn whether your car is under recall. Other makes are recalled for fire risk. Check you car now!

If you smell smoke, melting wires, experience engine failure or see fire —

  • Calmly pull over to the right side of the road. If you’re all the way left, pull off to the left
  • Turn off your car and carefully step out and away
  • Do not stand near your car. You don’t want to be close to a potential fire, of course. And what you may not realize is it’s dangerous on the shoulder where looky-loos often veer toward the direction in which they’re looking – at you on the shoulder! Seriously, people get killed standing on the shoulder all the time. Get away from the car and traffic!
  • Call 911
  • *And if you are driving a Kia or Hyundai and experience engine failure, a fire could follow. Get over, out and away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra ThomasCar Fires! Know This:

Teen Drivers? YIKES

Young drivers are, by far, the most at risk for crashes.  In fact, car crashes are the number one killer of our teens.

They’re gonna drive, that’s a given for most kids.

What they drive – that is not destiny. That’s a choice where moms and dads can make a difference.

Safest cars for teen drivers are those with the following qualities.

  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Lower horsepower engine
  • Heavier weight cars
  • Cars *not* under recall

To ensure a car you’re considering is under a safety recall check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on MotorSafety.org . It’s free. Guess what else is free? dealership repairs of recalled cars!

See the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s newly issued list of cars best for teens here: https://www.iIhs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicles-for-teens

Sandra ThomasTeen Drivers? YIKES

Big Ford Recall – What to do if your Engine Stalls

Risk: Sudden engine stalling, unexpectedly running out of gas

Ford recalled 1.3 million Ford Focus cars because fuel system valves can get stuck open, causing cars to suddenly stall, fail to re-start and/or unexpectedly run out of gas increasing the risk of crashing. You may see warning lights.

CAR STALLING OR ACTING LIKE IT MIGHT? DO THIS:

  • First clue? As soon as you sense trouble, hit your turn signal and make your way to the shoulder. Don’t wait for a complete stall out.
  • No power? Turn on your flashers and call 911. Don’t try to drift to the side of the road unless you have enough momentum and clear lanes to get there. You don’t want to block two lanes!
  • Panic? Yep, people do. But you are going to think straight: check for oncoming traffic, use your turn signal and get over
  • Safe Side? Right side is best! But if you are stalling and in the left lane, exit left
  • Sit Tight? YES. Stay IN the car, ensure your seatbelt is on. Lookie Loo’s often drift in the direction they’re looking.
  • Roadside Rear-ender? Happens all the time. If you can, place your car in neutral to reduce impact energy if someone smashes into you
  • Can you get it Fixed Free? Yes, if it’s under recall you can! Find out by checking Motorsafety.org. And guys? If your car is under recall, for Pete’s sake — get it fixed! Industry: RecallMasters.com Consumers: MotorSafety.org
Sandra ThomasBig Ford Recall – What to do if your Engine Stalls