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)
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.
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!
*And if you are driving a Kia or Hyundai and experience engine failure, a fire could follow. Get over, out and away.
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
Today, we start the engine to the latest vehicle from MotorSafety.org – the Recall Matters Blog. This blog will provide news, tips and information related to automotive recalls that extends beyond the recall announcements themselves. Since our inception, MotorSafety.org has provided consumers with a thorough listing of every vehicle recall issued by NHTSA, as well as manufacturer voluntary recalls that are yet to be government mandated. This latest addition of blog content allows consumers to learn more about how to protect themselves further from dangerous recalls. We’re excited to have you!