Ford has recalled close to one million vehicles around the world to replace defective Takata airbag inflators. The Detroit Free Press reports that the vehicles have been recalled due to a risk of flying shrapnel caused by exploding airbag inflators. Takata used the chemical, ammonium nitrate, to create an explosion to inflate airbags. However, it can deteriorate over time due to heat and humidity. When the ammonium nitrate has deteriorated, it will explode with too much force and blow apart the metal canister designed to contain the explosion. Hundreds of people have been injured by the shrapnel from these airbags and at least twenty-three people have been killed worldwide.
The Center for Auto Safety filed a petition with the federal government to have the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigate potential non-collision fires in 2.2 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Kia is an affiliate of Hyundai and together they are the world's 5th largest automobile-manufacturer.
Nearly every major holiday is heralded by a slew of news articles warning about the increased dangers on the roadways during the upcoming festivities, and Labor Day is no different. Texas Department of Transportation statistics showed Labor Day weekend ranked fourth among major 2017 holiday weekends in number of deadly crashes and number of fatalities from car accidents (Thanksgiving weekend ranked third, but it also counts data for a longer weekend). These spikes are mostly attributed to increased alcohol consumption, and staying off the road is the most reliable way to avoid drunk drivers. But while you're planning a safe holiday, spend a few extra minutes tackling a vehicle safety issue that could affect you any time of the year: mechanical failures.
Car safety recalls can be an inconvenience, especially when you have to take time out of your busy schedule to get it fixed. But, in more serious instances it can lead to accidents and injuries. Sometimes the issues prove fatal. Vehicle recalls in the U.S. have soared in recent years. A record number of recalls in 2016 reached 53.2 million, and the previous all-time high of 51.1 million was set in 2015. The surge in traffic deaths have jumped dramatically.
Porsche, a world-wide recognized German automobile manufacturer is recalling nearly 18,000 vehicles in the United States to address an engine-related issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some Porsche vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2012 have a camshaft controller that may become loose overtime. This may lead to engine failure or disrupted driving and may increase chances of vehicle collision, injury, or death.
Audi has issued recalls over issues in their vehicles that are affecting over half a million cars. One problem surrounding six different model Audis involves coolant pump failure, where the pump could be blocked and cause fires in the engine compartment. The models affected on this issue are from the recent 2015 and 2016 models, including the popular sedans, coupes, and allroad wagons. Audi was reported saying this issue can and will be fixed with a software update, with that update programmed to shut off the power supply to the coolant pump if it becomes blocked.
Mazda North America is recalling nearly 70,000 of its RX-8 sports cars because they are prone to fuel leaks that carry the potential to spark fires according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Anthony Yelchin, an actor known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was killed when his own car struck him after rolling backwards down the steep driveway at his California home.
Honda is announcing a recall on one of its newest automobile models before it even hits the U.S. public market. The 2016 Honda Civic compact vehicles equipped with two-liter-four-cylinders engines have poorly installed or lack their piston pin snap rings. The cause of this dangerous mechanical error stems from neglect during factory construction. An improperly installed or missing ring can cause the pistons to rub against the engine block resulting in the vehicle to either stall or fail while being driven. The friction can also lead to the possibility of the engine igniting while being operated.
On January 20, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it will conduct an investigation on 2012-2013 Ford Focus cars, which have been reported to have faulty latches on the car doors. There have been complaints on over 400,000 Ford Focus cars. A Ford spokesman has stated that Ford will cooperate and assist the NHTSA on finding out how the issue occurred and how to fix the problem. Currently, the NHTSA is just investigating the complaints regarding the 2012-2013 Ford Focus cars; no recalls have been issued by either Ford or the NHTSA.