Recently, the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration) announced they are conducting an investigation into Chevrolet Bolt batteries, due to a potential fire hazard while charging. The recall according to Chevrolet is primarily for years 2017 through 2018, however, some of the MY2019 Bolt EVs are also included.
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Ford has issued a recall of Explorer SUVs spanning the model years 2013-2017. Ford issued the recall for 350,000 Explorers in the U.S. and 25,200 in Canada. The recall is related to the rear suspension toe link. A toe link provides more weight on the rear tires, so they stay firmly on the ground. The part can fracture and increase the risk of a crash and serious injuries or death.
Yet another person has been killed by a defective airbag inflator, bringing the worldwide death toll to 26, with over 240 others who have been seriously injured by these devices. Since 2014, nearly 50 million Takata airbags have been recalled in the United States alone, with recalls affecting nearly every vehicle manufacturer, including the Detroit Three, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Daimler, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi.
A thirty-one-year-old man died in San Antonio, Texas on September 15, 2020 after an 18-wheeler failed to stop at an access road intersection, plowing into the young man's Honda Civic and propelling it into oncoming traffic. The 18-wheeler driver later told investigators his brakes failed.
BMW issued a recall for a number of its 2019 and 2020 motorcycles because of faulty front brake calipers because these critical components can leak when parked, which can lead to a dangerous loss in stopping power if the fluid reservoir gets depleted. In addition to the recall, a stop-sale has been issued on new models as well.
Ford is warning that a number of its vehicles pose serious hazards for U.S. consumers. The first recall affects nearly half a million vehicles built from June 25, 2014 to December 21, 2017 under the Ford Edge platform as well as Lincoln MKX vehicles built between November 11, 2014 and December 21, 2017. Both vehicles were manufactured in Ontario, Canada at Ford's Oakville Assembly Plant, and pose serious safety hazards due to front brake jounce hoses that could rupture.
More than 1.6 million potential defects have caused Honda to recall more than 600,000 vehicles including Odyssey minivans and Pilot and Passport SUVs. The recalls include faulty door latches, malfunctioning backup cameras, and non-illuminating dashboard lights. Honda will fix these defects free of charge starting on September 23, 2020.
Honda issued its second recall in the last two years last Tuesday, and this issue is not as different as its predecessor. 2018-2020 Odysseys, 2019-2020 Passports, and 2019-2021 Pilots were recalled for software issues that can cause the display to malfunction and not show information like speed, gear selection and oil pressure, which can potentially be dangerous if not taken care of.
Kristian Edwards was driving her Model 3 Tesla when she was struck by another vehicle. It caused her to slam into the guardrail on the interstate highway. None of the Tesla's airbags deployed. Mrs. Edwards, a public health professor at George Washington University in Washington, suffered major injuries, including head trauma and brain damage. Mrs. Edwards was wearing her seat belt; her son was in the back seat and also sustained injuries. Suit was filed against Tesla. The family is seeking to be compensated for medical bills, Mrs. Edwards' loss of earning capacity, and her pain and suffering.
On June 25, 2020, a Maryland woman who suffered traumatic brain injuries in a 2019 accident sued Tesla Inc. in California alleging it manufactured an unsafe Model 3 vehicle with airbags that didn't properly deploy. The suit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court in California where Tesla's headquarters is located.