On Thursday, September 6, 2018, media outlets carried the announcement of a massive recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks. About 2,000,000 trucks are involved, approximately 1,619,000 of which are in the United States. The recall affects model years 2015-2018, and stems from reports that a defect in the seatbelt system could cause a fire.
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.
Following news in March that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was looking into reports of defective airbags in vehicles made by Kia and its affiliate Hyundai, Kia has announced it is recalling more than half a million vehicles in the U.S. because of the concern.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that it is recalling 494,000 medium and heavy-duty Ram trucks as a result of a water pump concern that could cause a fire. This recall affects 2013-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cabs.
James Robert Liang a 63-year-old German engineer, who played a significant role in the Volkswagen's diesel emission scandal, attempted a cover up, according U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox. During sentencing in Detroit the judge stated "The conspiracy perpetrated a massive...stunning fraud on the American consumer that attacked and destroyed the very foundation of our economic system."
A seriously injured Dallas couple is suing for negligence, malice, intentional acts, and fraud, seeking monetary relief of more than $1 million from John Eagle Collision Center and John Eagle Imports. According to the lawsuit, the couple alleges that the certified collision repair shop conducted unsafe repairs to their Honda and never disclosed those repairs prior to the sale.
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.
Earlier this month, Florida Toyota car dealer, Earl Stewart, sued one of its competitors, Arrigo Enterprises, for selling cars containing Takata airbags. The lawsuit alleges Arrigo is not telling its customers about the recall and even misrepresenting the recall status.
Over four million vehicles are being recalled by one of the largest car manufacturers, General Motors (GM). 3.6 million of the recalled vehicles are in the United States. After several reports of injuries, GM is working to fix the defective airbag software found in the 2014-2017 Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac models.
Last Friday, General Motors Company (GM) announced a recall on 4.3 million vehicles worldwide for defective software involving airbag deployment. The defect, which can prevent airbags from activating or seat belts to lock during a crash, has thus far been connected to three injuries and at least one death. The defect is described as a sensor problem that tricks the computer into thinking it is in test mode, and therefore doesn't register as a real crash. While the problem only triggers in rare circumstances, the recall covers a wide variety of cars, including all the newer models of Buick LaCrosse', GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Corvettes, Caprice, Spark EVs, and Tahoe's, Silverado HD and 1500, the Silverado Suburban, and Cadillac Escalades. GM said they would be notifying customers and offering a free software update, which is reported to already be available at their dealerships.