General Motors recently issued a recall for 3.5 million U.S. pickup trucks and SUVs to address a vacuum pump issue that makes braking more difficult and has been linked to 113 accidents and 13 injuries. GM previously issued a recall in Canada for 300,000 vehicles.
Women wearing seat belts are significantly more likely to suffer injury than their male counterparts. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia's Center for Applied Biomechanics shows that belted female auto occupants have 73 % greater odds of being seriously injured in frontal car crashes compared to belted males. The difference in risk is greatest for injury to the lower extremities, but also occurs with several other types of injury.
Chrysler is recalling more than 500,000 models. Problems with the recalled models include failing alternator, power mirrors that can start a fire, airbag sensors, and head restraints. The 2011-2014 Dodge Charger, Challenger, Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Chrysler 300 are among the models currently being recalled.
A total of 6.39 million vehicles are being recalled by Toyota Motor Corp., a Japanese based car manufacturer. Roughly 30 models globally have been affected.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently opened three separate investigations due to vehicle defects which pose serious crash hazards. The investigations cover the Dodge Viper, Ford Crown Victoria police cars, and the Porsche 911. The NHTSA classifies these investigations as preliminary evaluations which could be upgraded to a more serious engineering analysis or a recall if investigators find reason for concern.
Airbags provide silent, invisible protection for front seat passengers of modern automobiles. At least, that is what they are supposed to do. Now, it appears that a defect-of which most consumers would only become aware when it is too late-necessitates the recall of millions of vehicles.