This time General Motors announced it will recall about 7 million vehicles worldwide, including a 2007 to 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Suburban, and GMC Yukon. Almost six million of these vehicles are located in the United States. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found the GM inflators in these vehicles are at risk of the same type of explosion after long-term exposure to high heat and humidity as found other recalled Takata inflators.
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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.
Volvo is recalling up to 54,000 cars as a result of evidence of metal fragments from an exploding airbag inflator that could kill drivers. This recall is similar to the Takata recalls, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently reviewing data with Volvo about not only the recalled vehicles, but other Volvo vehicles equipped with inflators made by parts supplier ZF/TRW. A spokesperson for ZF/TRW was unsure if the same inflators were sold to other automakers.
Volvo just issued a recall on 2001-03 Volvo S60 and S80 cars following the death of a driver, which was caused by metal fragments from an exploding airbag inflator. The recall currently involves up to 54,000 vehicles in the United States but could expand as investigators continue to research the issue.
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.