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.
General Motors announced earlier this week that the company is recalling 1.4 million of its vehicles due to increased susceptibility to catch fire from oil leaks. All the vehicles covered by the recall contain 3.8 liter V6 engines and model dates range between 1997 to 2004. GM has previously recalled these vehicles twice before. Consumers are encouraged to check if their vehicles are covered at recalls.gm.com.
Last month, Toyota issued another recall on various vehicle models due to defective front passenger airbag inflators. The defect has been linked to a number of reported injuries and deaths, heightening pressure on auto manufacturers of cars that use the offending airbags, as well as on government regulators to press for industry action.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) released a report July 8, 2015 recalling 432,096 of its vehicles because of an engine defect. The 2015 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured between April 1, 2014 and June 12, 2015, 2015, the Ford Focus vehicles manufactured between June 17, 2014 and June 12, 2015, and the 2015 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured between April 22, 2015 and June 12, 2015 fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) requirements in the "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention" section. Specifically, the engine defect in these vehicles causes the cars to continue running after the key is removed or the start/stop button is switched off.
On October 20, 2014, Toyota Motor Corporation recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States due to potentially defective air bags manufactured by Takata Corporation. Since 2008, more than 16 million vehicles have been recalled globally because of defective Takata air bags.
Houston Texas is home to many bike trails. Memorial Park, located inside the 610 loop, has some of the best. Riders of most skill levels can find a trail they find changeling and enjoyable. While trail rides can be a great form of entertainment, they can also be dangerous. Injuries can occur when a rider attacks a trail that is beyond their skill level. But not all mishaps are the result of rider error. Many times faulty equipment is the cause of a rider's injury.
Federal regulators recently imposed the biggest punishment they could on General Motors and condemned it over its failure to promptly report a defect that has been linked to 13 deaths. GM will pay a $35 million dollar penalty, which is the maximum allowed and the largest fine ever imposed on an automaker. GM will be required to make a wide range of changes to its safety practices that will be supervised by the government, which is another first for the automaker. David Friedman of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that the investigation of GM found "deeply disturbing" evidence over how GM treated safety concerns. Friedman also cited an internal presentation from 2008 that was used to train employees to obscure some problems.
In 2004, ten years before a recall was issued, General Motors knew that its Chevrolet Cobalt's ignition switch could inadvertently shut off the engine while driving. Additionally, the driver's power steering and brakes, along with other safety systems such as airbags and anti-lock brakes, would be cut off.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on Monday indicating almost 22 million vehicles were recalled in the United States last year by automakers. Of those 22 million vehicles Toyota topped the list, recalling more than 5 million of its vehicles in 15 different recalls in 2013. Chrysler Group came in a close second, with about 4.6 million vehicles recalled in 36 different recalls. Rounding out the top five spots on the list were Honda, Hyundai-Kia, and Ford. The number of vehicles involved in a 2013 safety recall increased by more than 5 million from 2012.