Toyota, the world's largest automaker, continues to suffer design problems with its vehicles. A few years ago, Toyota found itself embroiled in a public relations nightmare when its cars began experiencing unintended acceleration. As a result, Toyota issued a massive recall.
On Thursday, December 20, 2012, General Motors announced that the company is recalling more than 145,000 pickup trucks due to a defect in the truck hoods which could cause hoods to fly open unexpectedly. GM informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that if the hoods were to open unexpectedly, blocking a driver's forward vision, it would possibly lead to crashes or injuries.
As reported by the LA Times last week, Honda is recalling more than 800,000 minivans and sport utility vehicles in the United States for a problem with the vehicles' ignition system, and this is not the first time for similar issues with Honda vehicles to be reported. The company, which has its North American headquarters in Torrance, California, is recalling 318,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and 259,000 Honda Pilot SUVs made in 2003 and 2004. Other vehicles also being recalled are the 230,000 Acura MDX SUVs made from 2003 to 2006.
In another safety related recall, Ford Motor Company is recalling over 73,000 Ford Escape compact sport-utility vehicles, as well as over 15,000 Ford Fusion midsize sedans. This recall involves the 2013 model year and it is reported that these vehicles can have overheating problems that causes engine fires. This recall closely follows Ford's recall of certain 2013 Escapes which reported having fuel leaks, coolant leaks, and carpet that interfered with the gas and brake pedals.
Toyota has announced plans to conduct two safety recalls involving 2.77 million vehicles worldwide due to a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect. This announcement comes just one month after Toyota announced its biggest recall ever. In that recall, a total of 7.43 million vehicles were involved, more than a third of those in the United States, making it the largest recall in the world for the past 16 years.
In its latest recall, Ford Motor Co. found another serious safety issue in its newly launched 2013 Escape sport utility vehicle, as it may have contained an improperly installed part that could trigger a fire in the engine compartment. This recall, which is the third for this car, affects about 7,600 Escapes, mostly in the United States, equipped with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The recalled models were built between October 5, 2011 and August 31, 2012. In a small number of these models, the cup plug on the engine cylinder head might come loose. This would lead to loss of engine coolant, causing the engine to overheat. In some cases, the ethylene glycol in the coolant may combust.
On Wednesday, the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer safety advisory to alert consumers about the dangers of counterfeit airbags. According to the NHTSA, consumers who have been involved in an automobile accident and who have either had the airbags in their vehicle replaced by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership or who have purchased a replacement airbag online within the past three years may have had a counterfeit airbag installed in their vehicle. While these airbags look nearly identical to certified, original equipment parts, NHTSA testing showed consistent malfunctioning ranging from non-deployment of the airbag to the expulsion of metal shrapnel during airbag deployment.
Honda Motor Company has just completed a week in which it recalled hundreds of thousands of motor vehicles it manufactured. In no particular order, here are the highlights of the Honda vehicles:
According to an article published in the New York Times, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated an investigation of about 577,000 Honda Pilot SUV's and Odyssey minivans after reports that their park interlocks failed, allowing them to roll away. NHTSA's investigation was announced just days after Honda added nearly 600,000 Accords to an ongoing recall relating to a fire hazard.
General Motors is recalling vehicles again. This time, GM is recalling over 40,000 vehicles for a fuel leak defect which can lead to a fire hazard. The recall stems from defective plastic parts that may crack and lead to a fuel leak in warm-weather states. Specifically, the plastic parts connected to the fuel pump may wear and crack in these warmer climates. The obvious concern is that a large crack near the fuel pump can result in fuel leakage and a possible fire.