Last Tuesday, Kia announced that it is recalling nearly 73,000 of its Rio models due to a hazard existing with the passenger airbag system, which could erroneously deploy with a small child seated in the front passenger seat. This recall is now posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website at: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/latestRecalls.cfm. According to the information posted on the NHTSA website concerning the recall, the front seat passenger "occupant sensor mat can experience fatigue cracking...If sufficient cracking occurs, the classification system (OCS) will cease to function such that the system will not be able to detect whether a child passenger is in the seat and the airbag will deploy during a crash necessitating deployment." Such a defect obviously increases the risk of injury to children riding in the front seat.
According to the Federal Government, Toyota Motor Corp. has issued another recall for one of its product lines. Toyota is recalling the 2013 Lexus GS 350 sport sedans to attempt to fix a problem with the variable-ratio steering system. A failure of this system can cause drivers to lose control. Although the recall is only for 2013 year models, it includes cars built between December 12, 2011 and February 7, 2012.
Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling 794,247 child safety seats because the harness locking and release button does not always return to its locked position. If this occurs, the harness adjustment strap can slip back through the adjuster as a child moves around in the seat. This can result in a loosened harness and increase the risk of the child being injured in a vehicle crash.
German automaker BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) is recalling 1.3 million of its luxury vehicles, world-wide. The recall is due to defects with a battery cable cover in the trunk of the affected vehicle. According to BMW's statement, the improper mounting "can result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, to charring or fire."