Ford’s Defective Door Latches May Cause Doors to Open While Driving!

Imagine driving down the highway and your car door(s) suddenly open. If you are the owner of a Ford Fusion or a Lincoln MKZ from the 2013 and 2014 model years, or a Ford Fiesta from 2011 to 2014, your imagination could become an alarming reality. Ford is expanding a recall to fix door latches that may not stay closed. The recall now covers almost 546,000 vehicles manufactured at … [Read more...]

Do You Trust the Airbags in Your Vehicle?

Last week, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota announced they would have a combined recall of millions of vehicles equipped with airbags manufactured by Takata that could explode under certain circumstances, sending metal shrapnel into the vehicle. Takata Corp., one of three major manufacturers of airbags, has had problems with their air bag inflator since 2009, … [Read more...]

5 New Recalls for GM Affecting 2.7 Million U.S. Vehicles

Today's recall topped the 10 million mark for General Motors in 2014. GM said the new recalls would cost $200 million on its second-quarter earnings report. The largest recall in today’s batch was for cars and trucks worldwide to fix five different safety problems that have triggered hundreds of complaints and some injuries, but no deaths. This recall includes a handful of … [Read more...]

VW Recalls 26,000 of the 2014 Models with 1.8T Engines

Following up on a stop-sale order from earlier this month, Volkswagen announced a voluntary recall of 26,452 vehicles that are powered by the brand's 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine for faulty O-rings that could cause a fluid leak. The recall includes the 2014 model year Passat, Jetta, Beetle and Beetle convertible, made between Feb. 1, 2014 and April 6, 2014. There … [Read more...]

GM Announces Three New Recalls

Can things possibly get any worse for General Motors?  GM announced yet another recall of 1.7 million vehicles, unrelated to last month's recall of 1.6 million.  In addition to the announcement of the new recall campaigns, GM also created a new executive position; Global Safety Chief.  Jeff Boyer, a long-time GM engineer, has been named the new vice president for global vehicle … [Read more...]

Toyota Recalls 6.39 Million Vehicles Worldwide

In the world of auto recalls, Toyota reigns supreme with their April 9, 2014, announcement of a 6.4 million vehicle recall.  Vehicles are being recalled to fix a range of safety defects on 27 of their models, including top sellers such as the Camry sedan, RAV4 sport utility vehicle and the Corolla. This recall, like GM's, spans back a decade and is a setback for President Akio … [Read more...]

Early Warning Reporting System Improvement Act

Now that the current regulatory system proved to be a colossal failure for millions of owners of General Motors vehicles, members of Congress have proposed legislation to improve federal oversight. The Early Warning Reporting System Improvement Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), would require vehicle and equipment … [Read more...]

Toyota Admits Misleading Regulators and Pays $1.2 Billion Fine

The Justice Department announced this morning that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion in federal fines in a settlement resulting from the criminal probe regarding the unintended acceleration in its vehicles. The DOJ reached the conclusion that Toyota intentionally concealed information from federal regulators and mislead consumers. This makes the largest criminal penalty imposed on … [Read more...]

Chrysler Recalling 867,795 SUVs for Brake Defect

Chrysler announced today that it is recalling 867,795 sport utility vehicles due to a possible braking problem.  The problem was first reported in 2013 by a customer who noticed his brake pedal had become excessively firm.  In response to the problem, Chrysler will install a shield, where necessary, to protect brake boosters from water corrosion. Affected vehicles … [Read more...]

Congress to Investigate GM’s Recall of 1.6 Million Vehicles

A U.S. Congressional committee announced it would investigate General Motors amid reports that its employees knew, as far back as 2004, of a defective ignition switch. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will delve into how GM and NHTSA initially responded to the ignition problem, and why they failed to act quickly when the issue was first reported over a decade ago. The day … [Read more...]