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Ford Brakes May Fail; U.S. Authorities Probe 475,000 Vehicles

Ford Brakes May Fail; U.S. Authorities Probe 475,000 Vehicles

Ford Brakes May Fail; U.S. Authorities Probe 475,000 Vehicles

Before the start of 2017 the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation over concerns that some Ford brakes could suddenly stop working. At the time of the announcement consumers had filed 141 complaints that their brake pedals went “soft,” allowing them to push the pedal all the way to the floor with little to no response.  Model years 2007 to 2009 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans are now being probed by the NHTSA, which could affect an estimated 474,862 vehicles still on the road.

Authorities have connected three crashes to the faulty brakes in question, but so far no injuries have been reported. However, several reported incidents allegedly resulted in drivers being unable to stop their cars from rolling through red lights and stop signs. The NHTSA said in a statement that the brakes may stop working as a result of going over uneven surfaces or while driving in wet weather conditions.

Not Ford’s First Probe

This is not the first probe into Ford Fusion or Mercury Milan sedans (the Milan was discontinued in 2011). Both models were included in the nearly 2 million Ford vehicles recalled because they were equipped with the fatally hazardous Takata airbag inflators that affected nearly every major automaker in the world. And earlier in December 2016 some 680,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles assembled from 2012 to 2016 were recalled over faulty seatbelt pretensioners that malfunctioned in hot climates leading to at least two injuries.

The Ford Motor Company told reporters that they are fully cooperating with authorities while the NHTSA works to “assess the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequence of the alleged defect.” The next step for regulators would be to recreate a test crash in their lab before deciding whether or not to issue a recall.

To see if your vehicle has ever been recalled please visit: http://consumerwatch.com/vehicle-recall-checker-by-vin-check-vehicle-recalls/

Toyota Issues Two Recalls for Approximately 235,000 Vehicles

Toyota Issues Two Recalls for Approximately 235,000 Vehicles

Many large recalls have been issued by vehicle manufacturers this year. Among these recalls have been several by Ford and Toyota. Ford recently recalled nearly 370,000 sedans due to corrosion that could occur in the steering shafts of the vehicles in areas of high corrosion. Similarly, Toyota has had its fair share of recalls this year.

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Toyota Recalls 242,000 Prius and Lexus Hybrid Cars Due To Brake Problem

Toyota Recalls 242,000 Prius and Lexus Hybrid Cars Due To Brake Problem

In November 2012, Toyota announced two recalls that affected 2.77 million Prius vehicles worldwide due to a manufacturing defect in the steering intermediate extension shaft. The splines that connect the extension shaft may wear out over time if owners forcefully turned to the full left or full right position while driving at slow speeds.

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Nissan Recalls Almost 20,000 Pathfinder and Infiniti JX Models For Faulty Brake Parts

Nissan Recalls Almost 20,000 Pathfinder and Infiniti JX Models For Faulty Brake Parts

Japanese automakers have issued several major recalls since the beginning of the year, including the air bag problem that involves some of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers. Two weeks ago, more than three million cars and trucks were recalled because of defective airbags that have been linked to the Japan-based Takata Corporation. Toyota, Honda, Mazda, General Motors, and Nissan recalled some of their most popular models due to the possibility

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Magura USA Recalling 2,800 Bicycle Brakes Over Potential For Failure

Magura USA Recalling 2,800 Bicycle Brakes Over Potential For Failure

Last week, Yuba Bicycles announced the recall of approximately 1,000 Mundo V4 cargo bikes amid concerns that riders were at risk of getting their feet caught in the rear wheels while riding. The recall was prompted by two consumer reports that, while not involving serious injuries, raised enough concern to cause the California-based company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce the recall.

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Honda And Acura Recalling 180,000 Vehicles In The U.S. Over Unexpected Braking Issues

Honda And Acura Recalling 180,000 Vehicles In The U.S. Over Unexpected Braking Issues

Over the past two decades, some of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers have worked to perfect what is known as the electric stability control system in their vehicles. Basically, this specialized computer system acts as a second driver for the vehicle in the sense that if the driver loses control, or if the computer senses loss of traction or anything out of the ordinary and therefore dangerous, the car will automatically apply the brakes to help the driver regain control and move the vehicle to safety.

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Hyundai Recall: Recalls Of The Veloster Over Sunroof, Brake Defects

Hyundai Recall: Recalls Of The Veloster Over Sunroof, Brake Defects

One of the luxuries of owning an automobile with a sunroof is the ability to open up your car’s roof a little and let the wind blow through your hair. Naturally, a secondary benefit is also being able to close that sunroof in the case of rain or other bad weather, and that can be a little difficult if the sunroof is defective and completely shatters to pieces while a person is driving his car. While that sounds like a far-fetched idea, it’s something that Hyundai owners are finding all-too-real this week with the South Korean automobile manufacturer’s latest recall.

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Volvo Announces Truck Recall for Brake Defect

Volvo Announces Truck Recall for Brake Defect

Volvo Trucks North America has recently announced the recall of certain model year 2011 and 2012 VNL and VNM vehicles for a relay valve defect that could affect the vehicle’s brakes, leading to a loss of control and possible crash.

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Harley Brake Switch Defect Leads to Recall of Over 308,000 Motorcycles

Harley Brake Switch Defect Leads to Recall of Over 308,000 Motorcycles

The Associated Press reports that “Harley-Davidson Inc. is recalling about 308,000 motorcycles to fix a switch problem that can cause failure of the brake lights and possibly even the rear brakes themselves.” Harley began investigating this brake failure after a June 2010 report of a Trike model motorcycle that lost the use of its rear brakes due to the brake switch issue, the AP reports.

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