Mercedes-Benz, owned by Daimler AG, has announced the recall of around one million of their vehicles worldwide over a potential fire hazard. The German automaker told U.S. Authorities that they have received 30 reports of their engines catching fire in the U.S. leading to the recall of 354,434 vehicles. Around 650,000 additional vehicles were recalled internationally after 21 fires were reported outside of the U.S. The fires have been linked to a transmission error that prevents the engine from turning over properly. The automaker said that the motor can overheat when the driver repeatedly tries to turn on the engine, which can then allegedly cause a fire in the motor. No injuries were reported at the time of the recall.
Last month Isuzu, one of the largest diesel engine manufacturers in the world, announced the recall of approximately 21,000 vehicles because of improper assembly. In addition to their own trucks, the Japanese based company provides their diesel engines to other major automakers like GM, Ford, and Renault-Nissan. Isuzu Technical Center of America Inc. communicated to […] Read more
In recent months, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported on recalls by automobile manufacturers involving vehicles that have experienced sudden movement. In most of these cases, the cars began moving unexpectedly because of issues with malfunctioning parking brakes or parking gears that didn’t completely set. Either way, drivers, passengers and pedestrians were all in danger of accidents caused by rollaway vehicles. Read more
On the national level, the BMW X5 luxury sports utility vehicle is hardly considered a top-seller. With approximately 38,000 vehicles sold to date, the X5 isn’t even one-third of the way to the successful sales numbers of last year’s top-selling SUV, the Ford Escape, which sold more than 140,000 vehicles. Read more
Over the past several years, Ford Motor Co. has experienced a great deal of success in the midsize automobile and sports utility vehicle markets, thanks to the rising popularity of the Fusion and Escape models, respectively. By 2010, both vehicles were among the 15 most popular automobiles in the U.S., according to sales numbers and statistics. Read more
A recent Consumer Reports notice explained that “Chrysler is recalling 667 model-year 2012 vehicles because debris inside the engine block could cause connecting rod bearing failure, which can lead to engine seizure and thereby increase the risk of a crash.” According to this recall report, every vehicle involved in this recall comes with a 3.6L engine.
The vehicle models included in this recall are the following:
Chrysler Town and Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Dodge Journey Read more
Consumer Reports recently announced that Yamaha has issued a recall of more than 2,300 VMX17 (V-MAX) motorcycles due to a possibly serious engine issue. The recall addresses the possible failure of the motorcycle’s oil pump due to abnormally high oil pressures.
If the pump were to malfunction and stop pumping oil to the engine, “severe engine damage can occur, causing the engine to stall and not restart again, increasing the risk of a crash,” Consumer Reports explained. In 2008 alone, there were 5,312 deaths attributed to motorcycle accidents. Read more
General Motors Co. was forced to issue a recall last Friday over concerns of engine fires in their 2010 model year Chevy Express and GMC Savana passenger and cargo vans. The recall affects roughly 5,000 vans that were produced and sold during February and March. The problem in the vans is centered on a faulty alternator which can cause engine fires. As a result of the recall, GM has halted production of the affected vehicles until they can be certain that the design flaw has been resolved. Read more