Florida is the “epicenter” of the Takata airbag debacle which has resulted in the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Unfortunately, all signs indicate that the severe injuries and deaths will continue into the foreseeable future. The roadways remain flooded with millions of vehicles which may still be equipped with the potentially lethal airbags. Moreover, consumers who take their vehicles in for repairs have been placed on waiting lists due to a lack of replacement parts. Even worse, some of the replacement airbags may be subject to the same danger because they also contain ammonium nitrate, the volatile chemical which may be the root of the problem.
This afternoon Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced an expansion of the number of vehicles recalled for defective airbags. Previously, approximately 16 million vehicles were voluntarily recalled by manufacturers due to defective Takata airbags. Today, Foxx and the NHTSA announced that Takata agreed to expand the recall to include almost 34 million vehicles and admit […] Read more
One large recall that stands out this year is when Hyundai and Kia, which are owned by the same South Korean company, recalled an estimated combined 1.8 million vehicles due to issues with the electrical and airbag systems. The problems could have caused serious injuries for drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. Hyundai and Kia are now issuing a few new recalls this week. Read more
In early April, several of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers announced a collective recall of more than 3 million vehicles because of airbags that may deploy with too much pressure and fire shrapnel outward into the driver’s body. Read more
Last year, Honda was second only to Toyota in the number of recalls in the United States, and the Japanese manufacturer seems to be continuing that trend this year. Since the beginning of April, Honda has issued recalls for over 700,000 vehicles, including their recent recall for over 200,000 vehicles to fix a gear-shift mechanism that could accidentally shift the vehicle into drive without pressing the brake pedal. With another major recall issued this past Frida Read more
Last week, some of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers announced a collective recall of more than 3 million vehicles because of a problem that focuses on widely and commonly used airbags that have been linked to the Japan-based Takata Corporation. The problem is that these airbags may potentially deploy with too much pressure and fire shrapnel outward into the driver’s body. Read more
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a uniquely-styled sports utility vehicle that debuted with a 2007 model that sold approximately 56,225 models upon its release. While that seemed to be good news for Toyota’s position in the compact SUV market, sales of the vehicle dropped to as low as 11,941 in 2009 and 13,656 in 2012. Read more
Jeep Wrangler Fire Risk
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently announced a voluntary recall of 67,872 Jeep Wrangler 2010 models due to a transmission skid plate which can collect debris and catch fire. This skid plate is near the catalytic converter on Wranglers with an automatic transmission, which poses this ignition risk. Read more
General Motors announced today that for the second time in two years it will recall vehicles because of a manufacturing defect that could potentially cause fires in a variety of popular model vehicles. More than 1.5 million automobiles are involved in this recall, including pickup trucks, sedans, crossovers, and sport utility vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2009. Read more
In a continuation of Toyota’s recent spate of bad news, the world’s leading automobile manufacturer recently announced a recall of the Lexus GX 460 Luxury SUV. This recall was necessitated by a high risk of rollover.
The issue with the SUV was first identified by Consumer Reports magazine after it issued the publication’s first “Don’t Buy” rating to a vehicle since 2001. The high risk of rollover and injury was caused by bad software in the SUV’s Vehicle Stability Control system. Read more