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347,425 Ford Pickup Trucks and SUVs Recalled for Rollaway Risk

347,425 Ford Pickup Trucks and SUVs Recalled for Rollaway Risk

In 2016, seven days after actor Anton Yelchin was killed by his own Jeep, a recall notice was allegedly delivered to his house in California. Yelchin’s vehicle was one of the 811,586 vehicles recalled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) because the dashboard was incorrectly indicating where the transmission shifter was positioned, leading to vehicles rolling away. Yelchin’s recall notice came a week too late. Earlier this month, Ford announced the recall of 347,425 of their vehicles over a similar concern with the intention that every affected owner is notified and takes immediate action.

Ford, in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has identified that 2018 Ford-150 pickup trucks built at assembly plants in Michigan and Missouri, from January 2017 to February 2018, have the potential to roll away because of a faulty gear shift cable locking clip. It was also found that Ford Expeditions assembled in Kentucky and Ford F-650 and F-750 heavy duty pickup trucks manufactured in Ohio, from April 2017 to March 2018, are also affected by the same issue.  

According to Ford’s recall notice the defect, “could allow the driver to move the shifter to park and remove the ignition key, while the transmission gear may not be in park, with no instrument panel warning message or warning chime when the driver’s door is opened that indicates the vehicle is not secured in park. If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.”

At least one accident that allegedly led to an injury of unknown severity has been reported in connection to Ford’s recall. Last month, Ford recalled 1.3 million of their Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKX vehicles because their steering wheels could fall off, resulting in two accidents. Ford also recalled another 2,100 of their Taurus sedans, model year 2017 to 2018, because of a separate roll away risk connected to an ignition switch malfunction.    

All owners of recalled Fords will be contacted by the company for free repairs. However, if the car is purchased second hand, Ford may not have the correct contact information. To find out if your vehicle has been affected by a recall, locate your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and visit: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls

Chrysler Recalls 630,000 Jeep SUVs Worldwide For Two Separate Problems

Chrysler Recalls 630,000 Jeep SUVs Worldwide For Two Separate Problems

Last month, Chrysler issued a recall for 469,000 SUVs after the manufacturer received 26 reports of crashes and two injuries associated with a gearshift problem.  The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2006 to 2012 Jeep Commanders, and approximately 295,000 of the recalled SUVs are in the United States. The circuit boards of the recalled vehicles may transmit signals that may cause the vehicles to shift into neutral without warning and can increase th

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Chrysler Recalls Nearly 470,000 SUVs Due To Gearshift Problem

Chrysler Recalls Nearly 470,000 SUVs Due To Gearshift Problem

In November of last year, Chrysler issued a major recall of approximately 744,822 Jeep SUVs due to an airbag problem.  Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty models may have been manufactured with defective air bag control modules that could unexpectedly fail.  The NHTSA investigated the problem and discovered that at least 215 drivers had experienced inadvertent airbag deployment while driving, and 81 injuries were reported as of November 9, 2012.

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Chrysler Recalling 61,400 SUVs After Reports Of Broken Drive Shafts

Chrysler Recalling 61,400 SUVs After Reports Of Broken Drive Shafts

Heat shields are installed on most automobiles as a means of protecting the vehicle body and other structural components from the excessive temperatures caused by the combustion engines. The problem, though, is that if the heat shield fails or breaks, then it can cause considerably more damage than it is intended to prevent. That is the focus of one of six separate recall efforts announced by Chrysler this week, as a potential manufacturing defect with heat shields can lead to broken drive shafts.

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Nissan Recalls 2,417 Trucks And SUVs Because Of Defective Wheel Hubs

Nissan Recalls 2,417 Trucks And SUVs Because Of Defective Wheel Hubs

Imagine an automobile without an engine. Turn the key and nothing would happen, obviously, because that’s how essential an engine is to the operation of a motor vehicle. But at the same time, the silver lining of not having an engine in a vehicle would be that you couldn’t get it running at a high speed in order to expose yourself to any dangers. Unfortunately, cars are made up of many parts that could put a driver at such a terrifying disadvantage, and the wheel hub is certainly one of those parts.

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Ford Announces Third Recall Of 2013 Escape SUVs Since July

Ford Announces Third Recall Of 2013 Escape SUVs Since July

It’s safe to say that this hasn’t been a banner month for the Ford Escape brand. After a massive recall two weeks ago, that saw more than 423,000 Escapes manufactured between 2002 and 2004 declared defective due to a dangerous accelerator issue, Ford Motor Company has now also announced the recall of more than 7,600 brand new Escape SUVs due to coolant leaks that may lead to engine fires.

Third Time is the Charm

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Ford and Mazda Recall Over 605,600 SUVs

Ford and Mazda Recall Over 605,600 SUVs

Ford Motor Company is recalling 484,600 Ford Escape SUVs from the 2002-2004 model years. Approximately 423,634 of the affected Ford Escape SUVs are in the United States. There are also an estimated 35,000 defective Ford Escape SUVs in Canada, 19,000 in Mexico, 4,500 in Europe, and 4,300 in other areas around the globe.

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