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Fiat Chrysler Recalling Dodge Ram Pickups for Steering, Brake Defects

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced two separate safety recalls affecting nearly 800,000 Dodge Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. One recall affects an estimated 573,876 Dodge Ram 2500s and Ram 3500s for a “potential steering-linkage issue” that could result in loss of steering control. According to Fiat Chrysler, an investigation of the trucks in the U.S. discovered a problem in the steering-linkage configuration that could cause the assembly to separate over time. The steering-linkage problem affects Dodge Ram 3500s manufactured between 2013 and 2017 and Dodge Ram 2500 pickups and 3500 chassis cabs made between 2014 and 2017. Fiat Chrysler is ... Read More

Fiat Chrysler Adds 1.6 Million Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

Fiat Chrysler has added another 1.6 million vehicles worldwide to its Takata airbag recall list, becoming the third major automaker to expand its recall of airbag inflators that can trigger deadly explosions. Most of the vehicles included in this latest recall – 1.4 million – are in the U.S., the automaker said.  They cover the front passenger-side airbags in the following models: 2010-2016 Jeep Wrangler SUV 2010 Ram 3500 pickup and 4500/5500 Chassis Cab trucks 2010 and 2011 Dodge Dakota pickup 2010-2014 Dodge Challenger muscle car 2011-2015 Dodge Charger sedan 2010-2015 Chrysler 300 sedan According to the Associated Press, U.S. ... Read More

VW Supplier Pleads Guilty, Pays $35 Million Fine for Diesel Emissions Cheat

Volkswagen (VW) supplier IAV GmbH has pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge and agreed to pay a $35 million criminal fine for its role in developing the defeat devices for VW diesel engines that cheated U.S. emissions standards. Federal prosecutors said that Berlin, Germany-based IAV GmbH agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and VW’s U.S. customers by misleading them about whether certain VW and Audi diesel vehicles complied with federal emissions standards. IAV GmbH and its co-conspirators knew the vehicles did not meet U.S. emissions standards and worked with VW and ... Read More

Ford Recalls F-Series Pickups For Engine Heater Fire Hazard

Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 900,000 F-Series pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada to repair engine block heaters that can catch fire. The trucks affected by this recall include 2015-2019 models of the F-150 with engine block heaters built in Dearborn, Michigan from March 18, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018 and in Kansas City, Missouri from Aug. 21, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018. The recall also covers 2017-2019 Super Duty F-250, Super Duty F-350, Super Duty F-450, and Super Duty F-550 pickup trucks with engine block heaters built at Ford’s Ohio and Kentucky plants. According to recall documents ... Read More

1.5 Million Ford Focus Cars Recalled For Potential Stalling Defect

Ford Motor is recalling nearly 1.5 million Ford Focus cars in North America to repair a defective valve that could affect the fuel tank and cause the vehicle to stall. The safety recall covers 2012 through 2018 Ford Focus model cars with 2-liter GDI and 2-liter GTDI engines. About 1.3 million Ford Focus cars in the U.S. and its territories are affected by the recall, in addition to 136,000 cars in Canada and 45,000 in Mexico. According to Ford, the problem stems from a canister purge valve that may become stuck in an open position, potentially causing an excessive vacuum ... Read More

NHTSA Probing Ford F-Series Pickups For Tailgate Defect

Federal auto regulators are investigating Ford F-Series pickup trucks in response to driver complaints that the power tailgates on some 2017 models can openly unexpectedly while driving, posing a safety hazard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation says it has received five complaints about the tailgate problem. The reported defect potentially affects thousands of 2017 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty models. NHTSA authorities are looking into the “scope, frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect.” The agency says that a power tailgate that lowers unexpectedly could cause cargo to fall out of ... Read More

Safety Group Presses Hyundai, Kia To Recall Vehicles For Fire Hazard

A mounting number of complaints about fires breaking out in certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles and SUVs has prompted the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety to demand the Korean carmakers recall nearly 3 million vehicles. In an Oct. 12 announcement, CAS said it and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have received more than 220 consumer complaints of non-collision fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The CAS says that Hyundai and Kia to need to recall 2.9 million defective vehicles to fix the fire hazards, including the 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe, and ... Read More

Nissan Recalls 215,000 Vehicles Over Brake Seal Fire Risk

Nissan has announced a recall of more than 215,000 model-year 2015-2018 cars and SUVs to fix a defect that could cause anti-lock brake fluid to leak onto an internal circuit board and start a fire or malfunction. The recall covers the 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, the 2017 and 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2017 Infiniti QX60. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall documents, the problem stems from the antilock braking system’s actuator pump seal. The seal may allow brake fluid to leak out onto the electronic circuit board causing a short in the ... Read More

Parents Allege Defective Grand Prix Airbag Caused Son’s Death

The parents of a Pennsylvania man who died when the driver side airbag inside his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix failed to deploy in a fiery crash are suing General Motors and the dealership where the car was purchased. Plaintiffs Samuel and Catherine Gabriele filed the lawsuit in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas July 31, alleging GM and Faulkner Buick GMC of Feasterville, Pennsylvania, sold their son Stephen Gabriele a car with a defective airbag system. According to the Penn Record, the lawsuit states that Stephen Gabriele was driving his 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix south on West Philadelphia Ave. in ... Read More

Class Action Filed For Ford F-150 Owners With Dangerous Brake Defect

If you own a 2013-2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck, you may be eligible to join a nationwide class-action case seeking damages related to a safety defect that could cause the sudden loss of brake power. The class-action, filed in a U.S. court in Eastern Michigan by the Beasley Allen Law Firm of Montgomery, Alabama, and the Miller Law Firm of Rochester, Michigan, alleges that Ford has put drivers of the affected F-150s and motorists with whom they share the road at risk. According to the lawsuit, Ford F-150s from model years 2013-2018 are built with brake master cylinders made by ... Read More