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Battery Fire Risk Prompts Latest Honda Recall

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A defective battery sensor at risk of catching fire is forcing Honda to recall approximately 2.1 million Honda Accord vehicles worldwide, Reuters reports. The vehicles are from the 2013-2016 model years and include 1.15 million vehicles in the U.S. where 3,972 warranty claims relating to the issue have already been submitted to the auto manufacturer. The sensor on a 12-volt battery may not be sealed adequately, which allows moisture to breach the seal. The trapped moisture may attract other material, such as road salt, over time that causes the sensor to rust and ultimately short circuit. At least five engine ... Read More

Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Additional Airbags in U.S.

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Federal auto regulators ordered auto supplier Takata on Wednesday to recall an additional 2.7 million airbags over fears the inflators in them could potentially rupture with deadly force. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) latest order applies to Takata airbags in vehicles made by Ford, Mazda, and Nissan.The recalled vehicles are equipped with PSDI-5 driver frontal air bag inflators that use calcium sulfate as a desiccant. The airbags may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to moderate absolute humidity, temperatures, and temperature cycling. According to NHTSA, the moisture-absorbing abilities of the airbag inflators containing this desiccant ... Read More

Ford Recalls 402,462 Transits

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Potentially faulty drive shafts forced automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company to recall 402,462 Transits in North America this week at a cost of $142 million. It is the second of two massive quality control recalls for the company in less than a year. A defective coupling could allow the drive shaft to separate, “cutting off motive power, causing the vehicle to move while parked or damaging surrounding parts,” USA Today reports. The recalled vans include model-years 2015 through 2017 and were assembled at Ford’s Kansas City, Missouri, plant from Jan. 17, 2014, to June 15, 2017. The company claims that ... Read More

Car Travel safety Tips

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This holiday weekend, AAA estimates 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, which will make 2017 “the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.” For those traveling by car, the insurance group offers tips for safer and more enjoyable travel. Car Maintenance: Consider having your car checked by an automotive technician before a long trip. Check the tires regularly for uneven or excessive tread wear. Make sure all items, including the spare, are inflated properly. Do at least one check BEFORE hitting the road, as tires hot from driving give inaccurate inflation readings. Check the ... Read More

Kawasaki penalized for alleged failure to report defective ROVs

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a $5.2 million civil penalty imposed on the motorcycle manufacturer, Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA of Foothill Ranch, California, its parent company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., of Japan and its manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, for failing to report defective products immediately to the agency, which heightened the potential danger for other consumers. After receiving more than 400 reports between April 2012 and July 2014 that Kawasaki’s Teryx4 750 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) floorboards cracked or broke “during normal operation due to impact with, or penetration by, debris from outside the vehicle,” the company ... Read More

May marks Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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As temperatures rise, so too do the number of motorcycles on our nation’s roadways. Unfortunately, an increase in motorcycle traffic also means an increase in motorcycle accidents. In hopes of reducing the number of motorcyclists killed or injured, May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. “To keep motorcyclists safe, we urge everyone to share the road and be alert, and we’re reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises. When following a motorcycle, drivers should allow at least four seconds between vehicles and be extra ... Read More

Audi, Porsche recalled for potential fuel leaks

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Two Volkswagen Group vehicle-manufacturing companies have issued recalls for potential fuel leaks. Volkswagen Group of America and Porsche Cars North America have identified a potentially faulty fuel filter flange as a potential fire risk, according to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). Approximately 240,500 2013-2017 Audi Q5 and 2013-2017 Audi Q7 vehicles are affected, and an additional 51,500 Porsche 2015-2017 Macan S and Macan Turbo vehicles, and 2017 Macan, Macan Turbo with the Performance Package, and Macan GTS vehicles are affected by the faulty filter flange. Flanges are used to secure and/or strengthen pieces of the fuel pump among ... Read More

Fiat-Chrysler Recalling 1.25 Million Ram Pickups For Software Flaw

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Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles said Friday it will recall more than 1.25 million Ram pickup trucks to correct a software error that could cause the vehicle’s airbags and seatbelts to malfunction in a rollover crash. The software glitch could disable the side airbags and seatbelt tension devices that protect motorists in a rollover caused by a significant underbody impact, such as running over debris on the road or driving off-road. The company says the chances of such a malfunction occurring are small because a sequence of events was needed to cause such an accident, but the faulty code has been linked to ... Read More

All Top Three Automakers Now Under U.S. Regulatory Observation

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Volkswagen’s $4.3 billion settlement of criminal and civil penalties resulting from its emissions fraud subjects the German automaker to three years of probation and daily regulatory scrutiny. Now, with the VW deal, the world’s top three automakers are under close federal oversight to ensure their compliance with auto rules and regulations. On April 21, federal judge Sean Cox in Michigan approved a $4.3 billion criminal and civil settlement reached between the U.S. government and Volkswagen six weeks prior. Part of that deal puts the automaker under the watchful eye of an independent, court-approved monitor. Toyota, the world’s leading auto manufacturer, ... Read More

Volkswagen Whistleblower Named In New Book About Emissions Cheat

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The whistleblower who tipped off U.S. regulators to Volkswagen’s emissions cheat was a company chief in the U.S., a new book about the scandal claims. In the book Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal, author and New York Times reporter Jack Ewing names Stuart Johnson, head of VW’s Engineering and Environmental Office in the company’s Auburn Hills, Michigan, plant, as the whistleblower who exposed the diesel emissions cheat to U.S. authorities. Automotive News, which obtained a copy of the book ahead of its May release, says Alberto Ayala, deputy executive director of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), is quoted ... Read More