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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

Ford Recalls 2 Million F-150 Trucks For Seatbelt-Related Fires

Ford is recalling about two million of its F-150 pickup trucks after receiving multiple reports of the explosives-activated seatbelt pretensioners starting fires inside the vehicles. The recall, announced Sept. 6, covers certain 2015-2018 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab F-150 models. According to Ford, the problem stems from the pretensioners at the base of the seatbelt on both the driver and front passenger seatbelts. The pretensioner mechanisms in the recalled models rely on small explosives that ignite during a crash, forcing the seatbelt to tighten and restrain the occupant. Some pretensioners, mainly in older vehicles, rely on a spring mechanism to ... Read More

South Floridians Urged to Address Unrepaired Takata Airbags Immediately

Concerned about the number of unrepaired Takata airbags in high-risk cars, federal auto regulators have issued an urgent plea to South Florida motorists, some of whom remain at an exceptionally high risk of injury or death. Defective Takata airbags have inflator mechanisms that rely on ammonium nitrate to create a chemical reaction that fills airbags in a crash. The chemical compound, however, is extremely volatile and grows increasingly unstable as it ages, especially in areas with a humid climate. As a result, the Takata airbags may deploy with deadly force, blasting car occupants with metal shrapnel in much the same ... Read More

Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Cars For Potential Steering Wheel Detachment

Ford Motor Co. announced a major safety recall involving about 1.4 million cars in North America over concerns that the steering wheel could come off the steering column, causing drivers to lose control. The Ford recall affects certain model-year 2014 through 2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars. Most of the recalled cars – about 1.3 million – are in the U.S. Another 62,000 vehicles in Canada and 14,000 in Mexico are included in the recall. Ford announced the recall after company officials found that the cars have “potentially loose steering wheel bolts that could result in a steering wheel ... Read More

Takata Airbag Explosion Risk: Ford, Mazda Pickups Under Do-Not-Drive Warning

Ford Motor Co. has added 33,428 additional Ranger pickup trucks in the U.S. to its list of vehicles “that are an immediate risk to safety” because their defective Takata airbag inflators may explode and blast metal pieces at vehicle occupants with deadly force. In a related recall, Mazda has recalled an additional 1,955 Mazda B-Series pickup trucks from the 2006 model year. Ford, which made the B-Series for Mazda, said test results showed that the recalled trucks had Takata airbag inflators that ruptured or recorded high internal pressure readings. “Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to ... Read More

Mazda Expands Takata Airbag Recall For B-Series Pickups

Mazda is re-recalling certain B-series pickup trucks to fix Takata airbags after identical Takata airbags in Ford Rangers killed two U.S. men in separate incidents. The Hiroshima-based Japanese automaker says the latest recall affects about 160 B-Series pickup trucks. All of the vehicles were previously recalled to repair the driver-side Takata airbags; now the company says it’s urgent to replace the passenger-side front airbags in certain vehicles as well. Takata airbag inflators are made with a highly volatile ammonium nitrate propellant that can cause the devices to deploy with deadly force in a collision. The airbag inflator is especially prone ... Read More

Second Takata Airbag Death In Ford Ranger Prompts Urgent Recall

A Takata airbag that exploded inside a Ford Ranger pickup truck in West Virginia over the summer, killing its driver, has prompted an urgent recall by Ford Motor Co. Ford said the recall covers about 3,000 Ranger pickup trucks and urges owners not to drive the vehicles until the airbag units are repaired. This round of Takata airbag recalls is relatively small considering the recall affects about 42 million U.S. vehicles, but Ford believes the airbags in certain 2006 Rangers are particularly volatile and prone to explode with deadly force. Fifty-six-year-old Steve Mollohan, who lived in the Hedgesville, West Virginia ... Read More

Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More

Takata Recalls 2.7 Million Additional Airbags in U.S.

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

Soy-Based Wire Coatings Turn Car Engines Into Rodent B&Bs

A growing number of consumer reports and complaints are raising concerns that automotive wiring made from soy and other biodegradable food-based materials is transforming car engines into the ultimate bed and breakfasts for rodents, usually causing extensive and costly damage. One Arizona resident told Phoenix’s KTVK that rats chowing down on the wires in her Toyota Prius have made life a nightmare. When her car stopped functioning, she discovered that rats had crawled through the engine compartment and gnawed through the car’s electronic wiring system. She had the Prius repaired to the tune of more than $8,000 out of pocket ... Read More