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Unknown number of 2016 Honda Civics now under ‘stop sale’ recall due to possible engine failure

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The 2016 Honda Civics have not been on the roadways long, but Honda already issued a stop sale and safety recall notice for the vehicles equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. According to Autoblog, the recalled Civics can apparently suffer from engine failure early on in their use. The 1.5-liter turbocharged version of the Civic is unaffected by the recall notice. “While the specific details of this action are still being determined, American Honda has provided preliminary information to the [National Highway Traffic Administration] NHTSA and intends to provide more details in a formal notification to NHTSA on Friday, February 5,” ... Read More

Ford recalls almost 400K Rangers after Takata airbag rupture claims 10th victim

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According to the USA Today, nearly 400,000 Ford Rangers from model years 2004 through 2006 are now under recall in order to have their Takata airbags replaced. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently learned of a crash that occurred last month in a 2006 Ford Ranger. Sadly, the driver of the vehicle was killed when the Takata airbag in the truck exploded upon impact. This is the 10th death federal regulators have attributed to defective Takata airbags. The death was also the first to occur in a vehicle produced by an auto manufacturer other than Honda. The Takata airbag recall is ... Read More

Britax car seat recall includes more than 70K seats/travel systems with problematic handles; one infant injured

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More than 70,000 Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 45 Elite infant car seats and travel systems are now under recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Britax. According to the recall notice, the seat’s handle may crack over time and eventually break completely, thus causing the child seat to fall and put the infant at risk of injury. The car seat recall specifies the Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat and travel systems manufactured from Oct. 1, 2014, through July 1, 2015. Used as either a ... Read More

Four more car models added to Takata airbag recall list potentially adding “a few hundred thousand vehicles”

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), four new models are being added to the Takata airbag recall. Compromised vehicles put occupants at risk from defective Takata airbag systems that are hypersensitive and may explode during a light collision, causing metal shrapnel to violently burst into the car’s interior. The following vehicles and model years are now added to the Takata recall list: 2005-2008 Mazda6 2002-2004 Honda CR-V 2005-2008 Subaru Legacy 2005-2008 Subaru Outback NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge believes the new additions to the recall list will increase the total by “a few hundred thousand;” however, “the math here is fairly ... Read More

Fiat Chrysler deals with 56K Jeep recall after reports of water leak, fire risk

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About 56,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs with a water leak have been recalled by Fiat Chrysler. The Jeep recall was initiated after reports that the leak could cause an electrical short in the vehicle’s power tailgates. The Jeep recall encompasses all of the Cherokees worldwide from both the 2015 and 2016 model years. The vehicle’s tailgate control module is susceptible to water damage due to the leak, which could cause the Jeep to unexpectedly catch fire. Fortunately, no fires or injuries have been reported prior to the Jeep recall, although Fiat Chrysler did receive two customer complaints. The recalled Jeep Cherokees ... Read More

Kia Soul recall announced in U.S. after claims steering may fail while in motion

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More than 256,000 Soul compact SUVs are now under recall in the U.S. by Kia due to reports that the vehicle’s steering capabilities may fail during use. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the adhesive responsible for connecting the vehicle’s steering pinion gear to the gearing gear assembly may not be strong enough to actually hold the two components together. If the two steering components do separate, the recalled Soul becomes challenging to properly control while on the road and poses a crash hazard. The Kia Soul recall affects more than 256,000 SUVs in the country ranging ... Read More

Separate BMW recalls single out Mini Cooper, i-3 vehicles

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German automaker BMW has announced two separate recalls related to issues with vehicle airbags and power steering. The first recall of the two BMW recalls impacts the 2014-16 two-door Mini Cooper and Cooper S, the 2015-16 two-door John Cooper Works version, the 2015-16 four-door Cooper and Cooper S, as well as the 2014-15 i3 hybrid vehicle – a total of approximately 6,073 U.S. cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these vehicles contain faulty passenger’s side front airbag modules due to a manufacturing issue related to the supplier. The issue was traced back to the airbag’s second ... Read More

Honda Fit recall announced due to airbag puncture problem

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More than 25,000 Honda Fit vehicles are now under recall due to issues relating to the vehicles’ airbags and warning lights. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that the rear grab-handle brackets may puncture the side-curtain airbag in the event of a crash, posing an injury hazard to unsuspecting occupants. “If the side curtain air bags are punctured upon deployment, the outboard seat occupants may be at a higher risk of injury during a crash,” NHTSA’s recall documents state. According to the Honda Fit recall, only the 2015-16 models of the Fit LX without sunroofs are affected by the ... Read More

Honda recall issued for GL1800 motorcycles with dragging rear brakes

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 145,000 Honda motorcycles are now under recall due to defective rear brakes that may drag and cause either a fire or a crash. The following motorcycles are included in the Honda recall:  the GL1800 (model from 2001 through 2010, 2012 through 2015), the GL1800A (model 2001 through 20015) and the GL1800B (model 2013 through 2015). Many of the motorcycles included in this Honda recall have already been recalled two other times. Before the Honda recall was announced by NHTSA, Honda was made aware of eight small fires resulting from the brakes ... Read More

More automakers may be required to initiate Takata airbag recalls

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According to the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seven more companies, such as Tesla Motors and Volkswagen, may be forced to start recalling vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbag inflators. Takata airbag recalls have accounted for 19.2 million U.S. vehicles thus far, spanning across 11 different automakers. However, NHTSA has now sent letters to companies including Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar-Land Rover, Suzuki, Tesla, Volvo Trucks, Volkswagen, and Spartan Motors requesting information on which vehicles are equipped with Takata inflators. “It is expected that the scope of the current Takata recalls may expand as time goes on and will likely grow to include ... Read More