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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

AEB technology: automakers pledge to make safety feature standard

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is a relatively new technology that has earned accolades for its ability to prevent crashes in certain situations; however, thanks to the efforts of car safety experts, 10 automakers will now include AEB as a standard feature in their new vehicles. “We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just protecting occupants when crashes happen,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “But if technologies such as automatic emergency braking are only available as options or on the most expensive models, too few Americans will see the benefits ... Read More

Hyundai announces Sonata recall for engine problems, stalling risk

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Approximately 470,000 Sonata sedans are now under recall by Hyundai due to an issue with key parts of the vehicle’s engine that may cause it to fail. According to ABC News, the Hyundai Sonata recall only affects 2011 and 2012 model years featuring 2-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline engines. The vehicles were manufactured at Hyundai’s Alabama engine plant, where metal debris may not have been completely removed from the Sonata’s crankshaft area. If the metal debris was not completely removed during manufacturing, it could restrict oil flow between the connecting rod bearings, causing them to fail and put the engine at risk ... Read More

Recaro child car seat recall affects more than 173K units

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More than 173,000 child car seats are now under recall by Recaro Child Safety after the company learned of a restraint issue that could occur when the seat shells crack or become loose from the main shell during an accident. According to Recaro, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered the problem while testing the child car seats for durability. “In the event of a crash, the top tether anchorage may detach from the child restraint,” Recaro described in a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). “As such, these restraints fail to conform to [federal] requirements.” Units ... Read More

NHTSA closes probe into Ford TRW power steering defect


Approximately 850,000 Ford vehicles investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for steering issues are not going to undergo a full recall. The Ford cars, including the 2010-12 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKX and 2010-11 Mercury Milan, all with a rack mounted Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) component built by TRW, were included in the Ford investigation. Consumers have been complaining that the first-generation steering assist was failing in the vehicles, putting drivers in scary situations while on the road. As a result, nearly 393,000 vehicles featuring the first-generation TRW system were recalled last July. According to Ford, the TRW ... Read More

Multiple Dodge Ram recalls affect nearly 1.7M pickups; Fiat Chrysler continues to struggle

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Roughly 1.7 million Dodge Ram pickups are now under three separate recalls by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) citing multiple issues surrounding the trucks’ wiring harnesses, airbags and steering components. The Dodge Ram recalls come just weeks after FCA settled a dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which required the automaker to pay a record $105 million civil fine and buy back hundreds of thousands of defective Dodge Ram vehicles. Known as one of FCA’s top-selling vehicles, the Dodge Ram’s largest recall will impact 1.1 million trucks sold in North America. The vehicles in this Ram recall could ... Read More

Triumph Motorcycles fined $2.9M by NHTSA after failing to follow federal recall laws


Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. and Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. now face a civil penalty totaling $2.9 million after the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cited the company for violating Safety Act reporting requirements, as well as failure to timely respond to NHTSA’s attempts at communication. According to NHTSA, Triumph must not only pay a $1.4 million fine, but also spend at least $500,000 in order to meet requirements to improve better the company’s safety procedures. If the company ignores its consent order or if additional Safety Act violations occur, Triumph will be held liable for another $1 ... Read More

Graco and counsel’s conduct under probe following “serious concerns” during child car seat recall class action

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Graco Children’s Products has come under fire by U.S. District Judge James Donato for conduct during the company’s child car seat recall and subsequent proposed class action litigation. The judge referred to Graco’s and its outside counsel’s behavior as “troubling.” Judge Donato has now asked the district’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct to investigate concerns regarding the counsel’s claims about the availability of full refunds to those who purchased Graco’s recalled child car seats. The proposed class action against Graco and its parent company Newell Rubbermaid stems from the multi-million child car seat recall initiated in 2014 after pressure from the National ... Read More

Fears of hacking initiates Fiat Chrysler recall of 1.4M vehicles

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Nearly 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles are now to be recalled after new research concluded that the vehicles may be vulnerable to hacking. Only U.S. vehicles will be affected by this Fiat Chrysler recall. The recalled Fiat Chrysler vehicles, all equipped with 8.4 touchscreens, comprise of the following: 2013-2015 Dodge Vipers 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, oversaw a report that looked ... Read More

Child saved from heat injury in unattended vehicle in Kansas

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Every summer, neglectful parents, guardians, or family members make the mistake of leaving young children in hot vehicles while they run errands. However, it only takes 10 minutes for heat levels in an unattended vehicle to become deadly for small children. It is only thanks to responsible bystanders that take matters into their own hands by breaking a window and rescuing the child that many children are still with us today. Earlier this week in Kansas, a teen employee at Famous Footwear, Porscha Bland, alerted her store manager, Sarah Oropeza, to a distressed 2-year-old girl trapped in a hot car ... Read More