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GM recalls certain 2015 Buick Encore and Chevy Trax vehicles

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According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), both 2015 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax vehicles are now being recalled by General Motors (GM). The NHTSA’s notice suggests that approximately 2,295 of the vehicles registered in the U.S. suffer from an electrical issue that may disable power steering while the vehicle is in motion. The NHTSA released the following statement in regard to the cause of the latest GM recall: “In certain [Encore and Trax] vehicles, the steering column assembly housing may come into contact with the power steering printed circuit board. This contact could eventually cause enough wear on the ... Read More

Nissan air bag sensor recalls now under probe following complaints

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Almost one million Nissan vehicles recalled in the U.S. in 2013 and 2014 for air bag sensor issues are now under federal investigation following accusations that the problem was not fixed. According to Reuters, the approximately 990,000 Nissan vehicles previously recalled in 2013 and 2014 were experiencing troubles with the computer software not recognizing when an adult was in the passenger seat. As a result, the passenger’s side airbags would not be deployed, putting innocent lives at risk of injury or even death. At least 124 recall repair complaints were filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before ... Read More

Honda urges consumers to fix Takata airbags immediately

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Honda plans to launch a multi-million dollar ad campaign to urge owners of Honda and Acura automobiles with possibly defective Takata airbags to have them fixed as soon as possible. Honda and nine other automakers have recalled millions of affected vehicles. The airbags, manufactured by Takata, a Japanese manufacturer, are at risk of tearing loose from their mountings and blasting shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Five deaths have been tied to the faulty airbags, specifically within Honda vehicles. Honda’s ad campaign will urge “Honda and Acura owners to immediately check for open recalls and safety improvement campaigns, and to take ... Read More

Second Nissan Altima recall prompted by hood latch issue

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More than 640,000 Nissan Altima cars are now under recall due to faulty hood latches that may cause car hoods to open while the vehicle is in motion. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue lies with the main hatch, which if not fastened correctly may cause the secondary latch to fail to keep the hood closed. The latest Nissan Altima recall will affect sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years, built between March 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014. A previous Nissan Altima recall began in October of last year, which targeted roughly 238,000 Altimas ... Read More

More Takata air bag replacement kits produced monthly

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In response to the growing concern of defective air bag inflators in vehicles across the globe, Takata has announced the company has ramped up production of air bag replacement kits by 100,000 units a month – an increase from 350,000 to 450,000. Takata also said that it should be able to increase production to more than 900,000 air bag replacement kits a month by September of this year. Takata’s announcement comes on the same day auto engineers met with the air bag manufacturer regarding the onslaught of recalls and tests being done to learn the root cause of the issue. Recalled ... Read More

Mercedes-Benz vehicles recalled for fire risk

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A total of 147,224 Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been recalled due to the discovery of a fire risk. The Mercedes-Benz vehicles included in this massive recall are as follows:  2013-’15 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic sedan; E350 4Matic wagon; E400 Hybrid sedan; CLS550 CGI and CLS550 4Matic sedan; 2013-’14 E550 4Matic sedan; 2013 E63 AMG sedan, E63 AMG wagon and CLS63 AMG; 2014-’15 CLS63 AMG 4Matic, E63 AMG 4Matic, E63 AMG 4Matic S sedan and E63 AMG 4Matic wagon; 2015 CLS400; 2015 E400 sedan, E400 4Matic sedan, CLS400 4Matic and 2014 CLS63 S. The popular 2013-’15 E-Class and CLS-Class vehicles have also been ... Read More

Honda president resigns; profits hurt by Takata air bags

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Honda Motor Co. suffered another devastating blow from the Takata air bag controversy as President Takanobu Ito announced his resignation. Honda, the automaker experiencing the most fallout as a result of the dangerous Takata air bag inflators, has been forced to soak up recall costs related to the air bags, causing inferior earnings lower than the company anticipated. Following Ito’s resignation, Honda executive Takahiro Hachigo will take on the role of president in April and continue his 33-year career with the automaker. The situation with the Takata air bags was not mentioned during the news conference in Tokyo. Other managerial changes ... Read More

NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day until compliance

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A fine of $14,000-per-day has begun being levied against Takata Corp. by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after the auto parts supplier failed to “fully cooperate” with the safety agency’s probe of Takata’s exploding air bag inflators. The NHTSA also plans to discuss the situation with the Department of Justice if Takata continues to neglect its responsibility with dangerous air bag inflators, which have already been linked to at least six deaths. NHTSA issued “special orders” to Takata following the discovery of the air bag inflator defect, including requesting answers to questions while under oath and various documents. In essence, ... Read More

Honda fails to report deaths, injuries resulting in $70 million penalties

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Federal auto safety regulators have hit Honda with two penalties totaling $70 million for failing to report 1,729 deaths and injuries connected to exploding Takata airbags installed in its vehicles and for failing to comply with U.S. laws requiring it report all warranty claims, which can help regulators hone in on larger safety problems and trends. The two $35-million fines are the maximum allowable penalties under current U.S. law and largest amount in fines the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ever levied against an auto manufacturer. Honda also agreed to a consent order requiring the company to take ... Read More

Defective Takata air bag inflators lead to second recall expansion by Chrysler amid safety worries

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There is more drama stirring in the defective Takata air bag inflators situation as Chrysler announces its second recall expansion, this time of 208,783 vehicles, in one week. The expansion comes likely as a reaction from regulators like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which are following the issue closely. Since June, Chrysler has recalled more than 600,000 vehicles featuring the infamous Takata air bags due to reports that the defective Takata air bag inflators may explode, firing tiny metal fragments into drivers and passengers within the vehicle. Honda vehicles in areas of high humidity, such as Florida, have experienced ... Read More