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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


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

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