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Fiat Chrysler Recalling Dodge Ram Pickups for Steering, Brake Defects

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced two separate safety recalls affecting nearly 800,000 Dodge Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. One recall affects an estimated 573,876 Dodge Ram 2500s and Ram 3500s for a “potential steering-linkage issue” that could result in loss of steering control. According to Fiat Chrysler, an investigation of the trucks in the U.S. discovered a problem in the steering-linkage configuration that could cause the assembly to separate over time. The steering-linkage problem affects Dodge Ram 3500s manufactured between 2013 and 2017 and Dodge Ram 2500 pickups and 3500 chassis cabs made between 2014 and 2017. Fiat Chrysler is ... Read More

GM recalls 1 Million Pickups, SUVs for Power Steering Defect

General Motors (GM) is recalling more than one million full-size pickup trucks and SUVs to correct a safety defect that could cause the vehicles to temporarily lose electric power steering, increasing the risk of a crash. GM said the safety recall affects certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups, Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, GMC Sierra 1500 and Yukon SUVs, and Cadillac Escalades. The automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the defect affects the electric power steering. “If (electric power steering) is lost and then suddenly returns, the driver may have difficulty steering the vehicle, especially at low ... Read More

Millions of Recalled Vehicles Going Unrepaired In the U.S.

Four straight years of mounting auto safety recalls in the U.S., including two record recall years, have led to a high number of unrepaired recalled vehicles on the road, global marketing information services firm J.D. Power said Monday. Of the nearly 109 million cars, trucks, and SUVs recalled from 2013-2015, 40 percent of them remain on the road without the safety defects repaired. That means there are more than 45 million vehicles on U.S. roads and highways at risk of some kind of malfunction. Analysts attribute the steady surge of recalled vehicles to several factors. Standardization of parts has meant ... Read More

Guilty to the max: Toyota closes 2010 with 2 more maximum federal fines

Once again, Toyota is pushing the limits and surpassing other car manufacturers, but not in a good way. The company has agreed to pay an additional $32.425 million in civil penalties after two separate investigations into its handling of auto recalls found the automaker failed to comply with federal law, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday. The two fines are the maximum allowable by law. Toyota will pay $16.375 million in one case involving floor mat entrapment and sudden unintended acceleration issues, and $16.050 million in the other case for withholding critical safety information from U.S. authorities, apparently to avoid ... Read More