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1.5 Million Ford Focus Cars Recalled For Potential Stalling Defect

Ford Motor is recalling nearly 1.5 million Ford Focus cars in North America to repair a defective valve that could affect the fuel tank and cause the vehicle to stall. The safety recall covers 2012 through 2018 Ford Focus model cars with 2-liter GDI and 2-liter GTDI engines. About 1.3 million Ford Focus cars in the U.S. and its territories are affected by the recall, in addition to 136,000 cars in Canada and 45,000 in Mexico. According to Ford, the problem stems from a canister purge valve that may become stuck in an open position, potentially causing an excessive vacuum ... Read More

Nissan Recalls 215,000 Vehicles Over Brake Seal Fire Risk

Nissan has announced a recall of more than 215,000 model-year 2015-2018 cars and SUVs to fix a defect that could cause anti-lock brake fluid to leak onto an internal circuit board and start a fire or malfunction. The recall covers the 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, the 2017 and 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2017 Infiniti QX60. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall documents, the problem stems from the antilock braking system’s actuator pump seal. The seal may allow brake fluid to leak out onto the electronic circuit board causing a short in the ... Read More

Ford Recalls 2 Million F-150 Trucks For Seatbelt-Related Fires

Ford is recalling about two million of its F-150 pickup trucks after receiving multiple reports of the explosives-activated seatbelt pretensioners starting fires inside the vehicles. The recall, announced Sept. 6, covers certain 2015-2018 Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab F-150 models. According to Ford, the problem stems from the pretensioners at the base of the seatbelt on both the driver and front passenger seatbelts. The pretensioner mechanisms in the recalled models rely on small explosives that ignite during a crash, forcing the seatbelt to tighten and restrain the occupant. Some pretensioners, mainly in older vehicles, rely on a spring mechanism to ... Read More

57 Million U.S. Cars on Road With Unrepaired Safety Defects

Nearly a quarter of all vehicles on U.S. roads are under an open safety recall, according to a new Carfax study, indicating millions of motorists are at risk of injury and death by driving vehicles with an unrepaired auto defect. Carfax, which operates the world’s largest vehicle history database, says that more than 57 million vehicles in the U.S. are under an open safety recall. That means problems such as faulty airbags, gear shifters, ignition switches, steering wheel assemblies, electronics, and a spectrum of other defects have the potential to cause harm, even years after the vehicles were recalled. The ... Read More

Mazda, Mitsubishi Join Nissan In Seeking Compensation from Takata Over Airbag Recalls

Mazda and Mitsubishi have asked a federal judge to order airbag maker Takata to reimburse them for costs they incur from lawsuits over the faulty Takata-made airbag inflators, which have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Miami. Pointing to indemnification clauses in their contracts with Takata, the Japanese automakers claim the auto supplier is required to reimburse them for any financial losses they will suffer as a result of the defective airbags. “As a direct consequence of Takata’s design, development, production and sale to Mitsubishi of the alleged defective inflators at issue in this action, [Mitsubishi] has already ... Read More

Best Buy Fined Millions For Selling Recalled Products

Home electronics superstore Best Buy has agreed to pay a civil penalty of nearly $4 million for violating federal consumer protections laws by distributing and selling previously recalled consumer electronics. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the $3.8-million fine resolves charges that the Richfield, Minn.-based retailer knowingly distributed and sold 16 different recalled products during a five-year period from 2010 through 2015. CPSC regulators found that during that time, Best Buy had failed to take proper procedures to accurately identify, quarantine, and prevent the sale of products under a safety recall to all of its retail outlets. ... 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

Rental Cars In Need Of Recall Repairs To Remain Grounded Under New Law

A new federal law mandating rental car agencies to fix all vehicles under safety recall in their inventories before renting them to consumers has taken effect. U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief Dr. Mark Rosekind have pushed for regulations requiring rental cars to be safe and free of any open recalls. The bill to require the recall repairs was part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which Congress recently passed. “When a family picks up a rental car on vacation, they should be able to expect it is free of ... Read More

Star Trek Actor Likely The First Fatality Linked To Jeep Defect, U.S. Regulators Say

Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin could likely be the first person known to be killed by a Jeep Grand Cherokee under recall for a dangerous electronic gear shift defect, federal safety regulators said. Mr. Yelcin, 27, was crushed to death Saturday night when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward and pressed him against the security gate outside his Los Angeles home. Pictures of the scene show a large visible dent in the metal gate where Mr. Yelchin became pinned behind his Jeep. “This is the first fatality we’re aware of that may be related to this safety defect,” the National Highway Traffic Safety ... Read More

Ford Issues Safety Recalls For Powertrain Control and Tire Defects

Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall Wednesday of more than 200,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada, citing potential defects in the powertrain control module that could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall encompasses 201,900 vehicles and includes certain 2011 and 2012 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, 2012 Ford Expedition SUVs, Lincoln Navigator SUVs built in 2011, and Ford Mustangs built in 2011 and 2012. Ford reports that the output speed sensor in the transmission lead frame of these vehicles could, under certain conditions, malfunction and force a ... Read More