When a safety defect in an automobile is serious enough to warrant a recall, the problem affects not only the vehicle owner and passengers but also people in other vehicles whose lives you may be putting in danger. A defective power steering system, brake system, or air bags can cause traffic accidents which injure and kill innocent people. It is our responsibility to take vehicle recall announcements very seriously.
Unfortunately, many motor vehicle owners are either unaware or choose to ignore critical vehicle recalls. Motor vehicle recall notifications are not junk mail. It is our responsibility to make sure we acknowledge and respond when an automobile is recalled. According to a recent article in Reuters citing data from Carfax.com, nearly one in five vehicles have open recalls to which the vehicle owner has not responded. Of the nearly 250 million vehicles on the road, around 50 million may be dangerous and defective. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 900 recalls affecting 51 million vehicles.
The website ConsumerAffairs.com reports on recent vehicle recalls. The following is a partial list of recent recalls that everyone should be aware of.
- Ford F-150 trucks with Multi-Contour Seats manufactured from April 27, 2015, to November 22, 2015, and equipped with Multi-Contour Seats. The airbag deployment system in these vehicles may fail to distinguish between adults and children when activated.
- 2016 GM Buick Regals manufactured from August 30, 2015, to February 12, 2016. The power steering system may fail while driving.
- Chevrolet Camaros, Malibus, Silverados and GMC Sierras are being recalled because the radio system that warns when a driver leaves the key in the ignition or fails to buckle his seatbelt may fail.
- Toyota Scion FR-S vehicles manufactured March 13, 2012, to January 14, 2016, and equipped an automatic transmission and ignition key. Ignition key may possibly be removed without the vehicle’s transmission being in the park position.
- Honda 2016 Civics with 2.0L engines manufactured September 22, 2015, to February 3, 2016. A faulty clip, may come loose and migrate within the engine cylinder causing the engine to seize.
- 2011 Hyundai Tucsons manufactured July 22, 2010, to October 31, 2010, due to a faulty hose that could leak transmission fluid.
- Volkswagen Beetle Convertibles manufactured June 18, 2015, to November 9, 2015, equipped with 18-inch wheels. The tire size and wheel ratios fail to comply with federal safety standards and can cause incorrect speed and mileage information to be displayed and recorded.
- GM Chevrolet Colorados and GMC Canyons manufactured January 6, 2015, to March 17, 2015, and 2015 GMC Canyons manufactured January 6, 2015, to March 19, 2015. The faulty electrical system could cause power steering to fail.
If you have purchased a motor vehicle within the past two or three years, call your dealership to check if your vehicle is subject to a recall, or go to the NHTSA wesbite and enter you vehicle identification number. If you have a vehicle subject to recall it is our strongest recommendation that you take immediate action.
Thanks to: Reuters