Safety & Recalls

 

Kia recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

Posted 3:15 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 24
Kia is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the US because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to... ... » READ
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Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras to fix fuel-seal flaw

7:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate.... Read More »

Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's...... Read More »
 

GM issues stop-sale on crossovers for problem with Goodyear tires

10:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
General Motors has told dealers to stop delivery of about 6,300 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers because of a pending...... Read More »
 

Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls

8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems,...... Read More »
 
THE GM RECALL

GM accused of misleading investors over recalls

6:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
General Motors managers misled investors and regulators for years about issues connected to vehicle ignition switch defects, shareholders said in a...... Read More »
 
THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Takata recalls prompt Japan to consider supplier regulations

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Japanese Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said today his ministry was considering whether to revise existing laws to beef up oversight of auto...... Read More »
 
THE GM RECALL

GM does not have to turn over notes to ignition-flaw plaintiffs, judge rules

2:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
A federal judge today refused to let plaintiffs' lawyers suing General Motors access notes from lawyers the company hired to prepare an internal...... Read More »
 

Marchionne says industry may have over-reacted on recalls

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne today said incentive spending in the United States is not excessive and that the industry may have...... Read More »
 

GM gets 141 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation

11:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
GM received 141 additional claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,710, according...... Read More »
 

Honda supercar father Ito misses rebirth as recalls sully NSX debut

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Honda President Takanobu Ito will be a notable no-show in Detroit next week when he sends company deputies to unveil a new version of the high-end...... Read More »
 

Jeep drivers still dying in gas tank fires 18 months into recall

6:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Eighteen months into a recall of Jeeps with exploding gas tanks, drivers of the affected models are still dying and more than 1 million of the...... Read More »
 

Takata stock rises after lender expresses support

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Shares in Takata, the maker of airbags that led to millions of vehicle recalls by global carmakers, rose to the highest price in more than two months...... Read More »
 

Subaru recalls 200,000 U.S. vehicles second time for brake line fix

10:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Subaru of America is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles for a second time in the United States to fix brake lines that may leak fluid due to corrosion...... Read More »
 
LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Safety's worth a bit of inconvenience

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
I don't consider recalls to be a nuisance in any way.... Read More »
 
EDITORIAL

Fixing the recall process is a top priority this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
A top 2015 priority for the entire industry must be overhauling the broken auto recall system.... Read More »
 
FIXED OPERATIONS

How FCA US eases shortage of techs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
FCA US will launch a program this month to help dealers cope with a nationwide shortage of service technicians and a surge in recall work.... Read More »
 

General Motors issues 3 new recalls, citing ignition systems

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 1, 2015 | UPDATED: 1/1/15 5:14 pm ET - adds details
General Motors announced three new recalls affecting nearly 84,000 SUVs and pickup trucks, saying their ignition systems may have problems that could...... Read More »
 

Lincoln MKC recalled to move push-button start from near touchscreen

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014
Ford is recalling all Lincoln MKCs built through September to resolve one or two issues that can cause the engine to shut off while driving.... Read More »
 

VW recalls 2015 Jettas for headlight glitch

12:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2014
Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 25,007 Jetta models from the 2015 model year to fix a software glitch that can affect the operation of the...... Read More »
 

Takata N.A. unit hires new general counsel amid airbag crisis

10:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Takata -- the Japanese supplier at the center of a global airbag recall scandal -- named a new general counsel for its North American operations.... Read More »
 

Exit at Takata puts crisis in family control

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Stefan Stocker, the Takata president who was brought in to inject more transparency and openness into the family-controlled auto supplier, is out...... Read More »
 
2014 LISTS OF 10

Top stories of 2014

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
The U.S. auto industry returned to full-fledged prosperity in 2014, racking up prerecession sales accompanied by rising transaction prices.... Read More »
 

A look back at 62 years of top stories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2014
Every year since 1953, reporters and editors at Automotive News have chosen the year's top auto story. Here are their picks.... Read More »
 

Takata president steps down from role, CEO to reclaim title

6:19 am U.S. ET | Dec. 24, 2014
Takata, the auto supplier embroiled in a global safety crisis, said today its president, Stefan Stocker, would step down and CEO Shigehisa Takada,...... Read More »
 

Growing list of safe cars belies fears in record recalls

6:22 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2014
The insurance industry's list of cars and trucks that do the best job of keeping owners alive in a crash jumped 82 percent this year against a...... Read More »
 

Porsche recalls 918 Spyder to replace faulty chassis parts

5:08 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2014
Porsche is recalling 205 of the limited-edition 918 Spyder, the German carmaker’s most expensive model, to replace defective chassis parts.... Read More »
 
TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS

Older vehicles can escape recalls' nets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The biggest problem for Honda and other automakers involved in the Takata recalls are older used cars that can be difficult to track down.... Read More »
 

When recalls go to court, NHTSA tends to win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
If history is any guide, fighting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over recalls in court is a losing battle.... Read More »
 

GM gets 104 more claims for faulty ignition-switch compensation

11:02 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
General Motors received 104 claims for compensation for ignition-switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,430, according...... Read More »
 

Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of.... Read More »
 
TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS

Honda dealers face recall phone blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Suppliers, regulators, automakers and consumers are struggling to understand the scope and implications of a defect in Takata airbags that has led to...... Read More »
 

U.S. auto recalls top 60 million as response to defects shift

9:38 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Automobile recalls surpassed the 60 million mark in the United States for the first time in a single year, largely because of the rush to prevent...... Read More »
 

FCA US recalls 3.3 million more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, said Friday it will replace driver-side airbag inflators in as many as 3.... Read More »
 

GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
General Motors has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made airbag inflators widens, forcing the automaker to...... Read More »
 

FCA recalling Dodge Ram pickups for possible loose fastener

9:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling almost 288,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks globally that had been under review by federal safety...... Read More »
 

Mercedes recalls 8,279 Sprinter vans in U.S. for possible oil leak

11:02 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 8,279 Sprinter vans in the United States because of a potential oil leak that would increase the risk of a fire or a...... Read More »
 

Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S.

10:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles.... Read More »
 

Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S.... Read More »
 

Old GM tells New GM to compensate customers for faulty switches

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
GM customers won a key ally in their quest for $10 billion in compensation: the automaker's bankrupt predecessor, which said switch defects were...... Read More »
 

Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan

8:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should...... Read More »
 

Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak

9:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with federal...... Read More »
 

Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls

10:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014 | UPDATED: 12/18/14 6:37 am ET - adds Takada's open letter
Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its...... Read More »
 

Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing...... Read More »
 
THE GM RECALL

GM customers demand payment for 'callous cover-up' of defect

7:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Owners of General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches turned to the only judge who can help them, saying it's wrong to shield the automaker...... Read More »
 

Takata hires PR firm Sard Verbinnen amid airbag recall crisis

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Takata said it has hired public relations firm Sard Verbinnen as the company contends with the fallout from its recall crisis for potentially...... Read More »
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Despite quality improvements, costly safety issues continue to dog automakers

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
In a May evening in 2001, Jacques Nasser sat in his office at Ford Motor Co.'s world headquarters, faced with a choice that auto executives have come to see in their nightmares.
Rollover crashes caused by faulty Firestone tires on FIndustry experts agree that today vehicles are better engineered, safer and higher in quality than they have ever been. Even so, recalls remain a persistent and costly reality. ... » READ
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The road to a recall

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
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Recalls can start in one of two ways. In some cases, automakers act on their own. In others, they get nudged by regulators.Here's the process by which vehicles are called back to the dealership. Hover your mouse pointer over each step to learn more. Recalls can start in one of two ways. In some cases, automakers act on their own. In others, they get nudged by regulators. ... » READ
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ODDBALL RECALLS: Mazda6 vs. the yellow sac spider

Not all recalls are created equal.
Many are initiated to address serious safety concerns. Others are issued to fix a minor compliance problem with federal safety standards.
Then there are some that are just bizarre. Here are some of the strange defects that have led automakers to call back their cars for repairs in the United States.
-- Gabe Nelson, gnelson@crain.com

10 biggest recalls of the century

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
Even a small safety recall can be trouble, but automakers dread the big ones, which show up on the nightly news, cause widespread disruption and taint their brands. These are the 10 largest automaker-led recall campaigns since 2000, when These are the 10 largest automaker-led recall campaigns since 2000, when Congress passed a law imposing new rules on the disclosure of recalls. ... » READ
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How data mining helped GM limit a recall to 4 cars

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
Consider the following scenario. The owner of a Chevrolet brings the car to a dealership, saying its brakes have been locking up. An engineer discovers that a brake valve in the car has a hole in the wrong spot because it was loaded into the wrong ma Tiny recalls are growing across the industry, experts say, as automakers, like drug companies and food manufacturers, build sophisticated data-mining operations to guard against costly and reputation-crippling recalls. ... » READ
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Recalls create service opportunities for dealers

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28
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Visitors to Roberts Toyota in Columbia, Tenn., this month, might have thought 2014 Camrys were flying off the lot. About half of the 15 Camrys in inventory had "SOLD" signs on them. But they were not sold, at least not yet. The Camrys were a small fr Recalls provide opportunities for dealerships to bring customers into the service department, build customer loyalty and encourage maintenance business. ... » READ
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Safety actions may be a sign of progress, but they remain a costly headache

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 27
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Doesn't it seem like there's a vehicle safety recall practically every other day? Actually, there is. This year, automakers announced 143 recalls in the 273 days through September, affecting as many as 18.5 million cars and light trucks -- well more Doesn't it seem like there's a vehicle safety recall practically every other day? Actually, there is. This year, automakers announced 143 recalls in the 273 days through September, affecting as many as 18.5 million cars and light trucks -- well more ... » READ
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Guiding PR principles are safety, openness

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 27
LOS ANGELES — At their worst, big recalls can lead to upset customers and months of bad press for automakers.Toyota Motor Corp.'s unintended-acceleration recalls kept the company in headlines for months and even landed executives before angry l At their worst, big recalls can lead to upset customers and months of bad press for automakers. ... » READ
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Who pays the bill? Usually the supplier

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 27
When General Motors introduced tougher warranty liability provisions for suppliers last July, it caused angst among suppliers.But GM is hardly the only automaker that wants to cut warranty costs — not only for run-of-the-mill defects, but for r Warranty claims reported by publicly traded companies range from $11 billion to $13 billion a year. That's a powerful incentive for automakers to hold suppliers liable, and they generally find ways to do so. ... » READ
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BEHIND THE NUMBERS

For this report, Automotive News examined a vehicle recall data set made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, comprising recalls of more than 98,000 products since 1966, when the first federal auto-safety agency was created.
Entries in the NHTSA data set were then refined to include only original-equipment recalls by automakers and to exclude recalls led by suppliers (including tire makers), as well as recalls of car seats, replacement parts and aftermarket equipment regulated by NHTSA. The entries were then further edited to include only passenger cars and light trucks.
The resulting data set yielded 5,183 unique recalls from 1966 through September, potentially covering more than 500 million units of about 19,000 vehicle models.
Each recall signifies a unique NHTSA campaign number. A single campaign can encompass multiple makes, models and model years affected by a common defect.

-- Gabe Nelson

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