Safety & Recalls

 

GM recalls 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans over sunroof issue

Posted 4:49 pm U.S. ET, July 30
General Motors is recalling 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans and issuing a stop sale on the vehicle for issues with the power sunroof. ... » READ
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Fiat Chrysler sued in Canada following recent recalls

6:45 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015
A Canadian law firm said it filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday seeking $4 billion in damages, in connection with the...

GM ignition-switch spin battle reignites with plaintiffs' lawyer

6:28 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/29/15 11:15 am ET - clarifies GM's position
General Motors may face a renewed media campaign over what a key opponent called its “false narrative” about recalls of cars with...
 

Mini issues recall for side impact protection

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/29/15 3:14 pm ET - adds details
Mini is recalling 30,456 Cooper and Cooper S cars in the U.S. to address poor side impact protection.
 

Fiat Chrysler under tighter scrutiny after record NHTSA penalty

4:10 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of close oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of...
 

FCA pact gives broad powers to NHTSA monitor

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's consent agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles grants sweeping powers to an independent...
 

GM fund approves 3 more serious-injury claims

10:43 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/27/15 12:04 pm ET - corrected
Three more serious injuries have been linked to General Motors defective ignition switches, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.
 

Fiat Chrysler hit with record $105 million U.S. penalty over recalls

4:30 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/27/15 2:40 pm ET - adds FCA's details
Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of additional oversight by an independent monitor and buy back more than 500,000...
 

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.7 million trucks for faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling about 1.7 million late model Ram trucks to replace airbags that may deploy inadvertently.
 

FCA's anti-hacking recall marks industry milestone

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015
Fiat Chrysler's recall of about 1.
 

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/24/15 3:55 pm ET - adds reaction from lawmakers
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
 

FTC probes GM over possible CPO sales without recall fixes

6:03 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/24/15 7:34 am ET
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating GM because some of its dealerships advertised certified used vehicles that hadn't received...
 

FCA recalls 144,416 Dodge Journeys to secure engine cover

3:53 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015
Fiat Chrysler is recalling an estimated 144,416 Dodge Journey models in the U.S. to better secure their engine covers.
 

Ferrari recalls 814 supercars for improper airbag installations

10:51 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015
Luxury supercar maker Ferrari is recalling 814 vehicles, costing from $200,000 to more than $1.
 

Friedman to leave NHTSA after serving as interim boss

12:25 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015
David Friedman, deputy administrator of NHTSA and its interim leader during the 2014 General Motors recall crisis, is leaving his position, the...
 

Senate panel reverses course on rentals of recalled vehicles

9:26 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015
A Senate panel killed a proposal to permit companies to continue renting vehicles that have been recalled, a measure criticized by consumer groups,...
 

Honda used airbag inflators made by ARC as probe widens

6:39 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015
Honda, the automaker worst affected by the global safety crisis involving defective airbags, said it had used inflators made by a second company...
 

GM case judge says customers can't see U.S. probe data

6:49 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015
General Motors customers suing over faulty ignition switches lost their bid for access to witnesses interviewed by the government in a probe of the...
 

Subaru recalls 32,400 Imprezas to fix potential airbag problem

10:07 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015
Subaru of America is recalling some Impreza compact cars for an issue with the occupancy detection system that can prevent the front passenger airbag...
 

GM recalls nearly 51,000 Spark, Sonic models for radio, warning glitch

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015
General Motors is recalling nearly 51,000 Spark and Sonic subcompact cars in the U.S.
 

Toyota will recall 625,000 Prius hybrids for software glitch

5:23 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015
Toyota will recall about 625,000 Prius hybrids globally, including 120,000 in North America, to fix a software glitch that could shut down the hybrid...
 

Fiat Chrysler in talks to head off NHTSA fines over recalls

5:28 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is in talks with U.S.
 

Ford stops sales of some 2015 Edges for water leak

1:47 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015
Ford has ordered dealers to stop selling some 2015 Edge crossovers because water can leak inside the cabin.
 

GM ignition-switch death toll reaches 124

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg’s office has has nearly completed its review of 4,000-plus compensation claims related to General Motors’...
 

FCA to recall 88,346 Dodge Challengers for Takata airbags

9:23 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 88,346 Dodge Challengers to fix a flaw with the driver-side frontal airbag, according to the National Highway...
 

GM recalls 779,023 SUVs for lift gate defect; 56 injuries reported

10:28 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/10/15 11:06 am ET - adds details
General Motors is recalling 779,023 SUVs globally, including 686,287 in North America, for gas struts on power lift gates that can prematurely wear,...
 

Measure to permit more rental cars under recall draws fire

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015
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Takata rejects U.S. senator's call for airbag victim fund

6:29 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/10/15 2:01 pm ET - adds Blumenthal response
Takata, the Japanese auto supplier at the center of a global safety crisis, rejected a U.S.
 

Senate introduces bill clamping down on vehicle defects

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015
New vehicles would be required to have a dashboard warning light to tell drivers that their vehicles have been recalled under a sweeping auto safety...
 

65,844 Land Rovers recalled for doors, sunroofs that can fly open

10:15 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/10/15 5:24 pm ET - adds JLR clarification
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 65,844 Land Rover SUVs for doors and sunroofs that can fly open while the vehicle is in motion, the National Highway...
 

Honda adds 4.5 million cars to recalls for Takata airbags

3:55 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015
Honda added 4.5 million more vehicles to recalls involving Takata airbags. Honda said 1.
 

Hyundai recalls 140,000 Sonatas in North America over seat belt concerns

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015
Hyundai said it is recalling about 140,000 Sonata mid-sized sedans in the U.S.
 

GM recalls Hummer models after 42 fire reports

2:33 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/8/15 5:25 pm ET - adds new GM statement
General Motors is recalling nearly 200,000 older model Hummer SUVs, mainly in the United States, to fix problems that have led to 42 vehicle fires...
 

Rosekind expects NHTSA to act fast against FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Despite overhauling its safety and recall operations since September, Fiat Chrysler is almost certain to face enforcement actions by federal...
 

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 121

11:15 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 121 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.
 

Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015
Ford is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules.
 

NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings

4:14 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015 | UPDATED: 7/2/15 5:52 pm ET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of recalls under federal scrutiny.
 

GM fund leaves out scores hurt or killed in cars with switch flaw

10:53 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015
GM's compensation fund for faulty ignition switches covers only 2.59 million vehicles with that specific flaw.
 

GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims

6:54 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015
General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems...
 

GM ignition-switch death claims rise to 119

11:32 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015
General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 119 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg...
 

FCA recalls small number of SUVs over suspension complaint

6:28 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/29/15 9:15 am ET -- corrected
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling a small number of new SUVs that may have been equipped with improperly heat-treated suspension components.
 
EDITORIAL

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety.
 

Ford F-150 pickups draw NHTSA scrutiny

1:31 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015
Some Ford F-150 pickups from the 2011-12 model years are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible...
 

Takata cuts CEO's pay in wake of airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015
Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada earned less than 100 million yen ($810,373) in the business year ended in March, or less than half of the 206 million yen...
 

Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/25/15 6:40 am ET - adds details
Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back...
 

FCA to recall 164,000 Jeep Cherokees

1:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a voluntary recall of about 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs globally to install shields that protect the power...
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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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