Safety & Recalls


VW fined by South Korea, faces recall over emissions cheating

Posted 5:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 26
South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. ... » READ


Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says

11:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015 | UPDATED: 11/25/15 3:48 pm ET - adds Honda statement
Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about...

GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or...

Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

6:10 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks.

VW sticks to $7.1 billion provision for diesel recall despite simpler fixes

6:50 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015
VW will not reduce a planned provision of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to cover the costs of its recall of 8.

Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators

11:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015
Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators.

Ford recalls 451,865 Fusions, Mercury Milans for potential fuel tank problem

10:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015
Ford is recalling 451,865 Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years to fix a potential fuel tank problem that could lead to...

Tesla recalls 90,000 Model S cars for potential seat belt defect

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015 | UPDATED: 11/20/15 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close
Tesla Motors, unable to fully explain a broken seat belt discovered in early November by a European owner of the all-electric Model S sedan, has...

VW's 3.0-liter diesels under wider scrutiny by EPA, CARB

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015
The EPA said at least 85,000 vehicles from Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche with 3.

Hyundai to recall about 305,000 Sonatas in U.S. for brake pedal issues

11:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015
Hyundai plans to recall nearly 305,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Takata airbag recall gets more complicated, and messy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015
Craig Jorgensen owns a Honda CR-V and a Toyota Avalon, both originally fitted with potentially deadly Takata airbags.

NHTSA finally puts foot down on propellant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015
Federal regulators are taking over efforts to recall 19 million U.S. vehicles and replace 23 million potentially faulty airbag inflators.

Kia recalls some 2014-16 Souls for steering glitch

11:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015
Kia is recalling 256,459 Soul subcompact crossovers in the U.S. for a problem that can lead to steering loss.

U.S. senators seek to ensure Takata recall is completed

6:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015
Two influential U.S.

The shunning of Takata

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015
The debate is over: Takata is expendable.

Toyota joins Honda in ditching Takata airbag inflators

6:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015
Toyota joined Honda in saying it won't use key components made by Takata, as more automakers come out to distance themselves from the airbag supplier...

Mazda snubs Takata; supplier's survival in doubt

5:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015
Analysts are openly questioning the survival chances of Takata as more automakers consider no longer using its airbag inflators at the center of a...

Mercedes to recall 126,260 vehicles in U.S. for airbag flaw

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 126,260 cars for a defect that can cause airbags to inflate unexpectedly without a crash -- or not at all during one.

VW recalls 91,867 cars for potential braking problem

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015
VW is recalling 91,867 cars for flaws that can lead to the loss of power braking.

Honda bans Takata airbags from future vehicles

9:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015
Citing manipulation and misrepresentation by airbag maker Takata, Honda has dumped the company from supplying airbags for all of its future models.

VW prepares to fight latest diesel cheating allegations

3:24 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015
VW has denied new diesel cheating allegations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that include Porsche for the first time.

Jackson: 'I'm the black sheep' in NADA's view

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015
The National Automobile Dealers Association is not a fan of AutoNation's new policy to fix all vehicles with an open recall before selling them, says...

Honda recalls some 2016 CR-Vs for exploding Takata airbag risk

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2015
Honda is recalling some 2016 models of the popular CR-V crossover because of a new, potentially deadly Takata airbag defect.

Porsche recalls 58,881 Macan crossovers for possible fuel leak

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015
Porsche is recalling 58,881 Macan crossovers worldwide for possible leaks in the low-pressure fuel line in the engine compartment.

GM says owners of fire-prone cars shouldn't park in garages

11:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015
Owners of 1.4 million recalled GM cars should not park in garages and other structures because of fire risks, the automaker said today.

Fiat Chrysler recalls about 900,000 SUVs, crossovers to fix airbags, brakes

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015 | UPDATED: 10/30/15 9:02 am ET - adds second recall
Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles around the world to fix issues related to airbag deployment and anti-lock braking systems.

Honda recalls more than 300,000 Accords in U.S. for airbag flaw

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015
Honda is recalling 303,904 Accords in the U.S.

Former U.S. prosecutor named to monitor GM safety efforts

5:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015 | UPDATED: 10/29/15 6:10 pm ET - adds details
A former prosecutor in Manhattan will serve as the independent federal monitor for GM following its agreement to pay $900 million to end a U.S.

Ford plans 3 recalls covering 131,000 vehicles

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015
Ford Motor Co. plans three recalls covering nearly 131,000 vehicles, including the 2016 Mustang and older crossovers, for various defects.

BMW recalls 86,018 Mini Cooper models for power-steering glitch

1:25 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015
BMW is recalling 86,018 Mini Coopers after an investigation into a steering glitch on the vehicles prompted U.S. regulators to recommend a recall.

GM to recall 1.4 million older vehicles after engine fires

10:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015
General Motors is recalling 1.4 million older vehicles in its third major attempt to fix a defect that can cause the engine to catch fire.

FCA recalls 66,000 Ram 1500s and 75,000 Jeep Cherokees to fix potential hazards

8:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler said it is recalling more than 140,000 light trucks and SUVs in two voluntary recalls to address potential safety concerns.

Nissan expands sedan recall to fix fuel-line defect that could lead to fire

5:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015
Nissan expanded a sedan recall for a defect that could lead to fuel leaks during crashes to nearly 47,000 Altimas and Maximas.

Repair shops could get airbag recall work

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015
NHTSA officials see a possible role for independent repair shops to help with the Takata recall.

Maserati recalls some $141,500 Quattroportes due to fire risk

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2015
Maserati North America is recalling some of its 2014 Quattroporte GTS V8 sedans because of the potential for an engine compartment fire or stalling...

NHTSA to decide soon on steps to speed Takata airbag repairs

11:26 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will decide by Thanksgiving whether to order additional measures to speed up the recalls...

VW's emissions retrofit may be among costliest recalls ever

3:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2015
Volkswagen Group's worldwide repair of 11 million diesel vehicles to bring their emissions systems into compliance with pollution regulations is...

Toyota will recall 6.5 million vehicles for potential fire risk

5:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2015
Toyota plans to recall about 6.5 million vehicles worldwide to fix power-window switches that may short circuit and potentially lead to a fire.

GM appoints outside lawyers to top litigation, federal oversight posts

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015
GM appointed two more outsiders to top leadership posts within its legal department, after last year's firing of several high-ranking lawyers...

U.S. regulators warn against Republican auto safety proposals

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015
Republican proposals to improve U.S.

More automakers will be included in Takata airbag probe, NHTSA says

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015 | UPDATED: 10/20/15 7:56 am ET - adds Takata comments, plans

GM recalls 3,300 late-model pickups, SUVs for ignition-switch flaw

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2015
GM is recalling about 3,300 late-model pickups and SUVs to fix an ignition switch that can slip out of the run position and cause the engine to...

VW will recall 8.5 million rigged diesels after German regulatory crackdown

3:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2015 | UPDATED: 10/15/15 1:38 pm ET - adds details
Volkswagen will embark on one of the biggest recalls in European automotive history, affecting 8.

Kia recalls 377,000 Sorento crossovers for transmission glitch

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2015
Kia is recalling 377,000 Sorentos because of a transmission glitch that can cause the crossover to roll while parked.

U.S. House panel proposes sweeping reforms for recalls, fuel economy, emissions, cybersecurity

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015
Automakers would earn credits for meeting fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions targets by installing crash-avoidance and connected-car...

VW's U.S. recall could be thwarted by reluctant diesel owners

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015
As VW prepares to explain how it might fix its polluting diesel cars, whatever solution it proposes could be undermined by some owners in the U.S.
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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

The road to a recall

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28

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

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,

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

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

Recalls create service opportunities for dealers

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 28

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

Safety actions may be a sign of progress, but they remain a costly headache

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 27

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

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

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


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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