Safety & Recalls

 

GM recalling 473,000 SUVs, pickups in N.A. for brake pedal problems

Posted 4:14 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 9
General Motors said it is recalling 473,000 pickups and SUVs in North America because brake pedals could fail due to a faulty nut. ... » READ
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Toyota recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016
Toyota today said it is recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars from the 2013-16 model years because of an ignition key interlock issue.

Daimler recalls 840,000 vehicles in U.S. with Takata airbag inflators

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016 | UPDATED: 2/9/16 3:48 pm ET - new story
Daimler today said it would recall 840,000 U.S.
 

Conti must ration parts for recall fixes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016
Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Honda...
 

Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016
While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are...
 

AutoNation's recall policy disrupts used-vehicle business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016
AutoNation's recall policy challenged its used-vehicle business in the fourth quarter.
 
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A recall for wheel chocks? Maybe we've rolled off the deep end

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016
In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker said last week it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge...
 

Dealers pay high price with latest recall wave

11:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016
Honda's order that U.S. dealers stop selling some 2.
 

Continental recalls defective airbag control units used in 5 million vehicles

8:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016 | UPDATED: 2/4/16 1:56 pm ET - adds details
Continental Automotive Systems said it supplied potentially defective airbag control units to 5 million vehicles used by Honda, Fiat Chrysler,...
 

Honda will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in U.S. over restraint system

7:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016
Honda said it will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in the United States to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system after...
 

Honda warns dealerships of liability as it widens airbag recall

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016 | UPDATED: 2/3/16 10:14 pm ET - adds Honda statement
American Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recalls by more than 2 million vehicles and warned dealers that they could face legal exposure for...
 

Toyota recalls 320,000 vehicles for side airbag issue

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016 | UPDATED: 2/2/16 5:52 pm ET - adds detail
Toyota today said it is recalling about 320,000 vehicles from the 2003-06 model years for an airbag-related defect.
 

Takata must change culture to prevent another safety crisis, panel says

6:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016 | UPDATED: 2/2/16 10:55 am ET -- new story, link to PDF
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Mazda issues recalls for potential fuel leak, Takata airbags

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016
Mazda issued two recalls covering all of its 2014-16 CX-5 crossovers in the U.S.
 

GM, lawyers ask U.S. judge to reject bid to halt switch settlement

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016
General Motors has asked a judge to reject efforts by a lawyer who first publicly exposed a faulty ignition switch in GM vehicles to undo a...
 
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Industry breaks trust, makes its bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016
Widespread safety recalls, information withholding and deceitful practices are damaging the auto industry's public credibility and sparking a...
 

Nissan recalling 870,000 Altimas in U.S., Canada for hood latch problem

9:11 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016 | UPDATED: 1/29/16 3:41 pm ET - adds detail
Nissan said it will recall about 870,000 Nissan cars in the United States and Canada for potentially faulty hood latches, marking the third time...
 

Takata says CEO has no plans 'as of now' to step down

5:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016
Takata said its CEO Shigehisa Takada had no intention to resign "as of now" as the airbag maker struggles with a long-running safety recall crisis.
 

Honda quarterly profit falls 22% on recall costs, strong dollar

4:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016
Honda's operating profit fell 22 percent in the latest quarter as expenses for recalling Takata airbags and losses from a strong dollar undercut...
 

Autoliv predicts 5% growth in 2016, but market wanted more amid Takata recalls

10:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016 | UPDATED: 1/29/16 4:19 pm ET - adds stock close
Swedish car safety products supplier Autoliv predicted sales growth of 5 percent this year, but analysts expected more because of potential new...
 

GM, Lithia, Koons settle advertising allegations by FTC

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016 | UPDATED: 1/28/16 5:55 pm ET - adds details
GM and two dealership companies, Jim Koons Management and Lithia Motors, will settle allegations that they advertised cars as being carefully...
 

How GM ignition-switch plaintiffs' lawyer botched his big case

11:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016
Plaintiffs' lawyer Robert Hilliard has litigated some 1,300 cases against General Motors over its deadly ignition switches, but he suffered a...
 

Takata prepares CEO exit over airbag safety crisis, report says

5:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016
Takata is preparing the ground for the exit of its CEO, Shigehisa Takada, Reuters reported, as pressure builds on the airbag maker following a huge...
 

Opel Adam, Corsa models to be recalled to fix steering glitch

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016
Opel and Germany's KBA federal transportation authority are recalling Opel's Adam and Corsa models that contain steering components that could break...
 

GM ignition switch accords challenged over alleged lawyer conflict

8:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016
A settlement fund for the benefit of more than 1,000 GM customers who sued over faulty ignition switches should be re-examined by a judge because the...
 

Lexus recalls RX350, RX450h crossovers for airbag flaw

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016
Toyota is recalling 6,000 new Lexus RX350 and RX450h crossovers from the 2016 model year to fix issues related to airbags.
 

Takata says 5.1 million more vehicles in U.S. have defective airbag inflators

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016
Takata declared another 5.1 million U.S.
 

Takata will meet carmakers to gauge possible financial aid, source says

3:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016
Takata plans to meet with key customers this week to gauge how receptive they are to extending financial aid to help the supplier cope with the costs...
 

Takata recall to be expanded to 5 million more vehicles; Ford airbag fatality reported

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016 | UPDATED: 1/22/16 7:55 pm ET - adds Ford statement
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First GM ignition-switch lawsuit is dismissed amid perjury allegations

9:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016 | UPDATED: 1/22/16 1:24 pm ET - adds reaction
The Oklahoma mail carrier at the center of the first trial over General Motors' deadly ignition-switch defect is dropping his claims after being...
 

GM allowed to tell ignition-switch jury about plaintiff's 'lies'

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016 | UPDATED: 1/22/16 6:48 am ET - adds background
GM got a boost in the first trial over a deadly ignition-switch defect as a judge slammed plaintiffs' lawyers for failing to vet their client, an...
 

U.S. recalls hit another record in 2015, NHTSA chief Rosekind says

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016
More than 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015 in nearly 900 campaigns, another record, NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind said today during a speech at...
 

GM ignition-switch plaintiff, accused of perjury, hires criminal-defense lawyer

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016 | UPDATED: 1/21/16 6:47 am ET - new story
The Oklahoma man whose lawsuit against General Motors over flawed ignition switches was the first to go to trial hired a criminal-defense attorney...
 

Renault recalls 15,800 diesel crossovers to fix emissions glitch

3:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016
Renault is recalling 15,800 Captur crossovers to fix pollution-control systems and will offer voluntary emissions-system updates for about 700,000...
 

VW's South Korea chief faces criminal case over emissions recall

4:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016
South Korea plans to file a criminal complaint against the country's Volkswagen and Audi chief.
 

GM ignition-switch trial hits snag over real-estate fraud accusation

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016 | UPDATED: 1/20/16 7:23 am ET - new story
An Oklahoma family's eviction from their “dream house” following allegations of check fraud is threatening to derail the first trial over...
 

Auto industry, U.S. regulators agree to historic measures to improve recalls

11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016 | UPDATED: 1/15/16 12:08 pm ET - adds details
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Ex-GM engineer DeGiorgio acknowledges 'mistakes' made over ignition switch

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016
Jurors heard testimony from former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio, who approved a faulty ignition switch 12 years before its problems prompted...
 

GM challenges ignition-switch plaintiff's account of crash fallout

7:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016
A GM lawyer pushed back against an Oklahoma man's testimony that his quality of life plummeted because of crash injuries he blamed on his Saturn...
 

GM cites victim's painkillers in ignition-switch trial

10:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016
The plaintiff's attorney in the bellwether federal trial over General Motors' flawed ignition switches says the automaker's "blame-the-victim"...
 
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NHTSA's Rosekind steps up call for proactive safety culture

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016
After another year of massive recalls and record fines imposed on automakers, Mark Rosekind doubled down on his push for the auto industry to take up...
 

GM concealed ignition-switch defect, U.S. jurors told in 'bellwether' trial

4:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016
GM should pay for concealing an ignition-switch defect from its customers that has been linked to nearly 400 injuries and deaths, a lawyer for an...
 

Mazda recalls 374,000 vehicles for Takata airbag defects

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016
Mazda said it will recall 374,000 U.S. vehicles linked to potentially defective front passenger-side airbags made by Takata Corp.
 

Takata may get relief from Japanese automakers, paper reports

6:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016
Takata shares surged the most in more than a year after the Sankei newspaper reported that Japanese automakers may provide support to the...
 

Chevrolet ties dealer bonuses to recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016
Chevy has revamped its dealer-incentive program to coax higher sales of the Cruze, Malibu and Silverado.
 

GM fails to avert first ignition-switch U.S. trial

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2015
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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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