Safety & Recalls

 

Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module

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

Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in U.S. for possible brake failure

8:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/25/15 9:44 am ET - adds Subaru comment
Subaru is recalling 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the U.S.
 

Toyota expands airbag recall to Europe

2:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015
Toyota is expanding a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators made by...
 

Ford issues 16th recall on Escape since latest redesign

9:46 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015
Ford has issued the 16th recall on the Escape crossover since its redesign three years ago.
 

NHTSA, blasted in audit, vows to reform early-warning system

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will tighten its early-warning reporting requirements by next June as part of sweeping...
 

Fiat Chrysler recall failings detailed by regulators, report says

7:44 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015
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NHTSA compiles Takata recall data from automakers

10:13 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015
Automakers affected by the Takata airbag inflator recall have loaded the ID numbers of millions of recalled vehicles into a searchable system,...
 

Toyota recalls 1.37M more vehicles for airbags

2:14 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015
Toyota said it will increase the number of U.S. recalls involving potentially deadly front passenger-side airbags made by Takata by almost 1.
 

Honda recalls 1.39 million vehicles for passenger airbag flaw

5:31 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/15/15 8:56 pm ET - adds details
American Honda said it will recall about 1.39 million vehicles with faulty passenger-side airbags made by Takata.
 

Honda, reeling from recalls, hands reins to insider

6:35 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/21/15 10:36 pm ET - corrected
Honda is turning to an insider who's spent his entire career at the company to navigate out of a global auto safety crisis, after seven people died...
 

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 114

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015
General Motors' faulty ignition switches are now linked to 114 deaths, three more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said.
 

Daimler to recall 40,000 vans in U.S. to replace faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2015
Daimler made 40,061 vans from 2005-08 with airbags that must be replaced, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
 

Honda confirms 7th death from Takata airbags

2:03 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/12/15 3:54 pm ET -- adds Honda response, details
American Honda confirmed today that a Takata airbag explosion was behind the April death of a Louisiana woman, bringing the number of deaths linked...
 

CarMax criticized for selling cars with open recalls

1:45 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2015
CarMax is under attack from consumer activist groups in California after a study found vehicles with open safety recalls for sale at two of its...
 

Confusion clouds count of cars hit by Takata airbag recall

6:35 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015
The number of vehicles on U.S.
 

Honda driver's death in La. may be 7th from recalled Takata airbags

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015
A Louisiana woman who got an airbag recall notice for her 2005 Honda Civic two days after the crash that killed her may be the seventh fatality...
 

U.S. weighs charges against GM following ignition switch recall, WSJ says

9:23 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/9/15 9:53 am ET - adds Barra comments
Federal prosecutors are considering wire-fraud charges against General Motors stemming from its decade-long delay in recalling cars with a defective...
 

GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 111

3:05 pm U.S. ET | June 8, 2015
General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 111 deaths, up two more from a week ago, the office administering GM’s...
 
EDITORIAL

Takata opens up, and it's terrifying

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015
The deeper investigators dig into the Takata airbag recall, the worse it gets.
 

NHTSA pledges closer scrutiny of automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015
Automakers and suppliers can expect tougher data requests and more frequent audits from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the...
 

NHTSA takes charge; Takata plays second fiddle

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7, 2015
Last month's consent decree between NHTSA and Takata has already changed the course and pace of what will be one of the largest and most complex...
 

Takata will give quality chief more authority with board role

4:45 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015
Takata, the troubled Japanese supplier behind the massive global airbag recall crisis, will give the executive in charge of quality assurance,...
 

FCA hearing by NHTSA to proceed, despite automaker's changes

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to proceed with a July 2 public hearing to probe Fiat Chrysler's handling of 20 recalls...
 

Takata identifies at least 400,000 faulty airbag replacement parts, report says

12:31 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/4/15 7:06 pm ET - adds details on Honda repairs
At least 400,000 of the 4 million replacement inflators for defective Takata airbags will need to be replaced again in U.S.
 

Takata plans to 'transition' away from ammonium nitrate in airbags

3:18 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/2/15 8:15 pm ET - adds testimony, questioning
Takata plans to “transition” away from using a volatile chemical in its airbag inflators, a top executive from the embattled supplier...
 

Takata will drop a troublesome airbag inflator design

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Takata will stop producing one type of driver-side airbag inflator that's used in more than 17 million U.S.
 

Canada seeks recall powers akin to U.S.

4:54 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is introducing a law that would give her the authority to force companies to recall faulty vehicles.
 

GM ignition-switch death toll inches up to 109

2:23 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015
The death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switches is up to 109, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said.
 

GM recalls 375,000 heavy-duty trucks with Takata airbags

5:23 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015
GM is recalling about 375,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks equipped with passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata.
 

Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015
The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are...
 

FCA, Ford, Honda expand Takata airbag recalls

2:17 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015 | UPDATED: 5/28/15 5:55 pm ET
Following Takata's admission last week that its defective airbags were in millions of U.S. vehicles, Fiat Chrysler will add more than 1.
 

Key Safety ramps up airbag inflator production

4:10 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems said today it will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December.
 

Honda expands airbag recall in Japan

4:32 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly...
 

GM ignition-switch suits put on ice by U.S. judge, for now

6:22 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015
A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put on hold dozens of lawsuits accusing General Motors of concealing an ignition-switch defect while the...
 

Ford recalls 423,000 vehicles for power-steering issue

10:55 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Ford today said it is recalling nearly 423,000 sedans and crossovers for a power-steering problem that federal regulators have been investigating...
 

Ex-GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio to be deposed in ignition-switch lawsuit

3:58 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015
Former General Motors engineer Ray DeGiorgio will be deposed in June in the class-action filed by consumers against the automaker over the faulty...
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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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