Category Archives: recalls

Death of the Diesel Continues: CARB Probe Prompts Recall of 500,000 Cummins Trucks

The recall number includes about 232,000 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 vehicles with Cummins engines that had the same SCR defect. Recalls for those vehicles were approved in July 2016 and July 2017, respectively, and are already underway. Continue reading

Posted in environment, news analysis, quality, recalls | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recalls from Ford, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mazda and VW

When an automaker or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA ) concludes that a vehicle creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards( often because of customer complaints), the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle at no cost to the owner. Continue reading

Posted in litigation, news analysis, recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ford Issues Two Safety Recalls on ~550,000 Vehicles

The potentially deadly defect could allow the driver to move the shift lever to “Park” and remove the ignition key, while the transmission may not be in “Park,” with no warning message or audible chime. Continue reading

Posted in quality, recalls | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ford Expands Power Loss Recall on Edge, Fusion, Lincoln MKZ. Issues Two More Safety Recalls in North America

Ford announced today it is issuing two safety recalls and expanding one safety defect recall in North America. On 2018 Ford F-150, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles equipped with a 3.5-liter GTDI V6 engine have high-pressure fuel pumps with misaligned welds. … Continue reading

Posted in manufacturing, recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CARB OKs Plan to Mitigate Harm from Volkswagen Diesel Defeat Devices. Heavy-Duty Vehicles to Get Clean Technology

“This is a landmark moment in the saga of Volkswagen’s environmental violations,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “Over the next 10 years this plan will put in place not only tools to clean up VW’s excess emissions, but also to help achieve further reductions of smog-forming pollution for decades to come.” Continue reading

Posted in auto news, environment, fools 'n frauds, fuel economy or emissions, litigation, news analysis, recalls | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 4.8 Million Vehicles for Runaway Acceleration Caused by Cruise Control Software

This appears to be a re-run or sequel of Chrysler’s long-running horror movie on safety. (See AutoInformed/com on: NHTSA Whacks Chrysler with Record $105m Safety Penalty, Hack Attack! FCA Recalls 1.4m Vehicles Because Outsiders Can Take Control Remotely by Exploiting the Software, US DOT Fines Fiat Chrysler $70 Million more, NHTSA Blasts FCA Recalls – Big Fines, Maybe Criminal Charges Coming for Italian Automaker? Litigation Ongoing.) Continue reading

Posted in electronics, litigation, recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Shift Indicators Bad on Ford F-Series, Lincolns, Mustangs

On the affected vehicles, the transmission can be in a gear different from the gear shift position selected by the driver. Ford said it is aware of one reported accident and injury related to this safety defect. Continue reading

Posted in recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clocks Spring Forward as Recalls Tick On

During 2017, there were 813 new vehicle safety recalls affecting more than 30 million vehicles in the United States. Continue reading

Posted in recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy New Year! Another 800,000 Deadly Takata Airbags Recalled

This latest recall addresses model year 2010 vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Continue reading

Posted in customer satisfaction, engineering, litigation, recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Significant Stories, Trends of 2017. And 2018?

However, journalists staring down a blank screen, an opaque prelude to more 2018 deadlines, do not have the option to Tweet and constantly Run away from the responsibilities of the job. Here is AutoInformed on some significant automotive related stories of the 2017 year, with our wry awareness, as always, that columnists conduct their education – sometimes not perfectly informed – in public. Continue reading

Posted in alternative fuels, auto news, AutoInformed Editorial, autonomous vehicles, customer satisfaction, engineering, fools 'n frauds, labor issues, litigation, marketing, recalls | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ford Recalls Autoliv Air Bags on 2018 Escapes

Owners are given no warning about the shrapnel that results, increasing the risk of injury. This of course is like the ongoing Takata airbag shrapnel recall. Continue reading

Posted in quality, recalls | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dieselgate Once Again – Porsche to Fix Dirty V6 Diesels

It is no coincidence that in June, the respected German Magazine Der Spiegel first reported the “irregularities.” It also pointed out the existence of a cheating cartel consisting of Audi, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen and Porsche that lasted for many years. The outgoing German government was complicit in allowing the cartel and the emissions in the view of critics because so many jobs were at stake. Continue reading

Posted in electronics, engineering, environment, fools 'n frauds, litigation, recalls | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Breaks, err Brakes – 640,000+ Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs Recalled for Brake Failures. Again.

Affected vehicles – and the failure rate is a, gulp, non-skid-mark producing 41%, yes 415 – may have had incorrect dealer installation of a brake booster shield as part of recall P14 (NHTSA 14V-154). Continue reading

Posted in customer satisfaction, quality, recalls | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese Junk Recall – Martha Stewart Whiteware Cake Knife

Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Whiteware Cake Knife and Server sets due to cutting hazard for users including U.S. Military personnel. Continue reading

Posted in customer satisfaction, recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese Junk Watch – Braun Infant Wiggle Ball

Toys “R” Us is recalling almost 33,000 Chinese made Bruin Infant Wiggle Ball playthings, aka a giggle ball in the U.S. and Canada. It’s no laughing matter as pieces have been found in infants’ mouths. Continue reading

Posted in recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment