Category Archives: recalls

Ford Recalls 327,000 F-150s as Previous Fire Recall Failed

In inspected recalled trucks the engine block heater cable splice connectors may have “inadvertently become damaged during that service procedure.” A damaged block heater cable can cause an inoperative engine block heater and/or tripping of household breakers or GUCCI-equipped outlets or a resistive short, which can increase the risk of overheated or melted wiring and fire while the vehicle is parked, and the block heater is plugged in. Continue reading

Posted in auto news, electronics, recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Porsche Recalls Panamera Models for Bad Control Units

Porsche has known about the potentially deadly problem since last September. Continue reading

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

GM Strikes Out Against Usually Winless UAW as Mexican-Made Blazer Pulled from Opening Day Lineup in Detroit

As AutoInformed has covered extensively since November 2018 when GM said it will idle five plants in North America this year and early next year – affecting more than 6000 jobs – the Oshawa shut-out was minor league with major consequences. Continue reading

Posted in AutoInformed Editorial, customer satisfaction, fools 'n frauds, labor issues, recalls | Leave a comment

Porsche Recalls Boxsters, Caymans for Post-Crash Fuel Leaks

The sports cars will be recalled, and the lower longitudinal member will be fastened with additional rivets. Customers of record will be notified by Porsche within 60 days. Continue reading

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

Fiat-Chrysler Recalls More Than 850,000 Passenger Vehicles

In most of the country the real news is that this is a voluntary recall. But in California, drivers who fail to get the necessary repairs will not be able to register their vehicles. NOx emissions in California are the most important contributor to ambient ozone and a key contributor to fine particulate matter pollution (PM 2.5) which is associated with premature death, asthma emergency room visits, increased hospitalizations due to exacerbation of chronic heart and lung diseases, and other serious negative health problems. There is also a corporate health problem in that the cost of the health defect will likely be material to financial results, thereby requiring an SEC filing. Continue reading

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

Ford Again Expands Takata Air Bag Recall to 1,000,000 Vehicles

This safety recall represents the addition of previously recalled vehicles to include more model years within the geographic zones defined earlier by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Continue reading

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

Nissan Mired in Japanese Corporate Governance Scandals

The latest development also casts doubt about the origination and integrity of a Nissan internal investigation into former Chairman Carlos Ghosn who is due to be released today after a month in Japanese jail for allegedly under reporting deferred income. Ghosn says he will vigorously defend his actions. Continue reading

Posted in fuel economy or emissions, news analysis, people, quality, recalls | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fires! Ford Recalls 874,000 F-150 and Super Duty Trucks

Ford says that the safety defect only exists while the vehicle is parked, and the block heater cable is plugged into an electrical outlet. This, of course, is the sole purpose of a block heater. Continue reading

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

Carma Project, Toyota Try to Up Takata Recall Awareness

Carma Project claims – not without self-interest – that “will further help address the recall of deadly Takata airbags, which is labeled ‘the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history’ by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). About 87% of all Toyota vehicles sold during the past 15 years are still on the road today. Continue reading

Posted in customer satisfaction, litigation, people, quality, recalls, results, safety | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese Junk Watch – Black & Decker DR560 Drill/Driver

The side handle sold with the drill can slip or break, leading to a loss of control of the tool, posing an injury hazard . About 641,000 (in addition, about 18,000 were sold in Canada) potentially dangerous drills are in the hands of customers. Black & Decker has received 11 reports of side handles slipping or breaking and one report of a torn rotator cuff injury. Consumers should immediately stop using the drills and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement side handle. Continue reading

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

Toyota Recalls Scion xA for Sudden Airbag Blowups

The Scion airbag can electrically short and damage the circuits in the system. This could cause the airbag warning lights to illuminate and the airbag(s) and seat belt pretensioner(s) to become deactivated; or it could cause those systems to inadvertently deploy. These conditions can increase the risk of injury or crash.
Continue reading

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

Airbag Recalls on Ford 2010 Fusion, 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ Cars

In a crash requiring deployment of the passenger airbag, a bracket that secures the airbag inflator to the module housing may deform and allow gas that inflates the airbag to leak. Continue reading

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

Hyundai Reorganizes with Executive Shakeups

Kenny Lee’s departure comes as Hyundai confronts mounting pressure to address reports about no collision engine fires in some of its vehicles. ( See AutoInforned on Center for Auto Safety Demands Recall of 2.9 Million 2011-2014 Kia and Hyundai Vehicles for Fires) Continue reading

Posted in litigation, people, recalls, safety | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Center for Auto Safety Demands Recall of 2.9 Million 2011-2014 Kia and Hyundai Vehicles for Fires

There have been more than 220 consumer complaints regarding non-collision fires in these vehicles submitted to NHTSA and the Center for Auto Safety combined. Between June 12 and October 12, 2018, the Center learned of 103 additional fire reports, an 85% increase. Continue reading

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

Ford Recalls 1.5 Million Focus Models for Bad Fuel Gages

The Ford recall announcement comes the morning after Ford Motor reported disappointing Q3 earnings which included major operational losses – Europe, China – as well as drops in market share for several regions. Consumer Reports yesterday also rated Ford Motor dependability – based on customer complaints – near the bottom of a list of all major automakers. Continue reading

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