Category Archives: recalls

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

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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

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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

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Mega Recall from Chrysler for Fires

On June 16, 2016, through active field report monitoring, it was discovered that two Ram vehicles with Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engines experienced fires which appeared to originate around the water pump. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk – Skip Hop Nightlight Soothers

This safety recall involves Skip Hop’s Moonlight & Melodies owl and elephant nightlight soothers that play melodies or nature sounds and project images. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch – Dick’s Sporting Goods

At least 12 injuries have been reported because of broken tubes. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to the nearest Dick’s Sporting Goods store. People with a receipt will receive a full refund and consumers without a receipt will receive a store credit so they can possibly buy more Chinese junk. Continue reading

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Mazda Recalls Takata Airbag Inflators with New Supplier As Replacement

The remedy parts for replacement are an air bag inflator that is manufactured by different part – unnamed – supplier and is free from phased stabilized ammonium nitrate that Takata uses. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 2017 Takata Airbag Inflators on F-Series, Mustang!

In a terse statement that raises unanswered questions as to why Ford is using a discredited, criminal supplier responsible for the largest recall in U.S. history, Ford claimed it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this blatant safety defect. Continue reading

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Ford Motor Recalls F-150 for Bad Seat-belt Fasteners

Ford Motor Company is recalling ~117,000 Ford F-150, E-Series, Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles to replace improperly tempered seat, seat-back, seat-belt and/or seatbelt buckle attaching bolts. In short, fasteners that are the nuts and bolts of the business that Ford has been in for more than 100 years. Continue reading

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Silly, but Serious Safety Recalls from Mercedes and Kia

Recalls continue to bedevil automakers as airbag and software issues at Mercedes-Benz and a bad brake vacuum hose at Kia show. These are the result of quality control and development issues in what are admittedly complex automobiles. Continue reading

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Recurrent Airbag Recalls Continue to Plague Automakers – Latest at Ford, Nissan, Porsche, Volvo

A reinvigorated NHTSA along with automakers who now know all too well of the large fines and charges – civil and criminal – as well as lawsuits that derive from stonewalling safety defects has resulted in a seemingly unending list of safety recalls that occur almost daily. Continue reading

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SEC Charges GM with GAAP Violations on Ignition Switches

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged General Motors (NYSE: GM) with GAAP  violations and GM  has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty over deadly ignition swiches. This deal settles charges that deficient internal accounting controls prevented the GM … Continue reading

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NHTSA Hastens Replacements of Deadly Takata Air Bags

There are currently 46 million recalled Takata air bag inflators in 29 million vehicles in the United States. A combination of time, environmental moisture and cycling high temperatures contribute to the degradation of the ammonium nitrate propellant in the inflators. Such degradation can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, rupturing the inflator module and sending shrapnel through the air bag and into the vehicle’s cabin. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Passat GT Concept at Automobility LA

Year-to date diesel emissions defeat-device Volkswagen sales are at 256,047 (-13.09%) with the Passat at 59,320 for a -17.4% drop. The German automaker is strapped for cash, hence the trim package on an aging design. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Dumps FIA World Rally Championship

Both FIA sanctioned racing series were ruinously expensive. Now VW is facing seemingly unending expenses in the dieselgate matter. More criminal charges are also under investigation. A proposed new customer racing program and the extension of existing ones will cut costs, and might even make money. Continue reading

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