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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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Chinese Junk Watch – Brookstone Wireless Speaker Fires

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Brookstone speakers and properly dispose of the lithium-ion battery packs according to state and local regulations. Continue reading

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Chinese Junk Watch: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Warns about Unsafe Tubeez Baby Bath Support Seats, and Eddie Bauer Infant Carriers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to a product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov. Continue reading

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Ford Issues Two Safety Defect Recalls for Fires

Ford admits that it is aware of “some fire reports.” Continue reading

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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

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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

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