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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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More Safety Recalls from BMW, Chrysler, Subaru, Toyota

BMW, Chrysler, Subaru and Toyota have issued safety recalls on more than 300,000 vehicles for fuel leaks, sudden stalling, fires, bad airbags, and defective parking brakes, according to documents made public by NHTSA. Continue reading

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Three Ford Recalls in North America on +400,000 Vehicles

The Ford safety defects arise from simple design, mechanical and assembly problems. Continue reading

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FCA Recalls Jeep Wrangler for Defective Airbags

Under certain crash conditions, rotation of the headlamp can cause the sensor wiring to separate from the front impact sensor. Continue reading

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Ford Brake, Lincoln Headlight Recalls Underway

Ford Motor Company is issuing two safety defect recalls in North America on 2017 Lincoln Continental models for defective headlamp assemblies and 2015-16 Ford Edge crossovers to update antilock braking system (ABS) modules because of bad software. Continue reading

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More Airbag Recalls from BMW, Toyota and Volvo

Only at BMW is the supplier Takata responsible for once again defective welds on its PSDI-X inflator. The Toyota recall involves Chinese supplier ARC Qing Hua (Xian) Automotive Company. Volvo did not name the supplier. Continue reading

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Ford Recalls Transit, Focus Models in North America

Ford recalls 2014 Transit Connect vehicles to reinstall badly glued panoramic roofs, and 2013-17 Focus hatchbacks to update interior latch release software. Continue reading

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Mazda Recalls Liftgate Struts on 580,455 Cars and Crossovers

Mazda North American Operations recalls 580,455 Mazda3, Mazda5 cars and CX-3, CX-5 crossovers going back to the 2012 model year because the Showa supplied liftgate gas struts can fail from corrosion. Continue reading

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FAA Issues Guidance on Exploding Samsung Galaxy Devices

The move comes after a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 because of explosions and fires. Continue reading

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Massive GM Software Recall on Airbags

In the latest automotive software recall, GM will re-program more than 3.6 million vehicles since software supplied by Delphi can prevent the airbags from deploying in an accident. Continue reading

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Chinese-Made Junk – HAUS Mosquito Zapper, Toys R Us Pacifier

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said today that Chinese made HAUS Mosquito Zapper LED Light Bulbs pose and electrical shock hazard. The firm has received two reports of the bulb separating from the connector. No injuries or property damage have been reported. In addition, Toys ‘R’ Us is recalling Chinese-made Pacifier Clips due to choking hazard because the clip’s spring mechanism can break and release small parts. Continue reading

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