Urgent recall for airbags covers almost 5-million vehicles
A huge recall for defective airbags is again in the news and I still do not understand why the U.S.government has not taken a strong stand against the manufacturer, Takata Corporation.  I generally like the regulators to stay out of much of the automotive industry, but this is a... Read more
Latest round of recalls ends the summer of 2014
Today is the last day of summer, and here is a list of the latest vehicle recalls in no particular order: General Motors — Brake defect for parking brake which can remained partially engaged causing the brakes to heat up. Cadillac XTS – 2013, 2014 Chevrolet Impala – recent... Read more
The Recall Rumba: has a recalled vehicle has been fixed and August recalls
For months this column has been clogged with recall information.  I suspect that this pattern will not change anytime soon.  Frequently, as a result, I am asked whether this means that today’s cars and trucks are built more carelessly, have more defects, or are just plain worse than their... Read more
Recalls again  drive this week’s news: Dodge, Ford, Jeep
It would seem that we are again unable to get away from the giant recall machine. This week it’s 651,000 Jeeps and Dodge SUVs and 92,000 Ford vehicles. Here are the specifics: Chrysler 2011 – 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2011 – 2014 Dodge Durange Vanity mirror lights (lighted sunvisor) ... Read more
IMPORTANT: Recall list grows for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Graco
Recalls have become a way of life. One reporter has noted that because they are happening so frequently consumers are ignoring them. Not smart. Don’t ignore a recall notice if your vehicle or child seat is on this list.  If you have purchased your vehicle used, it is particularly... Read more
Important recall: 1.39 million Ford vehicles
I thought I had gotten away with a new recall-less week, but no luck. This time the the recalls affect more than 900,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs for a potential problem with the torque sensor in the steering column in 2008 to 2011 vehicles.  Also on the... Read more
Another week of huge GM recalls: is your vehicle listed here?
There has to be a better way…or maybe not.   General Motors continues to parcel out recall notices with a new bunch (2.42-million vehicles) today and 2.7-million late last week.  I suspect there is a strategy here since GM has its new first-ever tsar for global quality, a new... Read more
Monday recall parade: Buick LaCrosse, Chevy Malibu, Ford Escape, Chrysler minivans
I hate starting my week (as I’m sure you do) with the reports of major recalls, but here is the latest list.  If you own own one of the vehicles listed here, contact your dealer or go to the manufacturer’s website for instructions.  You will only receive a notification... Read more