Recalls again bedevil a range of brands and models

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Seems like it’s that time again.  Numerous vehicle manufacturers are recalling vehicles — many late model varieties — due to problems.  Some are familiar with expanded coverage, while others are new.

Acura/Honda — Honda this week announced a global recall for some vehicles for a defect in the radar system that can cause a vehicle to automatically brake causing the potential for a rear end collision or other incident.  The only occasion on which this happened was in Japan in a Honda vehicle.  This is due to a software problem that can be corrected.  2014 and 2015 model years are the only ones affected.

Ford — a manufacturing problem with some 2015 F-150 trucks built in March in KC, MO and Dearborn, MI affects the I-shaft (intermediate shaft) that connects the steering wheel to the rest of the steering system.  In some cases, this can affect vehicle control and steering.  No actual incidents have occurred, and — should you own one of the pickups with the potential problem — you will be notified.  If you have questions, call Ford at 800/392-3673.

General Motors — GM is having a couple of issues .  The mid-size Malibu from 2011 – 2014 model years — has a problem with the steel cable that links the front seat belts with the vehicle.  Also covered under a new recall this week are the 2015 GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado mid-size pickups.  Seat frame hooks may have been incorrectly installed and could require a repair.  These should be one-owner vehicles and owners will receive a notice as to how to proceed.  As to the Malibu vehicles, check with GM or a Chevy dealer to see if your car is affected.

Nissan and Toyota — In both cases, Takata airbags are again the culprit.  This time it is for the same problem that I outlined for Acura/Honda.  The inflator that has already caused the biggest recall in history can now deploy with too much force or rupture.

For Nissan, it is the 2004 thru 2007 Sentra, Caravan and X-Trail SUV that are affected.

For Toyota, it is the 2003 thru 2007 Corolla, RAV4 and Tundra pickup.

Takata has been fined $14,000 a day by the NHTSA since February 20th and the fines have aleady reached more than $1-million with no end in sight. There could be as many as 30-million vehicles with Takata airbags in the United States.

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