Mitsubishi Recalls 459,618 Vehicles due to Sun Visor Defect

Mitsubishi will be recalling 459,618 vehicles due to a defect with the installation of the passenger sun visor.  The problem is that during a frontal accident resulting in frontal airbag deployment, there is the potential for the passenger sun visor to detach if the sun visor is in the down position.  Depending on the position [...]

June 29th, 2015|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Mitsubishi Recalls 459,618 Vehicles due to Sun Visor Defect

Second Air Bag Fix Needed for 2.12 Million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda Vehicles

NHTSA has recalled more than 2.12 million vehicles from Toyota, Honda, and Chrysler for a second time for air bag issues.  The breakdown is about 1 million Toyota vehicles, 374,177 cars from American Honda, and 753,176 vehicles from Fiat Chrysler.  The problem now is that the air bags fixed once already may inadvertently inflate while [...]

February 4th, 2015|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Second Air Bag Fix Needed for 2.12 Million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda Vehicles

The Ignition Switch that Continues to Fail: Chrysler Recalls Another 349,442 Vehicles Worldwide due to Ignition Switch Defect

The year of the defective ignition switch continues. In their third such recall of 2014, Chrysler has announced a worldwide recall of 349,442 vehicles involving faulty ignition switches that could cause cars to suddenly turn off while driving. This latest recall affects 5 models from the 2008 line.  These models include, the Jeep Commander and [...]

September 26th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on The Ignition Switch that Continues to Fail: Chrysler Recalls Another 349,442 Vehicles Worldwide due to Ignition Switch Defect

Chrysler Recalls 25,483 Newer Fiat Vehicles due to Air Bag Defect

Another day, another Chrysler recall. Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Fiat 500L due to an air bag defect.  These vehicles were manufactured from March 3, 2012, to July 25, 2014.  The defect stems from an assembly error with the driver’s knee airbag.  Irregularities were found in the folding process during assembly of this [...]

September 22nd, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Chrysler Recalls 25,483 Newer Fiat Vehicles due to Air Bag Defect

Chrysler Recalls 525,206 Vehicles due to Ignition Switch Defect

Stemming from a safety recall in June 2011, Chrysler has expanded recall 11V-139 to include an additional 525,205 minivans due to an ignition switch defect.  Similar to the GM ignition switch recall, this defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system if inadvertent ignition key displacement occurs.  Road conditions or some other jarring [...]

July 8th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Chrysler Recalls 525,206 Vehicles due to Ignition Switch Defect

Chrysler vs. NHTSA Tug of War; Who Loses

On June 3, 2013, NHTSA requested that Chrysler voluntarily recall and repair 1993-2004 model Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicles totaling 2.7 million vehicles.  Chrysler refused placing its Jeep owners squarely in the middle of this powerful tug of war and has to June 18, 2013 to formally respond to NHTSA’s [...]

June 17th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Chrysler vs. NHTSA Tug of War; Who Loses

Safety or PR? Chrysler Recalls 630,000 Vehicles While Refusing to Recall 2.7 Million Jeeps

In what some say is a public relations move designed to shore up its safety image in light of its refusal to recall Grand Cherokee and Liberty models, Chrysler announced on June 6, 2013 it was recalling about 630,000 newer SUVs for transmission and airbag defects while standing by its position that 2.7 million Grand [...]

June 12th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Safety or PR? Chrysler Recalls 630,000 Vehicles While Refusing to Recall 2.7 Million Jeeps

Chrysler Refuses NHTSA Request for Safety Recall for Grand Cherokee and Liberty

On June 5, 2013, Chrysler Group LLC, who many feel owes its existence to the $12.5 billion payout by American taxpayers in 2009, took the extremely rare step of rejecting a safety recall requested by the US auto safety regulatory, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] despite the fact the rate of collisions in [...]

June 7th, 2013|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Chrysler Refuses NHTSA Request for Safety Recall for Grand Cherokee and Liberty