Fiat Chrysler Must Offer to Buy Back Over 500,000 RAMs due to Safety Concerns

The federal government has ordered that Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back over 500,000 RAM pickup trucks and other vehicles as part of their settlement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to settle legal programs stemming from two dozen safety recalls.  In addition to offering the buyback to the RAM vehicles, Fiat Chrysler [...]

July 29th, 2015|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Fiat Chrysler Must Offer to Buy Back Over 500,000 RAMs due to Safety Concerns

Honda Sets History Mark: Honda Fined Largest Auto Safety Fine in U.S. by Auto-Safety Regulator

After an unforgettable year of air bag defects and ignition switch recalls in the automobile industry, the NHTSA has fined Honda $70 million dollars in what is now the largest fine in US history by an auto-safety agency.  The reason for the fine is that NHTSA found Honda was grossly under-reporting fatal accidents and injuries [...]

January 9th, 2015|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Honda Sets History Mark: Honda Fined Largest Auto Safety Fine in U.S. by Auto-Safety Regulator

Honda Set to Expand Takata Air Bag Recall in Millions of Cars after Takata Refuses NHTSA Recall

Previously, it was reported that Takata was a subject of a criminal investigation over defective air bags where 10 major automakers have recalled nearly 8 million airbags in the U.S.  The problem with the air bags is with the inflators, which have exploded when involved in accidents sending shards of sharp metal into the vehicle [...]

December 4th, 2014|Automobile Defects, Takata Air Bag|Comments Off on Honda Set to Expand Takata Air Bag Recall in Millions of Cars after Takata Refuses NHTSA Recall

Takata Faces U.S. Criminal Investigation Over Defective Air Bag

Since 2013, 10 major automakers have recalled nearly 8 million airbags in the U.S. made by Japanese corporation, Takata, who is now the subject of a criminal investigation over the defective car air bags which are linked to five deaths globally, including four in the U.S.  All of these deaths involved Honda vehicles.  At least [...]

November 19th, 2014|Automobile Defects, Takata Air Bag|Comments Off on Takata Faces U.S. Criminal Investigation Over Defective Air Bag

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

BMW Recalls 573,935 Vehicles Due to a Passenger Side Air Bag Defect

BMW will recall 573,935 sedans, coupes, convertibles and Sports Wagons due to a defect in the passenger side air bag.  This is an expansion of BMW’s earlier recall back in April 2013.  The problem is to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag inflator.  The issue is the inflator may release [...]

July 23rd, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on BMW Recalls 573,935 Vehicles Due to a Passenger Side Air Bag Defect

GM Again Recalls 2,191,014 Ignition Switch Vehicles for Another Different Defect

On Friday, GM did what was become the norm for 2014 for the automobile giant.  GM issued another recall. Under heavy scrutiny from Congress and NHTSA for the ignition switch recall that resulted in congressional hearings for two days, GM recalled the same ignition switch vehicles that have been embroiled in controversy for another defect.  [...]

April 15th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on GM Again Recalls 2,191,014 Ignition Switch Vehicles for Another Different Defect

Déjà Vu? GM Rolls Out Another 3 Recalls Affecting Over 2 Million Vehicles; Nearly 7 Million GM Cars Recalled in 2014

From 2010-2013, GM recalled 7 million vehicles for varying defects. In 2014 alone, GM has recalled nearly 7 million cars and trucks. Under heavy scrutiny from Congress and NHTSA for the ignition switch recall; GM continues to recall more and more vehicles. In mid-March, GM recalled 1,543,323 vehicles in 3 separate recalls. This week, as [...]

April 4th, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on Déjà Vu? GM Rolls Out Another 3 Recalls Affecting Over 2 Million Vehicles; Nearly 7 Million GM Cars Recalled in 2014

NHTSA and GM CEO Face Grilling over Ignition Switch Recall

On April 1st and 2nd, 2014, congressional members are expected to grill NHTSA personnel and GM CEO Mary Barra over the ignition switch issues.  The initial recall on Feb. 13, covering 778,562 Cobalts and G5s, was widened less than two weeks later to more than 800,000 additional vehicles.  Those include 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet [...]

April 2nd, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on NHTSA and GM CEO Face Grilling over Ignition Switch Recall

GM Response to NHTSA Questions

In the continuing saga of General Motors’ ignition switch recall; these were General Motors’ responses to questions posed by NHTSA prior to the hearings set to take place on April 1 and 2. 1. Has GM made a defect decision and filed the 573 paperwork as to every vehicle it manufactured that contained or could [...]

April 1st, 2014|Automobile Defects|Comments Off on GM Response to NHTSA Questions