Recent Auto Product Defects
Over the past year there have been many dangerous and defective automotive parts that have been found to be defective. Below are just a few of the largest and most significant current recalls:
- Ford – Ford has issued more recalls this year than any other car company. Earlier this year, a safety recall was issued due to engine oil leaking, which impacted almost 350,000 vehicles, including certain 2020-2022 Escape and 2021-2022 Bronco sport models. Another recall was issued for faulty brakes resulting from a software error which affected almost 200,000 additional vehicles, including certain F-150, Maverick, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 models. Subsequently, a recall was issued due to a rollaway risk, which impacted 3 million vehicles, including certain 2013-2018 C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid SUVs, 2013-2016 Fusion sedans, 2013-2021 Transit Connect vans and 2015-2018 Edge SUVs. Thereafter, a safety recall due to engine compartment fire risks was issued for over 100,000 vehicles, including certain 2020-2022 Escapes, 2022 Mavericks and 2021-2022 Lincoln Corsairs. Most recently, almost 200,000 vehicles were recalled due to a different fire risk from a blower motor, including certain 2015-2017 Expeditions and Navigators.
- Mercedes-Benz – The NHTSA issued a recall due to potential brake booster corrosion which could result in reduced brake performance or brake failure, affecting almost 300,000 Mercedes vehicles, including certain 2006-2012 M-class SUVs, GL-class and R-class minivan vehicles.
- Hyundai – Hyundai has recalled almost 240,000 vehicles due to exploding seat belt pretensioners which could explode upon deployment, projecting metal fragments that could strike occupants and result in injury. The affected vehicles include certain 2019-2022 Accents, 2021-2023 Elantras and 2021-2022 Elantra Hybrids.
- Kia – Kia has recalled 0ver 400,000 vehicles for faulty airbags, resulting in deployment failures, including certain 2017 Foret Koup coupes, 2017-2018 Forte sedans, 2017-2019 Sedona minivans and 2017-2019 Soul and Soul EV hatchbacks. Later in the year, Kia recalled more than 250,000 vehicles for an interior roof defect which could cause detaching of the headliner plates after a crash, increasing the risk of injury, including certain 2012-2013 Optima sedans.
- Nissan – Although an otherwise quiet year for Nissan, it has issued two separate recalls due to transmission-related rollaway risks. The first involved about 180,000 vehicles, including certain 2020-2022 Frontier and Titan pick-up trucks, and the second involved over 200,000 vehicles, including certain 2020-2023 Frontiers and Titans in an expanded recall.
- Cadillac, Chevrolet & GMC – More than 480,000 SUVs equipped with third-row seating were affected by a seat belt assembly recall potentially causing the belts to not properly restrain passengers and increasing the risk of injury during a crash. The affected vehicles include certain 2021-2022 Cadillac Escalades, Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes and GMC Yukons and Yukon XLs.
- Wipers, Wipers and more Wipers – Chevrolet Equinox, GMS Terrain, Ford, Lincoln and Hyundai have all issued windshield wiper recalls this year due to potential failures of the wipers which could reduce visibility in certain driving conditions, increasing the risk of a collision and injuries. Over 680,000 vehicles were involved in the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Equinoxes and GMC Terrains, over 650,000 vehicles were involved in the 2020-2021 F-150 Ford pick-ups, Ford Expedition SUVs and Lincoln Navigator SUVs and almost 125,000 vehicles were involved in the 2020-2021 Hyundai Palisades.
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