General Motors Company has told its dealers to stop sales of about 6,000 2015 GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave SUVs because of a pending Goodyear tire recall.
The Goodyear recall covers tires on some of the SUV models that could crack. GM has said it will work with Goodyear to reach customers of the aftermarket tires.
GM has also said it will reach out to its dealers and Goodyear will go after non-dealership points of sale.
In a statement, Goodyear said the recall includes about 48,500 …Read the rest »
Ford Motor Company has issued two separate vehicle defect recalls.
According to a Detroit News report, the automaker is recalling 205,000 2010-2013 Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Ford Police Interceptor sedans because of an issue with a spring that controls the interior door handles.
Ford said the door could become unlatched in a side-impact crash increasing the risk of injuries for vehicle occupants. This recall covers about …Read the rest »
The number of fatalities connected to the defective General Motors ignition switches is up to 49 as a compensation deadline approaches for those who were injured in car accidents caused by the faulty switches that shut off airbags.
According to a report in USA Today, GM says that as of January 15, it has fixed 1.26 million of the vehicles, roughly 65 percent of the 1.95 small cars such as Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion that it recalled because the switches can fail and shut off power to …Read the rest »
An executive with Japanese auto supplier Takata, whose defective airbags have triggered massive vehicle recalls in recent months, has been indicted for conspiring to fix the prices of seatbelts sold to automakers.
According to a Reuters news report, this indictment is the latest in an international investigation into the issue of price fixing of auto parts.
In all, 32 companies have pleaded guilty or have agreed to do so, and 50 executives havetaken a plea bargain or been indicted in the investigation.
Similar probes have been conducted in Europe and Asia as well. …Read the rest »
Car parts suppliers are stepping up quality control efforts and the traceability of their components in the wake of an unprecedented wave of auto safety recalls and huge fines against manufacturers, The Wall Street Journal reports. Many suppliers seem to be investing in new and improved equipment to better automate defect detection and are assigning more employees to do part checks. For example, Daicel Corporation, which manufactures airbag inflators, has invested millions of dollars to enhance its system for tracking inflators shipped to customers.
The Move to Improve Quality
The airbag inflators are the explosive devices that pump up the airbag in the event of a crash. Daicel has apparently acquired the capability of carving letters data onto tiny metal parts such as when and where the parts were made. Daicel used to attach bar codes to many parts, but some pieces were too small to do so. Company officials say their priority is to be able to immediately identify the range of potentially problematic products, should a safety issue arise.
Aisin Seiki Company, the world’s fifth largest automotive supplier, is also spending tens of millions of dollars to boost quality. It traditionally relied on experienced employees to detect and fix issues, but now the company has purchased new devices to catch that problem and cut the defect rate by two-thirds. These moves were largely prompted by the Takata airbag recall that led to the recall of millions of vehicles manufactured by various automakers. The explosive airbags were linked to several deaths and scores of injuries.
Auto Product Liability Issues
It is about time that these parts suppliers put these measures in place to ensure consumer safety. The reality of the auto industry is that safety devices such as airbags, seatbelts and other vehicle components are made by these global suppliers. That’s why traceability of the components is an important issue.
If you have been injured as the result of a defective auto part, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the auto part maker as well as the car manufacturer. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages. Families of deceased victims can also seek compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In such cases, it is particularly critical that victims and families contact an auto defect law firm that has the resources to thoroughly and independently investigate vehicle defects and hold negligent automakers accountable.
Ford has issued a vehicle defect recall for select 2014 models of the Ford Escape and 2015 models of the Lincoln MKC.
According to a report in The Car Connection, some of those vehicles may have fuel pump defects that could cause the devices to fail in traffic.
Documents filed with NHTSA show that contamination, due to improper nickel plating of certain components in the fuel pump, may cause excessive pump friction, potentially resulting in fuel pump failure.
This could happen at any time, which means that owners might find suddenly that their car won’t …Read the rest »