Ford has issued a recall for 248,912 vehicles in the United States over defective door latches. According to Car and Driver, the recall covers three sedans – the Ford Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. Nearly 250,000 of these vehicles were made in the United States and about 20,000 were manufactured in Mexico. The problem is with the latch pawl’s spring-tab design. It can degrade in high temperatures which can lead to the door not being secured when it is shut. Ford says that even if an owner gets the door to latch after repeated attempts, it is still possible that it will become unlatched during driving. …Read the rest »
Category: Auto Defects
Auto Defects - Bisnar Chase Blog
Since 2010 there have been millions of recalls made in the US for cars having dangerous conditions. Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to consumers to keep them safe, and many auto defects that are discovered have the potential to kill passengers within the car if not fixed immediately. You can read more about the different types of car defects on our Auto Defects Page.
At Bisnar Chase we consider ourselves auto defect specialists, having represented many clients against the auto manufacturer giants and have won our injured clients huge settlements. We provide news and information about auto recalls here to keep our viewers updated about dangerous conditions in their cars and to promote safety among the community.
Volvo is recalling more than 120,000 vehicles from the 2019 and 2020 model years because their automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems with pedestrian detection might not recognize obstacles. According to a report in Consumer Reports, a crash could occur that might have been prevented. Almost every Volvo car built between November 2018 and March 2020 is affected including the XC40, XC60, and XC90 SUVs; S60 and S90 sedans; and V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, and V90 Cross Country station wagons. …Read the rest »
Two police officers in Springfield, Illinois, have been hospitalized since November after they suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning in their squad cars. According to a news report in the Illinois Times, emails obtained by the publication showed one of the officers’ CO level upon arrival to the hospital was close to critical. The department’s Deputy Chief Shawn Handlin wrote in the email: “That’s unacceptable to officers.” The report said Handlin then asked about testing the cars. …Read the rest »
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has states that Tesla and lax regulation of the new partially automated driving systems, are to blame for a fatal 2019 crash in Florida involving a Tesla that had the Autopilot feature engaged. According to a Fox News report, the NTSB said the design of the Autopilot system contributed to the crash because it allowed the Tesla’s driver to avoid paying attention. Tesla also failed to limit where Autopilot can be used, allowing motorists to activate it even in areas for which it was not designed, the NTSB report stated. …Read the rest »
American Honda Motor Company is recalling about 340,000 portable generators because they can pose fire and burn injury hazards. According to Consumer Affairs, the Torrance-based company is recalling the EB2200i, EU2200i, EU 2200i Companion and EU2200i Camo Portable Generators. In these products, the inverter assembly can short circuit with the presence of saltwater, causing the unit to smoke or catch fire, posing the danger of fire and/or burn injuries. …Read the rest »
Jeep is recalling certain 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler SUVs and 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup trucks equipped with manual transmissions because they could overheat and pose an increased risk of fires. According to Consumer Reports, the concern with these vehicles is that the clutch pressure plate, the mechanism, which transfers engine torque to the transmission, may overheat because of friction and cause the transmission case to crack. …Read the rest »
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is calling for the creation of safety regulations of partially automated driver-assist systems such as Tesla’s Autopilot and General Motors’ Super Cruise. According to a CNN news report, the IIHS, which is funded by the auto insurance industry, has recommended increased monitoring of drivers to ensure they are engaged, prohibiting automated lane changing and restricting the use of these systems to the roads for which they are designed. …Read the rest »
General Motors is recalling more than 20,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks from the 2020 model year because of faulty brakes that could potentially fail. According to Consumer Reports, bolts that secure the brake calipers, which grab the brake rotors to slow or stop the vehicle, may not have been manufactured correctly and could break. Consumer Reports states that a supplier who provides the bolts that fasten the brake clippers on these trucks made a change in the manufacturing process without approval from GM. …Read the rest »
Hyundai is recalling about 207,000 Sonata sedans from the 2013-2014 model years over concerns of a potential fuel leak and fire risk. According to Consumer Reports, a fuel line may develop a small crack over time because of heat in the engine compartment. Documents filed by the automaker with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that if the line leaks gasoline, there is a risk of fire. Hyundai says drivers may be able to smell fuel if there is a leak. …Read the rest »
Toyota is adding 1.2 million vehicles to a major recall in the United States to fix possible fuel pump failures that could cause engines to stall. According to an Associated Press news report, the added vehicles bring the total to 1.8 million. In January, the Japanese automaker recalled nearly 700,000 vehicles in the United States for the same problems. Engine stalling can increase the likelihood of a car accident. …Read the rest »