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More dangerous airbags: Over 1.7 million vehicles recalled

Some of the biggest names in motor vehicle manufacturing were recently added to the ever-expanding list of carmakers struggling with Takata airbag inflators. As you undoubtedly know, Takata is a Japanese automotive parts company whose airbag inflators can explode and injure people.

The latest recall of potentially unsafe vehicles from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration includes 1.7 million vehicles from Japanese, German, American and Italian automakers Subaru, BMW, Volkswagen, Tesla, Ferrari, Daimler Vans and Mercedes.

Ford expands airbag recall for U.S. vehicles

The recent report from Ford garnered headlines across the nation. The automaker said it is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators. The iconic vehicle manufacturer said the air bag inflators can explode and hurl dangerous shrapnel.

The recall includes more than 782,000 vehicles across the United States and is one of the biggest recalls in the nation's history, news sources reported.

Mercedes Recalls over 100,000 Vehicle for Seat Belts and Airbags

German automaker Mercedes is known far and wide for the reliability and safety of its high-end automobiles. But the manufacturing behemoth recently issued a pair of recalls over safety issues that will undoubtedly concern consumers.

One of the recalls involves passenger-side airbags. Indicators in the recalled vehicles can show that the airbags have been activated - when, in fact, the safety devices have been disabled.

Honda recalls vans with dangerously faulty sliding doors

Japanese auto manufacturing giant Honda has been plagued over the past couple of months with recalls of its popular Accord and Insight models over software problems with backup cameras. At the time, the company also said it was recalling 1.4 million U.S. vehicles to replace Takata front passenger air bag inflators.

Now Honda is recalling 107,000 Odyssey minivans because the power sliding doors might not latch properly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the doors could open while the vans are in motion.

Up in flames: Recalled Kia and Hyundai vehicles catching fire

It's bad enough to have problems with your car that requiring you to go to a mechanic. But it's much worse when the work done to repair the problem causes even more problems. That's the situation apparently facing owners of recalled Kia and Hyundai vehicles.

A media report states that engines had to replaced or repaired on 1.2 million Kia and Hyundai models this past summer and that some repaired vehicles are afterwards "spontaneously bursting into flames."

Busy month includes recalls of best-selling pick-ups and hybrids

Regular readers of our Lemon Law and Car Fraud Blog know that September saw a number of large-scale recalls in the auto industry.

A recent article highlighted the most significant auto recalls during the month, including the recalls of America's most popular pick-up truck and the nation's best-selling hybrid car.

Car dealer arrested for odometer fraud

A used car dealer manager was recently arrested for tampering with a vehicle's odometer.  In this case, the 37-year-old manager sold a 2013 Chevrolet Cargo Van, claiming that it had 159,000 miles on it. In reality, the van had more than 303,000 miles - a fact hidden from the vehicle's buyer.

Focus on this: More dangerous Ford vehicles recalled

Ford's struggles with recalls is continuing. Earlier this year, the U.S. auto giant issued recalls for 4.2 million vehicles - second only behind Fiat Chrysler, which has recalled a jaw-dropping 7.7 million vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported.

According to news sources, Ford has issued a recall of most of its Focus models built at its Michigan factory over a seven-year period. The company said it's recalling 1.5 million Ford Focus vehicles because a valve can cause engines to malfunction.


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