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 cars.com 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.
Perhaps the most important of all of the recalls last month involved the Ford F-150 pick-up. The iconic American automaker announced that 1.6 million F-150s from the years 2015 to 2018 were being recalled. The nation’s best-selling vehicle was recalled because of a problem with front seat belt pretensioners that the manufacturer acknowledges could cause sparks in a crash. The sparks could potentially ignite the trucks’ carpets or insulation.
Honda also made the list, of course, after recalling 232,000 Honda Accords (2018) and 2019 Insights near the end of September. The cars’ back-up cameras’ center displays can malfunction, requiring the reprogramming of the display unit software when vehicles are returned to dealers.
Nissan recalled 215,000 Murano and Pathfinder SUVs, Maxima sedans and Infiniti QX60 SUVs. All have what appears to be a serious flaw: a leaking antilock brake actuator pump. The leaking pump can cause an electrical short, which could in turn result in a fire.
There was no word in the car.com article on whether the problem affects the vehicles’ braking.
Last but not least on the list is the best-selling hybrid, the Toyota Prius. The Japanese auto giant recalled 192,000 of the hybrids from model years 2016 to 2018. The vehicles also have problems that could potentially fires.
Unfortunately, far too many people buy cars that appear to be good, dependable vehicles but turn out to be untrustworthy cars and trucks that require the same repairs over and over and over again.
If you have been sold such a vehicle, contact an attorney experienced in lemon law and warranty law litigation.