The news keeps getting worse for automakers and airbag manufacturers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that it is expanding its investigation into six different automakers after at least five deaths were linked to faulty electronics.
If you thought the Takata airbag inflator scandal and recalls were coming to an end, think again. Recent news reports indicate that a type of Takata inflator once thought to be safe and reliable has come under the microscope after a crash and explosion injured a Honda minivan driver.
If it sometimes feels as if automakers from the U.S., Japan, Italy, South Korea and the UK are in the midst of one recall after another, that is because that is exactly what is going on. Of course, we should not leave Germany out of the list of nations famed for their cars yet struggling to keep owners safe.
There is an old saying that bad things come in threes. While we doubt the accuracy of the proverb, Ford Motor Company might not. The iconic American automaker recently issued a trio of recalls that include its popular F-150 pickup truck.
Honda recently announced that it is recalling more than 100,000 of its Ridgeline trucks because they can catch on fire after going through a car wash.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.