Trucks Could Experience Brake Failure, Navistar Issues Recall

June 13, 2013 by  
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Multiple news agencies have indicated that a recall that was issued during 2012 is finally coming to an end now that the automaker has announced a remedy for the issue.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Navistar is recalling all units of the 2012 and 2013 International brand ProStar and TranStar and will be having the vehicles’ S-Cam tube bracket assemblies replaced in order to prevent a potential accident.

The firm has stated that this recall was necessary after the company learned that the brake S-Cam tube bracket assemblies on the steer axles could eventually break unexpectedly while the vehicle was in use.

The new parts for the affected vehicles will be available in August.

Click here for the NHTSA’s recall report.

2013 SLK250 & SLK350 Recalled by Mercedes-Benz

June 13, 2013 by  
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Multiple news sources have been reporting that Mercedes-Benz has recently reported in its website that multiple vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz are being recalled.

The 2013 SLK250 and SLK350 were equipped with front passenger seat occupant classification systems that might fail. A child or a smaller and lighter adult might not be protected because the system could fail to recognize the person’s presence, increasing the risk of a potential injury since the system may fail to activate the airbag system in the event of an accident.

The company has stated that this recall is being issued in order to prevent a potential serious injury. Affected vehicle owners will have the OCS feature in their cars’ passenger seats fully replaced in order to promote safety and keep passengers protected in the case of an accident.

Follow this link if you have any questions concerning this recall and if you would like to read more on this story.

Chrysler Recalls 2013 Ram Trucks, NHTSA Reports

June 13, 2013 by  
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Multiple news agencies have indicated recently that Chrysler has been the center of a discussion regarding the safety of their Grand Cherokee and Liberty models.

Following reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is pushing the company to recall several vehicles due to a potential problem with the vehicles’ engines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that all units of the 2013 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks are being recalled.

The recall was issued once the automaker learned that the affected vehicles come with optional tail lamps that may fail to illuminate once the driver activates the turn signal indicator, which could cause a problem for the driver since motorists following behind may not get a notification the driver is turning.

This issue represents a failure to comply with federal standards and because of this, the company decided to issue this recall promptly. Affected vehicle owners are being notified of this recall. Cars with the defective turn signal malfunction will have the Central Body Controller software reprogrammed at authorized dealers for free. Affected consumers with any questions or concerns related to this issue could contact Chrysler or follow this link to read the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s official recall announcement.

Dodge Dart Affected by Recent Chrysler Recall

June 12, 2013 by  
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler Group LLC has issued a recall for all units of the 2013 Dodge Dart models after the company learned that the vehicles were equipped with a MultiAir turbo engine that could experience an engine stall if the vehicle is exposed to temperatures under 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

The federal agency has stated that the vehicles affected were manufactured between March 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013. Affected vehicle owners will be notified promptly. Chrysler should have all affected cars fully repaired at authorized dealers.

According to the federal agency, the powertrain control module in these vehicles should be fully reprogrammed for free to prevent the potential stall risk.

You can follow this link to read the full recall announcement published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Act promptly if you have been affected and contact Chrysler as soon as possible.

NHTSA Gives Chrysler a Deadline to Formally Respond to Recall Request

June 11, 2013 by  
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According to multiple news agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the automaker Chrysler a deadline in order to obtain a formal response regarding the request for a recall concerning 2.7 million vehicles that are being linked to several fiery accidents including crashes that resulted in fatalities.

The reports show that the 1993 through 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002 through 2007 Liberty SUVs could be affected if the agency decides that there’s a problem with the engine these vehicles were equipped with.

At this moment, the NHTSA is waiting for the automaker’s response, which should be issued until June 18th. Upon receipt of the official response, the federal agency might have to issue a formal fining and then summon the company and interest groups for a public hearing.

The agency has stated that the manufacturer did not uphold industry standards by placing the fuel tanks in a spot that is considered to be vulnerable, increasing the risks associated with a possible fire in the event of a collision.

The manufacturer has avoided to issue a recall by claiming the fuel tank design does not fail to meet federal standards.

While it’s extremely rare for a company to refuse to issue a recall upon receiving an official request from the federal agency, it has happened before. The last time an automaker challenged the NHTSA was in 1996.

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Throttle Pedal Issue Prompts Recall of Aston Martin Vehicles

June 11, 2013 by  
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Aston Martin, reports show, has issued a recall for a series of vehicles after it was noted that a manufacturing error caused the throttle pedal arm to become vulnerable.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration vehicles affected include units of the V8 Vantage, V12 Vantage, Virage, DB9, and Rapide models that were manufactured between May 14, 2012 and April 10, 2013. The throttle pedal arm in these vehicles could crack and break while in use, causing the driver to lose control over the vehicle’s speed.

To prevent an accident, the agency has stated that Aston Martin is notifying all affected vehicle owners promptly. The affected cars will have the throttle pedal assemblies replaced for free.

To learn more on this particular recall and how to have your car fixed, follow this link to visit the NHTSA’s official recall page.

NHTSA Issues Recall Along Ford That Affects The Lincoln MKZ Model

June 11, 2013 by  
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Yet another vehicle model is being recalled by Ford, reports show. According to the news, Ford decided to recall 2013 Lincoln MKZ after it was noted that a problem with certain engine block heater cords could eventually pose a serious electric shock risk to users.

The company has stated that the issue is linked to the engine block heater, which was equipped with cords that could become bent under certain temperatures, increasing the potential for an electric shock since the cords could crack unexpectedly.

To prevent potential incidents, the company will have any defective cord replaced for fully functional ones.

You can read more on this recall by clicking here and reading the statement issued by the NHTSA.

Your 2013 Ford Fusion Has Just Been Recalled

June 11, 2013 by  
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has issued a recall for all units of the 2013 Fusion vehicles after it was noted that the steering gears in these vehicles may have been manufactured without an internal retaining clip.

The agency stated that the lack of this important component could cause the steering gear to become dislodged while the vehicle is being used. If that occurs, the driver could experience an impaired steering, which could cause him or her to lose control over the vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident.

The automaker has stated that affected vehicles should have the steering gear replaced for free. If you own one of the recalled 2013 Fusion manufactured between April 19, 2013 and April 23, 2013, contact the manufacturer and schedule a visit to a local dealership in order to have this problem addressed promptly. You can also contact the federal agency if you have any complaints associated with this recall. Click here to read the official recall statement published by the federal agency.

Honda Is NHTSA’s New Target, Odyssey Vehicles Under Investigation

June 11, 2013 by  
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According to a series of news agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that it is opening an investigation into 2003 and 2004 Honda Odyssey models that would affect at least 320,000 units of these vehicles.

The reports show that the minivans are being investigated after the agency received at least six reports concerning inadvertent airbag deployment, which in some cases led to injuries. This could be a serious issue if it occurs in the event of a severe accident. Serious or even fatal injuries could be reported in case air bags are not deployed promptly in the event of the accident.

The federal agency has stated that at least three consumers were injured. To prevent future injuries, the agency decided to look into this problem. In case it identifies an issue with the vehicle’s equipment, a recall will be issued.

The automaker failed to respond news reporters’ queries concerning the probe announcement.

According to the agency, however, this issue could be linked to Chrysler products, which uses a supplier linked to other vehicles that were known to fail to deploy promptly. Up to this moment, Honda Odyssey owners are not being asked to act upon this investigation. After the probe is carried out, the federal agency will have word on what affected consumers should do. According to the agency, the issue could be linked to a defective component that could be exposed to an over-stress condition, which could then lead to an inadvertent air bag deployment, exposing drivers and passengers to serious injury risks.

The NHTSA has reported that additional 41 complaints linked to Odyssey warning lights being illuminated inadvertently were registered.

It’s important for consumers to always stay on top of recall news in order to learn more about a potential problem that could lead to a serious injury or accident. Too often, accidents occur before the recall is issued, which could be the case with the Honda Odyssey models that are now being investigated.

If you believe you be affected by a potential recall announcement linked to the Honda Odyssey models, follow this link to read more about this probe. As an attorney, I hope that the NHTSA investigates this matter promptly and addresses the risks associated with these vehicles as quickly as possible in order to prevent even more serious injuries linked to these vehicles in the future. California drivers with any complaints or concerns related to this probe may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to have your questions addressed by federal agents.

Altec Recalls Vehicles Built on Ford F550 Chassis Over Fire Risk

June 10, 2013 by  
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that Altec Industries, Inc. has issued a report in order to warn certain aerial device owners that the vehicles built on Ford F550 chassis could pose a serious fire hazard to users.

According to the firm, these vehicles come with battery cables that are linked to the unit auxiliary components that might be damaged over time of use. If that occurs, a short to ground could occur, and a fire may erupt as a result.

To prevent an accident or a fire that could result in injuries, affected vehicles owners are being notified. The battery cables should be re-routed for free in order to keep drivers safe. Affected models include the 2010 through 2012 AT200A, AT235/235P, AT237, AT248F, AT35/37-G, and AT40-G.

You may click here to read the NHTSA’s official report.

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