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Auto Recall: What’s Wrong with Tesla Model S and Model X Vehicles?

CNBC released a report recently regarding a Tesla recall involving 53,000 of the automaker’s Model S and Model X vehicles. Reportedly, the issue involves a problem with the parking brakes on the vehicles not working properly. What’s Wrong with the Parking Brakes on the Tesla Model X and Model S? According to CNBC, Tesla recall is voluntary. The issue involves the electric parking brakes in Model X and Model S Tesla vehicles manufactured between February and October 2016. Reportedly, the problem could prevent the parking brakes in the vehicles from releasing when they are supposed to do so. Tesla believes the issue has to do with gear in the parking brakes that was improperly manufactured by one the automaker’s third-party vendors. Tesla announced it will begin replacing the defective gears immediately, but that it would not have parts for all the affected vehicles until October 2017. As of this writing,…
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Honda Confirms 20th Takata Airbag Death

Officials with Honda Motor Company confirmed another death caused by an exploding Takata airbag inflator. Honda said the person died on July 10 during a crash in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The unidentified person, who was in a 2004 Honda Civic, is the 20th death worldwide caused by Takata’s defective airbag inflators. Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Honda confirmed the death during a recent inspection. According to Honda, the car’s airbag was salvaged from a 2002 Honda Civic. Takata’s defective inflators use ammonium nitrate, a highly volatile chemical, as a propellant to inflate the airbags during a crash. The ammonium nitrate can degrade and become unstable when it is exposed to heat and humidity for long periods of time. As a result, the metal canisters housing the airbags can blow apart. Vehicle occupants have been catastrophically injured or killed by high-speed metal shrapnel. More than 180…
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Dieselgate 2.0 – Is Fiat Chrysler Cheating on Emissions Too?

Dieselgate has left a black mark on the reputation of Volkswagen. In the past few weeks, the company has admitted to criminal charges, settled those charges for $4.3 billion, and had six executives indicted for its emissions scandal. VW stock has been volatile ever since the discovery of its defeat device software, and VW consumers have flooded courts with their grievances. This has made life more difficult for all automakers as scrutiny on diesel emissions have increased, but one company in particular is feeling the heat more than most automakers. Was Fiat Chrysler Cheating on Emissions Too? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has dropped a bombshell on Fiat Chrysler (FCA). These environment regulators believe they have discovered emissions cheating software in some 104,000 model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokees with diesel engines. This discovery…
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Why is Fiat Chrysler Recalling 1.9 Million Vehicles?

It’s been a rough year for auto recalls. A Jeep recall was linked to the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, and the Takata recall expanded to include over 70 million vehicles. The year is almost over, but the recalls are still coming. This time Fiat Chrysler has been called out by safety regulators. Do You Know Why Fiat Chrysler Is Recalling Your Car? If you drive a Fiat Chrysler vehicle built between 2010 and 2014, then you need to listen up. Seatbelts and airbags in some Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles may not deploy in the event of a crash. The affected models include the 200, Avenger, Caliber, Compass, Patriot and Sebring. The company also says that 1.9 million vehicles could be affected worldwide. What Went Wrong with These Cars? According to the automaker, safety control modules as well as wiring in front impact sensors are defective. These…
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Will Takata Avoiding Bankruptcy Help Recall Victims?

The Takata Recall is getting more and more troubling, and now the government is increasing its own involvement. U.S. Senators have sent letters to the embattled auto parts maker. They want guarantees that the company will be able to repair the defective safety devices it sold. But will the company’s response be what lawmakers had hoped for? Is Takata Avoiding Bankruptcy? Upon hearing that Takata Corp could declare bankruptcy, federal officials got concerned. They sent letters to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Takata to confirm that supplies of replacement airbags would not be affected by a Takata bankruptcy. Well, they’ve got an answer… sort of. On Friday November 4th, the CFO of Takata—Yoichiro Nomura—announced that the company would like to avoid bankruptcy. He continued to say that he believes court-led bankruptcy would disrupt the supply of replacement parts. He also believes the company’s business would be halted…
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Are Takata Recall Repairs Taking Too Long?

She was driving her Honda Civic to go get a flu shot when a truck took a left-hand turn in front of her. This California woman ran head long into the truck. She would later pass due to her injuries, but some question if the collision was the cause of her wounds. The airbag that was supposed to save her life was defective, and now government officials are wondering why her car had yet to be repaired. What is Taking Takata Recall Repairs So Long? While investigating this California woman’s death, authorities spoke to her son. They asked him if his mother had ever received notification from Honda that her car was a part of the infamous Takata recall. The man answered that she had never talked to him about it. In the end, authorities felt that they could not confirm if the woman knew about the recall on her…
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