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Could Auto Manufacturers Be Forced To Reveal Defects Sooner?

Back in 2005, a technical service bulletin (TSB) was sent to GM dealerships all over the world. It warned that the ignition switches in GM cars could cause a “moving stall,” which could shut down a vehicle’s power steering, power brakes and airbags, but this information wasn’t shared with the public. Two years later, a GM vehicle was involved in a deadly crash in which the car’s airbag did not deploy. Investigators soon realized that the ignition switch was involved, and a national recall was started, but could this problem have been taken care of two years earlier? Could Auto Manufacturers Be Forced To Reveal Defects Sooner? Officials at the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) have been trying to get car manufacturers to release their TSBs and other vehicle defect bulletins to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for years. These bulletins have always gone to dealerships and automotive techs who…
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The Mini Cooper Can Spontaneously Combust

In January 2012 CNN reported that BMW is recalling 89,000 Mini Coopers in the United States for the same sort of problem that led to earlier recalls of BMW and Rolls-Royce luxury cars. Comparatively worldwide, the Mini recall covers a total of 235, 535 cars. The problem addressed in all of the recalls is that a computer circuit board controlling a turbocharger cooling system can fail. The end result: a smoldering water pump and in some severe cases, a fire in the engine compartment. On a global scale to date, there have been 81 reported cases of water pump failures in Mini Coopers.  Twelve Mini Cooper owners in the U.S.  have reported the vehicle catching fire in the compartment, with five of the 12 fires resulting in a total loss of the car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a preliminary investigation into the vehicle fires in October 2011. Specifically, NHTSA is looking into the Mini Cooper…
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Honda Pilots Have Defective Seatbelts

The front seat belts in over 300,000 Honda Pilots are prone to disconnection in a crash. As a result, Honda Motor Company announced a vehicle recall for Pilots sold between 2009 and 2011. In a Los Angeles Times report, Honda said the stitching in the seat belt that connects the belt to the anchor is poor. Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths from the poorly manufactured seat belt. This latest automobile recall comes on the heels of Honda issuing a recall of about 80,000 CR-V SUVs from the 2006 model year, and about 5,626 CR-Z hybrids from the 2011 model year. The CR-V had a defective power window master switch, and the CR-Z could roll backward unexpectedly. In a 2010 New York Times report, Honda ranked third among automakers in vehicle recalls with 15 in 2010. Toyota had 17 recalls in 2010, and General Motors had…
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