Recent Vehicle Recalls
Subaru of America is recalling more than 47,000 cars and SUV’s with remote starters. The remote starts can malfunction if the key fob is dropped and start the vehicle. The motor will run for up to 15 minutes, but could continue to start and stop until the vehicle runs out of gas or the key fob battery dies. This can also lead to a risk of carbon monoxide build up if vehicles are parked in a garage.
There have been no reported injuries pertaining to this recall. Subaru dealers will replace the fobs free of charge.
The recall affects Legacy and Outback vehicles from 2010 to 2013 model years. Also the 2012-2013 Impreza and the 2013 XV Crosstrek.
Ford is recalling 230,000 minivans in 20 cold weather states including Washington D.C. The recall is to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose. The rust can weaken the mounting brackets that hold the removable seats to the floor.
There have been no crashes or injuries reported due to the recall. Dealers will install new seat mounting brackets outside of the affected area that can rust and also install panels above the rear wheels to prevent water from entering.
The recall affects the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey from the model years 2004 through 2007. Owners notified of the recall by letter from the Ford Motor Company.
Toyota, Nissan, and Honda-
Toyota, Nissan, and Honda are recalling over 3 million vehicles globally for an identical problem. There is a problem with the air bags on the passenger side where the inflator may burst, sending plastic pieces flying. There have been no injuries reported.
Toyota has recalled 1.7 million vehicles with approximately 580,000 in North America. Affected models include Corolla, Tundra, Lexus SC produced between November 2000 and March 2004.
Nissan has recalled 480,000 of their vehicles with some 343,000 in North America.
Honda recalled 1.1 million vehicles with about 680,000 in North America. The affected models include the Civic, CR-V, and the Odyssey.
The problem occurred because of two human errors during production at Japan’s Takata Corp. There was a switch that had been forgot to be turned on for a system that weeds out defective products. The second error was during storage where the parts were improperly stored exposing them to humidity according to Honda spokeswoman Akemi Ando.
The Mazda RX-8 and Mazda 6 have also been affected by this recall.