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What manufacturer has the most vehicles recalled in 2018?

Recalls are a fact of life in the auto industry. While some manufacturers err on the side of caution, others seem to do everything possible to avoid making a public announcement regarding a design flaw or common problem. These flaws are why Lemon Laws were drafted on the state and federal level. The idea was to protect consumers from buying a car, truck, ATV, motorcycle, or leisure vehicle that is unfixable even after the recalls. Regardless of whether the vehicle was purchased new from a dealership, used from a car lot or the previous owner, the consumer has a right to get a vehicle whose quality matches its price.

Biggest recalls of 2018

Common scams that buyers need to be aware of

The internet makes it easy to research the quality and safety of cars. Moreover, buyers can also check to see if the dealer has bad online reviews. Despite all this information available, there are still scammers out there trying to sell a motor vehicle to an unsuspecting buyer fraudulently. Considering the cost of the average car these days, this can mean the loss of tens-of-thousands of dollars.

Most dealers and sales are ethical and responsible, but there are a few bad ones out there. Common ploys used by these fraudsters include:

Defective airbags still pose a threat to California drivers

Airbags are often the inflatable barrier between life and death in a crash. However, with the recent recalls regarding millions of Takata airbags, it has made many question the overall safety of airbags in their own vehicles.

For nearly five years, several models from 19 different automakers have been placed on recall because they contained the Takata airbags, which were known to release shrapnel when deployed. The shrapnel came from a metal cartridge containing propellant wafers in the airbag’s inflator that if met with blunt force and hot temperatures, could explode and release the shrapnel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said these defects occurred because the airbags had an ammonium nitrate-based propellant which didn’t have a chemical drying agent. As a result, 15 people died, and more than 250 others were severely injured due to the airbag’s design defect.

Do ride-hail drivers have an obligation to address recalls?

Ride-hail platforms like Uber and Lyft have changed the game for app-based services, the taxi industry and the rights of contract employees. Now, these issues all come into play as safety advocates call for safer riding experiences as well as expectations on addressing recalls of the driver’s car or SUV.

It seems that we get news of new recalls every week. Some are relatively minor issues regarding a taillight, but the Takata airbag scandal included 21 deaths globally and involve 41.6 million vehicles in the U.S. It is also disheartening to note that the NHTSA reports that only 58% of recall notices are addressed by vehicle owners, which adds up to about 70 million un-repaired vehicles are on the road. This includes those owned by drivers who use the Lyft and Uber platforms.

Ford recalls Fusions and Lincoln MKZs over faulty seat belts

Ford Motor Company recalled more than 100,000 of its 2015 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models over defective seat belts, which have caused at least one injury. Ford announced that the defect was a cable within the seat belt system that can become overheated during a crash and may not be able to restrain a passenger adequately. The company says dealers will apply a protective coating to keep the cable from overheating.

Recall affects 103,374 vehicles in the U.S.

Which cars have faced recalls most often?

As a consumer, you want to feel confident in the products you purchase and in the companies that you invest in. The car you drive is more than just a vehicle that you use to commute to work and to complete your daily tasks — it's a status symbol and also a reflection of your personality. So the last thing you want is that pesky letter in the mail that reveals a recall that impacts your car.

According to Cheat Sheet, these are the cars in the United States that face the most recalls on an annual basis:

What happens to the car loan if you bought a lemon?

Most people do not pay cash for their new or new used vehicles, which means that they have a car loan that they are paying each month. One reason to buy a new or expensive used car is to ensure that the vehicle is reliable and safe. But what happens when the vehicle turns out to be a lemon? As is always the case with loans, it is best to avoid costly mistakes, but it quickly gets complicated when the loan involves a car that does not function properly and qualifies as a Lemon.

Continue to pay the loan

Jeep continues to have transmission problems

The Jeep brand is famous for its four-wheel drive transmissions. Nevertheless, despite decades of designing and building these drivetrains, the company now owned by Fiat Chrysler has once again recalled 2014 Jeep Cherokee with the 3.2-liter V-6 engines because of the famed crossover’s ZF nine-speed automatic transmission continues to exhibit multiple quality and safety problems. This recall involves 81,000 vehicles.

According to Car and Driver, owners continue to report such issues as the clutch becoming stuck, causing the transmission to drop into neutral. This is even though there have been at least 11 software updates regarding:

Honda recalls off-road vehicles

The explosion in the popularity of recreational off-highway vehicles (known as ROVs, ATVs, UTVs or more generally OHVs) is obvious to anyone who lives or vacations in rural areas. These vehicles are used by recreational enthusiasts, ranchers, hunters and others riding on backroads, dirt trails or going across open country. About the size of a golf cart, these four-wheel vehicles typically feature open side-by-side seating, a possible a back seat or rear storage area, roll bars and other common off-road modifications.

Still relatively new compared to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and leisure vehicles, there have been some growing pains. American Honda Corporation has now recalled all model year 2016-2019 Honda Pioneer 1000 ROVs because of instances of a stuck throttle pedal. This has led to 15 reports of the throttle pedal sticking in the open position, involving six crashes and resulting in a report of a concussion and a broken nose. The vehicle has a listed top speed of 67 miles per hour and limited by a governor. All told, the recall involves 80,000 ROVs.

Dodge recalls Ram 1500s

The inside of the new Dodge Ram 1500 looks closer to that of an airplane than a pick-up truck from 30 years ago. Despite all these bells and whistles, Fiat Chrysler recently announced that it recalled nearly 300,000 Ram 1500 trucks in the United States. The reason filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency is airbags and seatbelt pretensioners that could potentially deactivate during a crash.

According to Car and Driver, this means that Ram 1500s built through April 29, 2019, will need to go in for servicing. The problem lies in the occupant restraint controller processing unit, which determines whether to deploy safety bags and pretensioners. Reportedly, the unit shuts down too soon when the truck is turned off, much like a memory clean up that happens when a computer is shut down.