We write a lot about the design flaws in Takata airbags and inflators. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones making faulty crash safety equipment. Toyota has a recall of 2.9 million vehicles in the U.S. as well as another 500,000 located outside the country because of safety equipment manufactured by TRW Automotive Holdings. The reason for the recall is the airbag control unit’s failure to interpret the signals from crash sensors correctly.
The recall of Takata airbags and inflators has been one of the biggest stories in the auto industry in the last decade. The basis of the issue was the unstable inflator propellant affected by hot and wet climates, which could cause the airbag to explode and spray occupants of the vehicle with potentially lethal metal shards. Starting in November 2015, it seemed that every few months another recall was announced, or there was an update of a previous recall.
The Arbitration Certification Program (ACP) serves as state regulators for California. It has the mandate to ensure that all state-certified vehicles remain in general compliance with the regulations and statutes governing the vehicle-related arbitration process involving the performance and quality of vehicles.
The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced plans to revamp its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in 2020. This will help ensure the continued safety of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists by adapting to and evaluating the latest technology manufacturers are putting in vehicles, particularly crash avoidance technology, electric vehicles and hybrids, as well as self-driving vehicles.
A warranty is a contract between the buyer and the manufacturer. They are long and complicated documents, but generally, they promise to take care of all applicable repairs, provided that the owner meets expectations for maintenance and use. Owners who do not meet expectations can have their warranty partially voided or entirely voided.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has now recalled 107,898 Ram EcoDiesel pick-up trucks with model years 2014 through 2019. This does not include gasoline-powered trucks or the new EcoDiesel 2020 model year. There will also be additional recalls of 50,000 in Canada and 1,730 located outside North America.
California Lemon laws are designed to protect consumers from buying or leasing a car that does not work correctly or safely. It is enforceable throughout the warranty period as well as six months after the expiration date.
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.
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.
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.