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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New motor vehicles are required by law to have any outstanding recall issues fixed before these vehicles can be sold, but the same is not true for used ones. Those buying a used car, truck, motorcycle, or other vehicles can and should then take several easy but essential steps to protect themselves. These will enable the owner to become aware of any critical safety problems that can be fixed for free through a recall. As always, it is better to do it this way rather than find out after it is too late.