U.S. Product Recall News
GM to Recall 60K Vehicles Over Power Steering Problem
April 6, 2021
Consumer Reports is reporting that General Motors is “recalling over 60,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks from the 2015 model year to fix a faulty part within the power steering assembly that could cause the trucks’ power steering to stop working.” The problem is due to a poor electrical connection within the power steering system.”
GM to Recall 94,641 SUVs Over Issue that Could Damage Seat Belts
March 24, 2021
Consumer Reports is reporting that General Motors is recalling “certain 2021 model-year Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles with third-row seating” because “outboard seat belts for the third-row seats may have been entrapped or misrouted behind the outboard seat-folding mechanism during assembly.”
Stellantis Recalls 20K Ram Trucks Due to Engine Fire Risk
March 23, 2021
The AP reports Stellantis “is recalling more than 20,000” Ram diesel-powered trucks “due to the risk of an engine fire.” Stellantis says “the 2021 pickup and chassis cab trucks have heater electrical relays that can short, overheat and in rare cases cause fires. The fires can start even if the engines are turned off.”
Ford to Recall 2.9 Million Vehicles for Defective Takata Airbag
March 12, 2021
Reuters reports that Ford announced a new recall for 2.9 million vehicles in North America for “potentially defective driver-side Takata air bags.” The company will start notifying owners on April 1.
Hyundai to Recall 82k Battery Systems due to Fire Risk
February 24, 2021
Reuters reports that “Hyundai Motor Co will replace battery systems in some 82,000 electric vehicles globally due to fire risks - a costly $900 million recall that lays bare the thorny issue of how car and battery makers split the bill when problems arise.”
Mercedes-Benz Recalls 40k+ Vehicles for Software Issue
February 20, 2021
Business Insider reports that Mercedes-Benz US is recalling over 40,000 of it “sport utility vehicles over a program software error that could cause a car to move to one side during a maneuver.” The recall includes certain 2020-2021 GLE450, GLE350 and 2020 GLS450, GLE580, and GLS580 models.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertibles Recalled for Seat Belt Issue
February 4, 2021
Consumer Reports is reporting that 24,550 Mercedes-Benz C-Class convertibles from the 2017 to 2021 model years “are being recalled because the seat belts might not comply with federal Occupant Crash Protection standards.” The problem is that the “front seat belts might not fully retract to their stowed position because of the geometry of the front seat belt retractor.” NHTSA documents “show that the safety concern is that some seat occupants may find this an inconvenience and fail to use the seat belt at all, which increases the risk of injury during a crash.”
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Who Issues Recalls in the United States?
CPSC –Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. CPSC is charged with protecting the public in the United States from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction, such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals.
NHTSA – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s NHTSA provides recall information on vehicles and equipment sold in the United States, which has experienced safety-related defects or did not comply with U.S. federal motor vehicle safety standards.
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Other Recall Resources
OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
- The OECD tracks the recalls of products manufactured and sold world-wide in most developed nations.