Jun 15 2016

Auto Recalls You Should Know About

2434365 - safety recall notice against a white background When 27-year-old Anton Yelchin, the beloved Star Trek actor, was found dead, crushed by his SUV, the community began once again calling for more efficient vehicle recall procedures. Yelchin was killed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee when it rolled backward down his steep driveway and pinned him against a brick wall. This occurred in June, and the car had been recalled by Fiat Chrysler in April due to gear-shifting problems. The accident is still under investigation, but it is widely believed that the car’s gear issues led to Yelchin’s ultimate death, serving as a tragic reminder of the critical nature of many recalls. The American Vehicle Recall Process The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and car manufacturers both have the power to declare a safety recall on any group of vehicles that are found to have some type of defect or problem. All recalls are publically announced, posted on the NHTSA website, and informed to each consumer directly. Once the recall has been announced, car owners have a certain amount of time to bring the car in for free repairs. Recent Significant Recalls One of the most significant causes of recalls in the past five years has been safety issues. Internet-connected and partially autonomous vehicles pose very new and different risks like hacking and private data collection. It may sound crazy, but a new 2016 car can contain more than 10 times as much code as an F-35 fighter jet! For example, a major recall was done on all Infiniti Q50 recalls due to a necessary steering software repair. The NHTSA explained that “If the vehicle does not steer as the driver anticipates, there is an increased risk of a crash.” Nissan is covering the cost for all Q50 owners to have their steering ECU software re-programmed. Other significant recalls include those done for exploding air-bag inflators, malfunctioning ignition switches, and more.