Modern automobiles are marvels of technology and engineering, but even the most sophisticated mechanical and electronic systems can and do fail. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration protects road users in Kentucky and around the country by making sure that manufacturers address safety defects promptly. In fact, the federal safety watchdog has ordered the recall of more than 390 million potentially dangerous vehicles, 46 million defective tires and 42 million child safety seats since 1966.
Kentucky residents who drive Dodge Ram pickup trucks or chassis cabs may soon be receiving recall notices from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The London-based multinational auto manufacturer announced on Sept. 19 that it was recalling 443,712 vehicles due to a water pump problem that could cause serious engine fires. Models covered by the recall include Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs equipped with 6.7-liter engines manufactured between 2013 and 2017. Fiat says that recall notices will be mailed once dealers have sufficient supplies of the parts needed to complete the repairs.
Kentucky owners of certain Volkswagen CC and Passat sedans can expect recall notices. Citing a fuel pump problem that can stall the vehicles, Volkswagen Group has chosen to issue a recall of CC sedans with 2009 to 2016 model years and Passat sedans with 2006 to 2010 model years. The manufacturer reports that the defective part has not caused any injuries in the United States, but the issue could halt fuel flow to engines and present a danger to drivers and passengers.
Kentucky motorists might have heard that Mazda is recalling 79,402 vehicles due to faulty Takata air bag inflators. The recall is part of a worldwide recall effort that involves 19 automakers and 100 million vehicles, including 2.7 million added by Takata in July.
Kentucky residents who own vehicles made by General Motors may be interested to learn that the manufacturer has announced a recall that effects more than 690,000 vehicles. The recall effects both GMC and Chevrolet pickup trucks.
Kentucky car owners whose vehicles are among the millions scheduled to be serviced for defective airbag inflators may have to wait longer than expected. According to a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Dec. 31 deadline to comply with the terms of the recall order on Takata airbags will not be met, which means that millions of drivers will continue to be at risk of serious injury and even death.
Kentucky Honda owners should be aware that the automaker is recalling 1.15 million Accord models in the U.S. to fix a battery defect that could cause engine fires. The recall covers 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 model years.
An airbag is a critical component of a car's safety system, and there is no question that it saves lives. Unfortunately, there is also the risk of an airbag failing to operate correctly and causing serious injuries or death during an accident. Kentucky residents are advised to ensure their vehicle's airbags are in proper working order and respond quickly to any recalls or maintenance requests.
Some Kentucky motorists may want to pay closer attention to where they park after learning about a large Mazda recall. It involves 227,000 vehicles that are at risk of manual parking brake failure.
Kentucky drivers who own Ford vehicle should be aware that, on June 28, the motor vehicle company recalled approximately 400,000 vehicles due to a coupling issue and a driveshaft issue. The recall affects Ford Transit van or bus models from 2015 to 2017.