When it comes to cars, it seems like there are recalls issued on a regular basis that can affect everything from old sedans to brand new SUVs. Our fleet fuel card company looked into the latest issues and thought we’d share them:
It looks like we haven’t heard the last of the airbag recalls – this past Friday, GM announced that they’re recalling 4.3 million vehicles (from 2014-2017) worldwide for a software defect that can prevent airbags from deploying during a crash. Though the issue is rare, it has cause one death and three injuries.
Ford recently announced that nearly 4 million of its vehicles have been recalled for a door latch issue. The issue affects vehicles made from 2014 to 2017 and can cause the door latch spring in door to break. This means that doors may either not close or may swing open while the vehicle is in motion.
Around 134,000 Nissan vehicles are being recalled for a brake fluid issue. The vehicles affected include some 2015 and 2016 Murano hybrids and 2015 to 2017 Murano SUVs and 2016 to 2017 Maximas that are equipped with intelligent cruise control. The issue can cause seals on antilock brake pumps to leak fluid onto a circuit board, which can then short out and lead to a fire.
Apparently, the Takata airbag issue is still going on, as we’ve noticed in BMW’s recent recall. The company announced that about 110,000 of its Japanese cars could potentially have faulty air bag inflators made by Takata. The issue has caused at least 14 deaths and 150 injuries worldwide and the most recent recall affects BMW vehicles made between 2004 and 2012.
This past Thursday, Mazda announced a recall that affects more than two million vehicles worldwide. The issue addresses potentially faulty rear gates and computer problems associated with salt and corrosion during winter months. Both the Mazda 3 and the CX-3 models have rear gates susceptible to corrosion and potential breakage if they’re exposed to salt, while the CX-7s have a steering control flaw that could cause the ball joint fittings to be corroded from salt.