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Toyota announced Monday it will recall nearly 700,000 2018 and 2019 model of various Lexus and Toyota vehicles over faulty fuel pumps that can cause the engine to stall. According to a press release from the company, the issue can cause the vehicles to be unable to be restarted or to shut down while driving, increasing the risk of an accident.

“Toyota is currently investigating this issue and will be developing a remedy. When the remedy is available, there will be no cost to vehicle owners. All known owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by first class mail by mid-March,” reads a portion of the press release

Mercedes-Benz is recalling roughly 750,000 cars because the vehicles’ sunroofs could potentially detach and fly off, causing road hazards.

The cars include the Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class, E-Class, CLK-Class and the CLS-Class, made between 2001 and 2011. All four vehicles came with an optional sunroof, and the bonding material on those sunroofs can deteriorate, resulting in the sunroof detaching from the car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a settlement agreement with Mercedes Benz USA worth $20 million over how the company has handled vehicle recalls.

Regulators charge the company of not complying with the Motor Vehicle Safety Act by not notifying consumers or reporting vehicle safety defects in a timely fashion. The company is also accused of not maintaining a functioning vehicle information number (VIN) recall lookup system, which consumers often use to see if there are any recalls associated with their vehicle.

“Safety is NHTSA’s top priority, and the agency’s reporting requirements help ensure that consumers are protected and given important information about how to get recalls repaired,” said James Owens, NHTSA’s acting administrator. “These laws are critical to ensure NHTSA’s ability to provide oversight, and we expect manufacturers to follow their legal obligations to the agency and to consumers in carrying out safety recalls.

General Motors Co said on Thursday it is issuing recalls for more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide in two separate campaigns to address brake software issues and fire risks.

The largest U.S. automaker is recalling more than 550,000 2019 light-duty Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Cadillac CT6 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles due to a potential software glitch that could disable vehicle brake systems and notifications.

The error, which GM said was rare, may result in the vehicle’s electronic stability control or anti-lock brake system becoming disabled. GM said the vehicle’s diagnostic system will not illuminate the instrument cluster alert. Dealers will reflash the software to address the issue.

Ford “is recalling nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada because the tailgates can open unexpectedly.” The recall affects certain F-250, F-350, and F-450 pickups from the 2017-2019 model years, all of which “have electric tailgate latch release switches in the tailgate handle” that Ford says can let in water, which can then short the electrical wiring, releasing the latch. These are trucks with manual latches not mechanical latches.

Dealers will fix the tailgate frame wiring harnesses for consumers and install a new tailgate handle release switch. Owners will be notified by mail during the middle of January to take their vehicles in.

The company says it has no reports of truck crashes or injuries… yet.

 

The Associated Press reports on a Takata recall that is “new and distinct” from the defect that resulted in at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, though the new defect still “leads to air bags that can explode and hurl shrapnel, killing or injuring people.” The new defect has caused at least one death in Australia and injuries to one driver in each of Australia and Cyprus. The AP reports BMW has recalled 116,000 3-Series cars with model years between 1999 and 2001. BMW has determined that about 8,000 of the vehicles definitely have the defective airbags and should be parked, but the remaining vehicles can still be driven. Takata said it manufactured about 4.5 million of the airbags, but because they were installed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, “only a portion are still in use because the vehicles are so old.” Honda, Toyota, and Audi are investigating which vehicles will need to be recalled, and Mitsubishi has determined that the only vehicle in the US that will require a recall is the 1998-2000 Montero. The Hill  reports BMW plans to replace the defective airbags and will let affected vehicle owners know when replacement parts are in.

Consumer Reports  reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined the inflators in the airbags are not sealed correctly, which could either allow too much moisture in, which could prevent the airbag from deploying with appropriate force, or dry out, which could cause the airbag to rupture and eject metal fragments at the occupants of the vehicle. NHTSA has said the ongoing recall involving Takata airbags is “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” Bloomberg also reports.

Ford Recalls Millions of Vehicles
The Detroit (MI) Free Press reports seven current and former Ford employees who worked on the DPS6 dual clutch “PowerShift” transmission included in two million Fiesta and Focus cars said knowledge of problems with the transmissions was widespread throughout the engineering, product development, research, design, and manufacturing departments at Ford.

An engineer said the DPS6 was “cheap to make and cheap to assemble,” but the “dry” clutch technology ensured the transmission could not cool itself down, which would result in failures. The Free Press reports engineers told the outlet that they feared speaking out about the issue out of concern that they could lose their jobs during the economic downturn.

The transmissions were introduced in the 2011 model year Fiesta, which went to dealerships in the spring of 2010, and 2012 Focus, which went on the market a year later. They were used until the Focus was discontinued with the 2018 model year and through the 2019 Fiesta model year.

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