Over the summer, many major carmakers had to recall vehicles due to safety defects:
Toyota: Toyota has recalled nearly 200,000 of their hybrid vehicles in the U.S. The safety recall covers its Prius, Prius plug-in hybrid, and C-HR SUV models. The vehicles contain defective wire harnesses that could lead to fires. Vehicle fires could break out if sufficient heat is generated within the power control units.
Nissan: Nissan has recalled multiple 2017 and 2018 models for an ignition issue. The recall affects more than 150,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. In extreme situations, the car key could fall out of the ignition switch while the vehicle is in motion. Nissan representatives say they are unaware of any incidents that have happened due to this ignition issue. This Nissan recall does not affect keyless systems.
Ford: Ford has recalled more than 1.6 million trucks in the United States after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into five reports of its seatbelt pretensioners potentially starting fires. The recall includes Ford’s F-150 series and affects 2015-2018 models.
In addition to the recalls mentioned above, Takata’s air bag recall is ongoing and has affected 37 million vehicles in the U.S. and 19 vehicle manufacturers. Additional air bags are scheduled to be recalled by December 2019. Takata has filed for bankruptcy since the recall began, but it is imperative to have your air bag replaced if your vehicle is affected. Your local dealership will fix it for free.
It can be difficult to keep up with every automotive recall. An easy way to keep track of your vehicle’s recall status is to use the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) found on the lower left side of your vehicle’s windshield, registration card or insurance card. You can enter your VIN on NHTSA’s website here. The website will search for ongoing safety recalls that are affecting your vehicle. NHTSA recommends checking for recalls twice a year.
If you have been seriously injured by a car manufacturing defect, Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin wants to help you get the answers and support you need. We have experience handling product liability cases. Call us today at (209) 522-2211 to discuss your case.