Category Archives: Automotive Defects

Ford recalls 2mil trucks for seat belt fire hazard

Ford Recalls Almost 2,000,000 Trucks For Seat Belt Fire Hazard

A major auto manufacturer released a new recall for millions of affected pickup trucks, effective September 6. As a change of pace from the increasingly-predictable airbag recalls that fill automotive news, this recall involves another major Supplemental Restraint System–the seat belts. More accurately, it affects the components that actually make seat belts able to stop […]

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Over 150,000 Chrysler/Jeep Vehicles Recalled for Brake Defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is once again issuing a recall for several makes, models, and years of SUVs and minivans in its fleet, but so far the defect in question hasn’t injured the people driving these affected vehicles. Let’s take a closer look at what’s happening. Who Makes This Product? Anyone who glances at the news […]

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Kia, Hyundai Recall Over a Million Vehicles for Possible Electronic Airbag Defect

Injury Relief readers may notice a theme that often pops up in our blog: When it comes to automotive defects, the airbag seems to be a recurring culprit. That disturbing trend continues in a recall issued by Kia and Hyundai. According to the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Kia Motors (and […]

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Millions of Vehicles for Cruise Controls That Might Not Disengage

Fiat Chrysler is once again making headlines with a sizable and serious recall. While previous recalls involved everything from fire hazards to disabled seatbelt pretensioners, ranging in scope and severity, the newest recall apparently involves a software bug that could keep a vehicle’s cruise control engaged even when the driver tries to cancel it. That’s […]

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Bum Steer: Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles for Potential Detaching Steering Wheels

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Cars are complicated machines, and they’ve only gotten more so with over a century of technological refinement. Having noted that a working vehicle is something of a mechanical marvel and that the layman might not fully understand its every working, it’s also safe to say most […]

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Don’t Take Airbags For Granted. They Don’t Always Work As Intended.

Vehicle safety measures have improved by leaps and bounds since the first gas-powered carriages wobbled down dirt roads in the late 19th century. One of the most recognizable developments in vehicle safety is the airbag. Since they were patented in 1951, airbags have gone into almost every vehicle that can carry one. Everyone’s aware that […]

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A Fire In a 2015 Nissan Juke Shouldn’t Have Been Possible After a 2014 Recall.

In late 2014, Nissan issued a serious recall related to its Juke model vehicle, classified as a “subcompact crossover” or “mini SUV.” As you can see below, it resembles a standard SUV but is scaled down to sedan or hatchback proportions. Despite using a showroom picture, I’m not trying to sell anybody this car. I […]

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Austin Police Pull Ford Explorers from Service

Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Issues Take Austin PD SUVs Off the Road

News recently broke that the Austin Police Department is pulling its fleet of 400 Ford Explorers off of the road due to officers showing symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and testing positive for elevated levels of the chemical in their bloodstream. So far, blood tests on 18 officers have detected elevated levels of CO. […]

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Volvo Recalls 79,000 Cars and SUVS for Defects in the Seat Belts They Invented

One would think that the company that invents a life-saving product found in millions of vehicles around the world that they would be the last ones to have issues with that product. If one had Volvo and the three-point safety belt in mind, one would be in for a surprise. Whose Cars Have This Problem? […]

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ARC Automotive Under NHTSA Investigation for Possibly Faulty Airbags, Refuses to Cooperate

I’m sure by now most people are familiar with the word “Takata.” If they don’t recognize the name, the controversy that popularized it is even more familiar; the Japanese auto-parts manufacturer is responsible for one of the largest worldwide vehicle recalls of all time. American and Japanese automakers contracted with Takata to provide airbag assemblies […]

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