October 31, 2010
Suzuki, Mitsubishi, and Ford all announced recalls for several defects.
Suzuki is recalling the most vehicles – 70,000 SX4 – for side mirrors that can come loos and fall off.
Mitsubishi is recalling over 20,000 Endeavor SUVs for nonfunctionable defrosters.
Ford’s recall affects some 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers with malfunctioning liftgates.
The significance isn’t the severity of the recalls, but the fact that manufacturers acknowledged the defects and moved to correct them quickly.
October 4, 2010
No manufacturer is immune from the possibility of a defect affecting its vehicles. BMW and Rolls-Royce have announced a recall of 198,000 vehicles, covering years 2002-2010.
The company says “a leak may develop in the power braking system, potentially causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance.” Though mechanical braking is available, the difference between the expected of performance of these vehicles’ normal braking and those with the leak could result in problems for drivers.
The affected vehicles incluce the BMW 5-, 6-, and 7-series, and the Rolls-Royce Phantom, which has a sticker price of between $380,000 and $450,000. Even expensive vehicles can exhibit manufacter defects.
October 3, 2010
Hyundai has announced a recall of the new 2011 Sonata, affecting approximately 139,500 vehicles. To put that number in perspective, Hyundai sold approximately 22,000 Sonatas in August 2010.
Hyundai has said a manufacturing defect could lead to a loss of steerring control. The fact it was a manufacturing defect is significant, in that there is no dispute that this was Hyundai’s fault, and should be covered under warranty, not a result of misuse of the vehicle.
Of course, the NHTSA had been investigating since August, before Hyundai announced in late September the voluntary recall. While no related injuries have been reported, it is unclear how many complaints or warranty repairs have been attempted, or refused, to this point.