auto recall

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Ford Motor Co is recalling more than 36,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because their air bags may not inflate properly. 

The recall affects the 2016-2017 Ford Edge, 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX and 2017 Lincoln Continental. Most are in the U.S. but around 4,300 are in Canada.

The air bags were made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., but they don't have the same deadly problem that has led to a recall of millions of Takata air bags.

In that case, air bags can inflate with too much force and spew shrapnel at occupants.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1.9 million vehicles worldwide because their air bags might not deploy in a crash.  

The recall affects certain Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Lancia vehicles from the 2010-2014 model years. Most are in the U.S., but 224,860 were sold in Canada and Mexico and 284,051 were sold outside North America.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Fiat Chrysler will pay a $70 million fine to the U.S. government for failing to report safety data.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the fine Thursday.

Fiat Chrysler acknowledged earlier this fall that it failed to provide early warning data to regulators over a period of several years. That data which includes deaths, injuries, warranty claims and consumer complaints helps the government identify potential vehicle defects.

Ford issues recalls for vans and Escapes

Jun 25, 2015

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 200,000 Transit Connect vans and Escape sport-utility vehicles because of instrument panel and seatbelt issues.

There are have been no injuries or accidents attributed to the defects, the company said.

The recall involves 203,500 2014-2015 Transit Connect and Escape vehicles in North America because the warning chimes and lights might not work on the instrument panel when the vehicles are started.

NHTSA wants to control airbag fix

May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. are so dangerous that U.S. safety regulators want to manage a massive recall so cars can be fixed faster. 

On Tuesday Takata doubled the size of its recall to 33.8 million air bags, making it the largest recall in U.S. history.

The air bags can inflate with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. So far the problem has caused six deaths worldwide.

Takata the source of largest recall ever

May 20, 2015

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A person briefed on the matter says air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, nearly doubling the number recalled in the U.S. so far.

The announcement was made Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which brokered the agreement. It’s the largest recall in agency history.

Many of Takata's air bags can explode with too much force, sending shrapnel into passengers. The air bags are responsible for six deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries.

Fiat Chrysler issues recall

Apr 24, 2015

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling about 59,000 older cars and SUVs with manual transmissions. 

The recall covers 2006 Jeep Liberty and Wrangler SUVs and Dodge Viper cars produced between Feb. 15, 2005, and Sept. 14, 2006. Of those, about 44,000 were sold in the U.S. The rest were sold in Canada, Mexico and overseas.

Toyota issues auto recall

Mar 12, 2015

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Toyota is recalling 112,500 cars and SUVs to fix problems with electric power steering controls and electric vehicle software. 

The larger of two recalls announced Wednesday covers about 110,000 2015 Camry midsize sedans and Highlander SUVs, as well as 2014 and 2015 RAV4 SUVs.

Toyota says a circuit board in the electric power steering may have been damaged at the factory. Power-assisted steering could fail, increasing the effort needed to steer and raising the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect and replace power steering controls if needed.

NHTSA wants more cars with certain air bags recalled

Nov 19, 2014

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   U.S. safety regulators are demanding that automakers expand a recall of cars with driver's air bags made by Takata Corp. to cover the entire nation. 

Previously, cars have been recalled only in areas along the Gulf Coast with high humidity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's basing the decision on a recent incident that happened outside of those areas.

Air bags made by Takata can explode with too much force, sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

More recalls for Honda

Nov 7, 2014

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Honda is adding hundreds of thousands of vehicles to a previously announced recall for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment. 

The vehicles include older versions of the company's three most popular models, the Accord, Civic and CR-V, with air bag systems made by troubled parts supplier Takata Corporation.