We want to keep our readers informed and safe. Below, you will find a list recent recalls and alerts announced by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI). If you think your vehicle needs to be inspected, bring your car to your local dealership right away:
Subaru Forester Recall Began at the End of April 2013
Subaru has issued a recall of Forester vehicles manufactured between January 2013 and March 2013. This recall was set in place because many floor mats were defectively manufactured, causing them to curl and therefore obstruct the driving pedals. Brake or accelerator pedal interference may result in driver distraction, high driving speeds and difficulty stopping.
Couragia A/T Tire Recall Began at the End of April
A recall has been issued for approximately 8,513 defective Couragia A/T tires for failure to comply with safety standards regarding "New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles." Tire sizes P265/75R16 116S with DOT Serial Numbers UX77 3210-UX770813 may experience tread shoulder chunking that can cause crash and injury due to excessive heat.
Multiple Manufacturers Issue Defective Air Bag Recalls To Begin in May
A massive recall for Nissan, Honda, Toyota, General Motors and Mazda has been issued due to a safety defect of the frontal airbag that has the potential to cause significant harm to vehicle occupants. These airbags may produce excessive internal pressure causing the bag to rupture with the potential for metal fragments striking and causing injury to occupants. More than 826,000 vehicles are included in this recall class.
· Nissan: 2001-2003 Maxima, Pathfinder, and Infiniti I35; 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4; and 2003 Infiniti FX35 and FX45 and possibly certain Sentra vehicles.
· Honda: 2001-2003 Civic, 2002-2003 CR-V and 2002 Odyssey vehicles.
· Toyota & General Motors Recall Details: 2002 - 2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, Lexus SC and Pontiac Vibe vehicles.
· Mazda Recall Details: 2003-2004 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured January 14, 2003 through May 29, 2003; and 2004 RX-8 vehicles manufactured June 25, 2003 through June 30, 2003.
Nissan Brake Failure Defect of Pathfinder and Infiniti JX vehicles Expected to Begin May
Nissan has issued a recall of these vehicles manufactured December 3, 2012 through January 29, 2013 due to structural weakness in the brakes, potentially causing brake failure and increasing crash risk.
Nissan Defective Tire Recall Begins May 3, 20103
Nissan has issued a recall of Altima vehicles manufactured between March 21, 2012 and March 26, 2013 due a spare tire defect. In some cases, these spare tires have been incorrectly inflated causing potential tire failure and a risk of great injury.
Honda Fit Recall Expected to Begin May 17, 2013
Honda has issued a recall of Fit Sport vehicles due to safety issues of the electronic stability control system. The safety defect in the ESC system of the affected vehicles may increase the risk of a crash.
Several Chrysler Recalls Begin in April and May
· 2013 Dodge Ram 1500: Vehicles manufactured December 17, 2012 through January 22, 2013 were recalled due to a parking brake cable equalizer that was set incorrectly.
· 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500: Engine covers on vehicles manufactured January 7, 2013 through March 6, 2013 were recalled due to a manufacturing defect that may allow excessive heat to be trapped under the engine cover.
· 2007-2008 Dodge Nitro and 2008 Jeep Liberty: More than 60,000 vehicles have been recalled due to a defect potentially causing the drive shaft to break. The defect may cause the transfer case heat shield to drop down and rub on the drive shaft, therefore weakening it and potentially causing the drive shaft to break. If the drive shaft breaks, the car computer will deploy the airbags, thinking the vehicle is involved in a crash, thus potentially causing a crash.
· 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass: More than 20,000 vehicles manufactured October 18, 2011 through May 7, 2012 have been recalled due to a manufacturing defect causing the engine to stall.
· 2011-2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger: Air bags in vehicles manufactured April 11, 2011 through December 14, 2011 have been recalled due to airbag sizing issues in certain vehicles that may cause the seat side-airbags to malfunction and illuminate the airbag warning light. If a crash does occur, the airbags may not deploy as they were designed to operate, increasing the risk of injury.