Study Shows Only 56 Percent Of Motorists Get Their Recalled Cars Fixed
News accounts may be filled with grisly details about car accidents caused by dangerous defects, Congressional investigations into the inaction of carmakers, and a record number of recalls, but little of it is impacting the way people shop or care for cars.
Sergio Marchionne says that the next Jeep Wrangler is not fully aluminum, which might keep production in Toledo, OH. Also, the company is working with NHTSA to fully comply with the agency's requests for the upcoming public hearing.
The US Department of Transportation has decided to extend its regulatory supervision over General Motors for an additional year. The government agency believes that the oversight is a proactive way to address possible safety defects.
Three unnamed insiders have revealed that Takata changed its airbag inflator propellant in 2008 following a recall by Honda. The company's internal testing of inflators from recalled models shows hundreds of ruptures, as well.
NHTSA and the US Department of Transportation are holding a public hearing on July 2 into FCA US' response to 20 recalls from between 2013 and 2015. The Feds are also requiring the automaker to submit detailed documents about each of these campaigns by June 1.
James Hinchcliffe suffered serious injuries in practice for the Indianapolis 500 when a suspension failure caused his car to crash into the wall. After undergoing surgery, he's now in stable condition.
Honda and Daihatsu are adding 5 million vehicles that need their Takata airbag inflators replaced, but none of these are in the United States or Canada. It brings the grand total of affected vehicles in these campaigns since 2008 to about 36 million automobiles.
FCA is expanding its airbag software recall on the 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokee by an additional 68,593 vehicles worldwide. If crossovers experience a sudden change in angle that upset their balance, the side airbags can potentially deploy.