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.
A previous recall issued for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango may not have been enough to fix an electrical problem that could lead to a fire, prompting the NHTSA to open a new investigation into the matter.
Following months of investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided not to launch a deeper analysis or recall of 2006-2010 Toyota Corolla for alleged unintended acceleration.
Nissan is expanding its regional recall of Takata airbag inflators for 45,000 Sentras from the 2004 to 2006 model years. A woman in Louisiana was reportedly injured by one of the rupturing parts in March.