Focusing On Human-Caused Fender-Benders Misses The Point
Here we go again. Google reported Thursday another one of its self-driving cars was involved in a traffic accident earlier this month. The crash occurred near the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters July 1.
Honda is recalling 1,400 examples the new, 2016 Pilot to adjust the positioning of the third-row seatbelt. The vast majority of them are at the factory or the dealer, and a much smaller number of customers are actually affected.
Subaru is recalling over 32,000 units of the 2012 Impreza because the Occupant Detection System might not work correctly for the front passenger seat. This can cause the airbag not to deploy in a crash.
NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into airbag inflators from Arc Automotive. The agency has reports of two ruptures with injuries: one in a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country and another in a 2004 Kia Optima. It's not yet known whether the incidents are linked.
NHTSA Pressed General Motors Into Last Week's Recall
As early as 2009, motorists reported fires in the Hummer H3. In a complaint filed that March with the regulatory agency in charge of vehicle safety, one motorist described how they leapt into a smoldering vehicle and drive it away from gas pumps moments before it was engulfed in flames.
FCA US is adding 88,000 examples of the 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger to the Takata inflator recall. The company recently conducted an audit of its affected vehicles and discovered that these coupes also needed the repair for the driver's side.
NHTSA is considering whether to open an investigation into unintended acceleration claims in the 2009 Lexus ES350. An owner claims the sedan surged forward while pulling into a parking space in February 2015 and caused a crash.
GM is recalling 686,000 Lambda-platform crossovers to fix a problem that can cause the power hatchback to fail. The campaign affects the 2008-2012 Buick Enclave, 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverse, 2007-2012 GMC Acadia, and 2007-2010 Saturn Outlook.
Land Rover is recalling nearly 66k Range Rovers and LR4s in two separate campaigns. One is for the doors unexpectedly unlatching, and the other covers the panoramic sunroof leaking or potentially falling off.
NHTSA is investigating the 2011-2012 F-150 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for potential loss of power braking assist. There are two allegations of crashes from this issue, and a recall could affect an estimated 250,000 of the pickups.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into the 2007-2012 Jeep Wrangler for the possibility of the driver's side airbag not deploying due to a wiring issue. If a recall is necessary, it could affect an estimated 630,000 vehicles.