The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is starting to announce the expanded Takata airbag inflator recalls. FCA has over 5 million vehicles affected worldwide, and BMW has over 420,000 in the US. Honda's expansion includes 350,000 more Civics and Accords.
Ford is issuing two recalls that cover a total of 442,300 vehicles in North America. One is for 422,814 cars for a possible power steering fault, and the other is for 19,486 units of the 2015 Mustang with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost for high underbody temperatures.
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 miscalibrated speed limiter has caused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall a small number of Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs with dualie axles and Hemi V8s, along with a second recall for Dodge Challengers to have their airbags rebolted.
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.
General Motors is recalling 521,817 vehicles worldwide in two separate campaigns. One covers a problem with the seat belts in the Chevy Malibu, and the other is a possible manufacturing error for the seats on the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Ford is recalling 12,300 of its new 2015 F-150 pickup trucks in North America. According to the automaker, an upper l-shaft may have been riveted improperly on these trucks, which can cause it to separate. If that happens, drivers may lose steering control without warning. Yikes.
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.
Ford is expanding its door-latch recall to an additional 156,000 vehicles in North America because the doors might not close, or could open while driving. The affected models include certain years of the Fiesta, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, and the majority are in the US.
In an article for The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell puts deep focus on understanding the automotive recall. In part, he interviews the head of Ford's recall office during the Pinto's exploding fuel tank campaign for an insider's view.