It doesn't matter what type of car you drive, you rely on your tires to get you from point A to point B in a safe and efficient manner. If you're riding on a defective tire (or tires), you're taking a big risk with your health and well-being.
Just last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recalled at least 150,000 of its vehicles manufactured under both the Dodge and Jeep brands. A failure of the cars' braking system led to the voluntary recall being ordered.
Imagine that you're driving down the street at a normal pace, around 25 mph. You press down on the brake to slow before you make a turn into your apartment complex. As you begin to press down, you realize that the brake isn't working. How could that be? You just had them replaced.
Of course no one wants to get a lemon when car shopping. This is a vehicle that just seems to have defect after defect. Even when you get it fixed, it just breaks down again. You can never seem to solve all of the issues.
When consumers hear that an automobile has been recalled or that there is a recall on their vehicles, they need to do all they can to get those vehicles repaired or replaced. A recall is normally only issued when part of the vehicle isn't in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) requirements. If there is a safety-related defect inside the vehicle or its equipment, this will also lead to a recall.
On Tuesday, June 12, a consumer watchdog organization, the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate car fires. The group is concerned with 2011 to 2014 models of the Kia Sorento and Optima and Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata.
On Friday, May 25, Fiat Chrysler announced a recall of just shy of five million of its cars on the roads here in the United States. They acknowledged that they've discovered that the motorists may have difficulty in disengaging the cruise controls on the recalled automobiles.
Most everyone is familiar with the Takata air bag recall. Approximately 30 million vehicles made by 19 auto manufacturers were recalled for defective inflators that could cause the bags to explode and spew metal pieces out at drivers and passengers. The defective air bags have injured approximately 300 people and killed at least 22 people around the world (15 in the U.S.)
Despite efforts automobile manufacturers and government agencies' efforts to make to try to make car owners aware of recalls on their vehicles, the word doesn't reach everyone.
It goes without saying that airbags are installed in all new vehicles with the idea of saving lives. However, in the event of a defect in malfunctioning airbags, these safety devices can cause more harm than good.