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Michelin Steer Tire Failures under Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation has opened a rare tire defect investigation into the Michelin XZA 2 Energy tires, used primarily for tractor-trailer applications, particularly those configured as auto haulers. The Preliminary Evaluation, a low-level inquiry, is based on six complaints in NHTSA’s Vehicle Owner Questionnaires database, going back to 2012.

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Toyota Issues Recall for Approximately 10,000 Vehicles

Toyota has been in the news for various reasons this year. The Japanese automaker issued multiple recalls and has been involved in a few major lawsuits. Among the recalls, Toyota recalled about 615,000 Sierra minivans due to issues with the gear shift lock solenoids last month. Now, Toyota is in the news again for another recall. Toyota announced a recall of approximately 10,000 vehicles due to issues with the windshield wipers, according to Edmunds.

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BMW Recalls Approximately 140,000 Sedans Due to Rear Light Issues

The German automaker Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) has had a few noteworthy recalls this year. In February, http://www.newsomelaw.com/blog/2013/02/19/bmw-recalling-500000-luxury-sedans-due-battery-cable-defectswww.newsomelaw.com/blog/2013/02/19/bmw-recalling-500000-luxury-sedans-due-battery-cable-defects. BMW was also involved in a large-scale recall in May.

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Honda Recalls Approximately 374,000 Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect

It’s uncommon for two vehicle manufacturers to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles for similar reasons in the same week. Nevertheless, this week both Suzuki and Honda recalled more than a combined 400,000 vehicles due to problems with the airbags. Suzuki recalled approximately 193,936 Grand Vitara and SX4 models due to the airbag’s sensor mat potentially failing and deploying in a crash whether or not the occupant is an adult or child.

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Suzuki Recalls Nearly 200,000 Vehicles Due to Airbag Defect

Last week, Toyota re-issued a recall for approximately 780,000 vehicles due to a previous recall fix that did not adequately address the issue. The fix involved nuts to readjust tire alignment that were determined to not have been tightened enough. Toyota, and other main vehicle manufacturers who sell new vehicles in the U.S. have seen a handful of recalls this year.

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Toyota Issues Two Recalls for Approximately 235,000 Vehicles

Many large recalls have been issued by vehicle manufacturers this year. Among these recalls have been several by Ford and Toyota. Ford recently recalled nearly 370,000 sedans due to corrosion that could occur in the steering shafts of the vehicles in areas of high corrosion. Similarly, Toyota has had its fair share of recalls this year.

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NHTSA Upgrades Chevrolet Corvette Headlight Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for investigating potential defects in motor vehicles and large vehicle manufacturers’ methods of safety testing. These investigations help determine which vehicles are monitored and manufactured effectively. In July, the agency investigated General Motor’s screening process for 42,000 recalled vehicles with defective Generator Control Modules due to reports of a fire in a repaired vehicle.

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Hyundai and Kia Recall More than 269,000 Vehicles Due to Safety Concerns

One large recall that stands out this year is when Hyundai and Kia, which are owned by the same South Korean company, recalled an estimated combined 1.8 million vehicles due to issues with the electrical and airbag systems. The problems could have caused serious injuries for drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. Hyundai and Kia are now issuing a few new recalls this week.

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