3.4 Million Cars Recalled

Toyota, Nissa, Honda and Mazda have issued a recall affected 3.4 Million vehicles. The recall revolves around possible faulty airbags that may cause a fire or inadvertently fire causing personal injuries to the occupants. The large manufacturers rely on smaller companies and manufacturers for their parts.

The recall is the largest ever for airbags made by Takata Corp., the world's second-largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts. Due to a manufacturing defect in the propellant for the inflator, the airbag for the front passenger seat may not inflate correctly. As a result, there is a risk of fires starting or of passengers being injured. The faulty airbags were manufactured between 2000 and 2002 in a Takata factory in Mexico. Read more


The recall seems to be centered around cars from 2000-2004. There are reports that there is at least one known instance where the airbag deployed too forcefully. Dealers are likely to handle the required repairs.

NHTSA investigates Toyota, Ford and Honda

NHTSA has not issued any recalls but instead has launched an investigation into various models. First off, 561,000 Toyota Prius are under NHTSA investigation. There have been reports that the steering shaft was not assembled correctly. This investigations appears to be focusing on 2004-2009 model years. In 2012, Toyota had the highest number of recalled cars.

In 2012, Toyota had the most vehicles recalled of any brand in the U.S. market, the third time it achieved that dubious distinction in four years. And it has already had 1 million vehicles recalled since the beginning of 2013.

NHTSA is also investigating approximately 724,000 Ford Fusion, Escape and  Mercury Mariner and Milan vehicles. There have been several reports of stalled vehicles or losing power.

The problem could be the result of several issues including contaminated printed circuit boards and faulty throttle body assemblies. Vehicles produced between 2009 and 2011 are involved in the investigation.

87,000, model year 2005, Honda Pilots are also under investigation by NHTSA. There have been numerous reports of braking issues with the Pilot. The entire article may be accessed here.


Ford, Honda, Nissan Recalls

Ford has issued a recall of certain  2013 Escapes with 1.6 liter engines. Ford is warning customers not to drive these vehicles. There is a potential of a fuel line leak which could result in a fire.

Ford Motor Co. is advising owners of an estimated 11,500 new Escapes to park their vehicles until they can be repaired by dealers due to potential fuel line leaks that could cause fires. Unlike most recalls where makers may take up to a month to notify owners and begin repairs, Ford is urging immediate action in this case [Read more]

Honda has issued a recall of 321,000 CR-Vs from the 21012 model year and an additional 7,300 MY 2013 Acura ILX vehicles.

Honda says that if the inside driver or passenger door handles are used at the same time as the power or manual door locks, the inner door latch may not work. This means a door may not latch, or it could latch and open when the locks are used. [Read more]

Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012 Juke. Due to an improper weld penetration the rear seat back striker may separate during a crash. Read the report from NHTSA.

Honda Fit Recall Due to Fire Hazard

On January 29, 2010, Honda announced a worldwide recall for 646,000 of their Honda Fit (Jazz if sold outside the U.S.) models. Of these, 141,000 were purchased in the U.S. The models included in this recall are the first generation Honda Fit, sold in 2007-2008.

This recall is due to reports that water or liquid can leak into the vehicle’s master switch through the window and/or door-lock switches, creating the potential for the switches to overheat, melt, smoke and even catch fire. Honda spokesman Chuck Schifsky says, “There have been 7 confirmed cases in the U.S. In two cases those have involved fires.” No injuries or deaths have been reported thus far.

Honda plans to correct the problem by replacing the switch on the driver’s side door, or by installing a waterproof skirt. Owners of recalled Honda Fits should be conscious of leaving car windows open until the appropriate remedy can be administered to their vehicle. Open windows could easily allow rainwater to come in, and leak into the faulty switches.

Owners should contact Honda Customer Service at 1-800-999-1009 for more information and further instructions.

If these defective switches have resulted in your injury, please call our office immediately at 1-877-829-7211 to discuss your legal options.