GM recalls around 6,300 police cars due to steering problems. The Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit vehicles are all in the U.S. and are model years 2014 to 2016. If the problem occurs, the electric power steering fails.
Another lawsuit has been filed against Volkwagen U.S. pertaining to the emissions scandal. This one isn’t on behalf of an upset car owner, though. This time a former VW employee is suing over data deletion. Specifically, that he lost his job due to his efforts to stop the company from deleting data illegally.
A new but not Takata-related airbag recall was issued today. GM recalled 1,750 sedans, midsize pickup trucks over faulty front airbags placed in the vehicles’ steering wheels. The recall was issued today along with a stop-sales order, which forbids dealers from selling the affected vehicles until the defect has been repaired.
One of Volkswagen’s main goals at the International Motor Show, held in Geneva from March 3 – 16, is keeping and rebuilding customers’ trust. According to reporter David Pollard, VW’s emissions scandal is a big topic, drawing fire even from the CEOs of VW’s rivals. VW claims former CEO may have ignored 2014 diesel warnings.
The recall total caused by defective airbag inflators continues to rise as Toyota just recalled another 331K vehicles due to Takata airbags. The faulty inflators can rupture – and not only during impact when one would expect them to do so – with incredible force propelling shrapnel into the vehicles’ passenger cabins similar to the way a Claymore anti-personnel mine functions.
It appears that 2015 may lose its place in history as the year of the recall. As NHTSA continually adjusts its estimates of the numbers of vehicles to be recalled over the Takata airbag crisis, other recall issues are emerging, too. In this one, Ford recalls 51K transit wagons due to problems with the rear seat belts potentially not latching properly.
It seems the year of the recall, 2015, is carrying over into this year. GM announced over 473K vehicle recall due to brake pedals. The brake pedals may come loose, which causes them not to work properly.
Earlier this week, German automaker Daimler announced 840K-vehicle recall over Takata airbag issue. The company plans to take a $383.96M (340M euros) hit to its fiscal year 2015 results to pay for the recall.