A new recall has been issued by Toyota regarding Takata airbag inflators. This recall is for vehicles in Japan only and affects 1.6M vehicles that were recalled, inspected and deemed safe enough to not repair earlier this year. Nissan recently reported a previously inspected vehicle’s airbag inflator exploded, seriously injuring a passenger. This prompted Toyota to issue this massive recall. The company will replace the airbag inflators with a Takata model that does not contain ammonium nitrate.
Urgent consumer notice: The CDC has linked a dangerous E. coli outbreak to Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. This particular strain is very dangerous, producing Shiga toxin. Nineteen people have been affect, five of whom are in the hospital, two with kidney failure. If you bought the rotisserie chicken salad on or before November 20, DO NOT EAT IT! THROW IT AWAY IMMEDIATELY! This outbreak covers seven states and the CDC has issued the warning to customers shopping at ANY U.S. Costco location.
Hyundai Motor Company recently announced a recall involving certain 2011 & 2012 Sonatas. The recall covers defective brake light switch plungers that do not retract when the brakes are not in use causing the brake lights to remain on. This increases the possibility of vehicle crashes.
Ford just hopped on the bandwagon with Honda, Nissan and Toyota in the refusal to use Takata’s ammonium nitrate-containing airbag inflators in future vehicle lines. The defective inflators have caused eight deaths, over 100 injuries and a massive 19M+ vehicle recall campaign. NHTSA even took steps to smack down the Japanese company, citing evidence that Takata didn’t timely disclose the defect.
GM, like most other corporate giants, is all about the bottom line. Unfortunately, what this means for those car buyers is Latin American markets is less safety. One of the most popular autos in those markets is the Chevy Aveo, which is sold without airbags. The safety rating on the Aveo in Mexico is ZERO ou of FIVE stars, according to an independent consumer safety organization.
Volkswagen came clean yet again telling the world it “misstated” the number of gas-powered vehicles affected by its CO2 emissions cheat. The company said that 24 gas-powered models out of its 130-model line-up are affected.
A consumer-driven lawsuit against Ford Motor Company alleging fraud in advertising will go forward. The judge ruled that the suit claiming that Ford over-estimated fuel-efficiency numbers on the Fusion and C-Max hybrids had merit.
As more customers report illness after eating at certain Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon, the company is facing more than just negative publicity. One Washington customer is suing the chain for over $75,000 after her burrito bowl allegedly caused her nausea and diarrhea. Her suffering was so severe, she sought treatment at an area hospital.
GM has issued a recall of over 1 million vehicles due to engine compartment fires. The vehicles are all over 10 years old and the defect has caused roughly 1,200 fires and 19 minor injuries thus far. The automaker is still developing a fix for the defect and will provide the repair at no charge when it’s available. In the meantime, GM suggests parking the vehicles, if possible.
The U.S. DOJ just appointed Bart Schwartz to be GM’s monitor overseeing the automaker’s safety efforts in the wake of the ignition switch scandal. The refreshing difference between this appointment and NHTSA’s appointment of Rodney Slater as FCA’s monitor is that Schwartz is actually independent. He comes to the post with no conflicts of interest.