Sorry I missed a blog post folks. Most unfortunately, I had the flu. Yuck.
I know that I’ve been yakking about the various recalls going on in the automotive industry. When I check all the Motor Trend, Road & Track, Car & Driver blogs, there’s usually yet another recall alert as a headline. I know that to those of you who don’t own the cars affected can get bored, please bear with me – I’m only trying to help get the word out! If you have any interesting topics that you hear of in the automotive industry, please leave a comment. Also, if you know somebody who has one of the affected vehicles, please let them know so they don’t go driving along blissfully unaware!
There are many vehicles affected in this recall alert: 154,604 2011-13 Ford Fiesta sedans and hatchbacks (all models) are being recalled by Ford and NHTSA for faulty airbags. If the shotgun seat isn’t occupied, the airbag will not go off in the event of a crash, possibly causing serious injuries to the rear-seat passengers. Ford states that they have no record of this (yeah, right!), but they will cooperate with NHTSA in the recall. The fix is simple: Ford dealers will reprogram the airbag controller to set off that airbag in the case of a crash, whether the seat is occupied. Worried owners can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236.
169 2010-12 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Coupes and Convertibles are being recalled for a faulty bit of software for the tire-pressure monitoring system. The software does not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Standard #138, which states that the TPMS warning light must pop up when the tire pressure falls below 25 percent of their cold tire pressure. Aston Martin will cooperate with NHTSA in this recall by reprogramming the software for free. Worried owners can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236.
80 Lotus Evora S coupes (with the supercharged engine) have a faulty oil-feed line to the cylinder head, which could possibly leak oil all over the cylinder and other hot parts of the engine, causing a fire. Lotus will cooperate with NHTSA by installing a new, stronger oil-feed line for free. Worried owners can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236.
36 Land Rover Range Rovers are being recalled because of a faulty manufacturing process. This could mean that the windshield might be installed badly, causing it to detach in the event of a crash, causing serious injuries to the driver. Starting November 5, Land Rover will notify affected owners of this problem and fix the windshield for free. Worried owners can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236.
Have a nice few days until Friday (when I will make you salivate with pictures of beautiful cars!). Remember, notify me of any news you might hear of in the automotive market.