The month of May saw many recalls of vehicles often with thousands of them having serious problems. Here are the five largest auto recalls for last month.
Product: Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 Trucks from 2015-2018
# Affected: 410,000 trucks
Problem: The trucks recalled had a power locking tailgate. In these vehicles, the lock on the tailgate could unlatch and open without warning. This could be dangerous for other vehicles on the road if the driver is carrying anything in the truck bed. Owners should bring in their truck to the dealership to be fixed.
Product: Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 chassis cabs, 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups, and Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups from 2017-2019
# Affected: 324,200 trucks
Problem: All the recalled trucks have a problem with the engine blocker heat-chord failing along with related terminals failing. GM has not made any statement regarding what should be done about the problem.
Product: Ford Fusions from 2013-2016
# Affected: 259,000 cars
Problem: The recalled vehicles have an issue with the shifter cable. The cable is degrading which could cause the car to move even while it is in Park mode and without ignition. Ford asks that owners use their parking brake until they find a solution to the problem.
Product: Chrysler Pacificas from 2017-2019
# Affected: 198,000 vans
Problem: These vans have a loose battery connection that could cause loss or stalling in power steering. Owners can bring their vans back to the dealership to get the problem fixed at no cost to them.
Product: Honda CR-Vs from 2019
# Affected: 118,600 SUVs
Problem: The metal core in the steering wheels can have burrs on them and these can cause damage to the harnesses inside. This could result in the airbag being disabled or unintentionally deployed. Honda has not reached out to vehicle owners at this time.
Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.
Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.