October was a busy month for auto recalls. While some recalls involve relatively minor defects, others, like those involving defective Takata airbag inflators, deal with potentially life-threatening consequences. It can be difficult to keep up to speed on all the latest car defects, so here are a list of the most significant recalls issued last month.
2012-2018 Ford Focus Recall
# of Vehicle Recalled:3 million
Problem: Defective canister purge valves may become stuck in the open position, causing an excessive vacuum in the fuel vapor management system. This can cause engines to stall while being driven, without warning or an ability to restart the vehicle, resulting in an increased risk of crash.
Fix: Ford advises owners to keep the fuel tank at least halfway full until the vehicle’s powertrain modules can be reprogrammed.
2010-2014 Toyota Prius, Prius V
# of Vehicle Recalled: 807,000
Problem: Vehicles may not enter a fail-safe mode as intended, resulting in loss of power and stalls even when the vehicle is in motion.
Fix: Dealers will update the software for all affected vehicles.
2018-2019 Toyota Avalon, Sequoia, Tundra
# of Vehicle Recalled: 168,000
Problem: A fault with airbag electronic control units may result in side and curtain shield airbags and/or front and knee airbags not deploying in the event of a collision.
Fix: Dealers will update the airbag ECU programming for free.
# of Vehicle Recalled: 49,000
Problem: Malfunctioning powertrain controllers may calls vehicles to stall during deceleration, most often while slowing to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash.
Fix: Dealers will inspect the cross-member and either install a side member and drain hose and apply wax to protect from rust, or install a drain hose and an improved front cross-member.
2019 Jeep Cherokee
# of Vehicle Recalled: 86,000
Problem: The front cross-member may corrode after exposure to road salt, weakening the mounting point for the passenger-side lower control arm, unexpectedly changing the steering alignment and increasing the risk of a crash.
Fix: Dealers will reflash the powertrain controller for free.
Contact an Experienced Vehicle Recall Attorney
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.