Honda is expanding a recall on airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation that may explode on impact causing injury. Last month Honda and other auto manufacturers who use Takata airbags issued a recall.
This expansion includes vehicles sold in California and brings the total number of vehicles recalled to two million. That number could rise to three million as Honda puts forth every effort to make sure its customers are safe.
“It seems like humidity has something to do with the faulty airbags, so while the recall hasn’t affected us here in Washington State yet, we thought it was important to make people aware that has been reported as an issue in other places in case they have an issue,” said Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “Of course, if anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.”
According to this article, “The vehicles affected by the recall are the 4-cylinder-engine-equipped 2001-7 Honda Accord; the 2001-2 Honda Accord V6; the 2001-5 Honda Civic; the 2002-6 Honda CR-V; the 2003-11 Honda Element; the 2002-4 Honda Odyssey; the 2003-7 Honda Pilot; the 2006 Honda Ridgeline; the 2003-6 Acura MDX; and the 2002-3 Acura TL and CL.”
Toyota announced a recall affecting 2.3 million vehicles worldwide, including 766,000 vehicles here in the United States.
According to this article, “Wednesday’s recall, which includes 766,000 vehicles in the United States, is the second time Toyota has had to recall the vehicles because a defective inflator for the passenger-side air bag could crack, possibly sending metal fragments into the compartment or causing “thermal damage” to the instrument panel.”
The recall may expand to other automakers, including Honda who is “investigating potential implications, who also used the defective part developed by Takata Corporation.
This recall is an addition to the recall Toyota put out in April 2013.
Toyota announced it is recalling 430,500 vehicles in the U.S. and a total of 516,000 worldwide for three different safety concerns.
450,000 Toyota Sienna minivans were recalled because the spare tire could corrode and fall off. This recall focuses generally in cold-market areas where road salt is common in the winter and can cause the corrosion. The recall affects Toyota Siennas from the 2004-2010 model years.
According to this article at ABC.com, “Also recalled Thursday were:
“— 16,000 Lexus GS 250 and 350 sedans from the 2013 model year because a manufacturing defect can cause the brakes to activate without warning, and without turning on the brake lights. Most of the vehicles — 10,500 — were sold in the U.S. Also included are left-hand-drive sedans sold in Canada, China and Europe.
“— 50,000 Highlander and Highlander hybrid SUVs from the 2014 model year. Toyota says a software glitch may prevent the vehicle from properly calculating the size of the front passenger when determining whether to fire the air bags. The affected vehicles assume the passenger is smaller, so the bags may not fire or they may fire at a lower speed than necessary for a larger passenger. Toyota says most of the affected vehicles — 45,287 — were sold in the U.S. Around 3,400 were sold in Canada and the rest were sold in Mexico and Europe.”
Toyota announced it is recalling 50,200 Toyota Highlander SUVs for a software issue that could cause the passenger seatbelt to not work correctly.
According to this article, “A company spokeswoman said the air bag electronic control unit’s software is reading all passengers, regardless of their actual size, as small occupants. That could result in the front passenger not being protected by the seat belt with the necessary force, possibly resulting in injury in a crash.”
About 45,000 of the Highlanders were sold in the U.S.
Toyota announced a huge recall that affects 1.9 million Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles. Toyota reported there is a software glitch that could cause the cars to stall.
According to this article, “The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.”
The vehicles affected by the recall are: 2010-2014 Toyota Prius hybrids, 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Toyota Lexus RX vehicles.
Toyota announced that it is recalling more than 261,000 vehicles with possible problems with the software of the braking system; this could result in a crash.
The recall affects the 2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2012 Toy0ta RAV4, and the 2012 and 2013 Lexus RX 350. According to this article, “According to Toyota, an electrical component within the actuator that adjusts the fluid pressure for each of the brakes of the affected vehicles may experience an increased resistance.
“This would result in the illumination of various warning lights in the dash, including those for the stability and traction control systems as well as the antilock brakes. If this were to occur, Toyota says that the systems could become inoperative, reducing the directional control assistance during braking, and thus increasing the risk of a crash.”
Toyota will notify owners if they are affected.
Toyota announced that it is recalling the 2013-2014 Toyota Tacoma for a serious engine problem.
According to this article, “According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an engine flaw that could cause the Tacoma to stall in traffic — or worse.”
It’s a small number of vehicles affected by the recall built in couple months, less than 4,000 vehicles, but is a safety concern.
“The problem stems from improperly built valve springs in the Tacoma’s engine. Over time, wear and tear may cause the springs to break, and if that happens while a vehicle is being driven, the engine will stall, increasing the risk of an accident.”