Texas motorists may have heard that Ford Motor Co. is recalling 550,000 sedans and SUVs over fears the vehicles could roll away while parked. Around 504,000 of the affected vehicles are located in the U.S., and the rest are in Canada and Mexico.
Motorhome owners in Texas anticipate long trips with their recreational vehicles, but an RV tire produced by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. appears likely to fail during extended use at highway speeds. In June 2002, the manufacturer issued a service bulletin about tire model G159 that authorized free replacement tires for some owners. At that point, Goodyear had processed at least 20 claims about tire failures that caused injury or death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and attorneys for victims want to know why the company did not issue a recall.
Some Texas drivers may have heard about faulty Takata airbag inflators installed in a variety of different vehicles that have killed more than 12 people and injured hundreds. In January, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration first issued a warning about 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickups. On May 7, the NHTSA reinforced its warning.
Some Texas motorists might have heard that Ford Motor Company announced on April 6 that it would be sending recall notices to approximately 300,000 vehicle owners around the country. The car maker says that it is recalling some of its 2018 Expedition SUVs, F-150 pickup trucks and F-650 and F-750 heavy commercial vehicles to fix a transmission issue. The problem has been linked to at least one injury accident. A total of about 350,000 vehicles sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico are being recalled.
Texas motorists who have followed the development of autonomous cars may be aware that in Arizona in March, a self-driving Uber car killed a pedestrian. According to a professor at Arizona State University whose research includes examining how computers control systems such as autonomous cars, the safety problem with self-driving vehicles is that they are being to taught to drive like humans. This means they make the same mistakes that a human driver would.
Harley-Davidson has announced a voluntary recall of over 250,000 motorcycles, out of which approximately 175,000 were sold in the U.S. If bikers in Texas realize that their motorcycle is among those recalled, they can take it to the dealers, which started providing the necessary repairs on Feb. 12.
Texas residents who are concerned about vehicle safety may want to know about a recall that affects more than 700,000 sport-utility vehicles in North America. According to parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, approximately 21,000 of these vehicles are located in Mexico and about 42,000 in Canada. An estimated 646,000 recalled vehicles are registered to owners who live in the United States, traveling roadways that span the nation.
Texas residents who are planning to buy a car from CarMax may be buying a faulty vehicle. After researching the recall status of 1,700 vehicles at eight CarMax locations in three different states, it was discovered that there were 461 vehicles with at least one outstanding recall. Of those vehicles, 41 had recalls in which there was no repair available.
At some point in time, Texas drivers may receive notice that their vehicle has been recalled. While this may feel like an inconvenience for those who believe that their vehicle is running just fine, it is extremely important that drivers bring their vehicles in to get the potential safety defect fixed.