As 2015 comes to a close, automotive manufacturers are announcing even
more vehicle recalls. This year has been one of countless vehicle defects
and recalls, with the GM ignition switch defect at the center of media
attention for much of 2015.
A few weeks ago, Ford announced a recall of approximately 500,000 Ford
Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles with model years 2010 and 2011. These
vehicles are said to have a possible fuel tank problem that affects pressures
within the tank. The canister purge valve may be defective, which can
ultimately lead to a crack in the fuel tank’s top. Fuel can then
leak from the tank, which poses a significant fire and injury hazard.
Affected vehicles would have been sold in North America and assembled
Hyundai is also recalling more than 10,000 6-speed manual transmission
Genesis Coupe vehicles. The automaker is expected to alert owners of vehicles
that may be affected by this recall, which is due to a possible defect
in the differential of the vehicle. When a vehicle’s differential
is not aligned properly with the rear suspension of that automobile, bolts
can loosen and cause the vehicle to lose drive. These recalls may not
begin until the first part of 2016, but owners who are notified are instructed
to bring their vehicles to a dealership to be inspected.
Vehicle recalls don’t only affect multiple-passenger vehicles. Yamaha
is announcing a recall of 2015 YZF-R1 motorcycles from the U.S. and 2016
YZF-R1 bikes in Canada. This cycle recall is a result of potential transmission
failures which can lead to the second gear wheel to break when improperly
shifted or overly stressed. Should your bike be included in this recall,
Yamaha is prepared to repair the bikes free of charge at a dealership.
It is important for Georgians to stay up-to-date on the most recent vehicle
recalls so that their safety and the safety of those around them on roadways
are not jeopardized by defective parts. Each year, many auto crashes that
result in injuries are found to have been caused by defects within a vehicle
involved. For the most recent automobile recalls, visit www.nhtsa.gov.