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 in Mexico.
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.