Vehicle Recalls

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Forest River Recreational Vehicles have recalled 9,526 vehicles from the model year 2013 - 2014 due to a design defect in the power awning motor assembly that can cause the motor assembly screws to shear. The shearing of the screws may occur without the knowledge of vehicle occupants. When this happens, the awning could unexpectedly unfurl while the vehicle is stopped or moving, which can cause injuries or a crash.

As much as we’d like to deny it, vehicles are not perfect. However, any imperfection, or defect, that poses potential harm is a problem that the auto manufacturer is responsible for fixing under the vehicle’s warranty. In the most extreme of cases, a vehicle recall may be announced to help promote awareness of the problem and keep consumers out of harm’s way.

Auto manufacturer Chrysler Group LLC has announced it will be recalling 127,350 vehicles in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) due to problems arising from power distribution centers overheating. Problems with the center can lead to electrical stability control malfunctions and anti-lock braking system failures, putting drivers at risk of an accident, according to a report by The Chicago Tribune.

When an auto maker discovers a manufacturing defect affecting a number of their vehicles, it is their responsibility to take the necessary steps to ensure that the defect is corrected and that owners of the affected vehicles are notified. Recalls are often a last resort, as these can not only cost manufacturers millions, but also, as the recent Toyota controversy demonstrates, cause serious damage to a company’s public image. The decision to issue a recall typically rests on whether the defect carries a significant safety risk and is usually in conjunction with NHTSA studies or support.