This year is shaping up to be a possible record-setter for auto recalls.
So far this year, car companies have recalled about 13 million cars in the United States, compared to 22 million last year, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. The previous record was 30.8 million in 2004.
Ford: 434,000 vehicles
Ford is recalling vehicles for two separate issues. The first involves some 385,750 Escape models from 2001 to 2004. The models have subframes that tend to rust when exposed to road salt, which could result in diminished steering control (about 349,000 of the affected vehicles are in the U.S.). Dealers are installing a reinforcement cross brace to remedy the problem; one crash has already been cause by the subframe issue, but no injuries or deaths have been reported.
Ford’s other recall affects 49,950 cars, including the 2013 and 2014 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Escape and C-Max models whose seatbacks were not welded properly. There have been no deaths, injuries or accidents reported as a result of the problem. About 86% of the affected vehicles — some 42,972 — are in the U.S., and the rest are in Canada.
More information can be found on Ford’s recall site.
General Motors: 4.8 million vehicles
Most of GM’s recalls are related to an ignition switch issue that dates back to 2002 and has been linked to 13 deaths. Due to a glitch, some 2.6 million GM vehicles have been known to shut off while the cars were in motion, disabling its power steering and airbags. The recall affects all 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts, plus 2006-2007 Chevy HHRs, 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstices, 2007 Saturn Skys and 2003-2007 Saturn Ions. The 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuits sold in Canada were affected as well.
On March 31, GM also recalled another 1.5 million vehicles — 1.3 million of which are in the U.S. — because the cars can unexpectedly lose their power steering. The models involved in this latest recall are the 2010 Cobalt, the 2009-2010 Chevy HHR compact and the 2004-07 Saturn ION compact. Three of the six models are also part of the earlier recall. More information can be found on a website dedicated to the GM recall.
Toyota: 6.4 million vehicles
Toyota issued a broad recall related to five types of safety hazards on Wednesday. The recall affects 27 Toyota models, including the Yaris, Corolla and RAV4, as well as Pontiac Vibe and Subaru Trezia, the two models Toyota built for General Motors and Fuji Heavy Industries.
Toyota is recalling a majority of the cars — some 3.5 million vehicles globally, 2.34 million of which were sold in North America — due to problems with a spiral cable, which could be damaged when the steering wheel is turned, causing the air bag to fail. Other issues include problems with a spring that locks the seat rail in its position, steering columns, windscreen wipers and a fire risk with engine starters.
Toyota said none of the issues described above have caused crashes, injuries or fatalities. More information about the recall can be found on Toyota’s website.
Nissan: 1 million vehicles
The recall affects 2013-2014 Altimas, Leafs, Pathfinders and Sentras for a software problem that could prevent the passenger-side airbag from deploying in an accident.
Volkswagen: 160,351 vehicles
VW is recalling 2013-2014 Passats in the U.S. and Canada for a low-beam headlight glitch, which have not resulted in any reported related deaths or injuries. More information can be found on VW’s website.
Honda: 900,000 vehicles
The recall affects 2005-2010 Odyssey minivans. The company says such models have a risk of fire, though no incidents have been reported.
Tesla: 29,000 wall charger units
Some 29,000 (240 volt) Universal Mobile Connector (UMC) adapters have been known to overheat and present fire hazards, according to the NHTSA.
BMW: 232,000 vehicles
BMW is recalling 1-series, 3-series, 5-series 6-series as well as the off-road variants X1, X3, X5, X6 and Z4 in China for potentially defective screws that could cause oil loss.