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ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE DRIVER PREFERRED PACKAGE, THE WIRE HARNESS FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT POWER LUMBAR SUPPORT SWITCH MAY BE ROUTED INCORRECTLY AND COULD BE PINCHED UNDER THE DRIVER SEAT.
Intel-owned fitness tracker company Basis has announced a sweeping recall of its Peak and B-1smartwatches over concerns the battery could get too hot and injure someone. So how many units are being recalled? All of them. That’s right, if you own a Basis Peak or B-1 device, you can – and really, you should – send it back for a refund.
Basis says less than one percent of their watches have the battery overheating problem, but so far, attempts to remedy the issue have not been successful. So, they want all of them back. And if you’ve got one and return it, fair warning: your online fitness data will only be around until the end of this year, at which point it will turn to vapor, so you might want to start scribbling down your workout details. Here’s the link to help you get started on getting your refund: http://www.mybasis.com/
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Japan’s Mazda Motor Corp will broaden a recall of cars sold in the United States because an air-bag inflator, supplied by Japan’s Takata Corp, could rupture and seriously injure occupants. The issue of ruptured inflators – which can hurl metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants – has bedeviled Takata and triggered the recall of millions of vehicles last year. The recalls were expanded this year as issues cropped up in newer models equipped with Takata air bags and inflators. In a filing Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mazda said it would recall about 18,000 older models, including 18,000 Mazda6 sedans and 50 RX-8 sports cars from 2003-2004.
Mazda North American Operations has announced a new recall for several different vehicles due to a problem with the Takata airbag inflators.
The firm states that the inflators in the front passenger airbags might rupture in the event of a crash and spray shrapnel at the occupants, resulting in serious injury or even death.
Owners of the 2003-2008 Mazda 6, made between May 29, 2002, to May 5, 2008, the 2006-227 Mazdaspeed6 produced between July 1,2005, to June 29, 2007, and the limited 2004 RX-8 built between June 25 and June 30, 2003 should be aware of this issue.
A recall notification schedule for Mazda’s newest safety campaign hasn’t been disclosed at this point, but the company did announce that its dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the passenger’s frontal airbag with a new one, free of charge.
If you happen to be in possession of one of the aforementioned cars, then you can find out more on the topic by contacting the Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
This isn’t the first time that Mazda vehicles have been affected by the Takata airbag scandal and let’s not forget that the Japanese brand joined other automakers a couple of years ago in a 3.4-million unit recall.
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German automaker BMW has expanded its recall of cars equipped with potentially flawed Takata-brand airbags to include vehicles registered anywhere in the U.S. As Detroit News reports, the company joins Chrysler, Ford, Honda, and Mazda in doing so.
All these expansions stem from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which insisted that automakers’ regional systems of airbagrecalls — focused on high-humidity areas like states along the Gulf Coast — were insufficient. Though the problem with Takata’s airbags does, indeed, seem linked to humidity, which can destabilize the ammonium nitrate used to deploy the devices, there have been reports of exploding Takata airbags in less-humid parts of the country.
And so, BMW has now enlarged its recall of 3-Series vehicles from the 2004-2006 model years (manufacture date January 2004 to August 2006) to include cars from coast to coast. The previous regional recall had affected about 11,000 U.S. vehicles, but the expansion adds roughly 140,000 more cars to the list.
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Toyota announced a pay cut for Japanese managers by 20 percent after announcing it would recall four million U.S. vehicles to replace gas pedals. Jim Axelrod reports.
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Federal safety regulators, growing increasingly frantic, warned Wednesday that at least 7.78 million vehicles were equipped with dangerous Takata air bags which are blamed for killing two people. Federal prosecutors reportedly launched an inquiry into the company’s actions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notified owners “with urgency” to get their previously recalled cars, which include vehicles from 10 makers, fixed at once as a matter “essential to personal safety.”
It’s not a new recall, but a plea for people with recalled cars to get them fixed now, as the air bags are an immediate threat to front-seat passengers safety.
Toyota and General Motors are taking the added step of sending overnight letters to owners of recalled models warning them not to let passengers sit in the front seats.
The new warning, as well as the underlying recalls dating to 2008, applies mainly to cars sold or ever registered in areas with high humidity, such as Florida and Puerto Rico. However, Consumers Union, advocacy unit of Consumer Reports, said Wednesday that it believes “the dangers could be far broader” than just humid locations. It said data show 100 injuries.
At least two deaths are blamed on the defect, reported years ago by Honda. Two more are suspected but not confirmed. Consumers Union says it believes all four deaths are linked.
The Takata bags involved mostly are on older vehicles, some of which have been on the road since 2000. When the defective bags inflate in a crash they can tear loose from their brackets, blowing pieces of their housings—shrapnel, in effect—at the faces and chests of occupants. The propellant for the bags was improperly handled during manufacture, and the danger is amplified by humidity.
The Takata bag defect has caused recalls of some 16 million vehicles worldwide.
NHTSA said it has an ongoing investigation into the bags.
Federal prosecutors also are looking into whether Takata was misleading about safety, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the matter.” USA TODAY could not independently confirm that.
Owners have been lax about the repairs. GM, for example, says that only about 10% of affected vehicles have been brought in.
It’s good to see Takata’s defective air bag issue finally getting the attention it deserves with so many vehicles being recalled. It will take years to address the danger, and there will be far too many consumers that ignore the recall.
Harry tells you which vehicles from the various auto manufactures are affected. If your present vehicle was mentioned it is of urgent importance that you stop driving the vehicle and cal your selling dealer and have them pick the vehicle up for the fix.
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Six and a half million Toyota and Nissan cars are being recalled globally. The move by the Japanese car giants is to replace potentially faulty airbag inflaters in several of their models.
Toyota said it would affect cars made between March 2003 and November 2007.
It is the latest twist in the saga of the air bags made by Japanese car parts company Takata which has been linked to at least six deaths – all in Honda cars.
Honda, the country’s third biggest car maker said it was also preparing t…
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