Has your car: Honda, BMW, Nissan or Hyundai have been recalled this month?
… while this may disturb you, the real question is: When and How NHTSA decides to recall a car?
In the case of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 BMW 7 series, 740i, 750i, 760i, 750li, 760li models are involved in a faulty door switch that could fake you into believing the door is closed, until you lean on it and it opens, regardless of the speed you are traveling, or not. It’s a great case for wearing a seat belt, but why did it take NHTSA so long to recall these vehicles when NHTSA and BMW clearly knew there were complaints going back to JAPAN over FIVE YEARS AGO?
Honda, the 2005 Pilot to be exact, has been the subject of a BRAKE RECALL on 87,000 of these popular suv’s. This latest BRAKE problem was apparently known to HONDA, which altered the 2006 Honda Pilot model, yet failed to correct the 2005 Pilot, possibly because the part was not interchangeable?
Honda has always been considered a great investment because of its near perfect NO-complaint, recall record and long-lasting engines. However, “this is the second NHTSA preliminary investigation into the Honda Pilot in one week’s time. Last week, as we reported, the safety agency opened a probe into the 2003-2004 Honda Pilot SUV and Odyssey minivan for alleged ignition interlock defects.” according to The Car Connection. So again one must ask, why and what does it take NHTSA so long to clamp down on these issues?
Is it because of the histrionics of the Toyota recalls during the automaker bailout?
Does this have to do with where the vehicles are actually built; USA vs. Japan?
We all understand that cars are machines and machines break, however, with the latest robotic technologies in the assembly process, is it the parts manufacturer not meeting with higher scrutiny in production or computer software failures driving the parts? As the typical car buying consumer, we are ill-prepared to understand the complexity of modern vehicles. Thus, left to trust the auto manufacturer and the government to advise us promptly when problems arise, we ask again: NHTSA, why does it take 5 years to tell us of such issues and HOW can we be certain the fix is authentic and lasting?
I do not expect an answer from Ray LaHood or anyone at NHTSA, however, while waiting for a response, I suggest everyone visit the safecar.gov and NHTSA.gov websites to check on the vehicle you own or might be considering as a used car purchase.
Taking a pro-consumer stance, Ford recently announced a voluntary recall on 154k Ford Fiesta’s for a potential issue with rear side curtain airbags. No accidents have been reported.
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