Good Morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.
The all-new 2016 Honda Civic just hit the dealer lots and already it’s having problems. Late last week Honda announced a stop-sale order on new Civics with the 2.0-liter engine “due to potentially missing or misset piston pin snap rings that may cause engine stall or failure.” That is not good!
Back in December, 52-year-old Joel Knight was plodding along in his 2006 Ford Ranger when he crashed into a cow and a fence. The odd part, according to the law firm representing his family, is that the crash didn’t kill him. The airbag did.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested 1,900 airbag inflators made by Takata for the Ford Ranger, and found no problems, according to USA Today. But in late December, an unidentified man in a 2006 Ford Ranger was killed by his airbag when he was involved in a crash. As a result, five million more…
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been baring its teeth at automakers more and more over safety issues, and today BMW North America joined the ranks of Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and Takata to get hit with penalties.
While you were getting a sandwich around the corner, Ford was announcing a recall on 451,865 cars.
Tesla Motors announced this morning it is issuing a voluntary recall for every Model S ever made to inspect the front seat belts after a customer’s seat belt came apart. No one was hurt or injured, but the automaker is still asking customers to bring their cars in to check out a bolt in the seat belt assembly.
Thanks to its practice of making exploding airbags that had a habit of filling vehicle occupants with shrapnel, Takata was forced to recall 34 million airbags in the largest product recall ever. And now it just received the largest civil penalty in NHTSA history to match it, with a fine of up to $200 million.
General Motors just recalled more than a million vehicles for an oil leak linked to fires. Your car with an annoying defect hasn’t been recalled yet. Why do some vehicles get recalled while others don’t?
NHTSA just released lab-test footage of a violent Takata airbag deployment. That reminded us of one of rural-America’s most cherished pastimes: blowing up microwaves with airbags.
Cars aren’t perfect. That’s something most of us here at Jalopnik have come to accept. These ten crazy car glitch stories only further support that theory.
About 310 trucks from the first batch of the new 2016 Toyota Tacomas are being recalled because the factory might have used the wrong bolts to attach an air bag module. That’s not a good look.
Fiat Chrysler has had a rough go in the safety department lately, or at least in how they’ve clashed with America’s safety regulators. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced Fiat Chrysler had a “significant” under-reporting of deaths and injuries in their cars, as required by law.
According to Reuters, Volkswagen’s freshly appointed CEO Matthias Müller has announced a “comprehensive recall and refit plan” to fix all 11 million TDI diesel cars caught cheating on emissions.
The New York Times reports Volkswagen has been ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency to recall 482,000 diesel cars in the U.S. over software they say was intentionally designed to circumvent smog regulations. (See updates below, but no recalls yet.)