The latest two auto recall campaigns launched with the help of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should not be ignored by consumers. Both of these recalls are associated with vehicles that could expose consumers to crash risks. And in at least one of these recalls vehicles impacted are being recalled over the same issue for the second time.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors has recalled all units of the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs. These vehicles, which add up to 367,808 in the United States alone, come with windshield wipers that may present a problem.
If the ball joints in the windshield-wiper module corrode and wear before its wear and tear period, one or even both of the windshield wipers may become inoperative. In that case, the driver’s visibility may be impacted, and a crash may occur as a result.
GM has announced that, in the past, the company has learned of incidents associated with the recalled vehicles. At least one accident and one injury have been tied to the issue.
GM has yet to announce a notification schedule. As the company works on a fix for this issue, you may contact a dealership directly for more information.
The second recall campaign announced by the NHTSA involves Toyota vehicles.
According to regulators, the company has recalled over 337,000 vehicles, including Lexus models, over a suspension issue. Safety advocates are calling this recall “serious.”
The reports show that the 2006 through 2011 Toyota RAV4 crossover and the 2010 Lexus HS 250h sedans come with lock nuts on their rear suspension arms that may have not been properly tightened.
If that’s the case, the bolts may become loose, and the threading may rust while the suspension arms may fail. If that occurs unexpectedly while the vehicle is in use, the driver may have a hard time controlling the vehicle. This could lead to an auto crash.
To avoid injuries and death, consumers with the recalled vehicles are being urged to remain alert. The company should be contacting them directly no later than September 30.
This is the second time the company launched this same campaign. The remedy for the first related recall did not contain the replacement of the suspension arms. In at least four cases, motorists reported that they lost control of their vehicles after the first recall was launched. At least nine collisions were tied to this problem.
Recalled unit owners will be contacted by the company. Once you’re contacted, schedule a visit to a dealer to make sure that the recalled vehicle is repaired as soon as possible.
Whether you own a Toyota or a GM vehicle impacted by these recalls, do not ignore the risks. Especially because both campaigns have been associated with accidents.