The last two auto recalls to have been launched by two of the most popular automakers in the country are concerning regulators and safety advocates.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3 million vehicles are being recalled over a possible injury risk tied to air bag issues.
The official announcement claims that all units of the 201 through 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 3500 HD, Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV units, all of the 2014 through 2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500, Trax, Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle, GMC Sierra 1500, and Buick Encore vehicles, and all of the 2014 through 2016 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Spark EV and SS vehicles have been impacted by this recall.
Units listed have been fitted with air bag sensing and diagnostic module software that, under certain circumstances, may activate a diagnostic test unexpectedly. If this occur and the frontal air bags are deployed as a result, occupants as well as the driver may end up suffering major injuries.
GM has announced that all impacted vehicles will be repaired with the SDM software reflashed entirely for free. Regulators are still not aware of when consumers impacted by the recall will be receiving a letter in the mail. Nevertheless, if you have one of the recalled vehicles and you would like to make sure that the recalled vehicle you own is fixed promptly, contact GM directly to obtain more information on how to proceed.
The second auto recall we would like you to pay attention to was launched by Ford.
According to the NHTSA, the 20120 through 2015 Ford Focus, the 2013 through 2015 Ford Escape and Ford C-MAX, the 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln KC, as well as the 2014 through 2016 Ford Transit Connect vehicles have been recalled over a possible injury risk.
The official announcement shows that the recalled vehicles have been fitted with door latches that may have been produced with components that could break. If that’s the case, the doors may not be latched correctly, and the driver or passenger may think he or she is secure while the door is not securely closed.
If that’s the case and the vehicle is in motion, the door that is not securely latched may open, and occupants may be injured as a result.
Consumers should expect to be notified by Ford after October 3rd.
Whether your vehicle is a Ford or a GM, make sure to check with the manufacturer whether it requires repair immediately. You may also want to see if not having the vehicle repaired promptly may increase the chances of injury.