The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been very busy in the past couple of days. As a new week rolls in, a great deal more of auto recalls are launched with the help of the NHTSA. While several automakers continue to struggle to produce safer, more efficient vehicles, others struggle to ensure cars do not leave the factory with faulty parts that could render more recalls in the future.
In the past year, General Motors spent a great deal of resources handling the scandal revolving a major recall impacting vehicles that had been fitted with faulty ignition switches. Ever since GM launched the recall ten years after the first reports of accidents were registered, the company launched several other campaigns over other deadly issues.
Now, GM is issuing a recall that impacts 59,474 units of the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles. These units were manufactured between January 4, 2010 and June 23, 2010. These vehicles come with Side-Impact Sensors that may have been improperly routed. If that is the case, the misrouted wiring harness may cause an electrical short, and the driver side curtain air bag may become disabled.
Since this issue could cause the air bag to fail to deploy in case an accident takes place, the driver will be vulnerable to potential injuries.
According to the firm, recalled vehicle owners will be contacted directly and dealers will have the vehicle’s sensor’s wiring in the driver’s door inspected. If necessary, repairs will be made promptly and for free.
GM has announced that the company will begin contacting recalled vehicle owners in late August.
As GM car owners are contacted to have their vehicles repaired, Subaru of America, Inc. is also launching a recall campaign. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru has recalled all units of the 2015 and 2016 Subaru Legacy 4-Door and Outback vehicles.
The vehicles associated with this recall include units manufactured between July 3, 2015 and July 27, 2015. Since the transmission oil in these vehicles may leak from a deformed seal cap on the propeller shaft yoke, the oil may leak onto the exhaust pipe and a fire may ensue.
Subaru has announced that it will be notifying impacted vehicle owners and that dealers will have the propeller shafts replaced entirely for free.
The company has indicated that consumers will be notified about this recall personally on August 28th. Subaru is not aware of any accidents linked to this recall.
If you’re serious about staying safe and avoiding auto accidents, heed the instructions put forth by automakers whenever a recall is launched.