According to the latest reports coming from the agency, major automakers like General Motors and Ford have launched a series of auto recalls recently, adding millions of vehicles to the list of recalled cars roaming the roads in America. We would like all Californians to be aware of these issues.
The latest announcement to come from GM involved vehicles that have been fitted with air bag sensing and diagnostic modules that may fail. This is the second recall campaign associated with his issue.
This particular campaign impacts all units of the 2015 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 vehicles as well as the 2014 through 2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500, Trax, Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle, GMC Sierra 1500, Buick Encore, and the 2014 through 2016 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Spark EV and SS vehicles.
Since the defective modules may initiate a diagnostic test unexpectedly, prompting the frontal air bags to deploy, drivers and occupants may be exposed to possible crash and injury risks. In order to avoid this potential problem, consumers are being urged to avoid ignoring this recall by having their vehicles repaired promptly.
GM has announced that, while the SDM software will be reflashed to avoid the issues, consumers with vehicles in which the air bags have already been deployed will have the SDM replaced.
The company hasn’t announced when it will start contacting impacted vehicle owners, but if you own one of the recalled vehicles and you would like to know more about the risks, contact GM directly for more info.
At least 3,640,162 vehicles have been impacted by this campaign.
The second recall announcement consumers should not ignore comes from Ford. According to the company, over 77,000 units of the 2013 through 2015 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with 3.5L GTDI Ecoboost engines as well as all units of the 2013 through 2015 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor vehicles come with components within the fuel pump electric modules that could overheat while in use.
If that occurs, the driver will notice a loss of electrical power to the fuel pump, prompting the engine to stall unexpectedly. It could also prevent the vehicle from starting. Both scenarios may lead to crashes.
Ford has announced that all impacted vehicle owners should be contacted in September. Once the vehicle is inspected, dealers will have the PEM replaced if necessary. The repairs should not cost the driver anything.
Whether you own a recalled Ford or GM vehicle, make sure to contact the manufacturer as soon as possible to have your vehicle repaired. Waiting until a crash happens, or until an injury occurs, is not smart.