Oklahomans who own 2015 or 2016 Ford F-150s might want to learn about an investigation that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently conducting about reports of braking issues in those vehicles. The investigation concerns models that are equipped with 3.5 cylinder V-6 engines.
In 2015, there was 51 million vehicle recalls. This number was a record high over the last 20 years and continued the steady increase of annual car recalls. The problem with having so many unrepaired recalled vehicles on the road is that they become a danger to all drivers.
Oklahoma residents have likely read news stories in recent months about self-driving vehicles being developed by companies like Google and autonomous technology already available from manufacturers such as Tesla. Supporters of self-driving cars claim that they will reduce accidents and save lives, but some road safety advocates fear that the technology requires further testing before it is made available to the public.
Many Oklahoma residents are seriously injured each year when their SUV, minivan or passenger car rolls over. While some of these accidents are due to inattentiveness on the part of the vehicle's driver, others are caused by the driver having to take immediate and evasive action due to the negligence of another motorist.
On April 13, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Takata will be ordered to replace another 85 million airbag inflators inside U.S. vehicles if the Japanese company cannot prove they are safe. Takata has already recalled 28.8 million inflators across the nation, including in Oklahoma. The recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
Oklahoma residents may be interested to know that in March 2016, Volkswagen and Porsche recalled 800,000 of their vehicles because of faulty clips used in braking systems. The affiliated companies said that a clip on the brake pad may be missing, which could lead to a pivot pin becoming loose and allowing the pedal itself to move or become dislodged. This could impact a driver's ability to apply the brakes, and faulty brakes could contribute to a serious car crash.
Oklahoma motorists who own newer Honda and Acura vehicles may be interested to learn that a vehicle recall has been expanded. On Jan. 30, Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. sent a letter to car dealers in the U.S. to let them know that 2 million Honda and Acura cars are going to be recalled. All of the recalls are due to defective Takata airbags.
Oklahoma motorists might find it interesting that there were more auto recalls in 2015 than other year in history, just beating the previous record set in 2014. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 51 million vehicles recalled last year. It was initially believed there were almost 64 million recalls in 2014, but that number inadvertently double counted some of the airbag recalls made by Takata Corp., so the total was adjusted downward.
Oklahoma drivers with keyless cars and trucks may not be aware that the vehicles have a dangerous flaw that could kill them. Unlike traditional vehicles that turn off when the key is removed from the ignition, keyless vehicles keep running when the driver exits with the electronic key fob after forgetting to turn off the ignition manually. This has led to the deaths of at least 18 people who were overcome with carbon monoxide fumes after accidentally leaving their cars on in the garage, according to some reports.
When considering auto safety, drivers often overlook the reliability of their tires. Lots of people are not aware that auto tire recalls are issued. Oklahoma drivers who are worried about the safety of their vehicles might benefit from knowing how to look for tire recalls and obtain a product replacement.