According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), a recall is necessary when a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard or there is a safety-related defect in the vehicle or equipment. For owners and purchasers of motor vehicles, staying up to date with recalls is important because defects that prompt recalls may affect the performance and safety of vehicles. Here are some cars recalled in 2021.
Faulty airbags affected more than 200,000 trucks, spurring one of Chrysler’s bigger recalls. Side airbag inflatable curtain inflators could rupture, propelling debris into the vehicle. According to the NHTSA, the manufacturer agreed to conduct a voluntary safe recall on all affected vehicles to inspect and replace the defective equipment as needed.
Certain Subaru models were recalled for a faulty fuel pump that can crack and stop working or even cause the engine to stall. Over 165,000 vehicles were affected, including the 2018-2019 BRZ, 2018-2020 Impreza, 2019-2020 Ascent, 2018-2020 Legacy, 2018-2020 Outback, 2018 Subaru Forester, and 2018-2019 WRX. To remedy this issue, Subaru agreed to have its dealers replace the fuel pump with an improved part free of cost.
In August 2021, General Motors expanded a prior recall, deciding that high-voltage batteries in some vehicles could post a risk of fire when charged to full, or very close to full. The recall potentially affected over 50,000 vehicles, and to address the problem the manufacturer agreed to replace the defective battery modules.
Sportage and Cadenza models for the model years 2017 and 2021 were recalled for a short-circuit hazard that affected almost 380,000 vehicles and could lead to an engine fire. All owners of the affected vehicles were notified of the defect and instructed to bring their vehicles to a Kia dealer to have fuses replaced.
A defect in certain 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport vehicles manufactured from March 19, 2021 to April 29, 2021 can cause the tailgate to separate, especially during a rear-end collision. The liftgate hinges could lack sufficient strength due to improper manufacturing processes. According to a safety recall report issued by NHTSA, over 13,000 vehicles were affected.
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