Regulators, Manufacturers, Dealers, And Mechanics Get To Read About Car Defects — But Not Consumers

Regulators, Manufacturers, Dealers, And Mechanics Get To Read About Car Defects — But Not Consumers

The thirteen-year-long mess of the GM ignition switch recall was, in part, a failure to see and identify patterns in the data. Over the course of a decade, individual consumers lodged complaints that, put together, could have revealed the whole problem sooner. But nobody got to look at the whole, because all of the service bulletins that carmakers like GM send to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration go into its database… and never come back out. Too bad so sad, says NHTSA, but lawmakers and auto-safety advocates are hoping to change that. [More]

There Are So Many Auto Recalls, People Tune Them Out

There Are So Many Auto Recalls, People Tune Them Out

So far, 2014 has been a year of automotive recalls, beginning with the General Motors ignition recall. After just one company recalled 11 million vehicles, any other recalls just feel like piling on. Experts worry that consumers are starting to tune out and not pay attention to any recall announcements in the media at all. [More]

GM Recalls Another Half-Million Cars For Ignition Switch Problems, But Different Ones This Time

GM Recalls Another Half-Million Cars For Ignition Switch Problems, But Different Ones This Time

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: General Motors has issued a recall of a half-million of its cars because if the driver’s knee hits the keys while they’re in the ignition, the key can pop out, causing the car to lose power and potentially crash. [More]

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NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Defective Airbags Following Numerous Recalls

Just a day after Toyota re-issued a 2013 recall because shrapnel could fly toward passengers when the airbag deploys, federal regulators opened an investigation into whether the airbags used by five automakers could hurt people in the event of a crash. [More]

Wegmans Recalls Bagged Ice Because Metal Machine Fragments Aren’t Great For Cooling Beverages

Wegmans Recalls Bagged Ice Because Metal Machine Fragments Aren’t Great For Cooling Beverages

In what may be a first for us, we bring you the news of a supermarket chain — specifically Alec Baldwin fave Wegmans — recalling thousands of pounds of bagged ice that may contain little bits of metal from the machine that produces the frozen water. [More]

Victims Of Saturn Ion Crash Accuse GM Of Letting Driver Plead Guilty To Accident She Didn’t Cause

Victims Of Saturn Ion Crash Accuse GM Of Letting Driver Plead Guilty To Accident She Didn’t Cause

The driver of a Saturn Ion who pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide, and the family of her boyfriend who was killed in the 2004 crash, have sued General Motors in federal court, alleging the car maker knew of the ignition problem that caused the crash but sat and watched while the driver was prosecuted. [More]

GM Admits Incompetence In Ignition Debacle, Denies Cover-Up

GM Admits Incompetence In Ignition Debacle, Denies Cover-Up

This morning, General Motors CEO Mary Barra discussed the findings of the car maker’s internal report on an ignition switch defect that went without a recall for more than a decade and has resulted in at least 13 deaths. The company’s findings claim that while GM screwed up big-time, there was no attempt by executives to cover the problem up. [More]

GM Is Super Sorry It Sent Recall Notices To Families Of Crash Victims

GM Is Super Sorry It Sent Recall Notices To Families Of Crash Victims

By this point, most owners of recalled General Motors vehicles don’t need a notice from the car maker to know their ignition switches need work. One group of people who definitely don’t need reminding of this fact are the families of those who died in crashes tied to the ignition defect. [More]

NHTSA Investigating Why Jeep Airbags Continue To Deploy On Their Own

NHTSA Investigating Why Jeep Airbags Continue To Deploy On Their Own

When a car manufacturer initiates a recall and provides a remedy for the issue, you assume that fix is going to stick. But that may not be the case for the 2012 airbag-related recall of two Jeep models, as federal regulators are investigating why Chrysler’s fix has not eliminated the problem. [More]

Suspended GM Engineer “Forgot” He Had Bad Ignition Switch Fixed In 2006

Suspended GM Engineer “Forgot” He Had Bad Ignition Switch Fixed In 2006

Last year, the General Motors engineer who quietly signed off on a fix to an ignition problem that has resulted in at least 13 deaths claimed in a deposition that he had no knowledge of making this incredibly important improvement. But after Congressional investigators have turned up all sorts of evidence showing that he did indeed give the okay for this fix, the engineer reportedly says he simply forgot about it. [More]

Car Recallapalooza Continues As Ford Recalls 1.39 Million Vehicles

Car Recallapalooza Continues As Ford Recalls 1.39 Million Vehicles

When we saw that Ford announced a recall of 1.39 million cars and sport-utility vehicles, we had to check back in the archives. Hadn’t we just posted about a Ford recall? Yes, it was only earlier this month that 692,000 vehicles were recalled because their airbags might not deploy. This latest batch mainly involves power steering failure in SUVs. [More]

May Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Not So Dairy-Free

May Food And Supplement Recall Roundup: Not So Dairy-Free

In our May Recall Roundup for food, supplements, and even a few over-the-counter drugs, there’s dairy in the dairy-free pancakes, Salmonella in the chili powder, and always a few precription drugs hiding in the “supplements.” [More]

Hummus Sold At Target, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle Recalled For Potential Listeria Contamination

Hummus Sold At Target, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle Recalled For Potential Listeria Contamination

Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen that can have unpleasant consequences for most people, and serious, life-threatening consequences for people who are very old, very young, already ill, or who are pregnant. A company called Lansal, Inc. that manufactures hummus for Tryst Gourmet and the private-label brands of retailers Target, Trader Joe’s, and Giant Eagle, reports that the pathogen may be in their hummus and related products. [More]

Toyota Recalls Lexus GS For Braking Issues, Sienna Minivans Over Spare Tire Concerns

Toyota Recalls Lexus GS For Braking Issues, Sienna Minivans Over Spare Tire Concerns

Not to be outdone by General Motors’ recallpalooza, Toyota announced a pair of recalls this morning — for Sienna minivans and Lexus GS sedans — totaling nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. alone. [More]

Nest Officially Recalls Smoke Alarms, But You Just Need To Connect Yours To Web To Fix

Nest Officially Recalls Smoke Alarms, But You Just Need To Connect Yours To Web To Fix

Last month, the folks at Google-owned Nest alerted owners of the company’s Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that an software glitch could, under very specific circumstances, cause the device to delay sounding the alarm. Today, the company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission made it official with a formal recall announcement. [More]

GM Adds Another 200,000 Vehicles To Its Continually Growing Recall List

GM Adds Another 200,000 Vehicles To Its Continually Growing Recall List

There is yet another recall to add to General Motor’s already swelling list. This time more than 200,000 subcompact cars were recalled for a potential fire hazard created by daytime running lights. [More]

Another 2.4 Million GM Vehicles Recalled

Another 2.4 Million GM Vehicles Recalled

Because apparently every model of car made by General Motors in the last decade has something wrong with it, GM has announced another round of recalls. This time, it’s four separate recalls totaling 2.42 million vehicles in the U.S. [More]

New GM Ad: Our Cars Are No Longer “Grenade-Like” Death Traps

New GM Ad: Our Cars Are No Longer “Grenade-Like” Death Traps

In the midst of a reputation-damaging string of recalls now totaling more than 11 million vehicles, General Motors is in need of an image shake-up. But the carmaker may be getting a little too honest in a new TV commercial. [More]