When you own an automobile, you need to do a lot in the way of upkeep. You need to look around for online insurance quotes, and ensure you get the best deal possible. You need to bring your car to auto shops whenever necessary, to ensure that it's always in top shape. Perhaps most importantly, you have to keep up with recall announcements in the auto industry, to confirm that you're not driving a vehicle with malfunctioning parts.
Luckily, there are a number of news sources that keep up with recalled parts, so that auto owners can easily ascertain whether or not they're driving a compromised vehicle. For example, Mashable recently issued a report that detailed every major auto-related recall in the U.S. throughout 2014 thus far. A few of the more significant recalls are detailed below:
- Ford has already recalled 434,000 vehicles this year. More than 380,000 Escape models, from 2001 through 2004, were recalled due to rusting sub-frames. Roughly 50,000 other vehicles - including Fusion, Lincoln MZK, Escape, and C-Max models - were recalled as well, due to improperly welded seat-backs.
- General Motors has recalled 4.8 million vehicles this year due to an ignition switch issue. More than 2.5 million GM cars have been known to shut off while the cars are in motion, for example. Cars affected include, but aren't limited to: 2005-2007 Cobalts, 2007 Saturn Skys, and 2005 to 2006 Pontiac Pursuits.
- Nissan has recalled roughly 1 million vehicles throughout 2014 thus far, primarily due to a software problem that could prevent the deployment of passenger-side airbags. 2013-2014 Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, and Sentra models were affected, according to the report.
The BBC also recently issued a report detailing a sudden BMW recall. The news outlet noted that the car retailer is recalling more than 150,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. because it needs to check whether bolts in vehicles with six-cylinder engines were prone to loosening or breaking. The news outlet noted that "the recall follows moves by car manufacturers around the world," illustrating how common recalled parts are becoming within the industry.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keeps a running list of all recalls and defects - be sure to keep an eye on that webpage on a regular basis.
Do you keep up with recalled auto parts?