This year, we’ve been hit with an unprecedented level of vehicle recalls, spurred by GM’s ignition-switch debacle. These recalls affect nearly every automaker selling cars in the United States, and as the number of recalls continues to rise, the chance that you might have a recalled car in your garage will continue to increase. That’s why we collect all the recall notices from the past week and put them right here, in an easily digestible roundup. Here’s what’s on the chopping block for this week:
Just Like My 1994 Ford Escort!
Your author once owned a 1994 Ford Escort where the key could be removed after the car was started. No, this wasn’t an early keyless-entry system, it was an issue. And it’s an issue again on some new models, including the 2014-2015 Ford Fusion, Fusion Energi, and Fusion Hybrid. According to the automaker, the key might be able to be removed from the ignition without the vehicle in park. It’s not a common situation where the problem can occur, so no crashes or anything have been linked to the problem yet. This recall affects about 65,000 cars in North America, 57,000 of which are in the U.S.
TPMS Can Be a Pain When it Isn’t Working
Land Rover has issued a recall for about 28,000 of its vehicles, including the 2013-2014 LR4, the 2014 Range Rover, and the 2014 Range Rover Sport. Evidently, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) can malfunction while the vehicle is moving, presenting a low-pressure light even when the pressures are correct. Of course, if you’re used to the light being wrong, if a tire does go low, you might not immediately believe it, and that’s when bad things happen. Thus, a recall is in order, but thankfully, the fix involves little more than a quick software update.
Honda’s Takata Woes Continue to Grow
By now, you’re likely aware of the recall surrounding automotive-parts supplier Takata and its airbag inflator, which might explode in a cloud of dangerous shrapnel. Until recently, the problem has been linked to inflators that are located in high-humidity states, but that isn’t sitting well with vehicle owners sitting in other states — after all, they, too, are driving with potentially faulty equipment. That’s why Honda has made the decision to replace Takata airbag inflators for drivers in any state, so long as they request to get the work done. Of course, the fix is still free.