Auto recalls continue to expose consumers to serious risks. As drivers ignore these recalls, people are involved in incidents. But oftentimes, drivers are not even made aware of these recalls, until too late. It’s our hope that more drivers have access to recall announcements, and that over time, companies are more careful not to launch a new model if its equipment isn’t in top shape.
The latest two recalls to hit the news come from Volkswagen and Chevrolet.
According to a series of news reports, Volkswagen has recalled all units of the 2011 through 2017 Audi A5s, as well as all units of the A4s, A6s, and Q5s produced after 2012. Corrosion problems have affected the deployment of air bags in the A5s, while the other vehicles suffer from coolant pump issues. But that’s not all, the 2018 Q7 was also recalled over seat belt and air bag deployment issues.
Other Volkswagen vehicles with air bag issues include the 2017 Golf, the 2016 e-Golf, and the 2017 Tiguan models.
While reports have not specified whether the air bag issue is related to Takata air bags, incidents were reported in China and Israel. Prompting safety advocates to urge drivers to stay alert and remain cautious. Consumers may contact Volkswagen directly for more information or they may stay alert for more information. Regardless of what they choose, ignoring this problem could lead to serious injuries since air bag problems may keep the safety feature from working properly.
The second recall campaign we hope our Washington readers won’t ignore comes from Chevrolet.
According to a series of news reports, Chevrolet Suburban SUVs of the 2016 and 2017 year make are being recalled because of certain right-hand side mirrors that may have been designed as convex right-hand mirrors instead of non-convex flat mirrors. If that’s the case, the mirror may cause the driver to misjudge what is happening, and he or she may not be aware of the real distance between their vehicle and other vehicles following behind. This could make crashes more likely, especially as drivers attempt to change lanes.
Consumers are still not sure when the company will be contacting them. Nevertheless, if you’re concerned about this recall, contact the manufacturer to learn more about how to proceed.
Whether your Volkswagen or Chevrolet car has been recalled, stay alert to potential risks by acting as soon as you learn about the concerns.