As we get closer to 2017, we also hope that drivers across the state of Washington are paying attention to the series of auto recalls being launched nationwide.
While distracted and intoxicated driving are still some of the most common factors behind auto accidents across the state and the country, we also feel that it’s our duty to ensure our readers are aware of major auto recalls that impact vehicles they drive regularly.
The latest of these campaigns, reports show, impacts thousands of Ford vehicles sold nationwide. The recalled vehicles, which are of the 2016 and 2017 make years, may have been fitted with fuel tank straps that could become separated from the frame, increasing the risk of a possible fire since the fuel tank may move out of position. If that occurs, the tank may move and contact the ground. Over time, this could lead to a fuel leak.
The company has announced that, while there haven’t been any accidents or injuries associated with the recalled vehicles, impacted units will have install fuel tank strap reinforcement or their leaking turbocharger oil supply tubes will be replaced.
Impacted units include the 2016 and 2017 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, among others.
But this is not the only recall campaign to have impacted consumers recently. According to a series of news reports, Honda has also recalled several vehicle recently. So far, 650,000 of these vehicles have been impacted nationwide.
According to a series of news reports, Odyssey minivans of the 2011 through 2016 model years come with second-row seats that may end up locking in the event of an accident. In that case, back seat occupants may be exposed to injuries as a result.
Consumers with the recalled vehicles will be contacted twice. Once in the near future so they are alerted that this issue has been identified, and a second time when the company has enough parts available to make sure that all recalled vehicles are repaired.
Honda should be launching two recalls, but the largest involves 634,000 vehicles.
For those who are concerned about their safety, contact the manufacturer directly to learn more on how you should proceed to have this issue addressed.