In the past two weeks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a series of auto recalls impacting thousands of popular vehicles. Many of these recalls involve cars that can expose occupants right here in the state of Washington to auto fires, accident risks, and injuries caused by defective airbag systems.
Toyota Vehicles Might Expose Drivers To Auto Fires
Regulators with the NHTSA reported that about 168,000 vehicles manufactured by Toyota come with plastic fuel tubes that come in contact with a brake line, increasing the risk of a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak could lead to an auto fire. Impacted vehicles include the 2022 and 2023 Tundra and Tundra Hybrid vehicles.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles, Toyota will contact you and urge you to schedule a visit to a dealership where fuel tubes will be replaced for free.
GM Recalls Vehicles Over Accident Risk
General Motors is recalling thousands of vehicles after learning that the steering gear shafts in them could fracture, becoming disconnected from the steering arm. In this case, the vehicle will experience a loss of steering control and an accident may take place.
Impacted vehicles include the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and Silverado 3500, and the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500.
Chrysler Recall Affects Vehicles Fitted With Defective Air Bags
Chrysler announced that 2022 and 2023 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer drivers should have their vehicles inspected at dealerships for the presence of a B-pillar interior trip that might not be fully seated, causing it to interfere with the deployment of the side curtain air bag in these vehicles. If said air bags are not allowed to deploy properly in the event of an accident, occupants will be at greater risk of suffering injuries.
At least 44,708 vehicles were impacted by this recall.
NHTSA: Subaru Cars Can Lose Power
In its recall announcement, NHTSA explained that Subaru is also issuing an auto recall impacting at least 35,357 vehicles.
The 2024 Impreza and Crosstrek vehicles come with instrument panel harnesses that may contact the steering bream brackets, causing wire insulation damage. Over time, the damage can cause a short circuit, leading to a loss of engine power and a possible accident. Impacted vehicle owners should expect a recall notification in the mail by early October, NHTSA reported.
The firm will urge car owners to schedule a visit to a dealership where an additional clamp will be installed on the steering beam bracket. Any additional protective measure related to this recall will also be implemented for free.
If you are a Seattle car owner and worry that your vehicle might have an open recall, you can check the NHTSA auto recall database for all active recalls. You can search the database by entering your vehicle identification number (VIN) into the search engine.
You might also want to update your contact information with your automaker in order to receive recall notifications in the mail.
For more on the recalls mentioned in this article, follow this link.