Multiple news reports continue to report on the developments of auto tech and how it could make us much safer. But few remind drivers about the latest vehicle recalls and how they could expose millions of drivers to injury or property damage risks.
The latest recall campaign launched by General Motors exposes over one million drivers to serious risks, yet the company does not have enough remedies to address the issues.
The GM recall impacts all units of the 1998 and 1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue vehicles, all units of the 2000 through 2004 Chevrolet Impala vehicles, all units of the 1997 through 2004 Buick Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix, and all units of the 1998 through 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles.
These vehicles were recalled previously over issues with the engine. Since engine oil may drip onto the hot surface of the exhaust manifold and cause a fire and many of the recalled vehicles were correctly fixed, the company is launching a second recall to have an improved remedy developed for impacted vehicles.
Over one million of these vehicles were sold nationwide. Consumers with the recalled vehicles are being urged to have them parked immediately. Wait until you’re contacted by GM to have your vehicle inspected at a dealer to avoid fires.
Consumers who are concerned about this recall should contact the manufacturer’s customer service to learn more about what they should do to have this issue addressed.
Chrysler Vehicles Could Expose Occupants to Injury Risks
The second recall launched recently that should also not be ignored is linked to Chrysler vehicles.
According to the manufacturer, recalled vehicles include the 2003 Jeep Liberty units manufactured between March 29, 2003 and July 3, 3003 as well as the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles that were manufactured between May 27, 2003 and May 20, 2004. Since these vehicles may have certain components inside the air bag electronic control module that may not work due to an electrical noise that may go beyond what the module tolerates, the air bags or seat belt pretensioners may end up deploying inadvertently even if the vehicle is not involved in an accident.
Since this problem could expose occupants to serious injury risks, the company decided to launch the recall immediately.
Chrysler has indicated that all impacted vehicle owners will be contacted once they have the remedies for the recalled vehicles. At dealers, recalled units should have their air bag electronic control modules replaced if necessary.
Owners should expect this remedy to be ready by early 2016.
Contact Chrysler if you have any concerns associated with the recalled vehicles.