There have already been over one million vehicles recalled by Ford in the beginning of August, and now Honda and Chrysler have added another 2.8 million vehicles to the car recalls list.
DETROIT, M.I. – Car recalls have started early and in large numbers for the month of August. Ford Motor Corp started off the month with 1.1 million Ford F-150 trucks being recalled for possible corrosion of the gas tank straps that could lead to the tank being dragged on the ground.
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Only a couple days later Honda Motor Co. and Chrysler Group added together another 2.8 million vehicles to be recalled for different reasons.
Due to a possible automatic transmission problem, 1,512,107 Hondas will be recalled starting at the end of August. The vehicles that may be affected include:
· Honda Accord 2005 – 2010
· Honda CR-V 2007 – 2010
· Honda Element 2005 – 2008
The problem may lie with the outer race of the secondary shaft bearing being broken during certain times of driving. Honda said in a statement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that those times are more likely when the transmission is being shifted between reverse, neutral and drive quickly, such as being stuck in the mud or snow.
If the outer race breaks, there may be an abnormal noise accompanied by a malfunction light as well as contact between the transmission idle gear and an electronic sensor housing part within the transmission. These actions could cause the engine to stall with a short circuit or pieces of the outer race could cause the parking pawl to not work correctly as the Honda may roll once the driver has put the vehicle in park. Both consequences may cause a crash or injury to those in the path of the rolling vehicle.
Owners may contact Honda automobile customer service about the car recalls at 800-999-1009.
Chrysler initiated a recall for 299,718 vehicles, which include the 2008 models of the Town and Country, Voyager and Dodge Grand Caravan. Chrysler is also including car recalls in other countries such as:
· 50,251 in Canada
· 13,633 in exported vehicles
· 3,748 in Mexico
The problem may be the unexpected deployment of the airbags due to a possible leak from the air-conditioning and heating system. The leak may cause the occupant restraint control (ORC) module to fail. If the ORC fails, the air bag could deploy without any warning or illumination of the air bag warning light. The sudden deployment of the air bag could injure any present passengers.
Owners will be contact by the end of August about the possible defect but may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 before then.
With these two, plus Ford’s F150 recall, almost 4 million vehicles have been recalled in three days. MI Auto Times will keep up with these and any other significant recalls.
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[Source(s): The new york Times, NHTSA]