Saturday, November 1, 2014

Car Features - Largest Vehicle Recalls in the Philippines and Around the World

Vehicle recalls are meant to call back your vehicle (duh) to fix something that may put your car and you in harm. Recalls can put the brand in either two ways: they are concerned of you or just hiding something without informing. The Philippines, although a small market, had its share of vehicle recalls initiated by the manufacturers themselves. However, in a worldwide point of view (mostly in the United States), there are millions of vehicles that are usually involved. So lets list down the top five vehicle recalls in the Philippines and around the world.


5. Honda
Cause: Metal bands holding the fuel tank has the tendency to snap and the tank to detach when it vibrates.
Units affected: 12,480
Models involved: 2001-2004 Honda Civic
Date: June 2005
4. Mitsubishi
Cause: Front suspension arm's weld condition can be lacking that it would tend to break when vehicle is overused.
Units affected: 15,453
Models involved: 2011-2012 Mitsubishi Montero Sport and Strada
Date: August 2013

3. Honda
Cause: Lighting switch tends to wear out especially if it is turned on that stresses the low beam wire.
Units affected: 20,587
Models involved: 2002-2004 Honda CR-V
Date: March 2012

2. Honda
Cause: Silicone component that enters into the power window master switch that accelerates wear in the contact area whose resin material of the unit switch may cause smoke or partial burning of the window switch cover.
Units affected: 20,674
Models involved: 2006-2008 Honda City, 2005-2007 Jazz, and 2005-2006 CR-V
Date: September 2011

1. Toyota
Cause: Spiral cable retainer whose location and figure may have a loss of connectivity towards the driver's airbag which will not deploy in case of crash.
Units affected: 50,000 approximate
Models involved: November 2004-June 2010 Toyota Fortuner, Hilux, and Innova
Date: April 2014


5. Toyota
Cause: Unintended acceleration either caused by sticky pedal mechanism or floor mats that dealers love to give away. Two recalls were done to the above mentioned issues to stop the wild behavior.
Units affected: 6.67 million
Models involved: 2004-2010 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Tacoma, and Tundra; Lexus ES and IS; Pontiac Vibe 

4. General Motors
Cause: Engine mounts, when separated, can result to a devastating phenomenon of the engine falling back on the throttle cable which produces full throttle or unintended (before Toyota went under fire with this issue) acceleration.
Units affected: 6.7 million
Models involved: 1965-1970 Chevrolet Bel Air, Brookwood, Camaro, Caprice, Chevy II, G Series, Impala, Kingswood, Nova, P Series, C Series, and Townsman; GMC C Series, G Series, and P Series
Date: December 1971

3. Toyota
Cause: Switch assembly in the power windows had insufficient amount of grease placed which may result to friction, smoke, or fire. It was a worldwide affair, prompting Toyota Philippines to recall five models in October 2012.
Units affected: 7.43 million worldwide
Models involved: 2005-2010 Toyota Auris, Belta, Camry, Corolla (various models worldwide), Highlander, Ist, Matrix, RAV4, Ractis, Sequoia, Tundra, and Yaris/Vios/Vitz/Belta; Scion xB and xD
Date: October 2012

2. Ford
Cause: Ignition switch is faulty especially that some of them self-ignite by themselves (we are not kidding here) causing electrical shorts and steering column meltdown.
Units affected: 7.9 million
Models involved: 1988-1993 Ford Aerostar, Bronco, Crown Victoria, Escort, F Series trucks, Mustang, Tempo, and Thunderbird; Lincoln Town Car; Mercury Cougar, Grand Marquis, and Topaz
Date: April 1996

1. Ford
Cause: Cruise control posed as a fire hazard, especially that the switch has the tendency to overheat, smoke, or burn hours after when the vehicle parked. For older models, it would tend to spread to the ABS system.
Units affected: More than 14 million, although 4.5 million units were originally recalled.
Models involved: 1992-2003 Ford Explorer, Excursion, Ranger, Windstar, E150-E450, and F150-F450; Mercury Mountaineer
Date: 2008 for the original 4.5 million units, October 2009 for the expansion

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