The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 3.5 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles are being recalled by General Motors due to problems with their brake systems. The recall applies to Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierras, Chevrolet Surburbans, Chevrolet Tahoes, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades in Arizona and across the country. The recall comes following an NHTSA investigation that lasted for 10 months. According to a statement by a spokesperson for GM, the company knows of 113 accidents and 13 injuries related to the brake issue.
Consumer safety advocates in Arizona and nationwide have called for recalls of Hyundai and Kia cars after reports of sudden fires in some vehicles. The Center for Auto Safety is urging a recall of 2.9 million cars and SUVs. According to the center's information, there have been 220 fires in popular models like the Kia Sorento, Kia Soul and Hyundai Santa Fe, as well as over 200 reports of melted wires and smoky odors.
Two types of hair dryers used by people in Arizona and across the US have been recalled due to the risk of fires, burns and electric shocks. When someone goes to use his or her hair dryer after a shower, he or she could sustain severe injuries or even death if the hair dryer and its power cord overheat and bursts on fire. The Allure and Allure Pro hair dryers made by Xtava were sold with other hair care products or alone and featured designs in black and white.
Arizona car owners should be aware that Ford has announced a recall of nearly 1.4 million sedans in the United States, Canada and Mexico due to a safety issue with the steering wheel. A defect could cause the steering wheel to come off while the car is in motion, making the driver lose control of the vehicle.
Arizona residents who own some of Harley-Davidson's most iconic models may have recently received recall notices. The Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer is recalling more than 250,000 VSRC performance bikes and CVO cruisers made between 2008 and 2011. These models are better known as the V-Rod and the Street Glide. The voluntary recall has been issued because degraded break fuel can cause the anti-lock braking systems fitted to the bikes to corrode and fail.
Anyone in Arizona who owns a car that was not involved in a recall back in 2016 could consider themselves lucky. That year set a U.S. record for car recalls, with a total of 53.1 million vehicles recalled. A large part of the reason for that high number was the Takata air bag and General Motors ignition switch issues both happening in 2016. Combined, the Takata and GM recalls made up almost half of the recalls at 23 million cars. All the 2016 recalls cost up to $22.1 billion for automakers and suppliers.
Parents in Arizona might be interested to learn that a safety organization has released a list of 2017 toys it considers dangerous. World Against Toys Causing Harm, also known as WATCH, has been compiling the lists for more than 40 years. However, an industry trade group called the Toy Association has criticized the list for not testing the toys. It also says that any toys sold in the United States must pass safety standards.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning to those who have purchased or plan to buy large items like flat-screen TVs, chests and drawers for their homes. Large furniture can pose a serious safety risk if not anchored properly to the wall, especially when young children are present. Every year in Arizona and across the U.S., emergency rooms treat an average of 30,700 people for injuries caused by these fixtures, and over 50 percent of them are children.
Arizona motorists may be interested to know that faulty Takata airbags have now been linked with 20 deaths. The Japanese automaker Honda reported on Dec. 20 that a driver in Louisiana lost his life on July 10 when the airbag in his 2004 sedan malfunctioned. However, after inspecting the vehicle involved, Honda engineers determined that the faulty airbag had been salvaged from a 2002 Honda Civic.
Arizona drivers of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans have had to deal with various mechanical problems. The manufacturer has already issued four recalls for the vehicle, and the Center for Auto Safety has alerted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about a potentially dangerous stalling issue and asked for another recall.