Summer Tire Blowouts: Who’s to Blame?
Summertime in New York comes with heatwaves, power outages, and, often only to our annoyance, tire pressure issues. The more our vehicles are on the road when temperatures spike, the more likely that our tires’ pressure will increase. Now sometimes this only amounts to a quick pit stop at a gas station to fix the issue, but sometimes it can lead to devastating accidents.
Fiat Chrysler Issues Massive Recall
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced a major recall involving 65,760 Ram trucks and 75,364 Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicles. According to a Channel News Asia report, the recall involves faulty rear axles and possible fire risks.
NHTSA Joins With Automakers to Announce Massive Air Bag Recall
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and several automakers recently announced a recall that affects over 2.1 million vehicles in the United States. The recall focuses on problems in the vehicles’ air bag systems that have caused injuries and that may be responsible for as many as six deaths, according to a NHTSA spokesperson.
The recall affects vehicles in model years 2002, 2003, and 2004. These include the 2003 Acura MDX, the 2003 and 2004 Honda Odyssey, the 2003 and 2004 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, and Avalon, and certain 2003 and 2004 Pontiac Vibe vehicles from a plant that assembled both Toyota and General Motors vehicles. The 2003 and 2004 Dodge Viper are covered by the recall, as well as the 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty and the 2002, 2003, and 2004 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee.
Strangulation Risks Prompt Recall of IKEA Children’s Bed Canopies
IKEA recently announced a recall of several of its children’s bed canopies because infants or small children can get tangled in the canopy’s fabric, suffering strangulation or other injuries.
The canopies are about seven feet long and about two feet wide. They are designed to hang above a child’s bed, with the tails of the canopy draping down over the bed. About 255,000 of the recalled canopies were sold in the United States, and an additional 7,000 were sold in Canada. Overall, about 2.6 million of the recalled canopies were sold nationwide.
Potential Fuel Leak Prompts Recall of Honda Odyssey Minivans
A risk of a fuel leak leading to a vehicle fire has prompted the announcement of a recall affecting over 880,000 Honda Odyssey minivans, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
According to the automaker, a fuel leak may start if the cover on the fuel pump strainer deteriorates, as it is more likely to do when exposed to harsh weather or acidic chemicals, such as those used on farms. A fuel leak increases the risk of a fire, which can cause serious injury or death.