10 Big Car Recalls Issued So Far This Year
We’re barely three months into 2014, but the auto industry has already seen is share of dramatic recalls. The spotlight has been largely taken by the huge effort mounted by General Motors (NYSE:GM) to pull in 1.6 million units for faulty ignition issues, but many other units have been pulled in as well.
Between increasingly complex and computer- and software-reliant systems and more attention to recall and safety oversight, recalls are becoming more common and greater in scope. Oftentimes the initiative is launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but sometimes an automaker will execute a recall on its own in order to save a little bit of face and avoid the wrath of negative public opinion.
Here are 10 notable recalls that have been issued since January 1.
1. Ford: Potential fuel leaks
Ford (NYSE:F) Edge units equipped with a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine from the 2012 and 2013 model years are being recalled due to a risk of fire as a result of a defective fuel line pulse damper metal housing that may crack due to an improper manufacturing process, a company statement said. “A cracked fuel line pulse damper housing may result in a combination of fuel odor, seepage, or a continuous leak while the fuel system is pressurized,” according to Ford. The affected vehicles were built between September 2, 2010, and April 25, 2013.