Two major manufacturers have issued car recalls impacting more than three million drivers.
Ford last week announced the recall of more than 1.22 million pickup trucks because of a corrosion problem that can result in a gas tank falling off and catching on fire. The recalled trucks include the popular F-150.
The Ford recall affects older trucks sold between 1997 and 2004 in Canada, Washington D.C. and 21 cold-weather states where salt is used on the roads to prevent icing in the winter. Massachusetts is among those states.
The Michigan car manufacturer plans to notify affected owners in September and will repair the trucks for free. The models include: Ford F-150 (1997-2003), the 2004 F-150 Heritage, the F-250 (1997-1999) and the Lincoln Blackwood (2002-2003).
Ford said it has received eight reports of tanks falling, resulting in three injuries.
This is the second recall action involving Ford trucks in four months. In April, Ford expanded a recall of F-150 pickups to about 1.2 million trucks. In that case, the problem was the front-seat airbags could deploy without a motor vehicle crash.
Also last week, Honda Motor Co. announced the recall of more than 2.49 million cars, SUVs and minivans with defective transmission software. The defect can affect a car’s transmission if the software cannot keep up with movements, such as a vehicle trying to emerge from the snow or a driver moving between gears.
The Honda recall includes 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S., about 760,000 in China and 135,000 in Canada.
Globally, the recall affects four-cylinder Accord sedans (2005 – 2010). In the U.S. and Canada, the car recall also includes the CR-V crossover (2007 to 2010) and the small Element SUV from (2005 to 2008).
Honda has recalled 384,000 vehicles for faulty ignition interlocks that allow drivers to shut off the engine and remove their keys before placing the vehicle into park.
The motor vehicle recall follows at least 28 complaints, 10 of which allege rollaway motor vehicle crashes. In one case, a female owner said she was almost into her house when she noticed her car rolling out of the garage. The car crashed into a cable box at the end of the driveway. In another case, an owner stated the vehicle rolled out of a driveway and crashed into a tree across the street.
One complaint involved a minor injury, Honda said in a statement.
The product recall announced last week involves 197,000 Accords and 117,000 Civics from 2003 and 69,000 Honda Elements from 2003-2004.
Honda has recalled vehicles for similar problems in 2003 and 2005. In those cases, the recalls involved Accords, Odysseys, Acuras and Preludes.
If your vehicle is involved in the Honda recall, you can visit the company’s recall website at www.recalls.honda.com or call its recall center at 800-999-1009, option 4. By calling the recall center, you can determine if your vehicle is actually impacted by the recall. Due to a production change during the model years, Honda said some of the vehicles may not have the ignition problem.
Honda expects to mail recall notices in late September and start the process of repairing vehicles. Motor vehicle repairs will be free.
Until then, concerned drivers may contact their local dealer, but Honda said they have not received replacement parts yet.
To read a Christian Science Monitor article about the recall, click here.
To read the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration alert on the recall, click here.
To read Honda’s statement on the recall, click here.