Tesla and Ford recalls: a worrying trend

Ford recalls have been issued for around 634,000 SUVs worldwide due to possible risk. On November 25, Tesla recalls were announced for approximately 80,000 cars in China as a result of some software issue.

Ford said its recalls will cover 2020-2023 Bronco Sport and Escape SUV models with 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engines. Tesla’s have software and seatbelt issues, and are recalling Model 3, Model X and Model Y cars. The mass recall has raised questions about the safety of these vehicles, made by global automakers.

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Ford Broncos have been recalled due to a possible cracked fuel injector and fire issues. (A 2022 Ford Bronco; Image Credit – Ford)

Ford recalls:

US automaker Ford is recalling vehicles as they have fire hazards due to possible cracked fuel injectors and will urge owners to inspect their cars, the automaker said on November 24. The problem is in the cracked fuel injector which could cause fuel or fuel vapor to evaporate. near hot surfaces that can start an underhood fire. As a fire can endanger passengers, vehicle owners have been urged to bring the car in for inspection once repairs are available.

Dealers will then update the software and check for broken fuel injector and provide in-dash alerts for drivers. “If a fuel rail pressure drop is detected, engine power will automatically be reduced to minimize any risk, while allowing customers to drive to a safe location, stop the vehicle and schedule service,” he added. Ford.

Ford dealers will also install a drain tube from the cylinder head, as a precaution, and check for excessive fuel odor near the engine. The company admitted that it had received around 54 reports of fires under the hood. Although Ford’s recalls are in effect, the company has not asked owners to stop driving the vehicle and clarified that no deaths have been linked to the recall thus far.

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The electric car maker issued 17 recall notices in 2022. (A Tesla Model 3; Image credit: Tesla)

Tesla withdrawals: 19 and counting

The Tesla recalls in China are related to a seatbelt and software issue.

The recall of these models is due to a software issue affecting the cars battery management system. Tesla will update the software on these vehicles free of charge. The automaker has also been in the news for Tesla accidents and for getting in trouble with US authorities.

The electric carmaker is recalling 67,698 imported Model S and Model X vehicles that were manufactured between September 23, 2015 and November 21, 2020. The software on these models will be updated free of charge. The company is also recalling 2,736 imported Model 3 vehicles produced between January 12, 2019 and November 22, 2019, as well as 10,127 of the Chinese version of this car, due to faulty seat belts.

Seat belts will be checked and updated, if necessary. Investors will be watching the implications of a Tesla recall in China, as electric vehicles are a competitive market. Local manufacturers like Nio and Xpeng could give the American automaker a shot citing Tesla’s withdrawal when debuting their fleets.

Tesla’s shares could also take a hit if customers fall, as the company has a major factory in Shanghai and has a huge market in the South Asian nation.

Safety Issues and Vehicle Recalls in 2022

More than 14 million vehicles were recalled in the first half of 2022. When safety issues cause these recalls, manufacturers must fix the problem at no cost and, in extreme cases, even buy the vehicle back from customers. .

Tesla issued 19 recall notices in 2022, affecting nearly 3,769,572 vehicles. Another electric car maker, Rivian, is recalling nearly its entire 2022 batch due to a wheel-clamp issue.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lets you know if your vehicle has been recalled. You just need to enter your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or its year, make and model to search for recalls and safety issues, and to find your next steps.

The number of vehicle recalls has risen sharply in 2022. While this is cause for concern, as it makes you wonder if automakers take safety precautions seriously, the flip side of the coin is that not all recalls they started after a push from NHTSA. . Some volunteered after the automaker identified problems or received reports of faulty systems.

This shows us that automakers are taking it upon themselves to fix problems before they get worse. However, the sheer number of recalls issued this year is a bit worrying, as it shows a general lack of seriousness regarding these issues.

On the other hand, Duke law professor Nita Farahany said USA Today that there has been an increase in withdrawals this year because we are getting better with technology. “What you get is better early forecasting and modeling, with better technology and AI tools that help across different industries.”

Perhaps tougher NHTSA regulations and penalties will bring safety features to market, so people won’t be inconvenienced after buying the vehicle.

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