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Mazda adds small pickups to Takata air bag recall

Mazda is recalling almost 4,000 older small pickup trucks mainly in southern U.S. states to replace Takata air bag inflators. The recall covers passenger air bags in B-Series trucks made by Ford from the 2007 to 2009 model years. The recall is part of a massive expansion of Takata recalls announced in May.

[Chicago Tribune]

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Jeep recall in spotlight after actor Anton Yelchin's death

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is too early to conclude that a problem with the gear shifter in a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee led to the tragic death of Anton Yelchin, an actor best known for his role as Chekov in recent "Star Trek" movies. Nevertheless, Yelchin's death has vaulted a relatively unusual recall of more than 1.1 million of FCA's SUVs and sedans into the national spotlight. By afternoon, the combination of his status as a talented young actor with a bright future and the tragic nature of his death was attracting global attention.

[Detroit Free Press]

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Takata, short of cash, wants carmakers to share costs of its recall

Takata, the Japanese airbag maker embroiled in a huge recall, has hired the investment bank Lazard and is seeking a cash infusion. In an announcement, Takata said it had retained Lazard to lead its efforts in seeking new investment for Takata as part of an endeavor to bolster the company’s finances. It said it was also seeking to work out a deal with affected automakers on sharing the costs of replacing millions of airbags, a move it said was crucial to “enabling Takata to remain a viable and valued global supplier.”

[New York Times]

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Industry Interests, Litigation & Investigations, Recalls, Regulatory
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South Korea says Nissan manipulated emissions, proposes fine and recall

South Korea said it would punish Nissan Motor Co with a fine and a recall of its Qashqai diesel sport utility vehicles after accusing it of manipulating emissions, an allegation that the Japanese automaker denied. The finding is an embarrassment for Nissan, which blew the whistle on Mitsubishi Motors Corp's mileage-cheating scandal and last week announced it was buying a $2.2 billion stake for de facto control of Mitsubishi. South Korea's environment ministry said it believed Nissan had used a so-called defeat device in Qashqai to turn off its exhaust reduction system under regular driving temperatures. 

[Reuters]

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Subaru recalls 48,500 U.S. vehicles for steering issue

Subaru of America is recalling 48,500 new U.S. vehicles because of a serious potential steering issue and warned owners not to drive them until they are inspected and repaired if needed. The unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Inc said the recall covers the 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback. Dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the steering column.

[Reuters]
 

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GM recalls some 2016 trucks for control arm defect

General Motors Co. said that it is recalling 4,789 2016 full-size trucks in the U.S. because a front upper control arm can separate from the vehicle. The Detroit automaker is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the defect. The recall covers some 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trucks, Suburbans and Tahoes; GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, Yukons and Yukon XLs; and Cadillacs Escalades and Escalade ESVs. 

[The Detroit News]

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 811,000 vehicles to ensure safe parking

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall an estimated 811,586 mid-size SUVs and full-size cars in the U.S. to add a warning and mechanical safeguard aimed at preventing drivers from leaving their vehicles in the wrong gear. The automaker issued the recall after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that some drivers are confused by the design of the shifter and leave their vehicles without first selecting “park,”  which can be dangerous — especially if the vehicle is still running. At issue is an electronic gear shifter used to put vehicles in park, drive, reverse or neutral.

[Detroit Free Press]

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GM recalls 1.04 million pickup trucks worldwide to repair seat belts

General Motors Co is recalling nearly 1.04 million newer pickup trucks for a seat belt flaw. The largest U.S. automaker said the recall of the 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups is not linked to any crashes or injuries. GM said the cost of the large recall "is not expected to be significant and is covered within normal and customary warranty reserves."

[Reuters]

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BMW recalls 7 Series models due to air bag issue

BMW AG is recalling its new flagship 7-series luxury limousine due to a potential air bag deployment issue. Airbags in 26,000 cars produced before Dec. 11, 2015 may have a defective air bag control module, the company said, adding that there have been no known cases of faulty deployments. "It is purely a precautionary measure," a BMW spokesman said, adding that so far 47,000 vehicles of its new 7-series have been produced.

[Reuters]

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