On most GM vehicles, there is a little rectangle that has the words "Passenger Air Bag" printed on it. This panel has indicators that will light up to tell you when your passenger-side airbag is on or off. If an adult is sitting in your passenger seat, then this panel will usually tell you the airbag is on. But if a child sits in that seat, this panel will tell you the airbag is off. How does it do that? The answer is very clever, and it's also at the center of one of GM's latest recalls.
A Newport Beach police officer had just received a nonemergency call and was heading to the scene when something went wrong. He started to get a headache before blacking out completely. When the officer woke up, he was in the hospital with a dislocated shoulder, a fractured eye socket and a traumatic brain injury. The Ford vehicle he had been driving crashed into a tree, and he had narrowly escaped death, but that wasn't the chilling part of his story. As he tried to figure out what had happened, this officer realized what happened to him might be happening to others all over the country!
Fiat Chrysler is having a tough year. It recalled around 1.1 million vehicles because of a shifter defect that caused vehicles to rollaway. The situation got even worse when Star Trek actor, Anton Yelchin, fell victim to that same defect. Now, another Fiat Chrysler defect has reportedly taken the lives of three people and injured five others. What will the company do next?
It was discontinued back in 2012-the Mazda CX-7 car/SUV crossover vehicle-but there are still thousands of these vehicles on the road and there could be a problem. Depending on what these car owners have driven through, they might not be able to control where they're crossovers are going. So Mazda is rolling out a new auto recall on these vehicles, and you should make sure you get yours checked out.
So often we see an automotive recall and we think that we just won't be affected by it. However, that just isn't true. A family in Georgia learned this lesson the hard way, but their story can help keep others from suffering what they endured.