When you buy a new car, you expect greatness. You expect a vehicle with no flaws, a vehicle that is going to stop when you hit the breaks, a vehicle that is safe and will protect you. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes a car is manufactured improperly or there is a flaw in the design. In this case, there is usually a massive recall by the auto manufacturer where they replace the car for free and in some cases, lend the car owner a rental car.
Two companies, in particular, have been stricken with recalls on their hybrid vehicles lately. Both Toyota and Tesla have had a similar recall with failures in the brake systems and individual recalls, one shutting down mid drive and the other’s charging adapter melting and burning owners when it was in the car, respectively. Toyota cars are known for their longevity and reliability. Tesla cars are known for their sleek look, autonomous driving capabilities, and fully electric engine. Both have struggled from recalls that have tarnished their reputation.
The Hybrid Car Recalls and Defects
In October of 2016, Toyota recalled around 340,000 hybrid cars because of a defect in the parking brake. The defect was a cable that could disengage unexpectedly, leading to the failure of the brake. The result of this defect were numerous auto accidents, injuries, and deaths.
Later that year in July 2016, Toyota recalled around 625,000 hybrid cars because of a glitch in the computer system that would cause the engine to “shut-down” while driving. The recall affected the Prius V and Arius hybrid models sold between May 2010 and November 2014. The issue was resolved by a system upgrade that had to be done by the manufacturer, Toyota.
Tesla’s problems began in late 2016. In December of 2016, the electric cars’ charging adapter began to overheat and melt. This caused harm to car owners including burns and other injuries. No damage was recorded to the cars themselves, only the adapter was affected. Tesla solved this problem by creating a new adapter and shipping them to the vehicle owner’s, free of cost.
In April of 2017, it was Tesla’s turn for the braking system to fail. Around 53,000 Model S and Model X electric cars were recalled for a parking brake issue. The issue specifically built between February 2016 to October 2016. Tesla dubbed this recall “voluntary” because the problem was only projected to occur in less than 2% to less than 5% of models.
Things to Consider When Buying a Hybrid Car
Buying a new car is supposed to be a fun and exciting process. You expect to leave the lot with a car that you will have for years to come. A car that will take you on adventures you never thought you would go on. Defective parts that cause recalls can ruin that feeling. When you are looking for a new or pre-owned vehicle, make sure there are no major recalls in past years that might affect the model you are considering.