Are you worried that you might have a lemon on your hands? Well, luckily the law is on your side. You usually have at least a year to determine whether or not your vehicle will still run after the required repairs. Whenever you buy a new vehicle, keep track of anything that goes wrong. The first step is to make sure you keep yourself updated on any recalls for the vehicle you purchased. Here are some of the biggest vehicle recalls in 2018.
- The end of the Takata airbag recall is nowhere in site. Deaths due to a defect that results in an exploding airbag have led to a shocking 42 million vehicle recalls. What’s sad is how many have actually been replaced so far: not even 18 million. Be sure your vehicle is not on the list.
- Subaru recently recalled about 229,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles because of a software glitch. The defect prevents the low-fuel warning light from activating. Although the vehicles have a display to show how many miles they can still drive until they have an empty tank, the defect can lead to an inaccurate reading. Drivers could potentially run out of fuel, stall, and get into an accident.
- A recall of 1.28 million Ford vehicles from the model year 2012 to model year 2018 is underway because of a defective valve that could lead to a broken fuel tank. The warning light may display before the vehicle is out of gas, and the vehicle may begin to stall. Ford advises vehicle owners to keep their tanks at least half-full until the vehicle is repaired.
- BMW is recalling 1.6 million vehicles because of a defective exhaust gas recirculation module which can result in leaking coolant. If the leak mixes with soot, the inevitable high temperatures could potentially spark a fire. Fires were originally reported in South Korea, and led to 480,000 recalled vehicles in Asian and European markets.
- KIA recently recalled over 16,000 2018 Stinger hatchbacks because of a defective wiring system throughout the engine and passenger compartments. If damaged, they could short circuit and start a fire. So far, the defects haven’t led to any injuries.
To make sure your vehicle isn’t on the list, plug in the car’s information on the NHTSA website.