Ford, Honda undergo major recalls over brake and hood issues – .

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Ford, Honda undergo major recalls over brake and hood issues – .


The automotive world is no stranger to important recalls on various vehicles for different reasons. Recently, Ford confirmed that it had recalled nearly 115,000 Escape and Bronco Sport SUVs. These two SUVs are very different but are built on the same platform. The recall comes after a government audit revealed a potential problem with the way vehicles brake in an emergency.

Brake problem calls for a Ford recall

To meet federal regulations, a vehicle must stop a required distance even if the electric brakes fail (via Gov Info). In the case of the Escape and Bronco Sport, if the power boost failed, no vehicle would be able to stop within the required distance. The recall concerns an issue involving improperly manufactured rear brake linings (via NHTSA). However, Ford says the issue would only cause a problem for owners of impacted vehicles if the power brakes failed.

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Interestingly, the problem was discovered when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) randomly tested vehicles to see if they were compliant.

Ford and other automakers generally self-certify their vehicles for compliance. In the case of the Escape and Bronco Sport, Ford had certified that the vehicles met federal regulations.

The federal regulation that SUVs are broken against relates to a rule that requires vehicles to stop within 551 feet at a speed of 60 MPH without active brake boosters. It’s worth noting that with the power brakes working, the Escape and Bronco Sport can easily stop from 60 MPH to less than 126 feet. Ford tests in 2018 indicated that the vehicle could stop without power boosts under regulations, but NHTSA testing showed it took 583 feet for the vehicle to stop. Ford then conducted an internal investigation, concluding that the Escape could also be affected.

The recall covers 2021 and 2022 Escape and Bronco Sport SUVs without electronic brake booster. Ford will repair the problem free of charge and contact customers whose vehicles are affected. Currently, Ford reports that it is still developing a fix for the problem; the NHTSA callback number is 21V922. In addition, Ford is not aware of any injuries or accidents resulting from the problem.

Honda recall for hood problems

Honda is facing its own major recall covering the Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline. In total, Honda’s recall covers 725,000 vehicles sold in the United States from 2016 to 2020. The reason for the recall relates to a hood problem that could cause the hood to open while driving. Honda filed the recall with the NHTSA on November 29, 2021; it bears the NHTSA number 21V932000. Components covered by the Honda recall include the frame, latches, hood locks and linkages.

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Models covered include the 2019 Passport SUVs, the 2016 thru 2019 Pilot SUVs and the 2017 thru 2020 Ridgeline Trucks. According to NHTSA, the hood latch striker could be damaged and separate from the hood leading to the hood opening during operation. conduct.

Having an open hood while driving on the road at freeway speeds would obstruct the driver’s vision and could definitely lead to an accident.

Honda dealers will repair the hood latch strike or completely replace the hood if necessary, at no cost to owners. Presumably, if the vehicle needs to have the hood replaced, it would also be painted to match. Honda plans to send notification letters to vehicle owners starting January 17, 2022. However, potentially affected vehicle owners can also contact Honda at 1-888-234-2138.

It could be worse

While any recalls are a serious problem for the automakers and owners concerned, Ford and Honda’s recalls are nothing compared to what GM suffered with the Bolt. General Motors was forced to recall the Chevy Bolt after certain vehicles caught fire. In this initial recall, Chevrolet changed its software and called it good. However, other fires occurred even after the fix was applied and Chevrolet recalled the Bolt again.

Ultimately, the recall was extended to cover all Bolt electric vehicles produced so far. Each of the Bolt vehicles will get a new battery and extended warranty. Eventually, GM and battery supplier LG uncovered the cause of the short circuits that caused fires in the vehicles. The robots in LG’s production line were misaligned, causing battery faults that sometimes caused the batteries to short.

During the recall, Chevrolet cautioned Bolt owners to park their vehicles outside and away from other vehicles or structures. It took some time for LG and GM to determine who would be responsible for the cost of replacing the battery, which will ultimately cost more than $ 2 billion. LG is responsible for the vast majority of the expenses related to the recall, but he and GM continue to work together.

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