Car Recalls Causing Problems for Automakers; Toyota and Volvo Affected

July 13th, 2012

DETROIT – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has offered some new information for a couple of automakers with regards to car recalls. Volvo needs to pay fines, and Toyota needs to recall. That’s the basics of the recent reports. But what has caused both of these problems for these automakers?

Toyota Motor Corp – Recalls

The year 2009 saw the beginning of 10 million vehicles that were included in one of Toyota’s biggest car recalls. The main issue was sticky pedals and non-fitting floor mats that were said to be the cause of unintended acceleration. After months of research, and millions of models refitted with correct software and replaced mats and pedals, the recall was closed while Toyota moved to grow back its image.

Now it seems that due to increased complaints coming to Toyota about the same problem, the NHTSA asked Toyota to recall 154,000 Lexus RX 350 and the RX 450 H, both the 2012 model-year.

Drivers are encouraged to visit their local dealerships to have the problem taken care of quickly with the same solution as the previous recall.

Volvo – Recall Fines

In a report issued by the NHTSA, there were about seven recalls that included 32,000 vehicles for 2010 and 2012 that had been set to be recalled. It seems that due to incorrect tire-pressure labeling, the air bags may not deploy properly and cause the engines to stall. There were a few other issues as well which is why the NHTSA had initiated a recall.

The problem became by June 29, Volvo had still yet to recall the models but agreed to pay the fine for failing to comply. According to David Strickland, the agency’s administrator, he said in a release that the agency “expects all manufacturers to obey the law and address automotive safety concerns without delay.”

The fee could be as high as $17.35 million, but the final fine was $1.5 million.

Although Toyota issued more car recalls while Volvo didn’t initiate one at all. Both companies are working to solve their problems as the NHTSA tries to keep both companies in line.

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