Ford and GM have had a spate of bad luck when it comes to recalls...
It's the word every manufacturer dreads to hear - recall. Just recently, General Motors came under fire after the NHTSA stated a potential risk of danger due to headlight glare issues plaguing 740,581 examples of the previous generation GMC Terrain SUV.
While the automotive conglomerate argued the issue has no ramifications on vehicle safety, the NHTSA replied, "certain weather conditions such as snow and fog could result in light from the noncompliant lamp causing veiling glare to other motorists driving."
As such, GM is now recalling nearly three-quarters of a million vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2017. Currently, the remedy to the solution is still under development, with owners expected to be notified by April 23, 2022. However, General Motors isn't the only American brand issuing a large recall.
Previously, the Blue Oval has had to recall nearly 300,000 F-Series trucks, due to a faulty master cylinder which could lead to a loss of braking power. Older Ford F-150 pickups (2013-2017) equipped with the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine were affected. However, it appears the problem is rearing its ugly head yet again.
Aside from 175,369 examples of the 2016-2018 F-150, 15,499 Lincoln Navigators and 90,055 Ford Expeditions built between 2016-2017 are also affected. All are equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines. The NHTSA notes, "the brake master cylinder may allow brake fluid to leak from the front wheel circuit into the brake booster."
This is, of course, a serious issue, with the report stating, "reduced brake function in the front wheels can extend stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash." Naturally, repairs will be performed free of charge, with dealers replacing the brake master cylinder. If the component is leaking, the brake booster will also have to be replaced.
Owners of these afflicted vehicles will be notified, via mail, by April 25, 2022. In terms of recalls, it's been a particularly challenging time for the Dearborn-based brand. In February of this year, a recall was issued for 2015-2017 Mustangs: defective backup cameras could suddenly display nothing on the screen, increasing the risk of a pedestrian-related accident.
At this point, it's only fair to point out that while GM and Ford have had their fair share of recalls in the past few years, other manufacturers have also been at the center of some serious callbacks. Very recently, premium automaker BMW had to recall a staggering 1 million vehicles due to a risk of fire.
Even Porsche, maker of fastidiously engineered precision driving tools, can't escape the clenches of the dastardly recall. Earlier this year, the brand had to issue a recall for the Taycan, as improperly installed seat belt wiring could cause an issue with securing child seats.