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10 Car Recall Reasons

Updated on December 26, 2016

Car recalls have hogged headlines as automakers issued announcement for the recall of some car models. Car giant Toyota made a number of recalls in 2010, one of which involved a brake fluid leak which can affect the brake master cylinder causing deterioration to a car’s brake performance over time. Here are the top reasons for these recalls.

1. Power Steering Problem

Mazda announced in mid-August 2010 the recall of over 200,000 vehicles due to a power steering problem. The recall affected the Mazda 3 and 5 sedan models built in the years 2007, 2008, 2009 (April 2007-November 2009). The problem involved sudden loss of steering which could result to a crash and serious injuries to both driver and others. Fortunately, no accidents has been reported yet in relation to this power steering issue.

The same power steering problem was behind the recall of 140,000 units (US) of the hot-selling 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedan. Hyundai officials announced the recall in September 2010 involving some affected units built between December 2009 to September 2010. The problem was caused by a manufacturing defect, a steering column shaft which was either not properly attached or too tightly fixed. This could possibly lead to a separation of the steering wheel from the column causing the driver to lose control of the car, and result to a crash and injury. No accident orinjuries has been report yet relating to this.

2. Improper clearance between engine harness and starter motor

Mazda issued another recall in Mazda 3 units in August 2010 due to the improper clearance between the vehicle's engine harness and starter motor which could possibly cause an electrical system short circuit leading to a fuse blowout. This would further cause the car engine to stall or not to restart, increasing the risk of a crash.

3. Faulty Brake Pedal Pins

Nissan (North American division) issued its own recalls of minivans and trucks worldwide in March 2010 due to a faulty brake pedal pin and inaccurate fuel gauges. The recall affects over 540,000 vehicles. The voluntary recall was based on certain reports of partial brake pedal pin disengagement causing faulty braking performance in the affected vehicle. The recall affected 2008, 2009, and 2010 models of Titan, Armada, Quest and Infinity QX56. Over 179,000 of these vehicles are in the US.

4. Faulty Fuel Gauge

This same problem has been deemed to cause the fuel gauge to reflect that there is still fuel left though it is already empty. Nissan's recall over this issue affected over 419,000 vehicles in the US. The vehicles are Nissan models of Titan, Armada, Quest, and Infinity QX56 models built within the 2005-2008 period, as well as the Frontier, Pathfinder, Xterra models (January-March 2006 and October 2007-January 2008).

5. Faulty electrical wiring

KIA Motors issued a voluntary global recall in September 2010 affecting over 89,500 vehicles due to a defective electrical wiring affecting some of the Soul,Sorrento and Borrego SUVs and the Cadenza Sedan units. The root if the problem was the defective wiring harness which could cause short circuits and fires, though no injuries has been reported yet. The speaker lights in most Soul models as well as the accent lighting in the front and rear door panels of the Sorrento EX trim may have been improperly soldered. When the lights are illuminated under some conditions, an electrical circuit may be caused that can result to a fire.

6. Sticking Accelerator Pedal

Toyota announced in January 2010 for the recall of 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator defect. The said problem could possibly cause uncontrolled acceleration in some Toyota models of certain 2009-2010 RAV4, some 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, certain 2007-2010 Camry, certain 2010 Higlander, 2007-2010 Tundra and 2008-2010 Sequoia units.

7. Faulty Airbag

Honda recalled specific units early in 2010 due to faulty airbag on the driver side which could possibly injure or kill him. The defect was caused by too much pressure associated with the deployment of the airbag.

Nissan announced its recall in later part of March 2010 due to defective fasteners holding the front passenger airbag. The problem was due to the improperly torqued fasteners, meaning they are not tightened to the correct specifications. In the event of an accident, the poorly torqued fasteners can cause the deployment of the front passenger airbag in an incorrect trajectory causing further serious injuries to the car's passengers. The recall affected certain models of Pathfinder and Xterra.

8. Door latch malfunction

This the reason for the Hyundai’s recall (South Korea) in February 2010 involving 47,000 units of the Sonata sedan.

9. Floor mat defect

Toyota announced the recall in September 2009 of late-model units and Lexus vehicles over a floor matting issue which may stick the gas pedal in open position.

10. Stop lamp switch malfunction

In April of 2009, KIA Motors recalled over 139,000 units of MY 2006-2007 Sedona, Sportage, Sorento as well as MY Amanti and Rondo Units. The malfunctioning stop lamp switch could prevent the brake lights from illuminating even when the brake pedal is pressed or cause it to remain illuminated even when the brake pedal is already released. The stop lamp switch malfunction could also cause the malfunctioning of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifting of the transmission shifter from the park position. The same problem could likewise cause the electronic stability control (ESC) light to illuminate, and may prevent or deactivate the cruise control when the brake pedal is depressed. Any of which or a combination of all these will most likely lead to a crash.


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