Massive Honda/Nissan recall for brake system defect

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Honda says it will recall about 204,000 of its most recent models because the automatic transmission can be shifted out of Park if the brake pedal is not depressed. In a report posted Friday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Web site, Honda said the problem affected 17,500 Acura RDXs from the 2013 model year, 128,000 CR-Vs from the 2012-13 model years and 59,000 Honda Odysseys, also from 2012-13.

In a separate action, Nissan said it would recall about 19,000 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JXs from the 2013 model year for a brake problem that could cause crashes. Nissan reported to NHTSA that its recall affected about 14,000 Pathfinders and 5,000 JXs .
 
According to Nissan, part of the front brake caliper assembly “ the brake torque member “ was not cast properly, œwhich can lead to premature failure and cracking. If that happens, œthe brake caliper may move and contact the inside of the road wheel, resulting in reduced braking, increasing the risk of a crash.
 
Nissan said it first learned of the problem on a Pathfinder early in March and began an investigation.
 
Honda said its brake recall could be traced to a brake-shift interlock part that was not manufactured properly, with overly close tolerances that œare susceptible to increased friction when the parts contract at low temperatures. At œsubfreezing temperatures it may be possible to shift out of Park without depressing the brake pedal.
 
According to Nissan, part of the front brake caliper assembly “ the brake torque member “ was not cast properly, œwhich can lead to premature failure and cracking. If that happens, œthe brake caliper may move and contact the inside of the road wheel, resulting in reduced braking, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan said it first learned of the problem on a Pathfinder early in March and began an investigation. The report did not say whether there were any crashes or injuries, and a Nissan spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
 
Honda said its brake recall could be traced to a brake-shift interlock part that was not manufactured properly, with overly close tolerances that œare susceptible to increased friction when the parts contract at low temperatures. At œsubfreezing temperatures it may be possible to shift out of Park without depressing the brake pedal.

 At any point during the design and manufacturing process, significant failures may contribute to vehicle’s hazards, including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that include inadequate instructions and warnings, or even fail to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from a car’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death  once the product reaches unsuspecting consumers.

 Why are so many more vehicles being recalled in the last couple of years than previously? One reason is because cars are so much more complex now. However, vehicles are also much safer now than in the past. According to the NHTSA, in 2009 vehicular fatalities fell to a 60 year low, even though there are five times more cars on the road today than there were in 1950. This year will most likely be even safer.
 
Although Honda and Nissan have been quick to recall vehicles for this latest problem, that hasn’t always been the case. If you have been injured in a car accident due to a vehicle malfunction, contact Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. at 904-399-1609.

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