Land Rover has announced a recall of select Range Rover vehicles after discovering an issue with one of the model's airbags. It is estimated that there are just less than 4,000 affected vehicles in the U.S. Press releases did not indicate how Range Rover became aware of the issue, nor did it indicate if anyone had been injured or if any of the luxury vehicles sustained damage due the manufacturing defect. This may be of concern to Alabama owners of the affected Range Rover vehicles.
Alabama drivers should be aware that, despite making an agreement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seven months ago, Chrysler Group has failed to begin recalling 1.56 million older Jeeps containing parts that federal officials have deemed a fire hazard. Instead, the company says that it is only beginning to prepare to build repair parts for the recall. Chrysler claims to have finished designing the replacement parts and is currently entering the tooling process.
A recall by Ford may affect Alabama drivers of the certain Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedans. A manufacturing error could affect the range sensors of the transmissions in affected vehicles, leading to the potential for malfunctions and related car accidents. The recall affects 7,153 vehicles that were assembled in 2012 and 2013.
With more people on the roads during the holidays, police in Alabama and states across the country may see an increase in the number of traffic accidents and deaths on the road. Statistics from the National Safety Council show that more car accidents happen during Christmas, New Year's, Labor, Thanksgiving, Memorial and Independence Day than other holidays. Many of these traffic accidents involve alcohol, especially during holidays such as New Year's and Independence Day.
Alabama State Police took an Ashford woman into custody on charges of first degree assault and driving under the influence stemming from a car crash in which a passenger was seriously injured. The driver was detained in the Houston County Jail on $60,000 bail.
A 21-year-old Alabama man was charged with 21 counts of third-degree assault and 21 more of reckless endangerment after being accused of causing an accident in November 2012 that left a Franklin County school bus overturned. The bus was carrying 29 students at the time of the accident, many of whom were injured as a result.
A recall of 80,000 2006 to 2012 Kia Sedonas has prompted the need for a December recall of vehicles by automaker Hyundai. Alabama car owners may be dismayed at being left out of this geographic recall, which concerns the potential failure of the steering system. According to Hyundai's report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kia was the manufacturer of the 2007 to 2008 Entourage. The recall concerns around 15,500 Entourages with the suspected problem.
Nissan owners in Alabama may soon hear about the recall of 2,529 NV200 vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that models NV200 built between Feb. 6, 2013 and Aug. 2, 2013 may suffer from defects in their battery terminals that could cause the engine to stall unexpectedly. In an effort to avoid any potential car accidents, Nissan has requested that dealerships reposition wiring around the terminals and apply a protective covering prior to the upcoming recall expected sometime before Christmas.
Alabama owners of 2013 Ford Escapes may be included in a recall over the crossover vehicles' engines. The concern over the potential for car accidents caused by fires in the Escape's 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine led the automaker to announce the recall of 140,000 of the vehicles in the United States. Another 21,000 Escapes were being recalled in other export markets including Canada, according to a source at Ford.