Rapid Recon, the creator of time-to-line (T2L) vehicle reconditioning solutions, reported that dealerships using its safety recall management application had generated an additional $16 million in recall-related service repair revenue.

Mark Paul, AutoAp founder and chief executive officer, said insights from more than six years’ serving auto retailers shows that dealers using the company’s safety recall management technology find between 8 percent to 12 percent more vehicles affected by safety recalls. These are safety recalls that a dealer’s manual recall inspection process or use of traditional safety recall services fail to find.

“We’re finding that for every 100 vehicles having at least one safety recall, a total of 124 total recalls will be found by our process,” Paul said.

Safety recalls remain a significant concern for the auto industry and its retailers. Though the frequency of newly reported safety recalls is about the same year-over-year, safety recalls will remain an ever-present risk due to the increasing complexity of new safety features OEMs are delivering – and when properly managed, an opportunity for dealers.

Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2011-19 model year Corolla, 2011-13 model year Matrix, 2012-18 model year Avalon, and 2013-18 model year Avalon Hybrid vehicles in the U.S. Approximately 2.9 million vehicles are involved in this recall. 

The subject vehicles may be equipped with an electronic control unit (ECU) from a specific supplier designed to receive signals from crash sensors and deploy the airbags and seat belt pretensioners.  The ECU may not have adequate protection against certain electrical noise that can occur in certain crashes, such as severe underride crashes. This can lead to incomplete or nondeployment of the airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners. Airbag non-deployment and/or lack of seat belt pretensioner operation can increase the risk or severity of injury in a crash.

American Honda will recall approximately 2.4 million Honda and Acura automobiles from the 1996 through 2003 model years in the U.S. to inspect and, if needed, replace certain Takata driver front airbag inflators manufactured with non-azide propellant (NADI), for free. Free recall inspections and repairs will begin in approximately one year, as replacement parts from alternative suppliers are not yet available.

In November 2019, Takata submitted a defect information report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration related to NADI inflators installed in multiple automakers’ vehicles. NADI inflators pre-date and are different from Takata non-desiccated inflators involved in earlier recalls. Manufactured without appropriate seals, recalled NADI inflators may allow air and moisture to leak into the inflators over an extended period, causing propellant degradation. If a recalled NADI inflator-equipped airbag with degraded propellant deploys during a crash, it may deploy too slowly or, in very rare cases, too forcefully, rupturing and throwing metal pieces of the inflator toward vehicle occupants. Either scenario could contribute to occupant injuries.

Initial mailed notification to owners of recalled vehicles will begin in mid-March with a second notice planned when replacement parts become available.

McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP (MWA) announced it is investigating the following Toyota Hybrid vehicles linked to possible braking issues and defects: 2010-15 Prius or Prius Plug-in Hybrid; 2012-14 Camry Hybrid; and the 2013-15 Avalon Hybrid.

A petition filed in September 2019 with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by Roger Hogan, the owner and president of Claremont Toyota and Capistrano Toyota dealerships, identified 117 complaints about the brake systems in Toyota Hybrid vehicles since 2010, including 60 that reported crashes.  In addition to the illumination of the vehicle’s warning lamps, the alleged brake defect may result in increasing stopping distance, the reduction of hydraulic pressure within the vehicle’s brake system, and the deactivation of brake assist and stability control.

Toyota has initiated a warranty extension program, agreed to provide repairs free of charge, and will reimburse owners for the cost of previous repairs to the brake booster assembly.

Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall and the list expanded recently. On Dec. 4, a separate group of 1.4 million vehicles were recalled because of defective Takata air bags. Unlike the air bag inflators in the larger Takata recalls, these vehicles contain nonazide driver inflators. The defect in the NADI inflators can result in the inflator either exploding or underinflating during deployment.

On Twitter, NHTSA announced some of the vehicles involved in the recall, including 1999-01 BMW 323i, 325i, 328i and 330i and 2000-01 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, 323iT, and 325iT vehicles.

According to NHTSA, the recall affects inflators that were used in some brands of 1995-2000 vehicles and do not contain phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. Due to a manufacturing issue, the NADI inflators may absorb moisture, causing the inflators to rupture or the air bag cushion to underinflate.

Takata will be working with vehicle manufacturers to determine into which vehicles the affected inflators were installed either as original or replacement equipment during service. The recall is expected to begin on Jan. 24.

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