When almost 54 million vehicles have been recalled so far this year in the US – setting up a huge, unwanted, record – seeing that some 600,000 autos might not get that treatment is indeed a rare feat.
According to a statement coming from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the auto safety regulator has decided to end investigations that looked into around 500,000 Ford and 100,000 General Motors vehicles. The large number of autos coming from the second-largest US automaker – Ford Motor – were 2004 to 2007 model year Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Mercury Marauder cars, These specific models were probed by the NHTSA following complaints that a heat shield was prone to rusting – causing it to dislodge and potentially lead to a steering wheel jam. The safety agency’s investigations discovered the incidents were isolated and six of the 10 reported complaints were coming from a single police department – they corrected the problem in 2011 and haven’t reported any issue since.
Meanwhile, the potential defect with GM vehicles was investigated into 2014 model year Chevrolet Impala sedans – with the federal regulator being cautioned by two complaints of unintended autonomous braking that also led to the vehicle being rear-ended by another car. The two cars were from rental companies and the automaker believed that inadvertently the drivers actually activated an electric park brake system – and there was no evidence that the autonomous braking systems had problems.