Feds issue ‘do not drive’ warning to drivers of select older Honda models
DETROIT -- Drivers of certain late model Honda vehicles are being told not to drive those cars until the air bag inflators can be replaced as they have a 50% chance of exploding in a crash. According to the Associated Press, Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the “do not drive” warning Friday which impacts an estimated 8,200 Honda vehicles from the 2001-03 model years. More than 67 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled in the U.S. and Honda says it has replaced about 99% of those in affected Honda models. The air bag problem stems from the ammonium nitrate used by Takaka to create a small explosion that inflates air bags in a crash. Over time, the chemical can become more volatile if it is exposed to moisture in the air and high temperatures.mlive.com
US probes complaints of parts flying off of Ford Explorers
The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints that windshield trim panels can fly off of Ford Explorers while they're traveling at highway speeds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 164 complaints about the trim pieces detaching on 2011 through 2019 Explorer SUVs. The parts could hit the windshield of following vehicles or even a motorcycle rider, possibly causing loss of control and a crash, the agency said.news.yahoo.com
Backup camera issue leads to recall of nearly 383,000 Ford SUVs
DETROIT -- An estimated 383,000 Ford SUVs are being recalled due a problem with the vehicle’s touch screens that may not show a camera image when backing up. According to the Associated Press, the recall impacts certain 2020 to 2023 Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators, along with certain models of the 2020 to 2022 Lincoln Corsairs. Some of the vehicles involved in the recall were previously recalled in 2021 for the same issue. Documents published Friday regarding the recall state that the video output in impacted SUVs can fail which then prevents the rear camera image from being displayed on the touch screen. Ford says it has received 2,000 warranty reports regarding the problem and is aware of 17 minor crashes as a result of the issue.mlive.com
Yellen says Africa to shape world economy as US reengages
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen watched Ford cars and pickup trucks being assembled at a plant in South Africa and cited it as an example of cooperation between Washington and Africa as she begins the Biden administration's big push to reengage with the continent.
Mercedes recalls 324K vehicles as engines can stall while being driven
DETROIT -- An estimated 324,000 Mercedes vehicles from models years 2012-2020 have been recalled because the engines can stall while the car in being driven. According to the Associated Press, Mercedes is aware of 773 U.S. warranty claims related to the issue. Documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate the problems stems from water that can accumulate in the spare tire wheel well. That water can then damage the fuel pump control unit which in turn can cause the engines to stall. The recall impacts the following 2012-2020 Mercedes: ML550, ML350, AMG ML63, ML250, ML400, GLE450, GLE300, GLE350, GLE550, GLE400, AMG GLE43, and AMG GLE63.mlive.com
Huge renewable energy purchase by Ford OK’d by Michigan utility regulators
LANSING, MI – Ford’s plans to make U.S. history’s largest purchase of renewable energy from a utility company got the green light from Michigan utility regulators. Once the infrastructure is installed, the renewable power purchase will increase the capacity of operational solar energy generation in Michigan by nearly 70%. DTE officials said the special contract with Ford and changes to its renewable energy plan won’t alter the company’s existing revenue recovery mechanism, and the renewable energy surcharge for all customer classes will stay at zero. “Now with MIGreenPower clean energy commitments from Ford, Stellantis, and General Motors, DTE is working on the first, second, and third largest clean energy purchases through a utility ever in the U.S.,” Calka said. MIGreenPower is DTE’s carbon-free energy program, among the largest voluntary renewable energy efforts in the country.mlive.com
Rare fires caused by seat belt issue leads GM to recall 140,000 Bolt models
DETROIT -- General Motors has recalled an estimated 140,000 Chevrolet Bolt models in the U.S. and Canada because of a rare issue with seat belts that can lead to a fire. According to the Associated Press, the issue can be caused by exhaust gases from the front seat belt pretensioners that can make contact with fibers in the vehicle’s carpet which can then start a fire. GM is aware of three fire that could have started as a result of the problem, but did not disclose the severity of those fires. The recall impacts Bolt hatchbacks from the 2017 to 2023 model years, however the Bolt utility vehicle is not part of the recall. To correct the issue, dealers will install metal foil along the carpet near the pretensioner exhaust and some models will also receive a pretensioner cover.mlive.com
Dodge owners again warned to stop driving certain cars as exploding air bag kills another driver
The latest warning comes roughly six weeks after the company previously warned drivers of impacted models to park their cars until the air bags are fixed. At that time, the company confirmed two deaths as a result of the exploding air bags and suspected a third death was related to the issue. Stellantis has now confirmed that third death was a result of the air bags. The issue with the air bags is caused by ammonium nitrate used in the air bags to create a small explosion which inflates air bags in a crash. Owners of impacted models can contact a local dealer to have the air bags fixed for free.mlive.com
$28.6 million sewer expansion finally moving forward in Oshtemo Township
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – A multi-year effort to expand the sewer system in Oshtemo Township is once again moving forward. Oshtemo Township started talking about the expansion in 2015, but multiple votes and lawsuits delayed the implementation. The Oshtemo Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously Dec. 13, to approve the sewer capital improvement plan. Related: Oshtemo Township wins lawsuit brought by resident over sewer expansionThe lawsuit was decided in the township’s favor in November. Resident Thomas Graham had sued Oshtemo Township and township Clerk Dusty Farmer in November 2021 after a petition he circulated was denied because of invalid signatures.mlive.com
This historic home is serving up classic dishes with a modern twist
It’s the holiday season and many people are in a festive spirit. Well, one historic home in Grosse Pointe Shores is all decked out for Christmas - The Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate. While you’re there to see the sights, you can also grab a bite to eat at their restaurant which is serving up some classic dishes with a modern twist.
Fuel leaks, increased fire risk leads to recall of 634,000 Ford SUVs
DETROIT -- Ford has announced a recall of 634,000 SUVs worldwide due to an issue with the fuel injectors which can crack and leak fuel or vapors onto a hot engine, increasing the risk of a fire. According to the Associated Press, Ford is aware of 20 reports of fires related to the issue, three of which caused structure fires. The recall involves 2020 to 2023 Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs which have 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engines. Dealerships will also begin making some repairs that will lessen the risk while a complete fix is developed. The company will also install a tube to drain fuel from the cylinder head and move it away from any hot surfaces.mlive.com
Wiper motor issue leads Ford to recall 550,000 F-150 trucks
DETROIT -- An issue with the windshield wiper motors has led Ford to recall an estimated 550,000 F-150 trucks in the U.S. and Canada. According to the Associated Press, the issue impacts 2021 and 2022 models of the popular truck because the motors can stop working, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of crash. Dealerships will replace the motor at no cost to the customer and impacted owners will be notified starting on Jan. 3, 2023. It’s expected that 453,650 trucks will be recalled in the U.S. and the rest will be recalled in Canada. READ MORE:340,000 SUVs recalled by General Motors as daytime lights might not shut offHyundai recalls 44,000 SUVs, warns drivers to park outside as computers can cause fireKia recalls older Sportage models for 2nd time, warns drivers to park outsideFord announces 2nd recall this week, latest involves risk of fireHyundai, Kia announce another recall, fires reported due to latest problemSeat belt issue leads GM to recall 484K SUVsKia recalls 260,000 Optima models over possibly loose ceiling platesFord recalls nearly 3 million cars because they can roll away, even while in parkExploding seat belt parts lead to recall of 239,000 Hyundai vehiclesSome Mercedes owners told not to drive their cars, brakes could failHyundai announces recall of 215,000 vehicles as hoses can crack, leak fuelFord Explorer SUVs recalled as they can roll away, even while in parkToyota recalls 460,000 vehicles as software issue can impact stability control systemGM announces recall of 740K SUVs as headlights are too bright for other driversHyundai, Kia recall 485K vehicles over fire risk, owners urged to park outsideTesla recalls 54K vehicles as “Full Self-Driving” feature doesn’t stop at stop signsEstimated 200K Ford models recalled as brake lights can stay onAudi, Subaru announce recalls over possible power loss issues in vehiclesHonda recalls 723K vehicles because hoods can open while drivingVolvo recalling 260K early-to-late-2000s vehicles as airbag inflators can explodeKia-Hyundai recalls more than 550K vehicles as turn signals may flash the wrong wayGM issues 2nd recall of Bolts as battery issues can lead to fireFord recalls 205,000 vans over problem that causes vehicle to go into wrong gearKia recalls 440K vehicles over another possible fire hazard, again warns owners to park cars outsideSubaru recalling 875K cars over engine, suspension problemsToyota announces recall of 280K SUVs due to air bag wiring issueEstimated 750K GM vehicles being investigated over air bags possibly not inflatingGM recalling 10K Chevy, GMC vans over fire risk, suggests parking vehicle outsideFaulty fuel pumps lead to Honda recalling 628K vehicles in the U.S.2021 Ram truck owners encouraged to park vehicle outside due to fire risk, recall announcedNissan recalls 854K vehicles as brake lights may not turn on properlyFord recalls over 100K trucks over windshields that may not stay in place, payload misinformationFord can’t find deadly airbags that may have been installed, recalls more than 154K vehiclesTesla to recall 135K vehicles over concerns of touch screens possibly going darkBrake light issue leads to Nissan recall of 354K Pathfinder SUVsRegulators investigating Ford recall that customers say didn’t fix tailgate problemsHyundai recalls another 471K SUVs over possible electrical short that can lead to fireGM recalling 840K vehicles over possible seat belt, suspension failuresVolkswagen recalling 105K vehicles for Takata air bag issueGM ordered to recall millions of vehicles over Takata air bag issueGM announces recall over oil leak that can cause cars to stop, 217K vehicles involvedOver 375K Ford Explorer models recalled for suspension issuesToyota, VW announce recalls involving faulty fuel pumps, fuel leaks respectivelymlive.com
Transmission leaks lead to recall of 250,000 Ram trucks, 16 fires already reported
DETROIT -- Stellantis has announced the recall of an estimated 250,000 Ram trucks due to an issue with the transmissions which can leak and lead to an increased risk of fires. The recall impacts certain 2020 to 2023 Ram 2500 and some 2020 through 2022 Ram 3500 trucks. All of the recalled trucks have 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines and 68RFE transmissions, according to the AP. Stellantis has not developed a fix for the problem yet, but is telling drivers they can continue to drive the trucks. However, if a dashboard warning light appears in the trucks display, owners should contact a dealership.mlive.com
Midland police officer charged with being ‘super drunk’ in one-vehicle crash that left him injured
MIDLAND, MI — A month ago, a Midland police officer was injured in an off-duty crash to the point he had to be hospitalized. Now, prosecutors have charged him with causing the crash, and being super drunk when he did so. Midland County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and recognized the driver, prompting them to call MSP troopers to the scene. An ambulance also responded as the officer suffered injuries requiring medical intervention and hospitalization, added Midland Police Chief Nicole Ford. “The difference is, it will also affect his career path.”The officer is to be arraigned on the charges on Nov. 30.mlive.com
Local 4 takes you inside the first big party of the holiday season!
WDIV takes viewers live, right in the middle of all the excitement at the annual “Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford” at Ford Field on Friday, November 18. It’s the first big party of the holiday season celebrating “America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner White.”
340,000 SUVs recalled by General Motors as daytime lights might not shut off
DETROIT -- General Motors has announced it is recalling an estimated 340,000 SUVs due to an issue with the daytime running lights that may not turn off as expected. Certain models of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, along with GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades are involved in the recall. Impacted owners will be notified via mail starting Dec. 19 about the recall. Dealers will update the software in the vehicles to address the light issue. Thus far, GM says it has not received any reports of crashes or injuries caused by the issue.mlive.com
Ford Motor Company’s Mustang Mach-E latest recall: Electrical connector issues causing sudden, dangerous acceleration changes
Ford Motor Company is recalling about 50,000 Mustang Mach-E as there seem to be electrical connector issues causing sudden and dangerous acceleration changes. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states it’s a real problem keeping the vehicle under control as the battery sometimes sending it into wild fits of speed or cutting off.
Car lovers and foodies will want to fuel up at this Dearborn restaurant
After a fun day full of racing at Belle Isle, you are probably going to work up quite the appetite. Well, there’s a place not too far from Detroit, that loves cars just as much as anyone here. Today for Dine in the D, Michelle Oliver is taking us Ford’s Garage in Dearborn to fuel up!