In California, there have been several notable vehicle recalls in 2023:
- Unrepaired Urgent Recalls: Approximately 245,000 vehicles in California are subject to urgent but unfixed recalls, many of which are for unrepaired Takata airbags and fire hazards. These recalls involve more than 200 models from a variety of automakers and model years. The Takata airbags, which are two decades old, can rupture even in minor crashes, posing a significant safety risk.
- Tesla’s Autopilot System Defects: Tesla has recalled more than two million cars in the United States, nearly all of its vehicles sold there, due to defects with the autopilot system. This large-scale recall, the company’s largest ever, was initiated after a federal regulator highlighted safety hazards associated with the autopilot function. The recall covers Tesla Models Y, S, 3, and X produced between October 2012 and December 2023.
- Toyota Corolla Cross Models: Toyota has issued a recall for certain 2022-2023 model year Corolla Cross vehicles in the United States, affecting approximately 12,600 vehicles. This recall was due to a problem with the inspection process in a prior recall, which might have failed to identify vehicles requiring a remedy. The issue concerned the front passenger airbag, which may not deploy correctly.
These recalls are part of ongoing efforts by automakers and safety regulators to address safety concerns and prevent accidents or injuries due to vehicle defects. Vehicle owners in California should check if their vehicles are affected by these recalls and follow the appropriate procedures for repairs or replacements as advised by the manufacturers.