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Vehicle Defects Report Lists Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze

The Safety Institute recently released its quarterly report on the top 15 vehicle defects reported by consumers. For the second consecutive quarter, steering wheel defects in the 2012 Ford Focus top the list. Other notable vehicle defects listed in the report include acceleration control issues in the Toyota Camry and braking problems with both the 2011 and 2012 Chevy Cruze sedans, both of which have been subject to recent manufacturer recalls.

Ford Focus Vehicle Defects Lead To Complaints, Injuries

One of the major vehicle defects found in the 2012 Ford Focus sedan is a flaw in the electric power steering system. Reports have shown that the power steering system shuts down at intermittent and random intervals. Another issue comes from the lack of quality lamination on the vehicle’s steering wheel. When the metal edge of the steering wheel cuts through the laminated layers, it also lacerates the driver’s hands. Consumers have reported these vehicle defects to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the agency has yet to investigate the problems.

Chevy Cruze Vehicle Defects Continue After Recalls

The vehicle defects list places the 2011 Chevy Cruze at number two in total complaints, followed closely by the 2012 model. The main source of vehicle defects complaints for these cars stems from the sporadic performance of their electronic braking systems. A defective vacuum micro switch was blamed for the problem and General Motors issued a recall for over 290,000 of the vehicles in August 2013. However, NHTSA reports show that the problem has persisted even after the recall.

Toyota Camry Vehicle Defects Cause Concerns

Multiple model years of the Toyota Camry were listed in the vehicle defects report due to acceleration issues. The 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 Camrys were included in the top twelve spots on the vehicle defects list. The Japanese automaker has been the target of numerous lawsuits, citing the acceleration defect as a contributing factor in numerous accidents. The Camry models use an electronic throttle system, which accident victims and their families have cited as leading to the unintended acceleration incidents drivers have encountered.

Sources For The Vehicle Defects List

The Safety Institute’s vehicle defects report uses data from the Vehicle Owners Questionnaire, the complaint form consumers submit to the NHTSA to report vehicle problems. The vehicle defects report also uses the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a database of vehicle fatalities, and Early Warning Reports submitted by the manufacturers themselves. Sean Kane, founder and president of The Safety Institute, stated in a press release that the vehicle defects list allows manufacturers and government agencies the chance “to examine unusual patterns of claims and resolve them before they become major crises.”

Source: The Safety Institute

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