zvzmbi, if you haven't already done so, please report this to Transport Canada. Their contact number is earlier in this topic.
It seems that the public, through government, is rapidly becoming less tolerant of vehicle safety defects. Every day now it seems there are massive new recalls and car companies being slammed with fines for not handling safety defects appropriately. Just today, Toyota recalled 6 million cars, not because there have been any accidents or fatalities, but because there could be. These recalls will cost Toyota a lot, but I think when consumers see other makers such as Ford not stepping up to the plate, Toyota's brand will benefit. I'm not party to why Ford has not recalled these steering columns, but hopefully if they don't, government will force them. In the meantime, it's a potential public relations disaster. And if someone dies....
Correcting safety defects as they appear in older cars is going to cost lots of money. This will show up as higher car prices. But that would be cheap compared to human injury and deaths. Mediocre car makers will have to shift engineering money to making their cars safe and reliable rather than attractive. The smartest car makers will be able to build attractive cars that are safe and reliable, and sales will tilt their way.
Even the '08-'12 Escape rear hatches should be recalled. They have numerous leak problems that result in wet interiors. This has safety consequences in the form of electrical failures, mold and condensation on the inside of the windshield.
2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara JLX-L, ~Maroon Red
2009 Escape Hybrid Limited AWD, Black, bought Jan.2013
- replaced ambient temperature sensor
- replaced hvac blend door motor
- updated SYNC software
- replaced water pump
- brake job
- replaced steering column
- replaced TPMS sensor
- multiple rear hatch water leaks fixed
- rattle in dashboard resolved as loose bolt in steering column coupler
- replaced underbody a/c lines to rear hvac
- replaced backup sensor
- replaced sway bar links
- replaced one outer tie rod (105,000 miles)
- replaced right front wheel bearing
- replaced ball joints
- another brake job