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A Flurry of Recalls Continued

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On: Wed, May 28, 2014 at 11:21AM | By: Karen Cook

A Flurry of Recalls Continued

Toyota is recalling 370,000 2004-2011 Sienna vehicles because the spare tire can fall off. The spare tire is located under the vehicle and the cable holding it in place is prone to rusting from contact with road salt. This is the second recall for this situation. The first fix did not work and the manufacturer is still trying to work out a solution.

Toyota is also recalling 50,000 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid vehicles from the 2014 model year for faulty airbag software. The computer is unable to recognize a person in the passenger seat which will cause the airbag to remain uninflated in a crash. The software is designed to gauge the weight of the passenger and a defect causes the computer to be unable to calculate this weight.

Lexus is recalling 10,500 GS350 sedans for a defective brake pedal switch. The computer believes the driver is braking and engages the brake override system. The car slows down slightly but the brake lights do not illuminate, increasing the risk of a crash. There have been no accidents or injuries reported due to this defect.

Suzuki is recalling 184,244 2004-2008 Forenzas and 2005-2008 Renos due to a daytime running light module which can overheat and melt the headlamp switch, leading to a potential fire hazard. It is not known at this time whether there have been any accidents, injuries or fatalities connected with this defect. It should be noted that this vehicle is sold by Suzuki but it is manufactured by General Motors.

BMW is recalling 6,400 2014 X5 vehicles because the child safety locks may disengage after the door handled is pulled twice which allows the rear door to be opened when the car is in motion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

All repairs to the affected vehicles will be done at dealerships at no charge to owners.

The manufacturers can be contacted at the following numbers:
Toyota – 1-800-331-4331
Lexus – 1-800-255-3987
Suzuki – 1-800-934-0934
BMW – 1-800-525-7417


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