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Categories: Recalls

Toyota Recalls 802,000 New Cars

On: Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 2:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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In what seems like yet another chapter in an almost unending series of recalls, Toyota has issued another recall of 2012-2013 Camry, Venza, and Avalon vehicles (including all HV models) totaling a startling 802,769 cars in all.  What is the issue you ask?  Well, it seems that the air conditioning condenser drain hose has a propensity to become clogged which could cause water to accumulate in the air conditioning unit's housing.  Obviously, since this water is not supposed to be there, it could then leak onto the air bag control module which could cause the module to short out.  If the air bag module short's out, this could cause serious problems for drivers, passengers, and other motorists.  The air bags may not deploy at all which could cause serious injury in the advent of a crash, or the short may cause the air bags to inadvertently deploy which could cause a crash and/or serious injury.  

Veterans of the recall practice, Toyota will notify all owners and schedule a free fix of the air conditioning condenser unit housing as well as add a protective cover on the air bag module to keep any moisture away from affecting it.  Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule their repair.  Read on for the full report ...


Be Aware of Vehicle Defects

On: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 4:42PM | By: Karen Cook


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In order for any manufacturer to be successful they must give us a product that is useful, dependable, and safe. We count on automobile makers to provide us with transportation that we can count on and which will not harm us, unless we do something stupid. It’s in their best interest if they want us to continue to buy. The government also checks in to approve safety measures in vehicles. Unfortunately, unforeseen defects happen and even though recalls are continuous, sometimes the problem is noticed too late.


General Motors Recall

On: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:52AM | By: Karen Cook


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The 2014 car-buying year has barely begun and already there is a recall from General Motors. I don’t know why this would not have been apparent in initial crash tests before the vehicles were released, but it seems that the front seats have the possibility of moving during a rear-end collision, increasing the chance of injury. This issue affects the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-up trucks which have manual reclining front-seat backs.


Toyota Recalls 615,000 Sienna Minivans

On: Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 12:13PM | By: Teddy Field


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Despite the prevailing trend of using SUVs and seven-passenger crossovers as the family chariot, minivans, like the Toyota Sienna, have continued to be strong sellers. In fact, Toyota's minivan is currently the second best-selling kiddie hauler in America. But that distinction is about to be overshadowed by a massive recall, to correct a problem that could cause the van to roll away on its own.


 

Honda Recalling 405,000 Minivans And SUVs

On: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:15PM | By: Teddy Field


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Each year, countless Americans trust the lives of their family to a Honda vehicle. They're safe, reliable, and well thought out. Two of their most popular family rigs are the Honda Odyssey and Acura MDX. Safety conscious parents bought them by the boatload, but now 405k of those are being recalled for a faulty circuit board in the airbag control module. Is your Honda FamilyTruckster one of them? Let's find out...


Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Trucks

On: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:53AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Toyota has issued yet another recall. Yup, another one. Although this one isn't nearly as bad as the "Your brakes won't work" recall of a few years ago, but this one is still not to be taken lightly. Toyota is bringing back 342,451 Tacoma Access Cabs built from September 14, 2004 through September 7, 2011—reason being is that when the access doors are opened and closed over and over (a likely occurrence), the bolts that hold the seat belt tensioner to the retractor can loosen. Obviously, if these bolts loosen enough, the pre-tensioner can be rendered useless, thus making the seat belt virtually ineffective.  

Toyota has said it will bring back the affected trucks and inspect them for faults and fix the faulty pieces with some fairly basic remedies—thread lock and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs in it to keep the bolts from rattling out. No timetable has been set as to when Toyota will begin contacting owners, but owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule a fix. 


Ford Gets Record $17.3 Million Fine For Delaying Recall

On: Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 3:54PM | By: Teddy Field


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In August of last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered Ford to recall 485,000 of the 2001-2004 Ford Escapes, equipped with the 3.0L V6 and cruise control. An earlier recall had prompted Ford to issue dealers a repair procedure that wound up causing the throttle cable to potentially become stuck, resulting in unintended acceleration. Ford became aware of this problem in October of 2005, and updated the repair procedure. It did not, however, recall the 320,000 Escapes that had already been repaired using the bad procedure. As a result, NHTSA received 99 unintended acceleration complaints, including 13 reported crashes and nine injuries. Although that seems about average for a typical recall, a 17-year-old in Arizona also lost his life at the wheel of a 2002 Ford Escape that had been repaired with the bad procedure.


Dodge Recalls 45,000 Ram Trucks

On: Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 8:10AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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If you just purchased a new 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, you may want to swing that bad-boy right back around towards that dealership.  Why, you ask?  Well, Dodge has issued a recall of 45,961 new Ram trucks that were built between June 26, 2012 and February 5, 2013.  This is because the Electronic Stability Control may not work when the truck is operational due to a defect in the software that controls the ESC module.  If the ESC doesn't work at all, or work properly, the truck may lose control in adverse conditions and could result in an accident or potential fatality to the driver, passengers, or pedestrians.

Dodge has said it will begin its recall this month by contacting owners and repairing the defective software for free.  Owners can contact Dodge at 1-800-247-9753 to schedule their free fix or with questions.  Read on for the full report ...


NHTSA to Take More Aggressive Action When It Comes to Recalls

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:38AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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While the dust settles after the battle between the Chrysler Group and National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), David Strickland, head of the NHTSA, has made statements which signal a more aggressive approach when reviewing the qualifications for furture recalls.


Jeep Recalls 1.5 Millions Vehicles

On: Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:13PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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In one of the largest recalls we have seen in some time, Jeep has recalled a staggering 1,560,000 vehicles in total. The issue at hand, is no small problem either—it seems that Grand Cherokee models built between 1993-1998, as well as Liberty models made between 2002-2007, may have been built with defective fuel tanks. Yeah... remember when your dad would tell you stories about the Ford Pinto growing up? Well, welcome to the next generation of Pinto-like problems. The fuel tanks on these Jeeps may, in fact, leak and fail in the vehicle is rear ended. Not good.  

So what is the cure for this problem? Well, naturally Chrysler is asking all customers bring their Jeeps back in for inspection and repair. Trucks that do not have a tow hitch will get one, and any truck that already has a tow hitch will have it inspected to determine if it needs to be replaced, all free of charge, of course. Chrysler will be contacting owners this month, and anyone with questions may contact the company at 1-800-247-9753.  Read on for the full report...


Honda Recalls S2000 and RSX Over Faulty Brakes

On: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:43AM | By: Teddy Field


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Produced from 2000-2009, the Honda S2000 is a small, two-seat roadster, along the same lines as a Mazda Miata. Power in this second generation model (2006-2007—the group covered by the recall) came from a 237-hp 2.2L with a high-revving 8,000 rpm redline. This was essentially Honda’s “halo car”, designed to get attention like the Acura NSX. The Acura RSX, on the other hand, is a sport-lux version of the Civic, and it was one of the luxury division’s best-sellers. Both are being recalled because Honda discovered a flaw in some of the brake booster parts, which could lead to reduced power assistance when you step on the pedal. No crashes or injuries have been reported.