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Categories: Recalls

Acura Recalls 52,000 TL Models

On: Wed, May 30, 2012 at 11:12AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Honda has issued a recall of 52,615 Acura TL models thanks to some questionable hoses. It seems that after dealing with high under-hood temperatures for extended periods of time, that heat along with high power steering fluid temperatures can cause the power steering hoses to deteriorate. That deterioration can lead to leaking fluid which can find its way to the catalytic converters and ultimately cause a fire.  

Honda/Acura is planning on contacting all owners of the affected cars staring next month, but if you'd like to get the jump on the crowd, contact Honda's customer service at 1-888-327-4236 to schedule a free-of-charge appointment for the installation of high-temp resistant hoses.  

Read on for the full report ...


Jeep Recalls 67,000 Wranglers!

On: Wed, May 23, 2012 at 10:58AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Although Wranglers are known as the go-anywhere, do-anything machines of the world, it seems like their Achilles’ heel was built-in from the factory. Jeep is recalling 67,872 Wranglers from 2010 equipped automatic transmissions because the skid plate that protects the tranny can collect debris. 

Now, that may not sound like a big deal because, hey, it's a Jeep right? No debris, no fun! The only issue is that the skid plate was located just a little too close to the catalytic converter, which can get pretty hot and unfortunately potentially ignite that debris. Thankfully Jeep is going to replace the entire skid plate with a skid bar that will not collect debris, but still protect the transmission. It is a fairly simple and straight forward bolt up fix, and free, so owners won't have to take too much time out of their trail-raiding activities.

Read on for the full report and how to contact Chrysler to set up and appointment to get your Jeep fixed today ...


Ferrari Recalls 458 and California Models

On: Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:32PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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It seems that the Ferrari 458 can't catch a break.  First there were rumors flying around about their supposed propensity to catch fire thanks to a defective bonding adhesive used to attach the heat-shield.  Now, it seems that Ferrari is issuing a recall of 458 models, and California models are getting on some of the action too.

Though it is only a handful of models—74 at the time of this writing, one has to wonder just how many more of this very same recall might show up in the near future.  It seems that certain 2011-2012 Ferrari 458 models and some 2012 California models are being brought back in because the crankshaft may have been incorrectly machined at the factory.  This defect could cause the engine to fail completely without notice, which could become fatal given the speeds these cars are capable of traveling at.  Hopefully this is the last we hear of crankshaft issues on 458 models, or any Ferraris for that matter, but only time will tell for sure.  Read on for the full report ...


Ford Recalls 10,500 New Cars!

On: Fri, May 11, 2012 at 9:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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This week Ford issued a recall of 10,500 select 2012-2013 Mustangs, 2012 Expeditions and Navigators, and 2011-2012 F-150s due to what they claim is a transmission range sensor that was calibrated incorrectly. Basically, this means that when the driver shifts into what he or she thinks is reverse, the car may not actually be in reverse. Or another scenario may be that when the transmission actually is shifted into reverse, the "R" on the dashboard may not light up to let the driver know the car is in gear. The last issue that may be caused by this defective sensor is that even though the car is in reverse, the reverse lights on the rear of the car may not actually light up, which could cause a whole host of issues for any adults or children that happen to be walking behind one of these cars at just the wrong moment.  

Ford is planning to notify owners beginning at the end of June, but owners may contact Ford before then at 1-866-436-7332 to schedule an appointment for a free inspect and replacement of the sensor if necessary. Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.


 

Chrysler Recalls 119,000 Charger And 300 Models!

On: Tue, May 8, 2012 at 10:34AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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As with most things in life, it's the little things that will get you. This not only applies to people, but to cars too. The new Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger have made a giant splash in the world of automotive excitement, but this week Chrysler had to quell some of that enthusiasm when it issued a recall of 119,072 Chargers and 300s made as 2011 and 2012 models due to a problem with overheating power distribution centers which could cause the ABS/ESC systems to malfunction and become inoperable. Having a non-functioning ABS/ESC system could increase the likelihood of a crash -- which is a big deal, but started off with a very little thing.


Honda Recalls Half A Million CR-V And Pilot Models

On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Although a recall of cars that are no less than eight years old may not have ordinarily been newsworthy, the fact that most of the Honda CR-V and Pilots that were produced from 2002-2004 are still on the road makes Honda's latest recall of 554,428 models pretty significant.

It seems that due to a defect in the wiring harness, the terminal ends of the harness may melt which in turn could cause the low beams of these cars to stop working altogether. With such a large number of cars recalled, odds are if you are the owner of a CR-V produced from 2002-2004 or a Pilot produced in 2003, your car is more than likely susceptible to this defect. Honda has announced it will begin its recall about April 24th, but owners can contact Honda at 1-888-999-1009 to set up a free inspection of their car.

Read on for the full report ...


BMW Recalls 367,000 Cars

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 10:19AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Although BMW may indeed be the Ultimate Driving Machine, as it turns out, even they are not built flawlessly. BMW has issued a recall of 367,682 vehicles consisting of 5-Series and 6-Series models built 2004-2010 as well as M5 models built from 2006-2010 and M6 models built from 2007-2010.

It seems that the positive battery cable may have been improperly connected to the trunk floor, which may cause the bolt connecting the cable to loosen. This loosening may then cause an increase in electrical resistance and as a result, the connection may overheat to the point of catching fire. The car does not even have to be running to be a potential fire risk, which is why BMW has advised owners to keep their cars parked outdoors until they have had the necessary repairs.

Read on for the full report ...


A123 Systems To Replace Defective Fisker Karma Batteries

On: Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:51AM | By: Chris Weiss


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 Well it looks like non-recall performance upgrades -or whatever the manufacturer in question chooses to call them to avoid the hot-button term "recall" - will be a thing for the plug-in hybrid. GM is in the midst of performing what it calls a 'Customer Satisfaction Program,' relating to the Volt's battery, and now A123 Systems, the battery supplier for the Fisker Karma, is starting a 'field campaign' to replace battery packs.

Earlier this month, Consumer Reports detailed an issue that it had with a Fisker Karma during testing. The Karma broke down with less than 200 miles on its odometer. While CR was doing speedometer calibration, an error message flashed and the transmission subsequently locked up, requiring Fisker to come and tow the car away for repair.


Volvo Recalls 2,700 New Cars

On: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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If you happen to have just purchased a brand new 2012 Volvo S60 or XC60, you may just be one of 2,742 new owners that will have to turn that Volvo right back around and head back to the dealership. It seems that while on the assembly line, the factory may have over sprayed the coating they use on the underbody of these cars. An over application of this coating can (like any liquid) cause it to drip down, and in this case, cause it to form icicle-like structures. 

The coating-icicles are not necessarily the problem -- it's the fact that these icicles can actually puncture fuel lines, causing fuel to leak and potentially a fire. Owners will be contacted beginning in mid-April, but early appointments are okay too.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...


186,000 Camrys And Venzas Recalled

On: Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:58AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Well, here we go again. It's starting to feel like Toyota might just have to start issuing refunds to anyone that bought a Toyota between 2007 and about three weeks ago. Either that or put some heavy technology in building a time machine (hopefully with better luck than they've had in recent years). Perhaps they could go back and take a Mulligan on a few million cars. It seems that it's just about every week or so that we see the big Japanese carmaker recalling another batch of cars for some new ridiculous reason. This week it's Camry models made from July 1, 2008-February 28, 2009 and Venza models made from October 20, 2008 - January 4, 2011 totaling an asinine 186,798 vehicles.  

Apparently silicone grease "may" have (read:  did) come into contact with the surface of the brake light switch which may cause the electricity to not flow to the switch. If that happens, the car may not allow the driver to shift from park, or even start the car. Another annoying side effect may also be that the brake lights could be rendered useless -- not lighting up at all, which is of course, bad news for all parties involved on the road.

Get those Camrys and Venzas back to the dealer, and read on for the full report ...


Unintended Acceleration Ford Edition: NHTSA Opens Investigation On Taurus

On: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


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About two years after Toyota suffered from its infamous unintended acceleration debacle, Ford may be facing one of its own. The purported problem is different, but the result much the same: loss of acceleration control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the matter this week.

The problem relates to 2005 and 2006 model year Taurus sedans. The NHTSA's preliminary investigation relates to about 360,000 such sedans. It opened the preliminary investigation because of 14 complaints that the throttle on Taurus sedans can stick in the open position, causing difficulties stopping.