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Categories: Recalls

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.

495,470 Toyota Tacomas Recalled!

On: Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 10:08AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Just when you thought it was safe to finally get back into your Toyota, here comes another recall. This week, the Japanese based company has issued a mega-recall of nearly 500,000 of its famous Tacoma pickup trucks spanning from model years 2005-2009, which were built from September 14, 2004 through August 29, 2008.

It seems that over time vibration may damage the air bag control module in the driver's airbag, and as a result, the airbag may not deploy at all. Clearly this is a bit of a problem, and although it is not the worst recall of all time, 495,000 cars to bring back for a fix definitely puts another black eye squarely on a company that was just healing up from the few it earned just a couple years ago.

Read on for the full report ...

Toyota Blasts CNN's Revisiting Of "Unintended Acceleration" Issue As "Irresponsible" And "Grossly Innaccurate"

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 9:53AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Here’s how Toyota put it in its March 1 press release:

“In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, CNN has irresponsibly aired a grossly inaccurate segment on Anderson Cooper 360 that attempts to resurrect the discredited, scientifically unproven allegation that there is a hidden defect in Toyota’s electronic throttle control system that can cause unintended acceleration.”

And it gets uglier from there....

79,000 M, QX, And Juke Models Recalled

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:24AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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If you happen to be one of the 79,275 people that just bought a new Infiniti M sedan, QX sport-ute, or spunky little Nissan Juke, you may just want to turn those cars right back around and head for the dealership you just came from. 

It seems that the fuel pressure sensor on nearly 80,000 cars may not have been tightened enough. Due to heat and vibration the sensor may, and will likely endure, there is a pretty decent chance it may come loose, causing a fuel leak. Needless to say, no one really wants fuel leaking into their brand new car's engine compartment. Nissan has said they will replace the sensors for free, and will begin contacting owners March 19th, but owners can (and really should) contact Nissan as soon as possible at 615-725-1000 to schedule an appointment to make their M, QX, or Juke a little more fireproof.


Porsche Recalls 20,000 Cayennes

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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The last thing anyone who just purchased a 60, 70, 80, or even $100,000 on a brand new SUV wants to hear is, "Oh, by the way, something may just fall off your car at any point while you're driving." Unfortunately for 20,278 Porsche Cayenne owners, that's exactly what they are about to find out.

Porsche announced a recall of Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid, and Cayenne Turbo models made in 2011-2012 due to a flaw in the manufacturing of the car that could lead to the headlights literally falling out of the car. Obviously a headlamp that comes free on a major highway (or even a side street) can cause some serious problems for other drivers on the road. Porsche will begin to notify owners this week, but they may also call Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.

Read on for the full report ...

Honda Recalls 45,000 Odysseys

On: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 9:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Honda has issued a recall of 45,747 Odyssey models produced in 2008-2009. It seems that the gas-filled struts that were used to support the rear lift gate in models equipped with the power lift gate have been found to have a flaw from the manufacturer. This flaw may cause the gas to leak from the strut and ultimate failure in the strut.  

Now, on a personal note coming from someone who has had struts fail on a hatchback type of vehicle (mine were because of old age, not any type of flaw but the result was the same), I learned two things:  1) Hatches are a lot heavier than may initially appear, and 2) Although they are heavy, you don't know when they are falling until it is too late. As an adult, it hurt badly enough to have a hundred pound or so hatch come down on the back of this writer's head, so considering those owning an Odyssey are likely to have children it's no wonder this recall is going into effect.

Honda will begin notifying owners in about three weeks, but owners may contact Honda earlier to schedule a free fix.  

Read on for the full report ...

International Recalls 18,000 Trucks

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:08PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Unfortunately for truck drivers, passengers, children, parents, and everyone else that happens to be on the road with one of the 18,959 International trucks that were made with a faulty Bendix ATR-6 traction relay valve - potentially unfortunate anyway. In extreme cold, valves can leak which can result in constant brake application. If the brakes are constantly applied, they may overheat and cause a fire, or cause a loss of control to the vehicle. The continued application of the brakes may also not cause the tail lamps to light up, potentially cause an accident due to other driver's inability to realize the trucks may be slowing down. A total of eleven International models have been affected by this recall (this same valve also caused a recall of 15,000 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks recently).

Read on for the full list of models ...

Dodge Recalls 9,600 Police Chargers

On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 5:16PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Dodge has issued a recall to bring back 9,688 Chargers built in 2011 and 2012 equipped with its police package. It seems these criminal catchers have multiple issues. One problem has to do with the low-beam headlamps, which can burn out due to the bulb harness connector burning out. The second issue stems from the power distribution center having the propensity to overheat and shorting out the ABS and electronic stability control systems.

Obviously, being able to see the road as well as having the aid of safety systems are all paramount to any kind of high speed pursuit and Chrysler has said they will begin the recall as early as March.

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

Nissan Recalls 36,000 Versas!

On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 4:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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If you are one of the 36,608 owners of a Nissan Versa produced between June 9, 2011 and January 13, 2012 you may want to get it back to the dealership with some haste. It seems that because of a factory defect in how the shifter rod and shift knob interact, drivers may inadvertently shift the car out of park and into gear without warning.

Obviously, this can have severe and potentially fatal consequences to not only the driver and passengers, but also to those walking by and around the cars. Nissan will notify all owners, but owners may contact them at 1-800-647-7261 with any questions or to set up an appointment.

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

15,000 Kenworth & Peterbilt Trucks Recalled

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 10:33AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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One of the scarier thoughts we've all had driving down the highway is the notion that that huge semi filling up the rearview mirror might not be able to stop in enough time. The next thought following that one is more of an image, as we imagine our car becoming more like a crush soda can, and our day ending just a little worse than we could hope for.

 Unfortunately, those thoughts just got a little closer to becoming a potential reality because Paccar, the parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks has just issued a recall of 15,932 spanning 21 different models. The reason? A faulty check valve on the brakes that can ultimately lead to a fire, or loss of control of the truck. 

All 21 models are either 2012 or 2013 trucks, so if you just purchased your first truck to go with that brand new CDL, you might want to give Peterbilt or Kenworth a call to schedule a free fix of your faulty valve before you make some poor driver's worst fears come true.

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

Mazda Recalls 52,000 Tributes

On: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 2:48PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Although 2002 feels like it was a lifetime ago, that doesn't mean there aren’t still plenty of cars from that time still on the road. In fact, there are those of us that have just recently (and finally) paid off our cars from those years, and we plan on keeping them for a while and any defects we don't know about could hinder that plan. Thankfully, Mazda has been kind enough to recall 52,390 Tribute models from 2001-2002.

The Tributes have a defective master cylinder reservoir cap, which is prone to leaking brake fluid. Not only can having a low amount of brake fluid cause severe driving issues, the fluid can damage parts of the ABS system around the master cylinder and even cause a fire.

The recall is expected to start today, and Mazda has said they will perform the repairs for free. Mazda also recommends parking the cars outside until the repairs have been made, due to the increase fire risk.  

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