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Categories: Recalls

Mazda Recalls 52,000 Tributes

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

Mazda Recalls 52,000 Tributes test 2

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 ...

Kia Recalls 145,000 Cars

On: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 11:01AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Kia Optima test 2

This week, Kia has issued a recall on 2006-2008 Optima models as well as 2007-2008 Rondo models totaling a whopping 145,755 when they were all said and done. All of these cars share the same potential defect -- a clock spring contact assembly used for the driver's air bag that may ultimately cause the air bag not to deploy in the event of a crash.  

Kia has since figured out how to fix the problem and has stated that they will, of course, fix the cars in question free of charge. Kia has also said that they will begin contacting customers in March, but owners may reach out to them beforehand with any questions.  

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

Mini Recalls 88,000 Cars

On: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 12:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Mini Recalls 88,000 Cars test 2

Mini parent company BMW is bringing back 88,911 Mini Coopers from 2007 through 2011 in various trims and forms, all for the same reason -- a faulty circuit board on the auxiliary water pump used for cooling the turbocharger. Apparently this faulty piece may malfunction, overheat, and possibly catch fire -- ruining any chance of having a nice Sunday drive. 

The recall is expected to begin next month, but getting your Cooper in ahead of the crowd is certainly not against the rules. BMW will replace the circuit board free of charge.

Read on for the full report on exactly which model/years are included in this recall.

GM Issues Solutions For Volt Fire Hazards

On: Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 10:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Issues Solutions For Volt Fire Hazards test 2

On November 25, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration opened up an investigation on the Chevy Volt's battery. The investigation was in response to a Volt that had crashed during NHTSA testing in May and subsequently caught fire, an occurrence that was attributed to leaking coolant from the lithium-ion battery. Subsequent NHTSA testing also led to fire, causing the agency to open an official investigation on the issue.

The NHTSA's investigation remains ongoing, but Chevy has offered a solution to the issue.


Chevy Sonics Recalled For Missing Brake Pads

On: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 11:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chevy Sonics Recalled For Missing Brake Pads test 2

Look, when it comes to recalls, we will be the first to admit that some recalls are definitely worse than others. Occasionally there may be an issue with a faulty solder on one out of ten thousands spots on a particular model from a particular year, and yes, although annoying, it isn't altogether unexpected every now and then. As long as you are made aware of the problem (which we here at blog.autoshopper.com try to help with), you can hopefully have the issued fixed as soon as possible without any real issue.

Now, up until this week, Chevrolet had been doing fairly well in the public eye for no other reason than it hasn't really had any major recalls like some other big-name car companies. However, that was last week. This week Chevy has announced the recall of 4,296 Chevy Sonics made from June 2, 2011 through November 21, 2011 (all of which are designed 2012 models) because, "on some of these vehicles, the front brake inner or outer pad may be missing." 

Like we said, some recalls are just simply worse than others. Missing brake pads is a tough one to explain to your customers. GM is planning on notifying (and more than likely apologizing) on or around January 21, but quite honestly, that still doesn't feel fast enough.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.

33,000 Nissan Sentras Recalled

On: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

33,000 Nissan Sentras Recalled test 2

Although it doesn't sound like much, something as simple as a faulty coating on a battery terminal can in turn cause some damage. In fact, it could potentially cause so many problems for Nissan, they have decided to recall all 33,803 Sentras built between May 11 - May 22 of 2010, as well as cars built from July 8 - October 25 of 2010.

It seems the zinc coating may in fact have been thicker than called for, causing some problems for electric to pass through as intentioned. This may cause a sudden drop in voltage or even a stall while the car is in motion -- which obviously can cause some significant damage.

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

GM Recalls 2010 And 2011 Cadillac SRX Models

On: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 2:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Recalls 2010 And 2011 Cadillac SRX Models test 2

GM issued a recall of 2010 and '11 model year SRX crossovers on Thursday. The recall is related to a potentially serious issue in which failing transmissions can allow the SRX to roll out of park.

The recall affects more than 15,000 SRX models worldwide, with about 8,789 located in the United States. The affected models are model year 2010 and 2011 built between October 26, 2008 and June 23, 2011. According to GM, no injuries or deaths have resulted from the transmission issue, but one run-away vehicle has been reported.

Ford Recalls 16,000 New Trucks!

On: Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 2:56PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ford Recalls 16,000 New Trucks! test 2

It seems "Built Ford Tough" doesn't always mean "built without flaws". Ford has issued a recall of 16,091 trucks -- some F-150 models built between September 9th through the 22nd of 2011, and then F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 models built between September 12th through the 22nd of 2011. For one reason or another, the F-150 models are designated as 2011 models while the rest of the group are 2012 models. Either way, the issue with these trucks lies in the transmission. It seems that the tranny can be shifted out of park without depressing the brake pedal first.

Although it is being deemed a 'theft protection' issue, the real problem is the safety issue that can arise out of a huge truck being dropped into drive by accident. Ford says they will notify dealers and owners towards the end of December, but getting that truck in sooner than later will no doubt be the safer option.

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

Nissan Recalls 28,000 Jukes!

On: Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 10:01AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Nissan Recalls 28,000 Jukes! test 2

All it takes is one bad weld. Yup, thanks to a defective weld on the Juke's boost sensor bracket, the bracket may detach itself from its perch, and as you could imagine -- cause quite a bit of destruction, especially if the car is in motion. Besides coming separated from the engine, Nissan has also said the defect could cause the engine could stall with no warning whatsoever, again causing some serious issues. The defect has affected 28,294 Juke models built between April 9th and May 12th 2011 according to Nissan. Owners will be notified beginning January 9, 2012 and the fix will be done free of charge.

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

128,000 Ford Fusions/Mercury Milans Recalled

On: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 9:52AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

128,000 Ford Fusions/Mercury Milans Recalled test 2

It seems Toyota isn't the only company issuing major recalls lately. Ford has just released a recall of 128,616 Fusion and Mercury Milan models that were equipped with standard 17-inch wheels. Why, you ask? Well, it seems that the wheel studs have a tendency to crack. On the low end of the spectrum, this may cause a noticeable vibration while driving, but on the more serious end cracked wheel studs could cause the entire wheel to separate from the car (yes, essentially the wheel could fall off) at speed. Cars affected were built from April 01-April 30 of 2009, as well as December 09, 2009 through November 13, 2010. Studs from all four wheels must be replaced, and will be at no cost to the owners of the cars.  

Read on for the full report...

7,000 Nissan Rogues Recalled

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 11:06AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

7,000 Nissan Rogues Recalled test 2

Apparently the devil really is in the details. If you own a Nissan Rogue made between August 17, 2010 and October 30, 2010 you might have already found that out the hard way. It seems that the circuit board for the power steering assist units may not have been installed correctly. Sounds troublesome doesn't it? A minor detail, yes, but one that can result in the connection between the solder and the circuit board becoming stressed to the point of separation ultimately resulting in the immediate failure of the power steering unit. Anyone that has had to deal with a non-working power steering unit, or is old enough to remember manual steering units will understand just how dangerous that could be at a moment’s notice, especially if the driver is not ready for it. Nissan is notifying owners, and has pledged to replace the circuit boards free of charge.

Read on for the full report...