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Categories: Recalls

GM Recalls Four Thousand Buick LaCrosses!

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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For an unfortunate few who just got done at the dealer buying a brand new Buick may have to turn right around and get back there before they end up in the middle of a very nasty road scene. It seems that the factory didn't calibrate the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system of some of their new LaCrosses. This may cause the system to run improperly and go into action to slow down the car at high speeds, which could end up in an abrupt loss of control and could ultimately cause a fatal crash. 

Read more for the full report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safercar.gov.


Chevrolet Recalls Ten Thousand New Impalas!

On: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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It seems they really don't make 'em like they used to anymore. Either that or they just did a lot less recalling back in the good 'ole days. In what seems to be the summer of recalls, now it is General Motors' turn to bring some horses back to the stable. More than ten thousand 2012 Chevy Impalas are being recalled this month due to "misrouted" power steering hoses which have been placed dangerously close to the catalytic converter, thus melting the hose and igniting the power steering fluid, setting that brand new engine compartment ablaze.

Read more for the full report from the National Highway Ttraffic Safety Administraton and Safercar.gov...


Honda Recalls 1.5 Million Accords, CR-Vs and Elements!

On: Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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According to Safercar.gov, Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) has issued a recall that affects specific models and years of the Accord, CR-V, and Element produced in the last six years due to faulty PCM and TCM modules that could cause injuries or even death.


Chrysler Recalls 2008 Minivans!

On: Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 9:21AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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In a recall issued this week, it seems that 2007 and 2008 weren't just about faulty Toyotas. If you own any minivan made by Chrysler in the 2008 model year, those being the Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager, or Dodge Grand Caravan, it would behoove you get back to the dealer as soon as possible. It seems that nearly 300,000 vehicles may suffer an inadvertent airbag deployment.


 

Big Surprise: Toyota Announces Yet Another Recall

On: Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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It’s over. Simple as that. Toyota’s reputation for being the go-to brand for thrifty reliability-seeking folks is over, opening the door for other makes to fill the gap.

This latest “voluntary safety recall” is on “certain 2006 and 2007 model year Highlander Hybrid and RX 400h vehicles” and involves 85,500 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h SUVs—45,500 in the U.S., Canada, Guam, and Puerto Rico, plus 15k in Europe and a little over 11k in Japan—being recalled “because some transistors were inadequately soldered.”

To see what that might mean for you, read on…


Chrysler Recalls 11k 2011 Models; Toyota Happy It's Not Them For Once

On: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:47PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Chrysler Group announced today the voluntary safety recall of approximately 11,351 2011-model-year vehicles built between April 15 and May 14, 2011 to inspect for the “presence and alignment of Steering Column Pivot Rivets.”

The vehicles involved in the recall are the Chrysler 200 (sedan and convertible) and Town & Country; the Dodge Caliber, Journey, Grand Caravan, and Nitro, and the Jeep Wrangler, Liberty, and Compass.

In its report filed June 16th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted that “some of these vehicles may have been built with a missing or incorrectly installed steering column pivot rivet.”


Toyota Announces Recalls To Replace Faulty Nuts And Drive Shaft

On: Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 9:27AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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This is getting BEYOND ridiculous. Even I'm getting sick of these stories, and I'm being PAID to write them. But when you can turn Toyota's tragedy into dirty-sounding comedic gold, well, here we are.

This episode in Toyota’s ongoing series of product recalls deals with U.S. and Canadian 2001-2003 Priuses and 2011 model Venzas and Siennas with all-wheel drive.    Though I’m not old enough to be officially nostalgic about anything, I still fondly remember the days when people bought Toyotas because they DIDN’T want a car with problems. But that was then and this isn’t. Onto the dirty innuendos!


Toyota Recalls RAV4s And Highlanders For Bad 'Bag Sensors

On: Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 9:24AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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And the hits just keep on coming for Toyota, this time to the tune of approximately 308,000 North American RAV4 and Highlander vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years which have potentially faulty Curtain Shield Airbag Sensor Assemblies.

According to the company, this "voluntary Safety Recall" involves "certain 2007 through 2008 model year RAV4 and certain 2008 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles sold in the United States." Approximately 214,000 RAV4s and 94,000 Highlanders and Highlander HVs are covered by this recall.

It's Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. that's taking the hit this go-round as only models sold in the North American market are affected as the "roll sensing curtain shield airbag system" in question does not appear in vehicles sold in any other market.

Lucky us then, yeah?


California Lawmakers Aim To Corral Recalled Rentals

On: Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 11:37AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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So, here you are, sitting behind the wheel of a clean, freshly-rented automobile. You checked, initialed, and signed the form in all the right places and the bright and shiny young person handed you the key you’re about to use to bring this car-of-no-repute to life.

It looks new. Well, newer than the heap you usually drive. It seems clean there in the cabin, though it does smell faintly of Lysol and plastic. It started right away, too, and it seems all the lights and gauges and chiming-things are awake and ready to go. [You would be, too, except you can’t find the emergency brake release handle. After a few seconds of frantic pantomime in their direction, that shiny young person comes running back to point out the large and clearly marked handle you should’ve noticed.]


Rolling Kias Return to Sender

On: Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Salamone


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If you own a Kia Optima, use the parking brake and check the mailbox regularly this month. Drivers will be notified via post of a recall relating to the vehicle’s transmission shifter cable which, if left unrepaired, could cause the disobedient cars to roll away while in park. Kia Motors is recalling more than 70,000 automatic transmission Optimas from model years 2006 to 2008 which were actually built from September 29th, 2005 to June 13th, 2007.

In Kia’s documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on March 3rd, the automaker said that in some of the cars a transmission shifter cable was installed incorrectly and could potentially become detached from the shifter. If that happens, and the cable comes off, the car would remain in the last gear it was used in. Thus, drivers who just returned from a jaunt to the Hamptons might park their Kia only to lose control of their vehicle in a HAL - 2001: A Space Odyssey-type of way…watch out for the prerecorded message from Mission Control which reveals the true reasons for Kia’s faulty transmission cable installation.


F-150 Trucks Recalled for Faulty Airbags

On: Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 5:03PM | By: Chris Salamone


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If you’re one of the many unfortunate people to own a Ford F-150 from 2005-2006 prepare to duck, dive for cover, or play a hilarious practical joke on your obnoxious neighbor. Ford announced a recall today to cover nearly 150,000 trucks intended to repair airbags which deploy without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informed Ford back in November 2010 that the recall should cover 1.3 million F-150s from 2004-2006. Despite administrative advice, Ford chose to recall only those models from 2005-2006 and at a much lower quantity than suggested. Since the recall is significantly smaller in scope, the NHTSA is currently analyzing Ford’s response to determine if the recall is acceptable. If not, a negative finding could lead to a public hearing to evaluate whether or not Ford should increase the recall’s size.