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Categories: Recalls

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.


Ford Recalls F-150 For Faulty Door Handles

On: Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 11:43AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Don’t know what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day? Well, the Ford Motor Company has a special treat in store for owners of their popular selling F-150 pickup trucks. Starting on Valentine’s Day, 281,000 of those trucks will be invited back to the dealership in a country-wide recall to fix a problem with its door handles. Perhaps this isn’t the most romantic Valentine’s Day present, but it may be the safest one!


Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Lexus Vehicles For Fuel System Problems

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:51PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Toyota is recalling 1.7 million cars from around the world (mostly in Japan), including 245,000 Lexus sedans that were sold in the U.S. The problem this time has to do with fuel pressure sensors. Apparently, these were improperly installed. The result is that a loose sensor can leak fuel between the sensor gasket and fuel delivery pipe.

For American owners, the recall is narrowed to certain models of domestic Lexus sedans. The list includes 2006-2007 model year Lexus GS300/350; 2006-early 2009 Lexus IS250; and 2006-early 2008 Lexus IS350. Owners of any one of those cars can take them back to their local Lexus dealership for a complete inspection. If a leak is found, they’ll get either a tightened sensor or a new gasket.


Ford Fusion Could Be Part Of New NHTSA Probe

On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 5:52PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Complaints are part of our everyday lives, but they don’t often get in the way, that is, unless those complaints are about the cars we drive. When consumer complaints find their way to the inboxes of the staff at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) then a recall could be right around the corner. Nobody wants to go through that hassle. Ford is bracing for a possible NHTSA complaint review of the Ford Fusion. This is not the kind of news any automaker wants to hear.


 

Toyota Being Sued By 7 Additional Insurance Companies

On: Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:36PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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When any large company, such as Toyota, is sued it always makes the news headlines. If the lawsuit proceeds to trial and the company loses it's possible to tie up the awarding of any monetary settlement for years. However, if that same company decides to settle, many times it brings out the sharks who start swimming for their own piece of the potential prize. This appears to be what is happening to beleaguered Toyota as they attempt to close the books on the mounting lawsuits that have resulted from the recent acceleration recalls. Now 7 auto insurance companies are jumping on the lawsuit bandwagon with Allstate Insurance by going after Toyota with the full magnitude of their legal teams.


Chrysler Closes The Old Year with New Recalls

On: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 11:22AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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It would appear to the outside observer that for every positive step Chrysler makes on the road to its recovery, there is another step backwards causing a bump in that road. Chrysler has made great strides on the comeback trail considering the company was on the brink of total financial ruin just a year ago. Of course, that doesn’t mean they are completely out of the woods yet. Before closing out the year and saying good-bye to 2010, Chrysler needed to issue a bunch of recalls on several models of the company's vehicles.


Ford Recalls 20,000 Pickup Trucks and Crossovers

On: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 10:59AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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At any given time in our country it’s a safe bet that there is an auto recall occuring. Most of these recalls are of the preventive kind. A problem is detected early on and a quick fix is orchestrated before serious damage can occur. On some level this is reassuring when you consider that auto manufacturers are constantly testing the performance of their models no matter how old they might be.

The latest vehicle recall involves the Ford heavy duty pickup trucks. The issue in this recall is a potential electrical short that could ignite a fire. Certainly, not a situation any driver wants to contend with.


Auto Safety Legislation Fails, Congress Goes on Vacation

On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:33AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The auto safety legislation package created as a response to recent recall problems, specifically those by Toyota, failed to make it out of Congress before the holiday break. The legislation was the most comprehensive auto safety reform seen in years, but it sunk due to opposition.


Toyota Agrees To Pay Another $32 Million In Fines

On: Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 1:00PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Toyota has agreed to pay more fines in order to settle the law suits related to unintended acceleration cases, more specifically; not notifying safety regulators in a timely manner. Other Toyota safety-related lawsuits were settled this week as well.

The total fines that the Japanese automaker agreed to pay this week were over $32 million, which was the maximum penalty to settle federal safety investigations. Toyota previously paid an additional $16.4 million in federal fines which brings the grand total to $48.8 million in civil penalties. Each fine that Toyota paid equated to the highest ever paid by any automaker for safety-related issues.


Saturn Ion May Possess Steering-Related Safety Issue

On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 11:54AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Some Saturn Ion owners and operators may be having problems with their vehicles' power steering performance. The problem could stem from a lack of power fluid in the reservoir, a bad fuse, or some faulty wiring. Ion owners may have to take their cars into a General Motors service shop so they can switch out any faulty parts that may be present.

The Ions involved in the safety recall are model years 2004 to 2007. There are approximately 385,000 of these cars in circulation that could potentially have the steering defect. There have been well over 600 complaints made to U.S. auto-safety regulators by Ion drivers who indicated that they experienced a sudden loss of power steering.


GM Recalls 111,000 Equinox, Terrain, and SRX Models for Faulty Seatbelt Anchor

On: Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 10:54AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


GM Recalls 111,000 Equinox, Terrain, and SRX Models for Faulty Seatbelt Anchor  test 1-1

Car owners may experience a love/hate relationship with their cars. When they’re running smooth and getting the owner where they need to go, it’s all good. But for every break down, flat tire, or dead battery the hate rises. Most passenger vehicles have an average of between 15,000 and 20,000 separate parts. The chance that at some point in the life of the car some area of the automobile will have a defective part is extremely high. That is why it should come as no surprise when automakers announce recalls for defects. The good news is that If a recall occurs, it means the problem has been identified and, most importantly, can be fixed.