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Categories: Recalls

198,000 BMW's To Be Recalled For Brake Leakage

On: Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 2:17PM | By: John Welch


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A collective "D'oh!" could be heard emanating for BMW North America's headquarters this morning, as company execs read the startling news that 198,000 of their babies would have to recalled over a braking issue. Thankfully, this is BMW and not Toyota, so instead of the requisite "cover it up for six years" mentality employed by their Japanese counterparts, BMW is taking the initiative and ordering a recall before the customary NHTSA report is released. Good on ya, Bimmer, way to jump the shark or whatever . . .

The recall encompasses all BMW products built between 2002 and 2010, that feature 8- or 12-cylinder engines. Yes, overpaid hedge-fund yuppies, that means Rolls Royce as well. In the affected vehicles, it is possible for the power braking system to leak. This can result in a loss of vacuum pressure and a reduction in the amount of braking assistance the system gives the driver. When this occurs, the mechanical brakes still function and can slow and stop the car, but requires more driver effort to press the pedal. See? It isn't even that bad! There have been no reports of any injuries or deaths as a result of this issue.

BMW is setting up an inspection and repair procedure, and will distribute this info along with spare parts to its entire North American dealer network. Though affected customers will be alerted by first-class mail, anyone experiencing braking issues with their Bimmer should report the issue to an authorized BMW service center immediately.

Venture inside the post for a list of affected vehicles . . .


Bentley Recalls 600 Autos For Rusty Hood Ornament

On: Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 9:36AM | By: Chris Weiss


Bentley Recalls 600 Autos For Rusty Hood Ornament  test 1-1

Ahhhhhh...to be rich. Not only do you get to drive around in a $300,000 car out of a vintage Grey Poupon commercial, but you get a free fix for the most basic vehicle problem ever: rust. Bentley issued a recall of 596 cars this week, not for something weighty like unintended accelaration or steering problems, but for a rusty "flying B" hood emblem. You know, because you can't exactly show up to a party in the Hamptons with a tarnished Bentley emblem on your hood.

The recall affects 2007 to 2009 Arnage R, Arnage T, Arnage RL, Brooklands, and Azure models. Bentley dealers will replace the flying B with a new one, and all will be right in the realm of hedge fund owners and rap stars.

While the problem looks like the type of purely cosmetic issue that only a self-obsessed multi-millionaire would be worried over, the NHTSA indicates that it's actually a safety issue. The rust can interfere with the retracting capabilities of the hood ornament, which could cause greater injury if the driver runs into a pedestrian—like when he had one too many flutes of Dom at said Hamptons party and has to rush back into the city without regard for traffic lights.

The emblem is designed to retract in the event of a crash so it doesn't...you know...impale someone. The supplier for the mechanism has made the retractable action smoother so that water doesn't collect inside and cause rusting.


Cadillac Recalls CTS And CTS-V, Passengers Urged to Buckle Up

On: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 2:48PM | By: John Welch


Cadillac Recalls CTS And CTS-V, Passengers Urged to Buckle Up test 1-1

The Cadillac CTS is stylish and satisfying, in ways few American-made luxury sedans are able to muster. Though penny-pinching is evident, the interior of this fine auto is more driver-centric than any other vehicle rolling out of Motown. Unless you are seated on the passenger side, you're too dumb to wear your seat belt, and the CTS you currently occupy drills a telephone poll.

According to the Detroit Free Press, tests conducted by the government found that a front seat passenger not wearing a seat belt could strike the glove box door and sustain leg injuries in a crash.

GM said all motorists should wear seat belts (dUh). The automaker plans to begin notifying owners of the recall next month. Dealers will replace the glove compartment assembly at no charge.

Owners can contact Cadillac at 866-982-2339. If you have already been injured by a CTS glove box, and weren't wearing a seatbelt, please slap yourself in the mouth for being an ass.


Toyota Settles Fatal Accident Suit That Triggered Recalls

On: Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 11:36AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The newest development in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration Saga is that Toyota Motor Corporation has settled the original lawsuit brought against the Japanese automaker regarding an accident that resulted from alleged sudden acceleration.

The suit pertains to the death of four people killed in a San Diego accident, which was the impetus for Toyota to initiate the recall of millions of vehicles pertaining to sudden acceleration.

Toyota was quoted in an email statement: “Through mutual respect and cooperation we were able to resolve this matter without the need for litigation.” Toyota refused to disclose details regarding the terms of the settlement.

In February, Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Co., apologized in a statement to Congress. Toyoda also apologized to Mark Saylor’s family, the California Highway Patrol officer who was killed along with his family-wife, daughter, and brother-in-law. The accident resulted from a Lexus that reportedly sped out of control. When federal investigators examined the Lexus they discovered that misplaced floor mats were the most likely cause of the accident.


 

Ferrari Solves 458 Fires, Plans Recall

On: Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ferrari Solves 458 Fires, Plans Recall test 1-1

Just a week after announcing that it was looking into fire issues on its 458 Italia, Ferrari has identified the problem at the heart of some of the fires and intends to issue a recall to repair it. The news comes as media sources have reported at least 10 fires and accidents involving the 458 in the past three months, leading some to go so far as to speculate that the model is jinxed.

The problem that Ferrari identified as the cause of the fires is an adhesive that binds the engine heat shield to the wheel arch assemblies can overheat, smoke and catch fire. Ferrari says that the problem happens in hot ambient temperatures and when the car is driven aggressively (read: driven like a 458 Italia).

A Ferrari spokesperson explained the issue to Autocar: "When the car is driven to high exhaust temperatures, in hot ambient temperatures, the adhesive used in the wheelarch assemblies can overheat and allow the rear wheel housing heat shields to move around. In extreme cases, the glue can begin to smoke and even catch fire."


Ford recalls 575,000 Windstar Minivans

On: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:09AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Ford Motor Co. has announced that the company is voluntarily recalling as many as 575,000 Windstar minivans that were sold in Canada and the United States, due to a problem with rear axles that have a potential for breaking as a result of corrosion.

According to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehiclesinvolved in the recall include 1996 to 2003 model year Windstar vans that have been located in 21 cold weather states (and Canada). The NHTSA stated that the design of the axle appears to allow it to collect road salt slush, leading to rust.

A recent announcement posted on the NHTSA website by Ford Motor Co stated: “after many years of vehicle service in these areas, corrosion can weaken the rear axle, making it susceptible to stress.”

Approximately 950 complaints were filed regarding rear axle cracks; 7 of those complaints involved accidents that allegedly resulted in three injuries, according to a Ford spokesperson. Ford announced that the company will fix all of the recalled vehicles at no cost to the customers using brackets that will serve to reinforce the defective rear axle.


Not All Recalls Are Created Equal

On: Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 5:12PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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When Mazda Motor Corp. announced the most recent recall involving a half a million Mazda3 models worldwide, with defects that could potentially result in loss of power steering (which has allegedly caused at least three crashes), the press did not report. Just another of a string of recalls right? Well, maybe not; when the history of the problem is really examined some may wonder “where’s the outrage?” Which is the question the title of a recent Automotive News article poses.

When the facts are examined, it’s interesting to note that Mazda, being a Japanese automaker with its headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan, instantly brings to mind a comparison with Toyota; Mazda recalling half a million vehicles with potential life threatening risks that could occur from sudden loss of power steering, and Toyota Corp. recalling thousands of vehicles for potential problems with sudden unintended acceleration. All things being equal, it seems that both automakers would receive equal press, particularly considering that Mazda, like Toyota, didn’t inform the U.S. public of its knowledge of power steering problems even though Mazda had knowledge of potential risks for fatal accidents for at least 1 year prior to the recall.

Yes, that’s right, one year. Federal regulators began an investigation in June of the Mazda3 models equipped with electronically assisted power steering as a result of complaints that had been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Mazda replied with a letter dated August 12th stating: “rust that forms within the steering hydraulic system can damage a motorized pump, triggering an automatic shutdown to prevent overheating.”


Toyota Recalling 1.13 Million 2005-2007 Corolla and Matrix Models

On: Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 3:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Toyota Recalling 1.13 Million 2005-2007 Corolla and Matrix Models test 1-1

The never-ending recall saga continues for Toyota as the Japanese automaker announced today that it will voluntarily recall 1.13 million Toyota Corolla and Matrix models for problems related to engine stalling. The most recent recall raises the grand total of vehicles that Toyota Motor Co. has recalled to 12.3 million globally and 10.5 million in the United States.

The recall will concentrate on engine control modules that may be defective. According to Toyota, the company received the first field report regarding the defective electronic control units in November 2005 and began an investigation in March 2006.


Mazda To Issue Its Largest Recall Ever Over Power Steering

On: Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 2:39PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mazda To Issue Its Largest Recall Ever Over Power Steering  test 1-1

According to Reuters, Mazda is planning the recall of more than 500,000 vehicles worldwide over safety issues with the power steering system. The recall includes 215,000 Mazda3 and Mazda5 models in the United States. Model years affected are 2007 to 2009.

The problem relates to a potential loss in power-assisted steering arising from rust off the high-pressure pipe falling off into the power steering pump and interfering with the power assist system. If this happens, it could present drivers with problems steering that could lead to a crash. According to the Reuters report, three accidents have been reported as a result of the problem, but none have resulted in injuries. While Mazda informed the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration that it would conduct the recall, it indicated that it did not believe the steering issue presents a significant safety hazard to drivers.


Kia Reviews Soul Manufacturing Processes Relating To Steering Failure

On: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:41PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


 Kia Reviews Soul Manufacturing Processes Relating To Steering Failure test 1-1

Kia Motors in America is reviewing their manufacturing processes in an attempt to discover the cause of the loss of all steering capability in a two-month-old 2010 Kia Soul.

According to Auto News: “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a preliminary investigation into the issue after it received one complaint from an owner of an almost-new Kia Soul who said the steering shaft decoupled from the steering wheel and then fell onto the driver's side floor in a way that interfered with the brake pedal.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the investigation could possibly affect over 50,000 Kia Souls.

Kia’s VP, John Crowe, stated: “Kia Motors America has been actively cooperating with NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation since being advised by the Acting Director late last week that an investigation was being opened regarding the 2010 Kia Soul. Although the investigation is based on a single incident that did not result in an accident or injury, the entire Kia Motors organization—including our supplier base—is reviewing manufacturing processes with the goal of quickly determining if there is a manufacturing cause and preventing the issue from reoccurring,” Crowe also said.


GM Recalls Over 200,000 Crossovers

On: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:35PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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 The latest company to hop on the automotive recall band wagon is General Motors.  The company announced today that it is recalling 243,000 crossovers including the Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Arcadia, and Saturn Outlook, for a problem that interferes with the latch mechanism of the safety belts in the rear seats.

The recall involves 2009 and 2010 model years and most of the vehicles were sold in the United States.  Several thousand exported vehicles were recalled in Canada, Mexico, China, Saudi Arabia and other countries.

According to a recent statement by a GM spokesperson, the seat belts will be checked “for damage that in rare cases could make an occupant think the belt is properly latched when it isn’t.”  The seatbelts that are affected are in the 2nd row of vehicles designed with three rows of seats, occurring when the seats are returned to an upright position after being folded down.

Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of safety commented; “Because of the potential for a false-latch condition, we want customers to return their vehicles to have the recall repair performed as soon as possible.”