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Categories: Recalls

Toyota Forced To Recall Lexus HS Hybrid For Fuel System Issues

On: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 1:59PM | By: John Welch

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It is a pointless car, the HS. A more expensive, tarted-up Prius that is slower than a Prius, and just as miniscule? Not an easy sell I would think. At least the interior is fancy. My opinions aside, the HS really hasn't been all that difficult to sell, and Lexus has done a good job of it in the few months it has been on the market. Whether you appreciate this tiny luxury yacht for what it is—a smaller ES that is as well furnished as a car this size could possibly be—or not, you can't ignore one design detail that matters to everyone, the integrity of the fuel lines. The HS has an issue that involves fuel lines leaking after hard collisions. This fuel could make its way to hot exhaust or engine parts, causing a fire. Not good.

The HS may be a fine auto, may serve its purpose well for its owners, but it just can't have leaking fuel lines. The entire NHTSA post inside . . . this . . . post . . ..

GM Recalling 1.5 Million Vehicles For Potential Fire Hazard

On: Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 12:46PM | By: Drew Christy

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General Motors is recalling 1.5 million Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Hummer, Saturn, and GMC vehicles worldwide to fix a heated windshield wiper fluid system module, which could cause a fire. The recall affects several GM car, truck, and SUV models made between 2006 to 2009. This is the second recall for the same heated windshield wiper fluid system. GM originally recalled the system back in August 2008 because a short circuit on the printed circuit board could overheat the control-circuit ground wire and cause a fire. Dealers fixed the vehicles by installing an in-line fuse in the heated washer module wiring, however, GM came across new reports of fires in vehicles that had been fixed.

In a press release, General Motors Executive Director of Safety stated: “While our analysis shows the number of incidents is very small compared with the number of vehicles on the road, we want our customers to have complete peace of mind. We always want to make sure customers can count on the safety and quality of their GM vehicle.” GM has decided to disable the heated portion of the washer fluid system because no solution is available to fix the malfunctioning module. Dealership service personnel will remove the heated washer fluid module and reroute washer fluid hoses. “This was a unique technology available from only one supplier, and that supplier has stopped manufacturing, which left no opportunity to collaborate on an improved design,” Boyer said. Boyer continued, “We want to be clear that the voluntary payment to customers is for the loss of the feature, not the recall.” The report says GM will reimburse owners and lease holders $100 since the feature is being disabled.

GM will start sending recall notices this month, however, customers may also contact their local dealer at any time to make an appointment to have the heated washer system removed. Most of the vehicles, 1,365,070, are in the United States; there are 98,794 affected vehicles in Canada; 26,228 in Mexico, and 38,093 elsewhere. There are no known injuries or crashes reported, however, GM is aware of five fires.

See the list and full report after the jump...

Chrysler Wrestles With Wrangler Recall Fever

On: Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 10:41AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

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The Chrysler Group has issued a recall notice for all 2006-2010 Jeep Wranglers due to problems with the braking system. According to the report, there may be contact between the right and left front inner fender linersand the right front and left rear brake tubes. The contact could cause brakes tubes to leak resulting in brake loss and a possible crash. So far there have not been any reports of related or serious accidents.

If you happen to own one of these vehicles you can easily get it repaired at any Chrysler or Jeep full service dealership free of charge. All you have to do is call your local dealership and set up a time to bring your car in, they will repair the parts without any cost to you. While there have not been any incidents related to this recently announced recall, the carmaker is urging any owners of these vehicles to get them serviced as soon as possible. Read the full recall notice after the jump.

Chrysler And BHP Catch The Recall Bug

On: Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 4:26PM | By: John Welch

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Owners of model year 2007 Dodge Calibers and Jeep Compi (the Compass, for those who don't subscribe to "computermouse/Lexus" humor) are being asked to bring their cars back to the dealer for gas-pedal maintenance. To be clear: there are NO reports of crashes or injuries associated with this pedal gremlin, and both Chrysler and the NHTSA have been investigating this issue for the last month. This recall is being ordered by Chrysler and is intended to prevent any possible misshaps.

Can-Am's remarkable Spyder Roadster is also being hit with a recall today, for issues regarding the Roadster's semi-automatic clutch assembly. The full NHTSA report for both manufacturers inside das post . . .


Recall Fever: Lexus, Volvo, And Nissan

On: Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:21PM | By: John Welch

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How to Avoid Buying a Lemon - Three Easy Tips!

On: Wed, May 19, 2010 at 10:49AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

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There are many common used auto pitfalls that many consumers can easily overlook when they are in the process of seeking to purchase a used car. It does not really matter whether you are seeking to get your hands on used cars from a used car dealership, or you have your eyes set on private purchase: lemon cars do exist and there are some easy ways that you can go about assuring that you never purchase one.

First and foremost, what is the definition of a car that is deemed be a lemon?

According to Carlemon.com, “A vehicle that continues to have a defect that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety. Generally, if the car has been repaired 4 or more times for the same Defect within the Warranty Period and the Defect has not been fixed, the car qualifies as a Lemon. All States differ so you should consult the Lemon Law Summary and the State Statutes for your particular State. Note that the warranty period may or may not coincide with the Manufacturer's Warranty.”

Nissan Thinking of Recalling Some Light Trucks

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 2:43PM | By: Clay Ritchings

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According to Autonews, Nissan North America is currently thinking of issuing a recall that will affect 48,700 trucks that were built in the U.S. This latest problem is on a lower suspension control link that may not have been welded correctly. Under certain conditions a bushing collar could crack as result of this possible welding defect.

The recall, which was still under discussion with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration late Friday afternoon, will involve some of the 2010 Nissan, Armadas, Titans, Pathfinders, Infiniti QX56, Frontiers, and Xterras models.

New Survey Shows That Honda, Ford Surpass Toyota in Customer Loyalty

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 11:30AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

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The juggernaut carmaker Toyota has enjoyed high customer loyalty ratings for many years. Much like Rome and other empires of the past, Toyota's empire is finally being toppled by rival carmakers over rapidly declining customer loyalty. After several parts being recalled, spanning many different models the company makes, over this past year alone—combined with many other recalls that have been initiated on millions of their cars that are already on the road over the past decade—customers are waning, their confidence with the company is deteriorating, and some are waving goodbye to the recall-plagued carmaker in favor of other auto giants.

Why It May Make Sense to Still Buy a New Toyota

On: Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:53AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

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There are many consumers who are still at odds as to whether or not they should make a purchase of what was, until the recall of a failed braking mechanism and several other parts, one of the top-selling cars in the US: Toyota. While it is always good to be wary when making any vehicle purchase, be it used or new, there are some pretty innovative changes that Toyota has made over the months that have ensued. Even as they recoil from what is perhaps the most horrid PR nightmare any company could ever stomach—one that caused the company CEOs and board to be publicly lambasted by the US Congress—there are still reasons it might be smart to consider these cars when deciding what vehicle to purchase. The company has striven to prove itself, and is in no financial trouble, unlike GM and others of the Big Four in the US—able to operate due only ’ to continued financial assistance from the US government.

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Offers Two Primary Models (Hybrid & Gas) But Do They Stack Up?

On: Sat, May 8, 2010 at 8:49AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Offers Two Primary Models (Hybrid & Gas) But Do They Stack Up? test 1-1

While there are literally thousands of Hyundai Sonatas on the road—ever since the South Korean conglomerate first started production on them in the late 90s, early 2000s, when the first bulky and curvy models were introduced to the US market—there are some newer features and lines that have been designed with both fuel economy and the driver in mind, or so they claim. However, there have also been some staunch reviews of this middle-of-the-class sedan. Ironically, the critics laud many facets of these newer models, of which there are two main models: A hybrid and a gas-powered one (as well as a gas-powered one that can you add a turbo option to).

Infiniti Falls Prey To The Recall Virus

On: Tue, May 4, 2010 at 12:17PM | By: John Welch

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Break out the laudanum and oxygen tents, we've got Recall Fever! Today's lucky contractee, (drummrollllllllllll) Infinity! Or, Infiniti, whichever. Why yes, even Nissan's severely swoopy luxury brand has fallen pray to the Recall virus, just like counterparts Chevrolet and Dodge, yesterday. It's going around folks; Toyota is still taking antibiotics. And having relapses.

Terrible disease, this "Recall Fever." It's so nasty it will even attack parts of the automotive anatomy intended to keep us safe. The Porsche Panamera was affixed with seatbelts whose tendencies leaned more toward "Lynch Mob" than "Luxury Missile." So it seems with Infiniti, we have a similar safety system mutiny. The dreaded Airbag Narcolepsy. Read on for more information on this devastating ailment . . .