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Categories: Recalls

GM's Internal Report Finally Made Public

On: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 4:43PM | By: Karen Cook


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General Motors is paying out beaucoup dollars every day in connection with the ignition switch recall fiasco. The company was given a deadline of April 3rd to produce documentation explaining when they knew about the defect and why they took so long to report it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Last week the internal investigation, which was lead by former US Attorney Anton Valukas, finally produced the documentation, which was handed over to the NHTSA for their perusal; it was also made available to the general public. The report specifies where the manufacturer went wrong and blames the late recall on incompetence and complacency. That’s a fancy way of saying that the people who should have caught the faulty ignition switch either didn’t notice or didn’t care.


Double Tap for the 2014 Toyota Highlander

On: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 7:51AM | By: Karen Cook


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The 2014 Toyota Highlander is the subject of two recent recalls.


Gm Recalls 1.3 Million Cars

On: Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 4:15PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Big Daddy GM is bringing quite a few of its children back to the stable this month.  Basically just about every crossover GM has manufactured over the last few years is coming back ... Okay well, maybe not all of them, but enough to be embarrassing.  It seems that the steel cable connecting the seat belts to the outboard seating positions was not created to stand the test of time and may fail long before the cars will.  Obviously if the seat belt fails, it could cause significant injuries and possibly death to driver and passengers alike.  So what cars are coming back?  Saturn Outlook models built between April 14, 2008 and March 18, 2010, GMC Acadia models built between April 9, 2008 and May 14, 2014, Chevrolet Traverse models built between April 14, 2008 and May 14, 2014 and Buick Enclave models built between ... You guessed it, April 14, 2008 and May 14, 2014.  Sound like a lot of models?  Well, it is:  Totaling 1,339,355 models in all.  GM has not announced when they will begin contacting owners, but once the recall begins, they will inspect and repair the seat belt flaws for free.  Read on for the full report ...


GM's Recall Totals Climb Higher

On: Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 12:25PM | By: Karen Cook


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GM has issued four new recalls affecting more than 89,000 vehicles in the US.


 

When A Recall Doesn't Work

On: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 1:27PM | By: Karen Cook


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The process of a recall is pretty straightforward. Buyers of vehicles experience problems which sometimes lead to injuries or deaths, and these are reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If several problems of the same sort are reported for the same model, an investigation is launched; if the fault is found to be in the manufacturing, the auto maker repairs or replaces the equipment at no charge to the owner. That is usually the end of the story.


Spiders Attack Focus

On: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 1:02PM | By: Karen Cook


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Ford has issued a Technical Service Bulletin for 2012-2014 Focus sedans and hatchbacks. There is a bug in the system causing fueling problems.

More specifically, a spider is gumming up the works. If the fresh air vent hose for the EVAP emissions system becomes clogged by debris or, in this case, spider nests. The blockage causes slow fueling or the fuel nozzle to shut off, indicating a full tank even though it is not.


A Flurry of Recalls Continued

On: Wed, May 28, 2014 at 11:21AM | By: Karen Cook


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Toyota is recalling 370,000 2004-2011 Sienna vehicles because the spare tire can fall off. The spare tire is located under the vehicle and the cable holding it in place is prone to rusting from contact with road salt. This is the second recall for this situation. The first fix did not work and the manufacturer is still trying to work out a solution.


A Flurry of Recalls

On: Tue, May 27, 2014 at 1:07PM | By: Karen Cook


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Owners Might Have to Leave Leaf At Dealership

On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 3:12PM | By: Karen Cook


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Nissan is recalling 211 pure-electric Leaf vehicles in the United States and another 65 in Canada due to a major manufacturing error. The affected vehicles may be missing a series of six spot welds in the motor compartment which could affect the car’s ability to withstand a crash. The welds are missing to the right and left of the electric motor above the sway bar ends. All the affected vehicles were built between February 28th and March 12th of this year.


Kia Must Explain Its Broken Sunroofs

On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 12:05PM | By: Karen Cook


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Picture, if you will, a lovely day full of sunshine and blue skies. You're gliding along a beautiful road free of traffic enjoying the view and the light streaming in through your sunroof and simply enjoying the simple pleasure of driving. Suddenly, and without warning, that gorgeous view is destroyed by the sound of shattering glass as your sunroof rains down on everyone in the car causing cuts and scrapes and possibly an accident.


GM Adds More Recalls

On: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 2:08PM | By: Karen Cook


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General Motors has released a bevy of new recalls which brings their total (for those keeping track) to 29 since the first of this year. That adds up to 13.6 million vehicles in the US which have needed some sort of repair due to factory defects. Some of those cars are counted more than once since several of the recalls covered more than one potential problem. I don't think that makes the figures any better.