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On March 3rd, Toyota Motor Sales USA issued a “stop delivery” order to dealers for its 2014 Toyota Highlander Crossovers. This means dealers were asked not to sell any of these vehicles until further notice. The cause of the request is the seat belt in the center of the third row, which apparently was not installed properly at the factory and may not be secured to the vehicle floor. It can come loose during a crash and send the occupant of this seat flying through or out of the vehicle, depending on the severity of the accident.
Tags: highlander, toyota, lexus, seat belt, 2014
Legalities baffle me sometimes. They seem to go against common sense, and those who resort to splitting hairs over what’s “legal” and what’s “right” annoy me to no end. GM is teetering on the edge of falling into this category.
Due to the recent GM recall concerning a faulty ignition switch, the manufacturer is being asked some very tough questions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you own one of these vehicles, I’m sure you want answers too.
Chrysler has just issued a voluntary recall notice for 6,800 2014 Ram Promaster vans. These are the same vehicles that were involved in another recall concerning the accelerator pedal, which had the potential to get stuck in the open throttle position. That recall affected 10,000 of the vehicles.
While we are on the subject of recalls (and when are we not?), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designed a new label for use on recall notifications in an effort to distinguish between actual federal recalls and sales or marketing junk mail. The only thing scarier than getting a recall notice is getting a recall notice and throwing it in the trash because it looked like junk.
It disturbs me that I write so many articles on recalls, but here’s another one for you.
Tags: recall, gm, pontiac, chevrolet, ignition switch
We all know that airbags save lives. In the event of a crash the airbag deploys, sometimes causing minor injuries of its own, but saving the occupant from being ejected from the vehicle or slamming into the dashboard or windshield and possibly being killed. Most of us are willing to put up with some scrapes and bruises if it means walking away from an accident relatively unscathed.
Recalls scare me. I don’t want to think that my automobile may do something unexpected that could cause injury to me or others and do damage to itself. Chrysler’s current recall is one of the scariest in my book.
Attention, Toyota Camry Hybrid owners! The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary evaluation of 2007-2008 Camry Hybrids due to a possible defect of the braking system. Owners have reported that they are experiencing “delayed braking actuation or increased brake pedal effort” meaning the brakes either don’t work or the pedal must be pushed harder to get the car to stop. So far there have been 59 complaints, 40% of which said the issue occurred at speeds of 40mph or more. It seems the problem is more likely as the car ages because 55% of the complaints have occurred in the last eight months.
Tags: toyota, camry hybrid, recall
General Motors has issued a recall of a whopping number of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The affected models have been cited as only 2014 models, specifically those with 4.3L V6 or 5.3L V8 engines. It seems these engines have a very bad habit of having their exhaust manifolds overheat when idling in cold temperatures. Obviously if the exhaust manifolds begin climbing to extremely high temperatures, it can damage, melt, or destroy surrounding engine components in the engine bay, and render a very new engine, very obsolete, very quickly.
GM has already begun contacting customers, and will fix the problem by reprogramming the ECU to moderate exhaust temperatures within normal ranges free of charge. Chevy owners many contact GM at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC owners can contact GM at 1-800-462-8782 with questions or to schedule their fix. Read on for the full report ...
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: safety, recalls, GM, General Motors, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, 5.3 liter engine