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It’s always a little frightening when you hear of a recall on the vehicle you drive. Kinda feels like Russian roulette every time you start it up. I apologize to all of you who drive a 2013 Ford Escape.
Ford has issued a recall, which will begin in January, on all 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6 liter engines. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 139,917 vehicles are capable of having the engine catch fire. These cars may “experience localized overheating of the cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak.” The oil can leak onto the hot engine and cause a fire.
Of those covered in the recall 9,469 are also involved in a secondary recall due to faulty fuel lines which may have been improperly installed at the plant. The same possibility exists. Fuel leaks onto the engine and catches a spark which leads to an engine fire.
As of November 18th, there have been 12 reported engine fires on these vehicles in the United States and one in Canada. No injuries have occurred. The fire tends to be contained in the engine compartment and there is ample time to exit your vehicle before the situation becomes life-threatening.
As is customary with manufacturer recalls, you will be notified if you are affected and all repairs will be done free of charge. In the first instance, Ford dealers can modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems. For the smaller recall, the fuel line will be inspected and replaced if necessary. If you have any questions you may contact Ford directly at 1-866-436-7332.
The official recall does not begin for about 8 more weeks, on January 23rd, but you may take your vehicle to a Ford dealership any time to have it inspected and repaired. As with any vehicle defect, the sooner the better.
Honda has issued a recall of its Odyssey models built between August 8, 2006–September 8, 2008 which encompasses most 2007 and 2008 models. The recall totals a whopping 344,187 models in all and is due to a potential malfunction of the car's software. This potential defect may cause the Vehicle Safety Assist System (VSA) to engage the brakes unexpectedly and forcefully. What's worse yet is that when the brakes are applied by the VSA, the brake lights do not light up, which could cause a potentially fatal crash.
Unfortunately, replacements parts for this recall will not be available for at least another six months. Honda has said they will notify owners of the potential problem and include instructions on how to avoid having the car brake unexpectedly. Obviously when parts become available, Honda will notify owners immediately and set up a free repair of the issue. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 with any questions they may have.
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: Safety, recalls, honda, odyssey, brakes
Automakers want to be in the public eye. That’s why they spend so much money on advertising and product placement in television shows. There’s a saying that all publicity is good publicity but I think Tesla would disagree. They are in the news once again, this time for an industrial accident that occurred at their plant in Palo Alto, California.
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American who lived from 1856 to 1946. He was an electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and physicist. He was considered a “mad scientist” by the main populace of the time. He had astonishing ideas and managed to make quite a few of them work. He worked with Thomas Edison for a while and we have them to thank for quite a bit of our modern technology. Tesla’s name is now fittingly attached to an electric car company. Unfortunately it seems that this manufacturer is living up to the “mad scientist” legacy.
In what seems like yet another chapter in an almost unending series of recalls, Toyota has issued another recall of 2012-2013 Camry, Venza, and Avalon vehicles (including all HV models) totaling a startling 802,769 cars in all. What is the issue you ask? Well, it seems that the air conditioning condenser drain hose has a propensity to become clogged which could cause water to accumulate in the air conditioning unit's housing. Obviously, since this water is not supposed to be there, it could then leak onto the air bag control module which could cause the module to short out. If the air bag module short's out, this could cause serious problems for drivers, passengers, and other motorists. The air bags may not deploy at all which could cause serious injury in the advent of a crash, or the short may cause the air bags to inadvertently deploy which could cause a crash and/or serious injury.
Veterans of the recall practice, Toyota will notify all owners and schedule a free fix of the air conditioning condenser unit housing as well as add a protective cover on the air bag module to keep any moisture away from affecting it. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule their repair. Read on for the full report ...
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Tags: safety, recalls, toyota, Avalon, Venza, Camry, air conditioning
In order for any manufacturer to be successful they must give us a product that is useful, dependable, and safe. We count on automobile makers to provide us with transportation that we can count on and which will not harm us, unless we do something stupid. It’s in their best interest if they want us to continue to buy. The government also checks in to approve safety measures in vehicles. Unfortunately, unforeseen defects happen and even though recalls are continuous, sometimes the problem is noticed too late.
The 2014 car-buying year has barely begun and already there is a recall from General Motors. I don’t know why this would not have been apparent in initial crash tests before the vehicles were released, but it seems that the front seats have the possibility of moving during a rear-end collision, increasing the chance of injury. This issue affects the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pick-up trucks which have manual reclining front-seat backs.
Despite the prevailing trend of using SUVs and seven-passenger crossovers as the family chariot, minivans, like the Toyota Sienna, have continued to be strong sellers. In fact, Toyota's minivan is currently the second best-selling kiddie hauler in America. But that distinction is about to be overshadowed by a massive recall, to correct a problem that could cause the van to roll away on its own.
Each year, countless Americans trust the lives of their family to a Honda vehicle. They're safe, reliable, and well thought out. Two of their most popular family rigs are the Honda Odyssey and Acura MDX. Safety conscious parents bought them by the boatload, but now 405k of those are being recalled for a faulty circuit board in the airbag control module. Is your Honda FamilyTruckster one of them? Let's find out...
Toyota has issued yet another recall. Yup, another one. Although this one isn't nearly as bad as the "Your brakes won't work" recall of a few years ago, but this one is still not to be taken lightly. Toyota is bringing back 342,451 Tacoma Access Cabs built from September 14, 2004 through September 7, 2011—reason being is that when the access doors are opened and closed over and over (a likely occurrence), the bolts that hold the seat belt tensioner to the retractor can loosen. Obviously, if these bolts loosen enough, the pre-tensioner can be rendered useless, thus making the seat belt virtually ineffective.
Toyota has said it will bring back the affected trucks and inspect them for faults and fix the faulty pieces with some fairly basic remedies—thread lock and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs in it to keep the bolts from rattling out. No timetable has been set as to when Toyota will begin contacting owners, but owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule a fix.
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Tags: safety, recalls, toyota, tacoma, access cab, seat belts
In August of last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered Ford to recall 485,000 of the 2001-2004 Ford Escapes, equipped with the 3.0L V6 and cruise control. An earlier recall had prompted Ford to issue dealers a repair procedure that wound up causing the throttle cable to potentially become stuck, resulting in unintended acceleration. Ford became aware of this problem in October of 2005, and updated the repair procedure. It did not, however, recall the 320,000 Escapes that had already been repaired using the bad procedure. As a result, NHTSA received 99 unintended acceleration complaints, including 13 reported crashes and nine injuries. Although that seems about average for a typical recall, a 17-year-old in Arizona also lost his life at the wheel of a 2002 Ford Escape that had been repaired with the bad procedure.