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GM has recently issued a recall that isn't actually a recall... sort of. The General is bringing back Chevy Trax made between October 13, 2014 through February 3, 2015 (all 2015 designated models) and Buick Encore models made between August 26, 2014 through February 9, 2015 (also all 2015 designated models) totaling a whopping 19,831 models in all. So what's the big issue? Well, nothing. The cars themselves are okay (so far) mechanically speaking. No big engine failures or potential electrical fire hazards. Actually, the issue is that GM didn't put the rim-size information for these trucks on the placards on the cars. No big deal, right? Well, no, and yes. Technically, this violates the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards requirement that states load capacities must be available. The issue isn't for the rims that come with the car from GM, but rather, if the owner were to change the rims on their truck, they may not know what size or load capacity to look for, and may mistakenly get a rim that cannot handle the amount of load necessary, which may result in some serious driving issues.
To avoid all this, GM is going to contact owners of these vehicles and ask them to come back for a free fix of the unlabeled placard and replace it with one that has the correct information on it. GM has not stated when they will begin their recall but owners may contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300 and Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 for more information. Read on for the full report...
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Mercedes has been manufacturing cars since the late 1800s, and they rarely get anything wrong. But when you have to combine thousands of moving parts, even the best car builders can have problems. That's why Stuttgart had to recall some 33,000 copies of the 2012-2015 Mercedes CLS and around 3,000 units of the 2015 Mercedes C-Class. Let's find out why...
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After the flurry of GM recalls last year, it’s no surprise that the automaker is still dealing with the repercussions. Of course, the major issue was the faulty ignition switch. Claims are still being received over at General Motors with 108 coming in last week alone.
Yet another Toyota recall... Although their first of the new year isn't as catastrophic as some in recent memory, and technically the issuing body is Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC, maybe Toyota Motor Corp is off the hook on this one. This one affects 2013-2015 Toyota Rav4 models built between June 1, 2013 and December 29, 2014 that were ordered with a trailer light accessory module. The computer program that controls the lights may turn off the electrical lights because it may believe that there is a phantom short circuit that doesn't actually exist. Obviously, if a trailer is being towed with no lights, it can cause a multitude of problems. No brake lights or turn signals can cause plenty of dangers to the driver and other drivers on the road.
Southeast Toyota Distributors will notify owners beginning February 23 of this year and will replace the module with a new one with that has been fixed at no charge to owners. Read on for the full report...
The Toyota Prius V is undoubtedly the ‘Big Momma’ of the Prii family. It offers lots of passenger room and the cargo capacity of a tall wagon. Plus it gets like a million miles-to-the-gallon, thanks to Toyota’s super-thrifty hybrid Synergy Drive system. But front seat passengers might not get the benefit of airbag protection in a crash. Click through to find out why…
Pressure Mounts For FCA Over Ongoing Jeep Recall; Advocates Claim Affected Vehicles Still Pose Threat To Public
The pressure is building on FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) with advocates and safety regulators trying to persuade the company to expand and intensify its efforts to contact owners of Jeeps that are affected by an ongoing recall that addresses a potential fire risk if the vehicles are struck from behind in a crash.
A Swift kick in the head--and chest, and arm--about your car's potential ''surprise'' safety systems
There is a special kind of sound that the human brain creates when it is instantly overwhelmed with a concussive force so loud and intense that the entire skull is hammered by it rather than just the eardrum.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Miscellaneous, Recalls, Reports, Safety, Technology
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In a move that many saw as inevitable, Takata president Stefan Stocker has officially stepped down as president, handing the posisition back to the grandson of company founder and current chairman Shigehisa Takada.
In this week’s episode of 1000 Ways to Die, Ford recalls the 2014 Ford F-150, 2014 Ford Flex, 2014 Ford Transit, 2015 Ford Transit, 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, 2005-2011 Lincoln Town Car, and 2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis. Problems range from a loss of steering control to malfunctioning airbag sensors. There’s even a recall to fix problems from a previous recall! Making thousands of individual parts work together isn’t easy. And with over eight million cars currently under recall, it’s starting to look like the world’s automakers aren’t quite up to the task. So let’s see how your Ford can harm you…
Tags: recall, 2014 Ford F150, 2014 Ford Flex, 2014 Ford Transit, 2015 Ford Transit PTV, Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, Mercury Grand Marquis
It seems that every car ever made has been recalled this year. Not wanting to be left out of the recall fun, Toyota voluntarily called back several thousand copies of the 2014 Toyota Camry, 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2014 Toyota Avalon, and 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. It seems the steering system can fail if you hit a pothole. At least the airbag won’t kill you…
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Audi's parent compan,y Volkswagon, has called back 101,938 of its kids to the house for some repairs. It seems that specific A4 and S4 models made between February 16, 2012 and October 21,2014 as well as Allroad models made between March 12, 2012 and the same October 21, 2014 are all coming back due to a faulty algorithm (yes, an algorithm, like math class stuff) in the air bag control module. This faulty algorithm may cause the front air bags to not deploy if a secondary impact occurs to the front of the vehicle after the deployment of the side air bags. Obviously, if there is a frontal crash, the entire point of the front air bags is, of course, to deploy. Without them, these model year 2013-2015 Audis might as well be model years 1984-1987 in terms of safety equipment, or the lack thereof.
Audi/Volkswagon will notify all owners and the recall is expected to begin November 11. The fix is free and relatively painless—just an update the to the car's software. Owners may contact Audi at 1-800-822-2834 with any questions. Read on for the full report ...