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Categories: Safety

Hyundai Veloster: 3 Doors, 2 Recalls

On: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 10:04AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Hyundai Veloster: 3 Doors, 2 Recalls test 2

Hyundai has issued two recalls this month that may make owners a little less confident driving around their rage-against-the-norm three door Velosters. The first applies to 13,500 Veloster models built between November 1, 2011 and April 17, 2012 that have the optional panoramic sunroof. It seems that the sunroof may have been weakened during its production and thus may actually break while the car is in use which would not make for a good day for any driver. 

The second recall affects 4,490 models built between July 2, 2011 and February 12, 2012. It seems that on these models, the parking brake components are susceptible to road debris and moisture which could interfere with its effectiveness and inadvertently cause the brake not to function. Obviously a non-functioning parking brake could cause a host of issues for drivers and pedestrians alike.

Owners can contact Hyundai at 1-888-327-4236 to schedule a free fix beginning in January of the new year.

Read on for the full reports.

Ford Recalls Another 80,000 New Cars

On: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 10:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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From what it seems like, Ford has not put their best effort into the production of their entry-level SUV, the Escape -- ever.  Ford has issued a multitude of recalls for the Escape for just about every year the Blue Oval has produced them.  This most recent recall not only brings back 2013 model Ford Escapes built between October 5, 2011 - November 26, 2012 but also includes new Ford Fusion models built between February 3, 2012 and November 29, 2012. 

End Of An Icon: VW Camper Soon To Be No More

On: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 3:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

End Of An Icon: VW Camper Soon To Be No More test 2

Many Americans probably think that the Volkswagen Transporter T2 - the VW Microbus, if you will - ended production sometime in the haze-filled days of the 1970s. Truth is, Volkswagen has been offering the T2 in South America for decades; it just traded it in for a more modernized (and less stylish) series of Transporters in markets like the United States and Europe. Unfortunately, Brazilian regulations are about to get too tough, and Volkswagen is planning the official global end of the Microbus after 63 years.

Toyota Recalls 669,000 Prius Models

On: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Toyota Recalls 669,000 Prius Models test 2

Toyota has issued a recall of its famous hybrid, and quite the recall it is. 669,705 models in all, encompassing five model years of production (2004-2009). It seems that these Prius models may have a steering shaft assembly that has been built with metal splines that have not been made with the appropriate amount of hardness. Due to that apparent manufacturing defect, these splines have the potential to simply fail after an indeterminate amount of time. If they fail, it could cause the driver to lose control of the car's steering.

Toyota has said it will begin contacting owners next month and will replace the splines for free if they deem the parts to be defective. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with any questions or to set up an appointment to have their Prius inspected.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.


Jeep Recalls 744,000 Grand Cherokee And Liberty Models

On: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 2:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Jeep has announced that is has issued a recall for Grand Cherokee models built between February 13, 2001 through May 23, 2003 and Liberty models built between January 9, 2001 and March 28, 2003 totaling a whopping 744,822 vehicles in all. It seems a part of the air bag control module can go bad after some time and its failure may cause any one of the airbags (driver's, passenger's, or side curtain) as well as the seatbelt tensioners to deploy. Obviously, if an airbag deploys at a time when it is not needed, it could cause serious injury or even death due to a crash.  

Chrysler (Jeep's parent company) has said it will fix the airbag module for free, and begin contacting owners early in 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 with any questions or to schedule their repair date.

Read on for the full report.

Ford Finds That Your Car May Be A Rolling Petri Dish

On: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 12:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Finds That Your Car May Be A Rolling Petri Dish test 2

TV hosts wielding black lights have long turned our stomachs in regard to the glaring lack of cleanliness in hotel rooms. Ford shows us that germs and disease are lurking much closer to home. In a recent study with the University of Michigan, Ford found that the vehicle is essentially a four-wheeled orgy of microorganisms.

Ford studied 10 individual areas of the car, including steering wheels, radio buttons, door handles, window switches and gear shift knobs, collecting samples from employee and company vehicles. It found evidence of bacteria growth in most locations, with the highest concentrations around the cup holder and on the steering wheel.

Chevy To Repair Software Glitch On 4,000 Volt Models

On: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

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You know how software requires constant updating and can quickly render your computer a useless block of plastic? Well, with automobiles relying more and more on electronics, we may be in for a future where software does the same thing to our cars. GM is currently dealing with one such glitch on the Chevy Volt.

According to the Detroit News, GM has FedExed letters to some 4,000 2013 Volt owners about bringing their hybrids in for a free software update. A problem with the software threatens to shut the Volt engine down during driving, requiring owners to pull over, shut the car off, and restart the engine several moments later - obviously more than just a minor inconvenience while driving. According to the newspaper's information, the brakes and steering continue to work and the problem only affects drivers that make use of the Volt's delayed charging function.

Ford Recalls 154,000 New Fiestas

On: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 2:55PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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It seems like it's almost every week that there is another recall from Ford. In fact, give or take, it has been. This week, another 154,604 brand new 2012-2013 Fiesta models has been called back to the dealership. It seems that cars built from November 3, 2009 - September 21, 2012 have passenger side air bags that will not deploy during a side impact collision if the passenger seat is empty. Though the Fiesta's manual does explain this issue, it has been found out that right rear passenger would not be protected in the event of a side impact collision if the passenger seat was empty.  

Ford has said it will contact owners in the next two weeks to reprogram the Fiesta's computer to allow the side airbag to deploy. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 with questions or to set up an appointment for a fix.

Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Cars

On: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 10:09AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Sigh. That's about all one can do at this point when it comes to recalls and Toyota. It isn't even the fact that this recall isn't that incredibly significant (though any defect that can potentially cause a fire in the vehicle doesn't quite qualify as insignificant either), it is the fact that again, this is another Toyota recall of more than 2.5 million cars -- 2,519,424 to be exact. The recall affects 13 models spanning three model years. The Toyota Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Rav4, Sequoia, Tundra, Yaris, as well as the Scion XB and XD, and finally the Toyota-built Pontiac Vibe. All of these cars potentially suffer from a poorly built power window master switch. The switches were supposed to be made using a specific amount of lubrication to help stave off overheating, however they did not all receive the proper amount of lubrication, and thus are prone to overheating and potentially melting and even possibly catching on fire. Clearly this is not a good thing. 

Again, it's not that this recall is of such substantial magnitude that it will put Toyota out of business. It is more the fact that this is yet another small little production mistake that the Toyota of old simply would not have made. For a company that had built a reputation of value and attention to detail, this is just one more piece of evidence that they have gotten away from that philosophy -- at least for a few years. 

Owners can contact dealers to schedule their free fix, which will either be the addition of a heat inhibiting grease or a complete replacement of the switch in question. Read on for the full report and list of model years affected.

How Motor Racing Made Your Road Car Safer

On: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:58AM | By: Jon Summers

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Watching NASCAR or Formula 1 it is hard to see how the lessons learned at nearly 200 mph, high on the banking at Daytona, could somehow make your commute across a congested town, never exceeding 50 mph, a safer experience. However, looking closely, almost every facet of the modern automobile has been shaped by motor racing, including many things which make everyday journeys safer:

Dodge Recalls 44,000 Pickup Trucks

On: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 12:51PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Chrysler has announced a recall of 44,300 of its Dakota and Ram trucks. The trucks in question have build dates between July 1, 2009 - November 30, 2009. It seems that the pinion nut may not have been manufactured with the proper amount of adhesive, and thus may be prone to coming loose causing the axle to lock up. If the axle locks up unexpectedly, it can cause the driver to lose control and crash.

Chrysler has said it will fix the problem free of charge by installing a pinion nut retainer on all potentially affected trucks. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 to schedule their free fix. Read on for the full report.