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Categories: Safety

BMW Recalls 2,642 New X5 And X6 Models

On: Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 2:49PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

BMW Recalls 2,642 New X5 And X6 Models test 2

Well, you finally made it! You got that brand new BMW you've always wanted! Congratulations! However, before you start showing off that new BMW SUV, you may want to take a ride back to the dealership.  That is, if you are one of the 2,642 unlucky folks who picked up a 2012 X5/X6 or a 2013 X6 equipped with a diesel engine you may have already noticed or smelled some leaking power steering fluid.

Unfortunately, because of a mistake made during production, the steering gear surface was machined improperly, causing the leak. The bigger issue is that if that fluid comes in contact exhaust manifolds it could catch fire -- ruining that brand new Bimmer pretty quickly.

Read on for the full report, and how to contact BMW to schedule your free fix.

Honda Recalls 50,000 Civics!

On: Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 4:01PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Honda Recalls 50,000 Civics! test 2

Honda has just released a recall to bring back an astounding 50,190 brand new 2012 Civics. It seems that a retaining clip was not installed during production that may cause the driveshaft to separate. As one can imagine, this potential problem can cause serious trouble for drivers and pedestrians alike. The car may roll away even when placed in "park" unless the emergency brake is engaged. The car could suddenly lose power due to the loss of connection between the engine and the drive wheels, causing serious traffic problems and more than likely a crash.

Owners can call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 to schedule a free inspection/repair of their driveshaft, or simply wait for Honda to begin contacting customers later this month.  

Read on for the full report.

NHTSA Expands Probe, Chrysler Holds Breath

On: Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:53AM | By: Chris Salamone

Jeep Grand Cherokee Explodes test 2

Late last year a Lake Mary, Florida accident rose to the attention of national media. A 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee was involved in a rear-end collision, and then proceeded to explode and roast a 24-year-old male caught in a series of tragic, and unexpected, events. And, while heart-wrenching, the incident reached critical media mass not because of the vehicle, driver, or ensuing disaster. Instead, it seemed that the accident verified AND fueled an investigation already underway by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – which started a full year before, in August 2010.

Even so, up until recently, the NHTSA was set on evaluating only 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees. Apparently though, after a half year, the NHTSA has finally decided to broaden the scope of the agency’s investigation to include the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty and…you guessed it…the 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokee. That brings the total to a whopping 5.1 million Chrysler vehicles.

The heart of the debate is the location of Chrysler’s fuel tanks. In older models, mostly made before 2005, the company placed plastic fuel tanks behind the rear axle and slightly below the rear bumper. The Center for Auto Safety alleges that such a location makes the tank more prone to leak or rupture during an impact.

Click It Or Ticket Goes Canine In New Jersey

On: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 3:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Click It Or Ticket Goes Canine In New Jersey test 2

The image of a golden retreiver's mangy furr fluttering carelessly in the 55-mph wind on the other side of a car window is nearly as timeless as the automobile itself. Yet, that image will soon be no more in one state. New Jersey has instituted new fines, ranging from $250 to $1,000, for drivers that don't buckle their pets up. Another weird but true law hits the books.

NJ police officers, as well as officers of the NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, can now pull over drivers for traveling with their pets unrestrained and issue fines of up to $1,000. Drivers are also vulnerable to disorderly person charges for animal cruelty.


Fisker Expands Its Fire Recall

On: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Expands Its Fire Recall test 2

Well, that wasn't destined to last very long. After a rare spate of good news last week, Fisker is back in the negative headlines business. The green automaker is expanding a previous recall. While recalls are a standard part of the industry, a potential battery fire issue in a battery-powered plug-in is an image-damaging affair - especially when you basically forgot a few models the first time around.

The company was quick to provide a retort to early reports that the recall was a new recall, saying in a statement: "Fisker Automotive would like to reassure customers and dealers that it has not issued a new product recall, contrary to erroneous suggestions in an earlier blog-posting carried on WSJ.com today. The minor adjustment to the VIN range is an administrative filing with NHTSA, the federal transport safety agency, to update information relating to an existing voluntary recall of 239 Fisker Karma vehicles from December 2011."

Chevy Recalls 4,300 New Malibus

On: Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 10:17AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chevy Recalls 4,300 New Malibus test 2

If you happen to have just picked up your new 2013 Malibu, you might want to check just when your car was manufactured. If it was between October 24th of 2011 and March 31st of 2012 you should probably give Chevy a call to have it checked out.

In the General's most recent recall, 4,304 Malibus were called back to the factory due to some software issues with the car's Sensing and Diagnostic Module. The SDM may reset itself which may ultimately result in the roof rail airbag deploying without warning. Another nasty side effect could prevent the air bags from deploying and the seat belt tensioners from retracting  during a crash, which could cause serious injuries.  

GM has said it will begin the free recall this week, and fix the SDM free of charge. Read on for the full report.

More Ferrari Fire Problems? FF Goes Up In Poland

On: Wed, May 30, 2012 at 3:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

FF Goes Up In Poland test 2

"Fire" must be the most feared word in Maranello these days. After a very public fire problem with the 458 Italia, another new Ferrari model is having a bout of fire problems of its own. An FF burned to the ground near Krakow, Poland recently, making three publicized FF fire incidents. Even if it has nothing to do with Ferrari's manufacturing, it's another fire headline that the Prancing Horse really doesn't need.

According to a report from Polish site Kontakt 24, the Ferrari burned to the ground on the A4 outside of Krakow. Firefighters tried to douse the flames but, as you can see, were unable to save the grand tourer. The site reports this as the third FF fire, and the Polish incident joins a February FF fire in Shanghai and a test drive incident in Germany last year.

Acura Recalls 52,000 TL Models

On: Wed, May 30, 2012 at 11:12AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Acura Recalls 52,000 TL Models test 2

Honda has issued a recall of 52,615 Acura TL models thanks to some questionable hoses. It seems that after dealing with high under-hood temperatures for extended periods of time, that heat along with high power steering fluid temperatures can cause the power steering hoses to deteriorate. That deterioration can lead to leaking fluid which can find its way to the catalytic converters and ultimately cause a fire.  

Honda/Acura is planning on contacting all owners of the affected cars staring next month, but if you'd like to get the jump on the crowd, contact Honda's customer service at 1-888-327-4236 to schedule a free-of-charge appointment for the installation of high-temp resistant hoses.  

Read on for the full report ...

Speed Trap Warnings, A-OK In Florida

On: Fri, May 25, 2012 at 9:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

Speed Trap Meme test 2

For those of us plugged into the internet meme craze, the above picture features the square-jawed splendor of Good Guy Greg – a meme backdrop which went viral late last spring. But instead of doing your chores or spreading random acts of kindness, this picture shows Good Guy Greg offering a warning to would-be moving traffic violators.

As it would turn out, though, highway patrolmen and blue jackets all over have been issuing citations for speed trap warnings. Last August, a Seminole County, Florida deputy did just that, ticketing Ryan Kinter (25) for flashing his headlights to warn neighbors of a nearby speed trap.

Except Circuit Judge Alan Dickey ruled on Tuesday that (1) a law banning motorists from flashing after-market emergency lights does not apply to headlight-speed trap communication AND (2) headlight communication is a form of First Amendment Speech, protected by the First Amendment.

So polish off the high beams, head light warnings are a-ok in Florida.

Jeep Recalls 67,000 Wranglers!

On: Wed, May 23, 2012 at 10:58AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Jeep Recalls 67,000 Wranglers! test 2

Although Wranglers are known as the go-anywhere, do-anything machines of the world, it seems like their Achilles’ heel was built-in from the factory. Jeep is recalling 67,872 Wranglers from 2010 equipped automatic transmissions because the skid plate that protects the tranny can collect debris. 

Now, that may not sound like a big deal because, hey, it's a Jeep right? No debris, no fun! The only issue is that the skid plate was located just a little too close to the catalytic converter, which can get pretty hot and unfortunately potentially ignite that debris. Thankfully Jeep is going to replace the entire skid plate with a skid bar that will not collect debris, but still protect the transmission. It is a fairly simple and straight forward bolt up fix, and free, so owners won't have to take too much time out of their trail-raiding activities.

Read on for the full report and how to contact Chrysler to set up and appointment to get your Jeep fixed today ...

Ferrari Recalls 458 and California Models

On: Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:32PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ferrari Recalls 458 and California Models test 1-1

It seems that the Ferrari 458 can't catch a break.  First there were rumors flying around about their supposed propensity to catch fire thanks to a defective bonding adhesive used to attach the heat-shield.  Now, it seems that Ferrari is issuing a recall of 458 models, and California models are getting on some of the action too.

Though it is only a handful of models—74 at the time of this writing, one has to wonder just how many more of this very same recall might show up in the near future.  It seems that certain 2011-2012 Ferrari 458 models and some 2012 California models are being brought back in because the crankshaft may have been incorrectly machined at the factory.  This defect could cause the engine to fail completely without notice, which could become fatal given the speeds these cars are capable of traveling at.  Hopefully this is the last we hear of crankshaft issues on 458 models, or any Ferraris for that matter, but only time will tell for sure.  Read on for the full report ...