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Categories: Safety

Toyota Blasts CNN's Revisiting Of "Unintended Acceleration" Issue As "Irresponsible" And "Grossly Innaccurate"

On: Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 9:53AM | By: Andrew W Davis


Toyota Blasts CNN's Revisiting Of

Here’s how Toyota put it in its March 1 press release:

“In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, CNN has irresponsibly aired a grossly inaccurate segment on Anderson Cooper 360 that attempts to resurrect the discredited, scientifically unproven allegation that there is a hidden defect in Toyota’s electronic throttle control system that can cause unintended acceleration.”

And it gets uglier from there....


79,000 M, QX, And Juke Models Recalled

On: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:24AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


79,000 M, QX, And Juke Models Recalled test 2

If you happen to be one of the 79,275 people that just bought a new Infiniti M sedan, QX sport-ute, or spunky little Nissan Juke, you may just want to turn those cars right back around and head for the dealership you just came from. 

It seems that the fuel pressure sensor on nearly 80,000 cars may not have been tightened enough. Due to heat and vibration the sensor may, and will likely endure, there is a pretty decent chance it may come loose, causing a fuel leak. Needless to say, no one really wants fuel leaking into their brand new car's engine compartment. Nissan has said they will replace the sensors for free, and will begin contacting owners March 19th, but owners can (and really should) contact Nissan as soon as possible at 615-725-1000 to schedule an appointment to make their M, QX, or Juke a little more fireproof.


Porsche Recalls 20,000 Cayennes

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Porsche Recalls 20,000 Cayennes test 2

The last thing anyone who just purchased a 60, 70, 80, or even $100,000 on a brand new SUV wants to hear is, "Oh, by the way, something may just fall off your car at any point while you're driving." Unfortunately for 20,278 Porsche Cayenne owners, that's exactly what they are about to find out.

Porsche announced a recall of Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid, and Cayenne Turbo models made in 2011-2012 due to a flaw in the manufacturing of the car that could lead to the headlights literally falling out of the car. Obviously a headlamp that comes free on a major highway (or even a side street) can cause some serious problems for other drivers on the road. Porsche will begin to notify owners this week, but they may also call Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.

Read on for the full report ...


In Nevada, Red License Plates = Empty Driver's Seat

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:05AM | By: Chris Weiss


In Nevada, Red License Plates = Empty Driver's Seat test 2

Nevada is set to become the testing bed for self-driven vehicles. Last summer, the state's legislature officially legalized certain self-driven vehicles after some heavy lobbying by Google. The legislation called upon Nevada's Department of Motor Vehicles to develop rules and regulations governing the real-world use of such vehicles. Among the first rules is one that requires self-driven vehicles to be tagged with red license plates, a designation that will easily convey their autonomous status to other drivers.

If you look at the state of Nevada, it's the perfect test bed for unproven vehicle technology. You've got Vegas; you've got Tahoe; you've got some smaller gambling towns lined up around the state's borders; and you've got a whole lot of empty desert, mountains and open space in between. It's not one of the top 5 least-populated states, but considering its large size and population concentration around the borders, it has plenty of open space and uncrowded roads. Those uncrowded roadways connecting spotty towns are located next door to California, where tech companies like Google are headquarted.


 

Honda Recalls 45,000 Odysseys

On: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 9:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Honda Recalls 45,000 Odysseys test 2

Honda has issued a recall of 45,747 Odyssey models produced in 2008-2009. It seems that the gas-filled struts that were used to support the rear lift gate in models equipped with the power lift gate have been found to have a flaw from the manufacturer. This flaw may cause the gas to leak from the strut and ultimate failure in the strut.  

Now, on a personal note coming from someone who has had struts fail on a hatchback type of vehicle (mine were because of old age, not any type of flaw but the result was the same), I learned two things:  1) Hatches are a lot heavier than may initially appear, and 2) Although they are heavy, you don't know when they are falling until it is too late. As an adult, it hurt badly enough to have a hundred pound or so hatch come down on the back of this writer's head, so considering those owning an Odyssey are likely to have children it's no wonder this recall is going into effect.

Honda will begin notifying owners in about three weeks, but owners may contact Honda earlier to schedule a free fix.  

Read on for the full report ...


International Recalls 18,000 Trucks

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:08PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


International Recalls 18,000 Trucks test 2

Unfortunately for truck drivers, passengers, children, parents, and everyone else that happens to be on the road with one of the 18,959 International trucks that were made with a faulty Bendix ATR-6 traction relay valve - potentially unfortunate anyway. In extreme cold, valves can leak which can result in constant brake application. If the brakes are constantly applied, they may overheat and cause a fire, or cause a loss of control to the vehicle. The continued application of the brakes may also not cause the tail lamps to light up, potentially cause an accident due to other driver's inability to realize the trucks may be slowing down. A total of eleven International models have been affected by this recall (this same valve also caused a recall of 15,000 Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks recently).

Read on for the full list of models ...


GM Gets Factual (Not Convincing) In New Volt Commercial (Video)

On: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 11:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


GM Gets Factual (Not Convincing) In New Volt Commercial test 2

GM is in crisis mode in regards to the Chevy Volt, but you'd never know it based on its ad campaign. First, we got a pretty sappy, 'heart strings'-type ad that seemed to be more about the Detroit auto manufacturing industry than the car itself. Then we got some creepy aliens. And now we have a new commercial that sets out to lay down some facts - only it totally misses the important ones.

The new commercial titled "Just the Facts" rests largely on the Volt's past achievements, which were accomplished before all the battery fire talk and government investigations. The first set of facts relates to the entirely subjective: Chevy lists all the awards that the Volt won... long before the battery fires ever became public. Old news, and not really impressive anymore.


Dodge Recalls 9,600 Police Chargers

On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 5:16PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Dodge Recalls 9,600 Police Chargers test 2

Dodge has issued a recall to bring back 9,688 Chargers built in 2011 and 2012 equipped with its police package. It seems these criminal catchers have multiple issues. One problem has to do with the low-beam headlamps, which can burn out due to the bulb harness connector burning out. The second issue stems from the power distribution center having the propensity to overheat and shorting out the ABS and electronic stability control systems.

Obviously, being able to see the road as well as having the aid of safety systems are all paramount to any kind of high speed pursuit and Chrysler has said they will begin the recall as early as March.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...


Nissan Recalls 36,000 Versas!

On: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 4:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Nissan Recalls 36,000 Versas! test 2

If you are one of the 36,608 owners of a Nissan Versa produced between June 9, 2011 and January 13, 2012 you may want to get it back to the dealership with some haste. It seems that because of a factory defect in how the shifter rod and shift knob interact, drivers may inadvertently shift the car out of park and into gear without warning.

Obviously, this can have severe and potentially fatal consequences to not only the driver and passengers, but also to those walking by and around the cars. Nissan will notify all owners, but owners may contact them at 1-800-647-7261 with any questions or to set up an appointment.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...


15,000 Kenworth & Peterbilt Trucks Recalled

On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 10:33AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


15,000 Kenworth & Peterbilt Trucks Recalled test 2

One of the scarier thoughts we've all had driving down the highway is the notion that that huge semi filling up the rearview mirror might not be able to stop in enough time. The next thought following that one is more of an image, as we imagine our car becoming more like a crush soda can, and our day ending just a little worse than we could hope for.

 Unfortunately, those thoughts just got a little closer to becoming a potential reality because Paccar, the parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks has just issued a recall of 15,932 spanning 21 different models. The reason? A faulty check valve on the brakes that can ultimately lead to a fire, or loss of control of the truck. 

All 21 models are either 2012 or 2013 trucks, so if you just purchased your first truck to go with that brand new CDL, you might want to give Peterbilt or Kenworth a call to schedule a free fix of your faulty valve before you make some poor driver's worst fears come true.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...


Kia Recalls 145,000 Cars

On: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 11:01AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Kia Optima test 2

This week, Kia has issued a recall on 2006-2008 Optima models as well as 2007-2008 Rondo models totaling a whopping 145,755 when they were all said and done. All of these cars share the same potential defect -- a clock spring contact assembly used for the driver's air bag that may ultimately cause the air bag not to deploy in the event of a crash.  

Kia has since figured out how to fix the problem and has stated that they will, of course, fix the cars in question free of charge. Kia has also said that they will begin contacting customers in March, but owners may reach out to them beforehand with any questions.  

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...