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Categories: Safety

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 ...

Mini Recalls 88,000 Cars

On: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 12:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Mini Recalls 88,000 Cars test 2

Mini parent company BMW is bringing back 88,911 Mini Coopers from 2007 through 2011 in various trims and forms, all for the same reason -- a faulty circuit board on the auxiliary water pump used for cooling the turbocharger. Apparently this faulty piece may malfunction, overheat, and possibly catch fire -- ruining any chance of having a nice Sunday drive. 

The recall is expected to begin next month, but getting your Cooper in ahead of the crowd is certainly not against the rules. BMW will replace the circuit board free of charge.

Read on for the full report on exactly which model/years are included in this recall.

New Smartphone App Fights Drunk Driving

On: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 10:12AM | By: Chris Weiss

BreathalEyes test 2

Need to be entertained in the dwindling hours of work? Smartphone app. Need directions to the bar where your co-workers are gathering for happy hour? Smartphone app. Need to make sure that combination of light appetizers and cheap drinks didn't leave you too inebriated to drive? Smartphone app.

A new smartphone app called BreathalEyes gives you an approximation of your blood alcohol level to prevent you from getting behind the wheel.

GM Issues Solutions For Volt Fire Hazards

On: Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 10:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Issues Solutions For Volt Fire Hazards test 2

On November 25, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration opened up an investigation on the Chevy Volt's battery. The investigation was in response to a Volt that had crashed during NHTSA testing in May and subsequently caught fire, an occurrence that was attributed to leaking coolant from the lithium-ion battery. Subsequent NHTSA testing also led to fire, causing the agency to open an official investigation on the issue.

The NHTSA's investigation remains ongoing, but Chevy has offered a solution to the issue.


Chevy Sonics Recalled For Missing Brake Pads

On: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 11:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chevy Sonics Recalled For Missing Brake Pads test 2

Look, when it comes to recalls, we will be the first to admit that some recalls are definitely worse than others. Occasionally there may be an issue with a faulty solder on one out of ten thousands spots on a particular model from a particular year, and yes, although annoying, it isn't altogether unexpected every now and then. As long as you are made aware of the problem (which we here at blog.autoshopper.com try to help with), you can hopefully have the issued fixed as soon as possible without any real issue.

Now, up until this week, Chevrolet had been doing fairly well in the public eye for no other reason than it hasn't really had any major recalls like some other big-name car companies. However, that was last week. This week Chevy has announced the recall of 4,296 Chevy Sonics made from June 2, 2011 through November 21, 2011 (all of which are designed 2012 models) because, "on some of these vehicles, the front brake inner or outer pad may be missing." 

Like we said, some recalls are just simply worse than others. Missing brake pads is a tough one to explain to your customers. GM is planning on notifying (and more than likely apologizing) on or around January 21, but quite honestly, that still doesn't feel fast enough.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.

Japanese Smart Seats Could Prevent Theft

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

Japanese Smart Seats Could Prevent Theft test 2

Researchers in Japan have designed an interesting new type of anti-theft device for vehicles. The specially designed driver seat is capable of recognizing its owner and cutting off the ignition if a foreign...um..backside is present.

Developed at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo, the seats, which we'll call smart seats, incorporate a series of 360 pressure sensors that are capable of recognizing the size and shape of the owner. Data from the sensors is sent to the cloud where an external computer analyzes it. If the profile matches the rightful owner, the car starts. If the profile doesn't match, the car doesn't start.

33,000 Nissan Sentras Recalled

On: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

33,000 Nissan Sentras Recalled test 2

Although it doesn't sound like much, something as simple as a faulty coating on a battery terminal can in turn cause some damage. In fact, it could potentially cause so many problems for Nissan, they have decided to recall all 33,803 Sentras built between May 11 - May 22 of 2010, as well as cars built from July 8 - October 25 of 2010.

It seems the zinc coating may in fact have been thicker than called for, causing some problems for electric to pass through as intentioned. This may cause a sudden drop in voltage or even a stall while the car is in motion -- which obviously can cause some significant damage.

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

GM Recalls 2010 And 2011 Cadillac SRX Models

On: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 2:48PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Recalls 2010 And 2011 Cadillac SRX Models test 2

GM issued a recall of 2010 and '11 model year SRX crossovers on Thursday. The recall is related to a potentially serious issue in which failing transmissions can allow the SRX to roll out of park.

The recall affects more than 15,000 SRX models worldwide, with about 8,789 located in the United States. The affected models are model year 2010 and 2011 built between October 26, 2008 and June 23, 2011. According to GM, no injuries or deaths have resulted from the transmission issue, but one run-away vehicle has been reported.

Ford Recalls 16,000 New Trucks!

On: Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 2:56PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ford Recalls 16,000 New Trucks! test 2

It seems "Built Ford Tough" doesn't always mean "built without flaws". Ford has issued a recall of 16,091 trucks -- some F-150 models built between September 9th through the 22nd of 2011, and then F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 models built between September 12th through the 22nd of 2011. For one reason or another, the F-150 models are designated as 2011 models while the rest of the group are 2012 models. Either way, the issue with these trucks lies in the transmission. It seems that the tranny can be shifted out of park without depressing the brake pedal first.

Although it is being deemed a 'theft protection' issue, the real problem is the safety issue that can arise out of a huge truck being dropped into drive by accident. Ford says they will notify dealers and owners towards the end of December, but getting that truck in sooner than later will no doubt be the safer option.

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

Nissan Recalls 28,000 Jukes!

On: Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 10:01AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Nissan Recalls 28,000 Jukes! test 2

All it takes is one bad weld. Yup, thanks to a defective weld on the Juke's boost sensor bracket, the bracket may detach itself from its perch, and as you could imagine -- cause quite a bit of destruction, especially if the car is in motion. Besides coming separated from the engine, Nissan has also said the defect could cause the engine could stall with no warning whatsoever, again causing some serious issues. The defect has affected 28,294 Juke models built between April 9th and May 12th 2011 according to Nissan. Owners will be notified beginning January 9, 2012 and the fix will be done free of charge.

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

Nissan Seat Technology Keeps You Awake And Alert

On: Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Seat Technology Keeps You Awake And Alert test 2

Anyone that's ever taken a road trip knows that staying awake on a long drive gets difficult after a while. There's a lot of boring, monotonous country out there and driving through it for hours on end is bound to make you yawn and blink a little more frequently than usual. Of course, falling asleep at the wheel isn't an option and sometimes you have to just chug caffeine, blast freezing outside air onto your face, slap yourself and otherwise power through. Nissan believes that it has yet another solution: fatigue-reducing seats.