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Categories: Safety

Toyota Recalls 420,000 Cars!

On: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 9:09AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Toyota Recalls 420,000 Cars! test 2

Toyota voluntarily announced today one of the biggest recalls in automotive history, hauling back 420,200 vehicles for a faulty crankshaft pulley on one of its company V6 engines.  Models included in this are the 2004 Avalon, 2004-2005 Camry, Highlander, Sienna, and Solara, 2006 Highlander HV, as well as 2004-2005 Lexus ES330, 2004-2005 RX330, and 2006 RX400h models.

Thankfully no accidents have been reported, but Toyota isn't taking any chances. If you own one of these models and hear any strange noises coming from the engine bay, you can call the company to make an appointment ASAP. In terms of the technical side of things, Toyota says the outer ring of the crankshaft pulley might not be aligned correctly with the inner ring, which could ultimately result in power steering pump belt coming detached from the crank pulley and creating a sudden change in steering.  

Read on for the full report from the Toyota pressroom ...

Rolls Royce Recall: 2010 Ghost Models Prone To Fire

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 9:04AM | By: Chris Weiss

Rolls Royce Recall: 2010 Ghost Models Prone To Fire test 2

In a move related to the BMW recall of more than 30,000 vehicles announced last week, Rolls Royce is recalling close to 600 Ghost models. Rolls Royce is part of BMW AG, and the Ghost is experiencing the same issue with its electric auxiliary water pump that affected the BMW models.

The last thing that you really want when purchasing an ultra-premium sedan is to watch it burn to the ground, but that's apparently what could happen if the problem goes unchecked. The circuit board for the auxiliary water pump is prone to overheating, an issue that could cause a car fire. The problem could also cause the pump or other engine components to burn.

Chrysler Recalls 5,000 New Jeep Wranglers!

On: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 10:17AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Chrysler has just announced that it will be bringing back 5,334 Jeep Wranglers made between February 7, 2007 - October 11, 2011 due to a broken electrical circuit in the airbag wiring. This defect can lead to non-deployment of the airbag during a crash, which would obviously not bode well for its driver. Chrysler says it will notify all of the Jeep owners during the month of November (and what will undoubtedly become December despite their best efforts), but owners can be proactive and contact the company at 1-800-853-1403 to schedule their free fix at their local dealership.  

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

GM Recalls 38,000 G8 Models!

On: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

GM Recalls 38,000 G8 Models! test 2

Although Pontiac may be gone, it is not forgotten. Unfortunately, in this case, GM would probably opt for forgotten. It seems that one of the last models to debut as a Pontiac had a slight defect. The airbag sensor for all of the G8 models produced from November 2, 2007 - January 22, 2009 can delay the deployment of the airbag up to 30 milliseconds based on a miscalculation based on the passenger seat position. GM has not yet set up an owner-notification schedule, but owners can contact the General to set up an appointment for a free fix. 

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


30,000 BMWs Recalled!

On: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:40AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

30,000 BMW's Recalled! test 2

BMW has just issued a recall to bring back 32,084 5-Series, 5-Series Gran Turismo, 7-Series, X5, and X6 models produced from 2008-2011. Apparently, the electric auxiliary water pump can overheat which can obviously lead to big trouble, most notably a fire.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov, and get those BMW's back to the dealer ASAP!

5,000 Lotus Elise/Exige Models Recalled!

On: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 10:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

5,000 Lotus Elise/Exige Models Recalled! test 2

Without many of us noticing, Lotus has quietly become significantly more popular in recent years than they ever have before. Credit goes to the exotic looks, racecar handling, and potent yet fuel efficient engines. But, unfortunately, the more of these cars that are out there increases the risk of something going wrong with a few, or a lot of them. It seems that 5,037 examples of both Exige and Elise models from 2005-2006 are being brought back due to a faulty oil cooler line that has a propensity to become detached and potentially start a fire.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov!

GM Recalls 34,000 Equinox And Terrain Models!

On: Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 9:51AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

GM Recalls 34,000 Equinox And Terrain Models! test 2

So it seems despite the GMC commercials touting that the Terrain can guide, stow, slide, and tow, the one thing it and its cousin, the Chevrolet Equinox, cannot do is warn its owner that its cold tire pressure is 25% below normal. It seems that the tire-pressure warning light will go on only when the tire pressure is well below the 25% mark. This does not comply with federal requirements, resulting in a recall of 33,964 vehicles that have been produced over the last two model years. Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.

NHTSA Going To Disney World! (To Test Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications)

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Technology is going to be a growing story in the automotive industry. While some of that technology is of questionable value to safety and driving, some is designed specifically to make cars and commutes safer. You can actually find examples like blind spot detection and electronic stability control in current vehicles.

The future promises even more safety-driven technology, and one such aspect that companies like BMW are working on is vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Essentially, cars would be able to communicate with each other, process important traffic data, and deliver it to the driver to make the commute safer and more efficient.

The National Highway Transportation Authority NHTSA) recently held a vehicle-to-vehicle test event at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 250,000 Bikes!

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 9:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Harley-Davidson Recalls 250,000 Bikes! test 2

They tell you when you get your motorcycle license that when you are at a stoplight to pump your brakes when traffic is coming up behind you. You're supposed to do this because it is difficult for drivers to actually see and register motorcycles on highways, mostly because they are so accustomed to seeing larger cars that their brains can actually simply ignore the smaller-sized bikes until it is too late. Well, pumping brake lights might be a little harder for your average new(er) Harley driver. Why, you ask? 

Well, it seems that in no less than 25 different models Harley produced over the last three model years the brake light switch had been placed just a little too close to the exhaust. That excessive heat can cause some problems, the least of which is causing the brake light not to work at all, and could even cause a brake fluid leak at the switch, which could actually start a fire. 

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov.

Ford To Equip More Vehicles With Text-Reading Capabilities

On: Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 3:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Imagine this. You're driving along in your Mustang on a deserted road in the middle of the afternoon. The sky is bright blue; there's not a single car on the road ahead; and you decide to put that V-6 engine to the test, going a little faster than you'd usually go. All of the sudden, your car starts talking to you telling you all about how your girlfriend is out shopping for her bridesmaid dress and is so pissed about what a bridezilla diva-monger the bride is being.

"OMG! OMG!!!!" you think. "Please tell me more! My fast, serene country road drive was oh so perfect before it was ruined by completely random girlfriend drama that I don't care about. Thanks Ford!"

That is your future with Ford's text-reading function, which will be equipped to a raft of new vehicles.

Fiat 500 Gets IIHS Top Safety Pick

On: Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 9:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The tiny Fiat 500 is the car that relaunched the Fiat brand in the United States. And Chrysler/Fiat hopes that the 500 will provide a solid start to a run much improved from its last foray in the American market, when Fiats earned the nickname "Fix It Again, Tony."

So far, the car has some serious accolades on its side including a 2009 World Car Design of the Year award and a recent Kelley Blue Book recommendation as a top back-to-school car. And now it's met one of the biggest challenges that tiny cars face head on and come out the victor: the 500 has received a prestigious "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.