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GM Recalls 54,000 Trucks!

On: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:04PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

GM Recalls 54,000 Trucks! test 2

In yet another recall, GM has decided to call back 12 different models from three different companies under its umbrella totaling a massive 54,686 cars in all. It was only a few weeks ago that GM issued a similar recall for several of its non-SUV models, and now the bigger trucks are suffering from the same issue. It seems that Chevy Avalanche, Express, Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe, GMC Savanna, Sierra, Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade models may have a faulty park lock cable or a defective steering column gear that could result in the vehicle shifting out of Park with little or no warning, even when the car is not running or the brake is not depressed.  This could result in a very bad day for the driver, passengers, surrounding pedestrians, or all of the above.

GM has said they will bring the defective models back and replace any defective parts for free. Owners will begin to begin to be notified this month. Read on for the full report.

Subaru Recalls 633,000 Cars!

On: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 5:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Subaru Forester test 2

Subaru has issued a massive recall of 633,842 vehicles spanning six years and four of their well-known models. Certain Tribeca models from 2006 through 2012, as well Legacy and Outback from 2010 through 2012, and Forester models from 2009 through 2012 have all been recalled due to faulty puddle lights located under the doors of the vehicles. Subaru says that up to 53,999 of these vehicles could have been equipped with these lights, which are susceptible to a short circuit if they are exposed to certain road conditions (such as salt and water resulting from wintery conditions). A short circuit in these conditions could result in the plastic panels these lights are mounted in to melt or even catch fire.

Subaru said it will contact owners to begin bringing cars in next month for a free fix.  Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Read on for the full report.

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.

Chevy Is Rushing To Redesign The Malibu

On: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 1:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Is Rushing To Redesign The Malibu test 1-1

The 2012 Chevy Malibu performed well in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study earlier this year, but reviews haven't been so favorable for the redesigned 2013 Malibu. Despite having just given the model a full refresh, Chevy is already talking about a redesign.


Ford Recalls Another 80,000 New Cars

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

Ford Recalls Another 80,000 New Cars test 1-1

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. 

No Encore For The Acura ZDX

On: Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 2:58PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

No Encore For The Acura ZDX test 2

George Carlin once said, "Too many choices America, it's not healthy."  And while it may not be appropriate to explain Carlin's preamble to that statement on a public forum, one thing we can extrapolate from the famous comedian is that those words may not be truer than in the automotive realm.  

Hopefully the folks over at Acura have a sense of humor because if not, they may not be taking the exit of the ZDX after just three models years very well. Yup, that's right. The car-no-wait-truck-no-wait-SUV-no-wait-whatever ZDX has simply not sold well at all for Honda's luxury division. To throw out some basic numbers, since its debut in 2010, Acura has sold a paltry 5,465 ZDX models in two full model years. By comparison, BMW has sold almost four times that number of X6 models in that that same time period.

EPA Kicks Hyundai And Kia Out Of The 40 MPG Club

On: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 10:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

EPA Kicks Hyundai And Kia Out Of The 40 MPG Club test 2

As is evident in competitive sports, where top athletes (we're looking at you Armstrong) are quietly but consistently breaking rules and ethics to get ahead, sometimes winning requires an edge. Hyundai may be the most fuel efficient brand in America, but it's been cutting a few corners to maintain that distinction. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently found that the Korean automaker overstated fuel economy claims. The agency found discrepancies between its own audit and the numbers given by the automaker. Hyundai and Kia will be busy taking the proverbial red marker to fuel economy stickers as a result.

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

Jeep Grand Cherokee test 2

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.

Toyota Prius May Get Sportier

On: Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota NS4 concept test 2

Limited size, frumpy styling and great gas mileage - it's a formula that's been defining hybrids and electric cars since they've launched. No car better exemplifies this than the original lean, green machine, the Toyota Prius. The hybrid's styling is enough to draw snickers from strangers and jokes from friends, but its 50 mpg makes drivers plenty content to ignore any negativity from the peanut gallery.

Prius drivers of the future may get the best of both worlds. According to a Toyota executive, the next-generation Prius may trade in the small-hatch shape for something with more visual appeal.