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 |  Aug 08 2014, 10:45 AM

GM Recall

GM is mired in a recall debacle the likes of which this industry has never faced before. But things just keep getting worse for the Detroit-based automaker. Now they can’t find nearly 140,000 cars and trucks that are subject to their ignition-switch call-back.

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 |  Sep 05 2013, 4:52 PM

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Attention Volvo drivers, your shiny new 2014 model car or crossover may have an electrical glitch. The automaker is recalling nearly 8,000 vehicles to correct a computer-related problem.

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 |  Aug 17 2012, 9:02 AM

Infiniti has a home run on its hands with the new JX crossover, which is a rethought approach to the same puzzle Acura solved with the MDX, but a new recall is proving the car isn’t perfect.

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 |  Aug 13 2012, 12:41 PM

A small portion of Chrysler’s one-size-fits-all Pentastar V6 engines are reported to have faulty cylinder heads, which are being replaced by the automaker under warranty. 

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 |  Feb 11 2012, 2:00 PM

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BMW has been charged with a U.S. civil penalty for a failure to report auto-safety defects and recalls in a timely manner for approximately 338,700 vehicles in 2010.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW was reviewed in 2010 when the German automaker routinely did not disclose enough information regarding defects and recalls for vehicles including the X5 and X6 SUVs, the 5-series Grand Turismo crossover, 1 Series and 7 Series Cars, as well as motorcycles. In NHTSA’s December 15, 2010 report, a regulator noted, “BMW appears to maintain a practice, by design or habit, in which it provides little information in its initial filings. Where information required to be provided as part of a recall report is not provided initially, BMW will assure it will provide that information, but then take an inordinate amount of time to do so.”

At $3 million, BMW received the highest penalty since the NHTSA fined Toyota $16.4 million for its own defects and recalls.

Quoted from an email statement written by NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, “It’s critical to the safety of the driving public that defects and recalls are reported in short order. NHTSA expects all manufacturers to address automotive safety issues quickly and in a forthright manner.”

According to BMW U.S. spokesman Dave Buchko, BMW will respond by changing its reporting methods for future recalls and defects. Buchko adds, “In each case when a defect was identified, a recall was conducted.”

[Source: Bloomberg]

 |  Apr 12 2011, 4:28 PM

While we reported on the recall regarding the Chevrolet Cruze and its defective steering wheel issue, we didn’t realize just how severe the problem was until we saw video of the defect, and the very real consequences it could pose.

A Youtube user uploaded a video of one of the vehicles, which shows the steering wheel hanging on by a couple wires and nothing more. The car in question only had 1600 miles on it, and a mother, grandmother and 19 month infant were travelling in the vehicle when the steering wheel detached at 65 mph while travelling on a highway.

While General Motors is taking steps to fix the issue, seeing it in person raises a whole host of questions regarding the matter – namely, how the hell could this happen on a modern production car that’s otherwise well built?

Get more Chevy Cruze news and info at CruzeTalk.com

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 |  Apr 08 2011, 4:47 PM

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General Motors will recall 2,100 Chevrolet Cruze sedans after a steering wheel came loose from the car’s steering column recently. General Motors claims that no injuries resulted from the problem, and a bolt that was not properly installed was the culprit.

“We made a mistake, but we’re confident that we’ve got it fixed,” said GM spokesman Allen Adler. GM claims it has inspected 2,000 cars at the Ohio plant that produces the car. Dealers have isolated the potentially dangerous vehicles and will inspect them as well. While NHTSA would normally issue an official recall notice, the government shutdown that may occur due to a political dispute may prevent it from being released in a timely manner.

Get more Chevy Cruze news and info at CruzeTalk.com

 |  Mar 30 2011, 1:34 PM

Although the destroyed Chinese Lamborghini will forever linger in the minds of car enthusiasts bemused by the antics of spoiled owners, a Range Rover driver decided to take a less apoplectic approach and simply returned his Range Rover by towing it to the dealership with two donkeys.

Dissatisfied after his Rover broke down 6 times in one year (requiring a new engine as well), the unidentified man towed the car (worth $304,604 in China) to the dealer after its 7th breakdown and demanded a refund. The situation was apparently not resolved, but at least it gave the internet something to laugh at on a Wednesday morning.

[Source: TheTycho]

 |  Jul 06 2010, 12:01 PM

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A recall of more than 100,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles this past week was originally known about in 2007, after complaints regarding the defective valve springs began to surface at that time.

So far, Toyota has only listed a vague explanation for the defect, with a company spokeswoman stating that “The problem occurs when foreign substances enter the material used to make the part, causing the spring to weaken and break.” According Monika Saito, Toyota’s spokeswoman, the company implemented a re-designed valve spring once the problem was discovered, but felt that a recall was unnecessary.

The recall may affect as many as 270,000 cars world wide, with the Lexus GS, IS and LS models comprising the bulk of the problem vehicles. Toyota is also recalling the Lexus HS250h hybrid sedan for an unrelated safety defect.

[Source: Automotive News]