It’s a case of technicality versus practicality: The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration told Hyundai to replace the center rear seat belts in 14,728 Sonata Hybrids made between 2011 and 2012, but the Korean automaker declined. It comes down to a dispute over why the belts need to be changed. U.S. safety regulations prohibit using “a release… Continue Reading...
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Porsche may have made a serious mistake in hiring an ex Wile E. Coyote illustrator to assemble their Cayenne SUVs. Sure it’s funny to see the sneaky canine’s eyes pop out, but there’s nothing funny about that happening to your car. Jokes aside, more than 20,000 Porsche Cayennes from the 2011-12 model year, including the Cayenne,… Continue Reading...
Toyota is recalling 427 2011 RAV4 models because the side-curtain airbags that might not deploy. According to the notice, a propellant with incorrect specifications was used in the airbag inflator. In certain instances that can cause one or both of the devices to fail. The vehicles included in the recall were made between November 24… Continue Reading...
The problem, concerns the vehicles’ lighting system, specifically the tail lamps, which can unexpectedly fail, compromising visibility in dark or misty conditions, potentially leading to accidents. Continue Reading...
Kudos to BMW for owning up to its mistakes. Too often the news is full of scandals where car companies tried to cover catastrophes with foggy facts, but not the Bavarian luxury car king, no sir. Instead, we stumbled across a recall that BMW deserves a pat on the back for, despite having to laugh… Continue Reading...
The recall affects 2006 to early 2010 Fit subcompacts, plus in the US, the company is also recalling some 80,111 CR-Vs from the 2006 model year for similar problems. Continue Reading...
American automakers are performing much better regarding vehicle safety recalls compared to their Japanese counterparts. Approaching the middle of 2011, there have been 59 recalls, potentially affecting 6.8 million cars and light trucks. In 2010 at this point in the year, there had been 65 recalls potentially affecting 9.6 million light vehicles. Toyota, whose reputation… Continue Reading...
The automaker said the cause of the problem was “improper identification of rejected components by new employees during the second shift.” Out of some 14,000 steering columns Chrysler inspected, it found that seven of them boasted missing or incorrect rivets. Continue Reading...
However, Schumer feels that the proposed system simply doesn’t go far enough. “The latest proposal by car rental companies to create a vague double-standard that defines some recalled cars as safe and others as dangerous allows these companies to shirk their responsibility to consumers’ safety,” he said. Continue Reading...
Nissan North America announced today it will begin sharing information for Nissan and Infiniti vehicles with Carfax, in an effort to provide used-car shoppers with improved access to information on open safety and emissions recalls. “We strive to have recall campaign work completed in a timely fashion,” said John Spoon, vice president, Parts and Service, NNA. “By… Continue Reading...
A recall has been issued for a number of 2007-11 model year Tundras because they may have incorrectly calibrated TPMS systems, preventing warning lights from operating when tire pressures are low. Continue Reading...
In fact, no fewer than 35 cases of severe rusting were reported and of those, 18 vehicles were suffering from steering problems as a result. Continue Reading...
The administration also contacted Chrysler, asking the automaker to find the root cause of the issue and fix it, stating Manufacturer and importers should take precautionary measures for the vehicles involved to ensure consumers’ safety.” Continue Reading...
However, Kia also says that so far, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not recorded any instances of injuries resulting from the problem. Continue Reading...
But how do you fix a problem like this? Well, NHTSA and Mazda say that dealers will first, inspect and clean out the vent line and then, install a small spring, so these spiders can no longer make a home in it. Continue Reading...
The problem is being blamed on faulty calibrations on machinery used to torque the bolts at the factory. In total 10, 823 Accords and Pilots are affected by the recall and notified owners are urged to contact their local Honda dealer Continue Reading...
Toyota’s highly publicized woes, including hearings before congress fueled much of recall ‘mania’ in 2010, while a number of other automakers, including Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda and Nissan, also issued a number of bulletins, yet, despite a total of 136 separate recall programs, spread across 17.2 million vehicles, 2010 still wasn’t a record year. Continue Reading...
Residual pressure in the steering system, caused by inadequate ventilation from the power steering cap,results in a slower return travel of the brake pedal, causing the brake lights to stay on longer, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. Continue Reading...
According to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards applicable in the US and Canada, the location of the top tethers on the center part of these seats means they aren’t accessible for properly securing child seats Continue Reading...
Although the NHTSA bulletin specifically focused on diesel-engined models, M-B extended the recall to cover gas engined vehicles as well. Continue Reading...
If the information on these labels is adhered to it could potentially cause safety issues or even accidents. Continue Reading...
If you own a BMW vehicle and you have a V8 or a V12 engine, it may be subject to a recall. BMW has just announced that they are getting ready to recall about 198,000 cars due to power braking systems that have the potential to develop a leak. Here are the following cars that… Continue Reading...
Just when Toyota‘s bad news seemed to have ceased, the Japanese automaker is announcing yet another recall – this time affecting 373,000 Avalon models in the United States. The vehicles included in the recall date from 2000-2004 and the issue involves the steering column, which could lock-up under cornering. According to Toyota, a defect in… Continue Reading...
The recall is scheduled to begin at the start of August and dealers will inspect the brake lines on the affected vehicles and replace them for free if they are discovered to be faulty. Continue Reading...