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Yet another recall: Honda takes back to fix 86,000 units

Honda hasn’t had a brilliant year, with recalls that surpassing 2 million vehicles in the U.S. The reasons? Engine stall and airbag issues.

Now it’s time to add 86,000 vehicles to that number, because the automaker need to replace the power master switch on thousands of CR-Vs. After five reports of driver door fires caused by faulty switches (the issue happens when the switch allows residue from interior cleaners to accumulate), the U.S. government urged Honda to take action. The cleaners tend to wear out electrical contacts, issue that can cause a fire to burst.

Some other manual transmission CR-Vs are recalled because they need an update to their electric motor controls software. The problem? Well, it’s quite complicated: when the battery is low on juice and the engine is stalled, the electric motor could rotate in the wrong direction, and when the brakes aren’t engaged, the vehicle can roll backwards even if the transmission is in a forward gear. That’s not safe at all, as you can imagine.

If you’re the owners of one of these cars, Honda will start notifying you this month.

Here’s Honda’s official statement:

“Honda is announcing these recalls to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of a recall from Honda. Notification to customers will begin in late September, 2011.

When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers. To this end, in addition to contacting customers by mail, after late September, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.”

What would you do if your car were affected by one of these issues?

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Child Car-Seats Recalled

Nearly 800,000 child-safety seats are recalled from the car-seat manufacturer Dorel Juvenile Groups because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has observed that harness adjustment stray may loosen during use. It is a list of almost 50 different car seat models, manufactured from May 1, 2008, through April 30, 2009 which include Convertible child restraints Alpha Omega, Alpha Omega Elite, Enspira, Priori, Prospect, and Vantage; Infant child restraints Mico and OnBoard.

The car-seats’ problem
It has been found that, sometimes, the harness locking and release button doesn’t return to its locked position. The result of this problem would be the adjustment strap slipping back through the adjuster when the child moves in his car seat, which exposes him to injury in case of collision.

What is to be done
All the persons with affected car seat registered with Dorel will have their button fixed, receiving a free kit. If the child-safety seat that you use for your baby is on the recalled list of models, you should contact Dorel.

For more information about the models recalled and about the entire situation, visit the Dorel Juvenile Groups official webpage.

Suzuki recalls 46,000 Grand Vitara and XL-7 SUVs over power steering problems

Suzuki has just announced a new recall, which affects 46,549 2006 Grand Vitara and 2005-2006 XL-7 SUVs.

The models in question have a problem with a plastic tension adjuster pulley, encased in the power steering assembly. It seems that in severe heat, the plastic pulley may deteriorate and eventually fall to pieces. This would make steering much more difficult, especially considering the size of the Japanese SUVs.

Customers will be notified as soon as possible, and a free replacement for the pulley in question will be added in dealerships, free of cost. For more details, you can contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934.


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Lexus might recall 11,500 LS models globally over steering problems

A new report has just appeared, detailing a future recall from Lexus. It seems that the luxury Japanese carmaker is preparing to do a global recall of over 11,500 LS models over potential steering problems and a lack of response from the whole mechanism.

Among the models affected are the LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600h and LS 600h L. 11,500 vehicles are set to be recalled globally, with 3,800 in the USA. It seems that there is a lack of response with the steering system, as the wheels don’t return to their original position as fast as they should after executing a turn.

As you know, Lexus recently issued another vehicle recall for the 2010 GX460 SUV. As of yet, the recall isn’t confirmed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but Lexus LS owners should be better off safe than sorry.


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Toyota was obligated to stop selling recalled vehicles, its decission doesn’t seem so voluntary anymore

Toyota was obligated to stop selling recalled vehicles, its decission doesn't seem so voluntary anymore

Toyota is currently going through one of its darkest periods, with a huge number of its most popular vehicles being recalled due to unintended acceleration worries, either due to faulty gas pedals or troublesome floor mats.

The carmaker’s biggest announcement came yesterday, when it said that it will suspend any sales of the faulty vehicles, until the fix will be implemented. The measure, while raising an even bigger question mark over the Japanese carmaker, did improve a bit of its tarnished image, by making it seem like it is sacrificing its sales figures to do the right thing.

But lo and behold, a statement from the David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed that Toyota was obligated by law to suspend the sales of vehicles for which a solution hasn’t been found.

This definitely goes against the statement made by Toyota yesterday in which it revealed that it is voluntarily stopping sales and production of the eight vehicles affected by the problem. It seems that company just can’t catch a break these days.


Toyota suspends sale of recalled models over unintended acceleration worries

Toyota suspends sale of recalled models over unintended acceleration worries

We’ve been keeping you up to date with the recent major recalls from Toyota, most of them over unintended acceleration worries, either due to floor mats or faulty accelerator pedals, which would not return to their normal position.

After these major recalls, Toyota is putting safety first, and announced that certain models are to be suspended from sale until everything gets checked out. The following eight cars have been reserved: 2009-2010 RAV4, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, Certain 2007-2010 Camry models (hybrid not included), 2010 Highlander (hybrid not included), 2007-2010 Tundra, 2008-2010 Sequoia.

Toyota also mentions that no Scion or Lexus models have been affected by the recent problems, so it’s business as usual for them.


New statements indicate that prior customer warned Lexus dealer of killer floor mat before accident

New statements indicate that prior customer warned Lexus dealer of killer floor mat before accident

After one horrible accident and the biggest recall in Toyota’s history, a new statement has surfaced from a customer which drove the Lexus ES350 before San Diego police officer Mark Saylor took his family in it, and also experienced unintended acceleration after the floor mat stuck the throttle pedal in a fully open state.

It seems that before Saylor used the ES350, one Frank Bernard also drove the same model, and was very close to a similar accident. While driving, the man took his foot off the gas, but the car continue to accelerate, reaching 85 mph. He slammed the brakes, and with great effort managed to put the car in neutral, but the engine was still being revved like crazy, according to his statement. He tried to turn off the engine, but to no result, and while he investigated the pedal, he found that it was stuck behind the floor mat. After pulling it back to its position, everything came back to normal.

But what’s more disturbing is that he revealed that he told the representative of the dealership about the problem, and no one took any action. The receptionist first said that she didn’t recall that event, but soon changed her story and said that she informed a mechanic. The same mechanic stated that the problem wasn’t brought to his attention.

In case you haven’t been following the whole killer floor mats in certain Toyota and Lexus models debate, here’s the low-down. At the end of summer, police officer Mark Saylor took a Lexus ES350 from a dealership in his native San Diego in order to drive his family to a local event. During the drive, the floor mat of the accelerator pedal got stuck behind the floor mat and even though he slammed on the brakes and did anything he could do, it resulted in a horrible crash.

After that, the NHTSA quickly realized that this might be a massive problem, and prompted Toyota to recall almost 3.8 million vehicles from its lineup and the Lexus one to dealerships so that a solution would be implemented to prevent any accidents.

After these new statements it seems that Saylor’s family won’t be finding peace, and will question whether or not the dealership knew about the problem but didn’t take any action to prevent the faulty car, which saw its brakes take a heavy strain, be offered to customers.


NHTSA to investigate 2006 Toyota Corolla and Matrix over stalling concerns

Toyota is certainly not looking great in the eyes of US consumers, as after the whole debate over the floor mats, which resulted in one of the biggest recalls ever, and over the rust concerns in other models, the 2006 Corolla and Matrix models will now be inspected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) over several claims of engine stalling, which puts the drivers at risk while trying to restart the car.

The 1ZZ-FE engine units will be investigated, accounting for almost 397,000 vehicles in total. It is still a preliminary investigation, as only 26 formal complaints were lodged, but if the NHTSA will indeed find it to be a general mechanical problem, Toyota will once again be forced to break open its recall piggy bank.

Did you experience any problems on 2006 Toyota Corolla or Matrix models? Leave a comment with your thoughts.


Toyota may shorten the acceleration pedal in order to prevent floor mat from jamming it

Toyota may shorten the acceleration pedal in order to prevent floor mat from jamming it

Many US Toyota and Lexus drivers have been eagerly following the whole debate on whether or not floor mats from various models can jam the accelerator pedal in fully open state, and thus result in a crash.

The Japanese company has been studying the problem for at least two months, with the help of the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association), and according to some sources, is close to an official decision on what modifications will the models likely to suffer such an event endure during the recall.

It seems that Toyota may decide to shorten the gas pedal, and might even replace the faulty floor mats completely free of charge for owners of models like the 2007-’10 Camry, Tundra and Lexus ES 350; the 2005-’10 Avalon and Tacoma, 2004-’09 Prius, and 2006-’10 Lexus IS 250. It will no doubt cost the Japanese carmaker a lot of money, but sources also claim that it has plenty of cash for rainy recall days such as these.

Stay tuned for an official confirmation on what will happen with the Toyota and Lexus models soon.


Mitsubishi issues recall for 30,000 2008-2009 Lancer and Evolution models over airbag sensors, but there’s a catch

The NHTSA (National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration) has announced that Mitsubishi will recall 29,353 Lancer and Lancer Evolution models from 2008 and 2009 due to an airbag sensor which, under certain circumstances, might corrode and delay the deployment of the airbags.

Before all of you Lancer owners head to your local dealer, you should warned that the primary cause of corrosion for the airbag sensor will appear in the following months in case it is exposed to a mixture of snow and salt, the latter being a material used by many North American states when there is snow on the road.

That salt will eventually corrode the sensor and thus prevent it from working correctly. As such, in states where salt in used, like Connecticut, New York or Wisconsin, starting from November 27 Mitsubishi will be recalling its Lancer models in order for a newer, more resistance airbag sensor to be fitted.


3 million 1993-2004 Jeep Gran Cherokee models might be investigated by NHTSA due to gas tank fires

The Center for Auto Safety has just revealed that it is petitioning the NHTSA (National Highway and Traffic Safety Association) to commence investigating over 3 million Jeep Grand Cherokee models, due to their plastic fuel tank being position in such a way that will make combustion quite probable.

It seems that because the gas tank is located behind the rear axle and below the bumper, when smaller vehicles that the big Cherokee crash from behind, the tank might rupture. Adding to the danger that this presents, the Center also states that the fuel filler neck can easily be sheared off during accidents and lead to fuel spills on the road.

While the NHTSA is taking into consideration the start of the test, Chrysler has already issued a statement in which it says that the Cherokee will come out of it with flying colors. Sadly though, it seems that the files from the NHTSA revealed that pre-2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee models were involved in 172 crashes with fires, resulting in 254 deaths, while the vehicles made after 2005 in just one accident and one death.

But in case you’re a 1993-2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee owner, you might want to stay tuned for more news in the following weeks.


Nissan recalls over 163,000 Rogue models due to possible steering malfunction

Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have just revealed that due to a possible fault to the steering system, some serious problems might appear to any of the 2008 or 2009 Rogue crossover models.

It would seem that due to a screw that might get loose, the steering wheel will being to be less responsive to sudden moves, and might even not work altogether, if the screw falls out. As such, Nissan will start in November to recall any Rogue models which have this certain screw (that is about 163,659 cars) back to the dealers.

In case you are already experiencing steering issues or the thought of this possible malfunction gives you the creeps, then you should visit your Nissan dealer right away.


Ford issues biggest recall in history over faulty cruise control switch which can lead to fire

In case you have an old Ford car or SUV, then you might want to pay attention, especially is you have a cruise control system on it. The North American company has just issued one of its biggest recalls in history, focusing on 4.5 million cars, due to a faulty cruise control switch which can burst into flames if brake fluid were to make contact with it.

The danger is also quite high even if the car is parked, so Ford decided to address this problem even though no formal complaints or accidents of such sort were recorded as of yet. Until the recall letters are sent to all Ford owners, the company recommends that owners should park the car outside and be sure to check the battery, ABS and cruise control system for any malfunctions.

The models affected by this problem are: SUVs and pick ups: 1997-2002 Expedition; 1998-2002 Navigator; 2002-2003 Blackwood; 1993-1996 Bronco; 2000-2003 Excursion (built before 11/4/02) ; 1992-2003 Econoline E-150/250/350; 1996-2003 Econoline E450; 2002-2003 Econoline E550; 1998-2002 Ranger; 1998-2001 Explorer/Mountaineer; 2001-2002 Explorer Sport; 2003-2004 F-150 Lightning; 1993-2003 F-Series; 1993-2003 F-Series with the exception of those built at the Cuautitlan plant; 1994-2003 F-Series built at the Cuautitlan plant before 1/7/03; 1995-2002 F-53 Motorhome; Cars: 1992-1998 Town Car; 1992-1998 Crown Victoria; 1992-1998 Grand Marquis; 1993-1998 Mark VIII; 1993-1995 Taurus SHO (automated transmission); 1994 Capri;

You can check out Ford’s Recall information webpage for more details.


Terrible crash makes Toyota and Lexus issue recall due to floor mat jamming the gas pedal

Toyota and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration have just released an urgent message to all Toyota and Lexus owners to remove the driver floor mat as it seems there is an issue with the gas pedal becoming lodged in it and increasing the speed of the car.

This has already claimed a lot of lives, with the most recent one involving an off-duty California state trooper, which was driving along with his three family members in a 2009 Lexus ES350 when the accelerator pedal got jammed in the mat and led the car to its maximum speed of 120 mph (193 km/h). Needless to say they crashed and lost their lives, making Toyota and the NHTSA formally investigate the matter.

“Obviously the tragic accident in San Diego was certainly an eye opener for all of us and we’ve paid very, very diligent attention to moving forward to try to make sure none of us will be reliving that kind of a very tragic situation,” said Toyota spokesman Irv Miller.

As such, almost 3.8 million vehicles will be recalled in order for the floor mats to be removed and other, safer ones, to be installed. The Toyota models recalled are the: 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2004-2009 Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma and 2007-2010 Tundra. The Lexus models recalled are the: 2007-2010 ES 350 and 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS 350 sedans.

In case you find your gas pedal lodged by this floor mat, attempt to dislodge it, if this isn’t possible, step on the brake pedal with your two feet. You can also attempt to turn the engine off but don’t pull the key out of the ignition. If your car has a start/stop button, press it for three seconds until the engine stops. Hopefully though you won’t have any problems


Mitsubishi recalls nearly 7,000 Lancer models from 2008 and 2009 over fuel pipe crack concerns

After talking earlier today about the fact that recalls will be made mandatory in the European Union, Mitsubishi and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) from the United States have announced that they are calling back into service 6,903 Lancer models.

The recall, which applies to any of the vehicles made during 2008 and 2009, including versions like Evolution, Ralliart, and Sportback Ralliart, besides the normal one, is due to an improperly attached fuel pipe, which, after running the engine at certain speeds and causing vibrations, will make it crack, spilling the fuel onto the hot motor, thus generating a big fire.

Mitsubishi dealers are now instructed to call back the models they have sold and replace the fuel pipe, while adding two new brackets in order to make sure that any vibrations from the motor won’t lead to any new cracks in it. All of the process will be completely free of charge, so Lancer owners can rest safe. You can contact the manufacturer at 1-888-648-7820, or you can contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

Hopefully this dangerous problem will be fixed and everyone driving a Lancer in the United States can rest safely once more and enjoy their Japanese car.


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