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BMW Joins Recall Rush

Assortment of popular models targeted.

by on Apr.11, 2014

The 2012 BMW 3-Series is one of the many models targeted by the latest recall.

BMW has become the latest maker to announce a major safety recall, targeting an array of its more popular models due to an issue that underscores why there have been so many large-scale recalls in recent years.

A total of 156,137 luxury cars and so-called Sport Activity Vehicles – BMW’s term for an SUV – are targeted, and the maker blames defective bolts that can cause engine stalling or damage.

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Among the models included in the recall are the BMW 3-Series and X5, two of the maker’s most popular product lines.  Also targeted are the 1-Series, 5-Series and 5-Series Gran Turismo, X3, X6 and Z4 sports car, all sold during the 2010 to 2012 model-years. Also covered is the 2012 6-Series model.  All are equipped with BMW’s inline six-cylinder engine.


Toyota Recalling 6.4 Mil Vehicles Worldwide

Nearly 30 different models impacted by a variety of problems.

by on Apr.09, 2014

The Toyota Highlander is one of many vehicles covered by the Japanese maker's huge new recall.

In one of the largest announcements in several years of major safety-related news, Toyota Motor Co. is recalling nearly 6.4 million vehicles for a variety of problems worldwide.

Some of the vehicles are actually covered by more than one recall, and the announcement also impacts products sold by two other makers – Subaru and General Motors — that were produced by Toyota. Adding the Subaru Trezia and Pontiac Vibe to the list brings the total number of vehicles involved in the recall to 6.76 million worldwide.

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Toyota says it has no reports of crashes or injuries related to any of the recalls – though it did note two fires linked to one problem, a defective engine starter that can keep a motor running even if the motorist wants to shut the vehicle off.  That is not related to the defective engine switch problem that has led GM to recall more than 2.5 million vehicles since mid-February.


Despite Pressure from Public, Lawmakers, Are Unsafe Cars Still Sidestepping Recall Process?

GM ignition switch scandal could lead to crackdown.

by on Mar.17, 2014

A Jeep Grand Cherokee fire. The maker long fought a recall - but critics aren't happy with the final settlement.

Things were supposed to change a decade ago.  After an estimated 270 people were killed in rollover accidents involving Ford Explorer SUVs and Firestone tires, Congress passed the so-called TREAD Act.  Short for the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act, it was intended to create a new process by which manufacturers had to reveal known safety-related issues – while encouraging motorists to report their own complaints.

But while federal safety regulators and automotive industry officials alike insist the new process is working, there are plenty of skeptics – all the more in the wake of the recent revelations that General Motors may have known for more than a decade that many of its compact cars were equipped with faulty ignition switches that could inadvertently shut the vehicles off and disable their airbag systems – a problem that last month led to the recall of 1.6 million vehicles and which has been linked to at least 12 deaths.

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What some are dubbing “Switch-gate” has already spawned a series of investigations – including hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill, a preliminary Justice Dept. criminal probe, a query by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a new internal investigation at GM itself ordered by the maker’s new CEO Mary Barra.


1.5 Mil Vehicles Targeted by 3 New GM Recalls

Maker takes $300 mil Q1 charge for recalls.

by on Mar.17, 2014

The 2013 - 2014 Cadillac XTS is covered by one of the three new recalls.

Still stinging from the headlines surrounding an ignition switch recall that is blamed for taking at least 12 lives, General Motors today announced another three recalls covering a total of 1.5 million midsize crossover-utility vehicles, commercial vans and luxury sedans.

The maker stressed that there have been no injuries and accidents related to the three separate service actions – recalls that might have largely been relegated to the back page had it not been for the ongoing controversy over GM’s handling of the ignition switch problem last month.

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“These are routine recalls,” said GM spokesman Jim Cain, “but these aren’t routine times.”

GM also noted that it will set aside $300 million to cover the cost of the three new recalls as well as the ignition switch recalls announced in February – a figure spokesman Cain acknowledged could increase.

The Detroit maker is facing a series of inquiries by the U.S. Justice Dept., committees on both sides of Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – and a team of lawyers GM itself has hired to find out why it waited as much as 13 years to act on the ignition switch problem.


GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall – and Offers Apology

Recall expands to total of 1.4 mil vehicles – and 13 fatalities.

by on Feb.25, 2014

The 2004 Saturn Ion Coupe is now added to the list of vehicles being recalled by GM.

Under mounting pressure, General Motors has significantly expanded a recall involving defective ignition switches — now linked to 31 crashes and at least 13 fatalities – affecting a total of nearly 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. alone.

The maker also issued an apology for the problem which critics say it has long known about and failed to respond to in a timely manner.

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“Ensuring our customers’ safety is our first order of business,” said GM North America President Alan Batey. “We are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can.”

The maker first announced plans to recall nearly 800,000 older compact models about two weeks ago.  At the time, GM officials said it knew of 22 separate accidents and six fatalities connected to the problem.


Fires Force Porsche to Issue Urgent Warning

911 GT3 drivers told to “stop using their vehicles.”

by on Feb.20, 2014

The new GT3 is the most powerful naturally-aspirated 911 Porsche has ever produced.

A pair of unexplained fires has led Porsche to issue an urgent warning to owners of the maker’s new 911 GT3 supercar: “stop using (your) car” until the maker can figure out what’s wrong.

Unveiled at the New York Auto Show last year, only about 785 of the GT3 models have been built, with even fewer actually delivered since they began rolling into showrooms last month. Priced at $130,400, they’re among the most powerful cars the German maker has ever sold.  But it may be awhile before buyers will be able to experience that performance.

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According to a Porsche spokesman, two GT3 models, one sold in Italy, the other in Switzerland, “went up in flames” in recent days.  Each of them had less than 20 miles on their odometers. The problem, was advised, “seems to be engine-related,” possibly the result of an oil leak.


Recall of 370,000 Pickups Couldn’t Come at Worse Time for GM

Embarrassing setback as Chevy Silverado vies for Car of the Year honors.

by on Jan.11, 2014

What could have been a great week for the Chevy Silverado now has an ominous omen hanging over it.

Just days before it learns whether its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup wins honors as the North American Truck of the Year, General Motors has announced it is recalling 370,000 full-size trucks due to a potential fire hazard.

The safety action covers both the new Chevy Silverado and the near-twin GMC Sierra model, both receiving widespread kudos since being completely redesigned for the 2014 model-year. But the recall could be just one of the problems the new GM pickups will be facing in the coming days.

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According to GM, the recall is required to reprogram engine control software to reduce the risk of overheating exhaust components and eliminate the risk of an engine compartment fire. The Detroit maker reports that there have been eight fires resulting from the problem, “three of which were on customer owned vehicles.”


Hyundai Chief Technology Officer Quits Due to Recalls

Seoul-based maker makes changes to improve quality.

by on Nov.12, 2013

The Hyundai Elantra was subject to recall this year due to faulty brake switches.

After series of recalls that tarnished the reputation of Hyundai Motor Co., Kwon Moon Sik, the automaker’s chief technology officer, resigned yesterday.

In addition to his resignation, two other executives at the Seoul-based company were reassigned. Hyundai did not say who will replace Kwon.

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“The latest personnel change shows our firm commitment to quality management and reaffirms our will to continuously improve R&D competitiveness,” Hyundai said in a statement. (more…)

New GM Pickups Hit by Recall

Faulty seats could fail in crash.

by on Oct.10, 2013

GM's new 2014 full-size pickups face their second recall due to a potentially faulty seat.

They’ve barely reached dealer showrooms in any significant numbers but General Motors’ new full-size pickups have been hammered by a recall.

According to GM, the seats in the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 models could fail if the trucks are hit from behind. The models affected by the service action are equipped with manual seat controls that may not properly lock into position when reclined.

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A total of 21,721 of the full-size trucks are covered by the recall, nearly 19,000 shipped to dealers in the U.S., though another 2,572 went to Canada, with the rest sold in Mexico or listed as “exports.”


Nissan Recalling Over 900,000 Vehicles Due to Engine Stalling Issue

Most models sold in Japan, but 100,000 luxury cars shipped to US.

by on Sep.26, 2013

A 2012 Infiniti M35h.

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling more than 900,000 vehicles due to a problem with defective accelerator sensors used in a wide range of models that could cause their engines to stall unexpectedly.

The vast majority of the vehicles covered by the recall were produced for the Japanese export market, though some were shipped to other regions of the world. That includes the United States, were  nearly 100,000 of the products are being targeted for repair, most of them sold through the Infiniti brand.

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According to Nissan, the sensor used to detect the way the throttle pedal is being depressed can become unstable. That can lead the vehicle to accelerate less aggressively than a motorist might intend – and, in some circumstances, it can cause the vehicle to stop or even stall out entirely.