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GM Issues Stop Sale on Used Cadillac Models

Unusual move reflects slow pace of recall repairs.

by on Jul.21, 2014

The announcement covers Cadillac CTS sedans using key, rather than keyless, ignition systems.

It’s become something of a regular occurrence for manufacturers to issue so-called “stop sales” when they suspect a new model might have a problem that could lead to a recall. Volkswagen recently ordered one for its new Golf and GTI models, and General Motors has issued several this year, including one covering its popular Chevrolet Cruze sedan.

But GM has now issued another, more unusual stop sale, this one telling its dealers to park and sit on some older Cadillac models because of potential ignition switch problems. The order covers Caddy CTS models sold during the 2003 to 2013 model-years, as well as 2004 to 2006 Cadillac SRX sport-utility vehicles. A handful of 2014 Cadillac CTS models were also included.

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The move, however, does not affect vehicles sold by non-GM dealers, whether franchised or independents, so shoppers need be aware that the vehicles have not yet been repaired and could be subject to problems until GM comes up with the appropriate fix.

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Even Harley Hit with Recall

Bad timing for motorcycle riders.

by on Jul.10, 2014

The 2014 Harley-Davidson CVO Touring bike.

It seems like anything on four wheels has been subject to recall in recent months. Now, you can make that two. The latest manufacturer to issue a safety-related callback is Harley-Davidson.

The Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer is warning that a brake defect on some of its latest models can cause the front wheels to lock up without warning. A total of 66,421 of its 2014 Touring and CVO Touring bikes are covered by the recall.

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The defect involves motorcycles equipped with anti-lock brakes that were produced between July 1, 2013 and May 7 of this year. Harley has records of five crashes, with two injuries, linked to the problem.

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Honda Adds Another 1 Mil Vehicle to Airbag Recall

Subaru also impacted by faulty Takata airbag problem.

by on Jul.09, 2014

Honda will recall as many as 1 million more vehicles due to airbag problems, including '03 Accords.

One of the largest safety-related problems in automotive history has become even bigger, faulty Takata-made airbags forcing Honda to recall as many as 1 million more vehicles, while Subaru has become the eighth automaker impacted by the problem.

More than 10 million vehicles have been affected by the defect which could cause airbags to improperly inflate in a crash, potentially sending shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.

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The announcement comes a day after Honda announced a separate recall due to a separate problem involving the headlights on some of the vehicles sold by its Acura luxury brand. Ford, meanwhile, announced six separate recalls on Tuesday covering over 100,000 vehicles. All told, more than 41 million cars, trucks and crossovers have been recalled since January 1, already a record well ahead of the 34.1 million vehicles recalled in 2004.

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Ford, Hyundai Add More Vehicles to 2014 Recall Parade

Two automakers recall more than 158,000 vehicles.

by on Jul.08, 2014

Ford is recalling 2013 and 2014 model year Taurus sedans for issues related to halfshafts. The maker is recalling 92,000 vehicles for the problem.

Ford and Hyundai issued seven recalls affecting nearly 160,000 vehicles for issues ranging from defective halfshafts to headliners to roof glass. Ford accounts for 101,000 of the vehicles in the actions.

The largest recall involves more than 92,000 model year 2013-2014 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT; 2012-2014 Ford Edge; and 2014 Lincoln MKX models. The issue involves the right-side halfshaft on the vehicles.

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The vehicles in the recall may experience “loss of drive function,” Ford said, adding the vehicles could roll away if the gearshift is placed in park without the emergency brake being engaged. Ford dealers will inspect the halfshaft and repair or replace as needed. (more…)

Subaru Recall Pushes Total Past 40 Million Vehicles

GM recalls aside, industry may have reached new record anyway.

by on Jul.03, 2014

Subaru recalled 660,000 vehicles, including the 2008-2014 Impreza, for brake line issues.

The recall of more than 660,000 Subarus for brake lines that may rust and leak fluid, pushed the total for this year to more than 40 million vehicles.

The Japanese maker recalled 2005-2009 Legacys and Outbacks, 2008-2014 Imprezas and 2009-2013 Foresters. If the brake lines rust and leak, it can reduce the ability to brake quickly.

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In some cases, it’s the second time for the recall: about 274,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles were recalled for the same problem in March 2013. (more…)

Chrysler Recalls Nearly 700,000 Minivans and SUVs

Expands earlier ignition switch issue.

by on Jul.01, 2014

The 2007 Chrysler Town & Country is one of the vehicles covered by the maker's expanded recall.

General Motors isn’t the only automaker watching its recall count rise fast, Chrysler saying it will also take action to fix nearly 700,000 faulty minivans and SUVs.

In fact, the problem at the smaller maker is one GM is quite familiar with, Chrysler saying the vehicles are equipped with faulty ignition switches that could inadvertently switch from the On to Accessory position, potentially leading to a crash while also disabling the vehicles’ airbags.

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The announcement helped push the U.S. auto industry to an all-time record for recalls – and after just six months. It also marked one of the busiest months for recalls in automotive history. GM alone staged 24 recalls in June, impacting a total of nearly 12 million cars, trucks and crossovers in the U.S. and over a million more abroad.

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U.S. Automakers Obliterate One-Year Recall Record… In Six Months

Latest GM recall blitz obliterates old mark.

by on Jun.30, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra has presided over the bulk of the largest number of recalls in U.S. auto history.

Most of the time breaking a record is followed by celebration and jubilation; however, with the recall of 7.65 million vehicles today — nearly 8.5 million worldwide — General Motors helped U.S. automakers secure a record none of them want to be part of: the most vehicles ever recalled in a single year. Worse than beating the record is that it only took six months to do it.

With the latest action, the new total is 39.85 million vehicles, easily surpassing the previous one-year record of 33.01 million set in 2004.

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GM’s latest announcement covers six new recall campaigns — bringing to more than 40 the total number of separate safety-related service actions it has taken this year. GM alone has been responsible for the recall of more than 26 million vehicles since January. By comparison, the entire industry called back just 27.96 million vehicles last year.

Keenly aware of the growing damage to its reputation, GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement, “We have worked aggressively to identify and address the major outstanding issues that could impact the safety of our customers.” But Barra also signaled GM’s recall blitz is not necessarily over, adding that, “If any other issues come to our attention, we will act appropriately and without hesitation.”

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Defective Takata Airbags Force “Stop Sale” on 2013-1014 Chevy Cruze Models

Recall likely to follow in short order.

by on Jun.25, 2014

The Chevrolet Cruze is the latest products to have problems with faulty Takata airbags.

This story has been updated with additional information on the number of vehicles covered by the stop-sale.

General Motors has issued a “stop sale” to its dealers advising them to stop selling any 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans on their lots due to a potential airbag defect, with a recall likely to follow, according to several company sources.

That announcement comes just days after Nissan, Honda and Mazda were forced to recall 3 million vehicles worldwide due to airbag problems – a continuation of a recall that has, over the last year, impacted about 10 million vehicles, making it one of the largest ongoing safety issues in automotive history. Toyota had to expand an airbag recall of its own earlier this month.

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GM spokesman Jim Cain confirmed the stop sale and noted that the maker estimates about 33,000 vehicles are involved, some, but not all, Cruze sedans produced during the 2013 and 2014 model-years.

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Auto Quality Problems on the Rise, According to Latest J.D. Power IQS

High-tech problems worsen – but weather also created headaches.

by on Jun.18, 2014

Cars like the Porsche Panamera helped position the German maker as the top brand in the 2014 IQS.

While they’re not necessarily connected, the sudden surge in recalls this year comes at the same time the overall quality of new cars, trucks and crossovers has shown an unexpected decline, according to the latest, widely followed J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.

Automakers seem to be having a lot of trouble getting all-new vehicles into production without launch problems, noted the 2014 IQS. Some of the biggest headaches are the result of the latest high-tech gadgetry that has becoming a must on today’s new vehicles. But the report also suggests that the harsh weather that has plagued much of the country over the last year has contributed to some of the problems, especially when it comes to engine and climate control systems.

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“Automakers are trying to give consumers the new features and technology they want without introducing additional quality problems into their vehicles,” said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power. “However, almost all automakers are struggling to do this flawlessly with some consumers indicating that the technology is hard to understand, difficult to use, or simply does not always work as designed.”

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No Longer in the U.S. Market, Suzuki Still Facing Recall

Potential fire risk in vehicles produced for Japanese maker by GM.

by on May.23, 2014

The 2008 Suzuki Reno is one of two of the maker's models covered by the new recall.

It’s been gone from the U.S. market for two years but Suzuki is still facing the safety-related callback of 184,000 vehicles, the latest maker tagged by what has been dubbed the automotive recall crisis.

The Japanese maker’s Forenza and Reno models could experience fires as a result of problems with defective lighting modules. The problem is actually linked to a recall announced this week by General Motors which built the Forenza and Reno models for Suzuki.

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The problem is the result of excess heat generated by the two vehicles’ headlamp and daytime running light modules. That could melt some of the lighting components and lead to a possible fire. The recall covers Suzuki Forenza models produced between 2004 and 2008, and 2005 to 2008 Reno models.

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