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Toyota Recalling 228K Tacomas in US

Oil leak could damage differential, causing loss of control.

by on Apr.28, 2017

Toyota is recalling 250,000 Tacomas worldwide due to an oil leak that could damage the truck's differential.

Toyota announced it will recall 228,000 Tacomas in the U.S. to fix an oil leak that could increase the risk of a crash. The action impacts 2016 and 2017 model-year pickups.

The automaker said the truck could leak oil, potentially damaging the rear differential. If that occurs, there could be an increase “in noise and reduced propulsion.” If the problem is bad enough the differential could seize and the driver could lose control of the truck.

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There are 250,000 trucks globally that are part of the recall. It is unclear at this point if there have been any complaints about crashes or injuries related to the problem. Toyota officials declined to comment, according to multiple reports. (more…)

Tesla Recalling 53,000 Vehicles Due to Brake Problem

EV maker repairing Model S and Model X cars.

by on Apr.20, 2017

The Model X part of a large recall of Model X and S cars due to a brake problem.

Tesla is riding a streak of bad news. The California-based EV maker announced a recall of 53,000 of its Model S and Model X cars due to an issue with the parking brake.

It’s the largest recall in the young company’s history.

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The total may not seem so large compared to recent actions by other automakers, but the company only produced about 83,000 vehicles in 2016. (more…)

Former FBI Director Overseeing Takata Victims Fund

GM fund manager Feinberg was expected to handle.

by on Apr.07, 2017

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller III will oversee the disbursement of funds from the $1 billion Takata restitution funds.

When Takata agreed to form $1 billion restitution fund for victims of its faulty airbags, it was almost assumed that Kenneth Feinberg would oversee the disbursement of those funds. He’d handled it for General Motors and several other high profile funds.

However, U.S. District Judge George Steeh in Detroit appears set to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller III to oversee the fund. The court appointed Mueller, who headed the FBI during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as special master in the high-profile case.

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Steeh apparently liked Mueller’s qualifications, in particular the fact he was settlement master in the Volkswagen diesel emissions case. Feinberg, who also oversaw compensation for 9/11 victims, was considered. (more…)

Hyundai, Kia Recall 1.4M Vehicles Due to Stalling Engines

Debris in the engine can restrict oil flow.

by on Apr.07, 2017

Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 1.4 million vehicles, including 2013-2014 Santa Fe models.

Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and South Korea because the engines in the vehicles may stall, creating a potentially dangerous situation for drivers.

The effort includes some of the automakers’ most popular models including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata midsize cars. Also covered are 2011-2014 Kia Optima, Kia Sportage from 2011-2013 and Kia Sorento 2012-2014.

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The South Korean recall includes Hyundai’s Grandeur and Sonata sedans and Kia’s K5, K7 and Sportage with engines produced from 2009-2013. (more…)

NHTSA Reviewing Ford Engine Fire Recall

Proposed fix may be indicative of a bigger issue.

by on Apr.05, 2017

Ford recalled more than 230,000 vehicles, including the 2013 Ford Fusion for a coolant issue that could lead to an engine fire.

Less than a week after Ford issued a recall for 231,000 vehicles due to a coolant problem that has led to engine fires, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its reviewing the action because the proposed repair may not be a viable solution to the problem.

“The agency will take appropriate action as necessary,” an agency spokeswoman told The Associated Press in a statement.

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On March 29, Ford announced it was recalling vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engines, which pose a potential fire hazard. If the coolant runs low, the engine may overheat. When that happens, the engine block can crack. (more…)

Automakers Set U.S. Record for Recalls in 2016

Industry's set new high-water mark for third consecutive year.

by on Mar.13, 2017

Takata's faulty airbag inflators led the way to a third consecutive record year for recalls in the U.S.

For each of the past three years, automakers have set a new industry record in the U.S. and it’s not the positive mark that immediately rushes to mind.

The U.S. Department of Transportation revealed automakers recalled a record high 53.2 million vehicles in 2016 in the United States. The largest portion coming as a result of the expansion of the Takata airbag inflator recall.

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Under the Obama administration, automakers issued a record-setting 927 recall campaigns, up 7% over the previous high set in 2015. Last year’s recall of 53.2 million total vehicles topped the previous all-time high of 51.1 million set in 2015, the department said. (more…)

Toyota Recalling 744K Sienna Minivans

Sliding doors could open while vehicle is moving.

by on Nov.23, 2016

The sliding doors on certain model 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna minivans could open without warning.

Toyota is recalling 744,000 minivans in the U.S. to fix defectives sliding doors that may open while the vehicle is in motion.

The Japanese maker is looking for a solution to repair 2011-2016 Sienna minivans.

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The company noted “there is a possibility that, under certain limited conditions, if the sliding door opening operation is impeded, the sliding door motor circuit could be overloaded, opening the fuse for the motor.  (more…)

Toyota Paying Out $3.4 Bil to Compensate US Owners for Truck Rust Issues

About 1.5 mil Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia owners impacted.

by on Nov.14, 2016

Toyota agreed to a $3.4 billion settlement to cover corrosion issues with about 1.5 million trucks and SUVs, including some Tacomas.

Toyota quietly reached a settlement late last month that will cost it about $3.4 billion to cover complaints of excess corrosion involving a mix of large trucks and SUVs.

All told about 1.5 million Toyota Tundra and Tacoma pickups and Sequoia SUVs will be covered by the settlement in the U.S. Owners sued because the trucks lacked adequate rust protection that could cause breakage of the frame and other components. In some cases, parts would fall off while the vehicles were being driven.

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“We want our customers to have a great ownership experience, so we are pleased to resolve this litigation in a way that benefits them and demonstrates that we stand behind the quality and reliability of our vehicles,” Toyota said in a statement. (more…)

Toyota Recalling Prius Hybrid to Fix Deadly Defect

Move triggered by “reports of crashes, injuries and deaths.”

by on Oct.12, 2016

Toyota is recalling 340,000 2016 and 2017 model year Priuses due to a parking brake issue.

Toyota Motor Co. is recalling about 340,000 Prius hybrids after receiving reports of a potential defect with the car’s parking brakes.

About 92,000 of the recent-model Prius hatchbacks were sold in the United States. Most of the others, about 212,000 in all, were sold in the home Japanese market. Vehicles shipped to Europe and Australia are also covered by the order.

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The Japanese automaker ordered the recall after it “received reports of crashes, injuries and deaths,” though Toyota has not released specific details and said it is “still looking into the reports.” (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.9 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Problem could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.

by on Sep.16, 2016

Fiat Chrysler has recalled 1.9 million vehicles, including 2010-2012 Jeep Compasses, due to faulty airbags.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.9 million vehicles globally to fix a problem that could prevent airbags from deploying during a collision.

Of the vehicles involved, 1.4 million were sold in the U.S., but nearly 225,000 were sold in Canada and another almost another 285,000 in Mexico. The vehicles involved are a group of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Lancias from the 2010-2014 model years.

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The problem stems from a flawed “occupant restraint control module,” according to the automaker. It’s designed to work in concert with a wire harness to determine if the vehicle has been involved in a crash. If it doesn’t work, the airbags may not deploy and seat belt pretensioners could fail to retract. (more…)