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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

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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…)

Ford Slashes 3Q Profit Outlook

Latest recall puts $600 million hit on profits.

by on Sep.12, 2016

Ford's recent recall of 2.4 million vehicles for a door-latch issue will cost the automaker $600 million in third-quarter profits.

Ford Motor Co. is the latest manufacturer to feel the financial impact of the industry’s crackdown on safety problems.

Ford has slashed by $600 million its projected pre-tax profits for this year, to $10.2 billion, as a result of an expanded recall covering vehicles whose doors could unexpectedly fly open while moving. The make last week added another 1.5 million vehicles to that recall, bringing the total number of models affected to 2.4 million.

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The industry saw safety-related recalls reach record levels for the last two years in a row and appears on pace to near, if not exceed, the record again in 2016. That has hammered the bottom line for dozens of automakers, as well as key suppliers such as Takata. (more…)

GM Recalling 4.3 Million Vehicles for Airbag Problem

Software glitch prevents airbags from deploying in crash.

by on Sep.09, 2016

General Motors announced it was recalling 4.3 million vehicles due to an airbag defect.

General Motors is recalling almost 4.3 million cars, trucks and sport-utility vehicles built in the last three years due to a software defect that could prevent airbags from deploying in a collision. The problem has been linked to one death and three injuries.

The company said the sensing and diagnostic module that controls airbag deployment has a software defect that may prevent the deployment of frontal airbags in certain “rare circumstances when a crash is preceded by a specific event impacting vehicle dynamics.”

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GM discovered the problem after a report was filed in its Speak Up for Safety system relating to a crash involving a 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverado truck in which the driver’s frontal airbag and seatbelt pretensioners were alleged not to have deployed. (more…)

Ford Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles

Ongoing faulty door latch problem causes expansion of earlier action.

by on Sep.08, 2016

The Lincoln MKC is part of the automaker's latest recall for faulty door latches.

Ford announced plans to recall 1.5 million vehicles due to door latch problems that allow the doors to open while the vehicle is moving. The automaker has been dealing with door latch issues for the past 18 months.

Officials said one accident and three injuries have been reported. The effort is an expansion of an earlier recall of about 830,000 vehicles. The earlier effort included certain 2013-15 Ford C-Max and Ford Escape, 2012-15 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC and 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect models.

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The same vehicles are part of the current action. The company said the latest recall now affects nearly 2.4 million cars in the U.S. and Mexico. Ford said that about 2 million of those vehicles are in the U.S. with another 233,000 in Canada and more than 61,300 more in Mexico. (more…)

Ford Recalling 91,000 Vehicles

Fuel pump problems at the center of two of the actions.

by on Aug.24, 2016

Ford recalled 91,000 vehicles, including 2013-2015 Ford Flex models, for fuel pump problems.

Ford issued recalls for about 91,000 vehicles worldwide to replace faulty fuel-pump parts that could potentially cause a car to stall without warning.

The automaker will replace fuel-pump control modules in 88,151 vehicles, including certain of its 2013-15 model year Ford Taurus sedans, Ford Flex crossover utility vehicles, Lincoln MKS sedans, Lincoln MKT SUVs and Ford Police Interceptor sedans.

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In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump control module could fail, which may cause an engine to not start or stall. In some cases, the engine could stall without warning while driving and without the ability to restart, increasing the risk of a crash. (more…)

GM Recalls More Than 1 Million Full-Size Trucks

Recall comes as makers, regulators push to increase repair rates.

by on Apr.15, 2016

GM is recalling more than 1 million 2014 and 2015 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.

General Motors is recalling more than 1 million full-size pickup trucks due to a problem with the seat belts that can wear out over time.

The automaker is recalling 2014 and 2015 model year Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks. The recall affects 895,232 trucks in the U.S. A flexible steel cable in the belt can wear out over time as the driver sits down in the seat repeatedly.

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The cable will eventually separate from the vehicle. (more…)

The Recalls Are A-Comin’—Whether You Like It Or Not

NHTSA’s pledge to 100% completion sets unrealistic goal.

by on Mar.28, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind pledged the agency would achieve a 100% completion rate for recalls in the U.S.

The fairly new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Dr. Mark Rosekind, a veteran of the highly regarded National Transportation Safety Board, announced that NHTSA will seek 100% completion of safety recalls in the U.S.

This comes in the wake of a record 51 million vehicles recalled for safety fixes in 2015 (40% of them related to Takata air bags) and an increase in highway fatalities last year after several progressive years of declining crash deaths, both statistics generating headlines in the media.

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Of course, Congress, and NHTSA are feeling the heat in Washington from media and professional safety critics. And NHTSA – the only agency ordained to do something about it – is wringing its hands. (more…)