Recall Alert: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015HyundaiSonataRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 5,700 model-year 2015 Hyundai Sonata sedans manufactured between April 25, 2014, and June 16, 2014

The Problem: Due to a manufacturing error, one or both of the front brake calipers may fracture, reducing brake effectiveness and lengthening the distance required to stop the vehicle, which increases the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Hyundai notified owners on June 19 and instructed them not to drive their vehicles; the automaker will replace the affected brake calipers for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2004-2006 Suzuki Verona

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 26,000 model-year 2004-06 Suzuki Verona sedans manufactured between June 2003 and October 2005

The Problem: Heat may be generated within the daytime running lights module in the instrument panel, which could melt the module, possibly causing a vehicle fire.

The Fix: Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the DRL module in the instrument panel for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Suzuki at 800-934-0934, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 414,000 GM Sedans, Sports Cars, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 414,000 model-year 2011-12 Buick LaCrosse and Regal sedans, and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars, and 2010-12 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs, all equipped with power height adjustable driver and passenger seats

The Problem: The bolt that secures the driver and passenger power front-seat height adjuster may fall out, causing the seat to drop to the lowest vertical position. If the driver's seat unexpectedly drops, the distraction and altered seat position could affect the driver's control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. We first reported on the recall last week.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the height adjuster shoulder bolts for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or GMC at 800-462-8782. Owners also can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

#15SecondsOfDrama Contest Winner Video

We at Cars.com hate drama when it comes to car shopping — but we loved it when it came to our #15SecondsOfDrama contest in which entrants shot drama-packed videos to compete for $35,000 toward a new car. Sherri from Western Arkansas best demonstrated her flair for the dramatic, earning a visit from Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays to help her select the best new car for her needs. Watch the video and see what she chose.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 29, 2014 | Comments (4)

Kia Teases Next Generation Sorento SUV

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Kia's Sorento SUV is about due for a redesign, and the South Korean automaker has given the world a blurry look at the next version through the release of a couple of concept sketches and an accompanying video. The new look bears more than a passing resemblance to the recently unveiled Sedona minivan, which itself adopts a more SUV-like stance with a distinctive hood instead of a sloping front end like most vans. The new Sorento builds on that theme, but still maintains some distinctive design cues.

Rumor has it that the new Sorento will debut in South Korea next month, with an international debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. Our first look at it stateside could come at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show in November, if Kia decides to bring it over.

By Aaron Bragman | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Auto-Recall Database Still on Track for Aug. 20

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Almost a year ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would have an online recall database for shoppers to check if a car they're shopping had an unrepaired recall. Current owners could also check the database to see if their car needed recall work done. At the time, NHTSA set a deadline of Aug. 14, 2014, for automakers to furnish the data to the agency, post it on their own websites and update it weekly. (Some already do this.)

Two auto-industry groups appealed to move the date back two months. But The Detroit News reports that NHTSA is still on track to have the database running on Aug. 20 through its consumer website, safercar.gov. Automakers that sell at least 25,000 cars per year must comply, so certain exotics may be exempt.

Our friends at The Detroit News have the full story. Click here to read it.

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By Kelsey Mays | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

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Cadillac is making it easier for you to simply drop your smartphone in a secured bin and focus on driving. The company will offer Powermat wireless charging on the new 2015 ATS coupe and sedan when they go on sale this fall.

Related: 2015 Cadillac ATS What's Changed

The rubberized mat will be located in the storage bin that's hidden behind the motorized door/touch-screen in the center console. The mat wirelessly charges compatible smartphones via electromagnetic induction technology. Just drop your phone onto the mat and charging begins automatically. The new feature will debut on the 2015 ATS, but it will be rolled out to the CTS sedan this fall and the Escalade SUV by the end of the year.

By Aaron Bragman | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Are You Here Yet? Glympse Has the Answer

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Tucked beneath a canopy of tower cranes in Seattle's booming South Lake Union neighborhood stands a single-story office building that houses Glympse, a 5-year-old internet startup with a laser focus on answering one question: Where the heck are you?

Related: Texting-While-Driving Consequences Vary by State

Not the existential, where-are-you-in-life sort of query, but the more practical where are you and when will you get here. And there lays the in-car potential. Glympse, whose app launched in 2009, allows you to share real-time location via a GPS-enabled mobile device with your friends (or the whole world, if you post to social media) for a period of time you choose. BMW/Mini, Ford, GM, Jaguar/Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Volvo have current or forthcoming integration in their multimedia systems.

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By Kelsey Mays | July 29, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Kia Soul: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: UVO eServices Package, which includes a multimedia/telematics system and a backup camera, is a new option for base models with automatic transmission.

Price change: Up $200 across the board. The base model starting price is $15,900, with the Plus at $19,400 and the Exclaim at $21,500, including destination.

On sale: End of July/early August

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015

Kia's "urban hatchback" was redesigned for 2014, and it appeals to a broad range of buyers, from the under-21 crowd wanting to make a fashion statement on a limited budget to their grandparents looking for a functional vehicle that also is economical.

Related: 2014 Kia Soul Real-World Mileage

The base model starts at an enticing $15,900, but that is with a manual transmission. Adding an automatic transmission boosts the price a hefty $2,000, and for most buyers that will be the starting point (cruise control, remote entry and other features also come with the automatic). In addition, the base model uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that generates modest power, and the more expensive Plus and Exclaim models, starting at $19,400 and $21,500 respectively, come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that shows more vigor. Destination charges, included in the prices above, have increased by $5 to $800.

By Rick Popely | July 29, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 226,000 Nissan, Infiniti Sedans and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 226,000 model-year 2002-03 Nissan Maxima sedans and Pathfinder SUVs, and Infiniti I35 sedans and QX4 SUVs, as well as 2002-04 Nissan Sentra sedans and 2003 Infiniti FX crossovers

The Problem: A defect in the passenger-side front airbag could produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment; this could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. This expansion of an earlier action involving a massive recall of vehicles from multiple automakers using airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. addresses both the passenger-side front airbags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement airbags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. For example, a replacement airbag may have been installed if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side front airbag.

The Fix: Nissan will begin notifying owners Aug. 11, and dealers will replace airbags on all vehicles in which defective airbags may have been installed either as original equipment or as a replacement; repairs will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

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