Recall Alert: 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Impala

2014ChevroletCamaroRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 100 model-year 2014 Buick Regal sedans and Cadillac XTS cars, and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars and Impala sedans

The Problem: Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and steering gear, or lower control arm and the lower ball joint, to separate; this could cause a steering loss, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM began notifying owners on June 27, and dealers will inspect fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, for free.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Buick Regal, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

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Vehicles Affected: More than 120,000 model-year 2011-13 Buick Regal and 2013 Malibu sedans

The Problem: The vehicles are equipped with two turn signal bulbs in each front turn signal; if one of the two bulbs burns out in either front turn signal lamp, there is no indication to the driver and he or she may continue to drive the vehicle. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other drivers may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash. Cars.com first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the body control module software for free.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | August 26, 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.

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

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014SubaruOutback

Readers jumped on the bandwagon this week to put the 2014 Subaru Outback up top in its debut on our list of most-read reviews. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the cultishly popular wagon gets better every year, and 2014 is no exception. Also enjoying a robust start is list newcomer the 2015 Audi A3 luxury sedan, which bows at No. 2. Further down the roster, at Nos. 8 and 9, are the 2014 Buick Regal sedan and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossover. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Subaru Outback
2. 2015 Audi A3
3. 2015 Honda Fit
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue 
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda CR-V
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2014 Buick Regal
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2015 Subaru WRX

By Matt Schmitz | April 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Buick Regal Review

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If you're in the market for a near-luxury sedan, Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says you'd do well to show the classy, respectably performing 2014 Buick Regal the admiration it commands. The compact-to-midsize sedan's lightly refreshed exterior, exemplified by its waterfall grille, lives up to the Regal's name, as does its comfortable, generally well-appointed cabin, nicely isolated from outside noise. You won't exactly find the large turning circle awe-inspiring, but for the price you may be willing to accept some less-than-regal attributes. Read Geiger's review below.

2014 Buick Regal Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Ryan Peterson

By Matt Schmitz | March 26, 2014 | Comments (22)

Recall Alert: 355 GM Sedans, Crossovers

2014BuickVerano

Vehicles Affected: About 355 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano sedans and Enclave crossovers; Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze sedans and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Acadia crossovers — all 2014 models equipped with automatic transmissions.

The Problem: The transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever, which could prevent the driver from shifting gear positions, and the indicated shift position may not represent the actual gear position. If disengagement occurs while the vehicle is in motion, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "Park" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the correct gear position; if this occurs, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of injury to occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: GM will notify owners starting late this month, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chevrolet owners can call 800-222-1020, Buick owners 800-521-7300 and GMC owners 800-462-8782, or owners 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.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

The Cars That Beat This Winter

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If it seems like we're covering the winter weather all the time that's because there hasn't been much of a break in the snow and cold to write anything else. Luckily, we've been able to pilot some true foul-weather standouts in our test fleet in Chicago and Detroit this season.

By David Thomas | February 20, 2014 | Comments (38)

Latest NHTSA Crash Tests Yield Mixed Results

2014NissanVersaNoteCrashTest

Of a dozen 2013 and 2014 models vying for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety club in the latest round of testing, less than half made the cut. NHTSA's crash tests examine vehicles' safety performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as roof strength in rollover accidents.

Both the 2014 Buick Regal with eAssist and Verano front-wheel-drive sedans made the grade. The Regal received fours in both frontal and rollover ratings and a five in side-collision tests for an overall score of five. The Verano, also finishing with an overall score of five, received fives in both frontal and side collisions, and a four in rollover tests.

By Matt Schmitz | September 17, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Buick Regal: First Drive

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Buick's resurrection in the U.S. market as a brand for younger, modern buyers really started with the Regal way back in 2010. But the arrival of the less-expensive Verano and the larger, well-appointed LaCrosse threw the Regal's position in the lineup into confusion — at the low end, you could get a loaded Verano for the cost of a lesser-equipped Regal, while at the high end, it encroached on the much roomier LaCrosse.

For 2014, Buick has cleaned up the lineup a little, repositioning the Regal and emphasizing its newly available all-wheel drive as a direct competitor for import models like the Audi A4. GM invited us to come to its test track in southeast Michigan for a brief walk-around and test drive of the 2014 Regal and sportier Regal GS models to see if the work paid off.

By Aaron Bragman | September 9, 2013 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 38,197 Chevrolet, Buick Hybrids

2013BuickLaCrosseEassist

GM is recalling 38,197 model-year 2012-13 Chevrolet and Buick eAssist light hybrid cars due to a problem with circuit boards in the trunk that could cause a fire, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Affected vehicles include Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans. Circuit boards in the trunk could overheat, causing the cars' 12-volt battery to drain and one of several indicator lights to turn on. If owners ignore the warning lights, the engine could stall and a fire could occur in the trunk, the newspaper reported. The issue is not related to the lithium-ion battery that is part of the eAssist hybrid system.

Owners will be notified "soon," according to the newspaper, though no specific time frame was given. Owners of Malibu Ecos, Buick LaCrosses and Buick Regals who notice any kind of warning light are encouraged to take their car to a dealer immediately. For more info, owners can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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