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

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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: 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)

Recall Alert: 2010-2014 Chevrolet Camaro

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 464,712 model-year 2010-14 Chevrolet Camaros – all current-generation models of the car are affected

The Problem: General Motors is reporting that the driver's knee could bump the key fob, causing the key to move out of the Run position. This could lead to a reduction or loss of power. GM is aware of three crashes and four injuries related to the issue.

The automaker said the Camaro's ignition switch meets all engineering specifications and this issue is unrelated to the ignition switch recall affecting the Chevrolet Cobalt and several of GM's other compact cars.   

The Fix: GM is changing the key's design; the change will make the ignition key and fob independent of each other. 

What Owners Should Do: The automaker has not yet provided an owner notification schedule; affected owners will receive a recall letter. GM says courtesy transportation will be provided if needed. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 13, 2014 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 31,520 model-year 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic cars. This is an expansion of a previous recall.

The Problem: A defect inside the driver's side front airbag terminal could cause the airbag not to deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The air bag warning light will illuminate in affected vehicles.

GM said it's aware of one crash and subsequent injury related to this problem as well as other non-airbag deployment crashes, but the automaker cannot confirm if the latter crashes are related to this recall. 

The Fix: Dealers will replace the steering-wheel airbag coil for free.

What Owners Should Do: General Motors has not yet provided an owner notification schedule but did say courtesy transportation would be provided as needed. Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300 or Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Video

For serious-but-accessible track driving, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek gives an A to the Z/28. On his way to the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Bruzek tracked down the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 at the Monticello Motor Club and took the iconic muscle car's race-ready variant for a few turns, dubbing it the "ultimate track-car experience." Watch the action as a helmeted Bruzek demonstrates the Camaro's capabilities to the roaring soundtrack of its 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter V-8.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

'Flowtie' Adds Needed Air to Beastly Camaro Z/28

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Sometimes when you're wearing a tuxedo you've just got to loosen that bowtie so you can breathe a little easier. GM engineers basically used the same concept to improve the performance of the made-for-the-track 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 by increasing airflow to the radiator — only without having to dress down. Instead, they simply replaced the iconic Chevy bowtie with the newly minted "Flowtie."

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Starts at $75,000

During aerodynamics testing, engineers observed that the Z/28's grille was displacing air away from the radiator, impacting engine cooling. Richard Quinn, powertrain cooling development engineer, had an idea that freed up valuable grille real estate without sacrificing brand identity — hollowing out the logo.

By Matt Schmitz | March 7, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Chicago Blackhawks Camaro SS Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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For the past few years at the Chicago Auto Show, a company based in Gurnee, Ill., has built and displayed a custom Chevrolet Camaro in honor of the local NHL franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks. This year is no different.

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Real Wheels makes custom parts for an array of vehicles from semitrucks to SUVs, but it’s the Chicago Blackhawks Camaro that likely gets this company the most attention. This year’s car is a 2014 Camaro SS convertible with some new tweaks. There’s still the Indian head logo cutouts in the custom grille, but there is no logo on the hood, just a stripe job around the hood scoop.

By David Thomas | February 7, 2014 | Comments (8)

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Starts at $75,000

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The bare-bones, track-tuned version of Chevy's muscle car will go on sale this spring; the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will start at $75,000, including destination and a gas-guzzler tax — a hefty premium over the track-oriented ZL1 model ($56,050) and the base 1LS trim ($24,550). The Z/28's price also doesn't get you air conditioning: The system was ditched to make the car lighter and can be added for $1,150.

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was first introduced at last year's New York International Auto Show and wears unique front and rear bumpers for improved track aerodynamics, fender flares and extended rocker panels, a rear spoiler and a functional rear diffuser. Power comes from a 7.0-liter V-8 good for 505-horsepower and 481 pounds-feet of torque; a six-speed manual is the sole transmission. Carbon ceramic Brembo brakes are standard.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 3, 2014 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Chevrolet Camaro

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Vehicles Affected: Model-year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Camaro coupes manufactured between June 9 and Sept. 6, 2013

The Problem: The required airbag warning label on the sun visor may peel off. This violates federal safety standards pertaining to occupant crash protection, and the driver and front passenger may not be warned of the risks of airbag deployment, increasing the potential for injury in a crash.

The Fix: GM began notifying owners on Oct. 28, instructing them how to inspect the visor sticker; if necessary, dealers will replace the visor for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-521-7300 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

Muscle Cars Top Most Stolen Sporty-Car List

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A trio of nameplates synonymous with American muscle — the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger — are also the strongest candidates to be swiped by auto thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's new list of most stolen "sporty" vehicles, the iconic Detroit coupes raced to the front of the pack. The report is based on theft records from the National Crime Information Center and covers model-year 2010, 2011 and 2012 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.

The report breaks the cars into three classes: midsize, premium and compact. Sporty-vehicle thefts during the counting period numbered 3,780, with the midsize class dominating that total with 3,271, or 87 percent. Within the midsize class, the Camaro led with 1,509 thefts, followed by the Mustang (980) and the Challenger (782). Rounding out the top five was a mix of premium and compact models, including the Porsche Panamera, a premium car with 103 thefts; Audi A5/S5 (compact, 101); Chevrolet Corvette (premium, 69); Nissan 370Z (compact, 47); BMW 6 Series (premium, 45); Porsche 911 (premium, 24); and Volkswagen Eos (compact, 23).

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

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