Recall Alert: 2010-2015 Land Rover LR2, 2012-2013 Range Rover Evoque

2014LandRoverLR2Recall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 41,000 model-year 2010-15 Land Rover LR2 and model-year 2012-13 Range Rover Evoque small luxury SUVs

The Problem: A component within the occupant classification system electronic control unit may fail, resulting in the front passenger airbag being totally or partially disabled. In a crash necessitating airbags, deployment may not occur or may occur improperly, increasing the risk of injury to the front-seat passenger.

The Fix: Land Rover will begin notifying owners on Aug. 30, and dealers will update the restraint control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Land Rover at 800-637-6837, 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 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2009-14 Volkswagen Tiguan

2014VolkswagenTiguanRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 151,000 model-year 2009-14 Volkswagen Tiguan crossovers manufactured between July 2007 and June 2014

The Problem: When using winterized fuel, in certain conditions bubbles may form in the fuel system, which could result in the vehicle stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Volkswagen will begin notifying owners on Aug. 19, and dealers will update the vehicle's software to increase the fuel pump pressure for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987, 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 | August 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Cadillac ATS, Buick Encore

2013CadillacATSRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 48,000 model-year 2013 Cadillac ATS four-door sedans and Buick Encore crossovers

The Problem: The front outboard lap belt pretensioner cables will retract upon deployment to pull in seat belt webbing, but may not lock, allowing the cable and the retracted webbing to return to their original length under occupant loading. This could increase occupant movement and, therefore, the risk of an injury, in certain crashes. GM said the problem was discovered during frontal crash testing, and the automaker is unaware of any related crashes or injuries.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front outboard lap belt pretensioners. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule, but has ordered a stop-sale for any unsold models at dealerships until repairs have been made.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 or Buick at 800-521-7300, or go to www.safercar.gov.

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 | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2003-2005 Subaru Baja, Impreza, Legacy, Outback

2005SubaruLegacyRecall

Vehicles Affected: An unspecified number of model-year 2003-05 Subaru Legacy cars, Outback wagons and Baja crossovers, and model-year 2004-05 Subaru Impreza cars, including WRX and STI variants, all currently or previously registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands and equipped Takata-brand passenger-side airbag inflators

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. This could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. Subaru is one of several automakers that have announced U.S. recalls pertaining to defective airbag systems made by Japan's Takata Corp. Last month, Subaru recalled nearly 9,000 vehicles in the same model range.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflators for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, 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 | August 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2007-2013 Mitsubishi Outlander

2013MitsubishiOutlanderRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 200 model-year 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander crossovers equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, and model-year 2007-12 Outlanders that received replacement six-speed automatic transmissions during servicing

The Problem: The transmissions in the affected vehicles have insufficient clearance between the power steering pressure tube and the converter housing of the automatic transmission. As a result of contact, the power steering pressure tube may develop a hole and leak power steering fluid; this could cause a loss of steering assistance, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering pressure tube and return tube for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820, 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 | August 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lexus RX 350 Review

15RX350

"For 2015, the Lexus RX 350 is a soft, almost numb, car that impresses with its responsive engine and general comfort, but comes up short at offering both a rewarding driving experience and exceptional interior luxury," said Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson. Check out Jackson’s review for more.

2015 Lexus RX 350 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Newman | August 4, 2014 | Comments (10)

Recall Alert: 2007-2012 Hyundai Veracruz

2012HyundaiVercruzRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 61,000 model-year 2007-12 Hyundai Veracruz crossovers manufactured between Dec. 26, 2006, and July 24, 2012

The Problem: An oil leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket could cause enough oil to drop onto the alternator to damage it, resulting in a failure of the charging system. If the alternator is damaged, the charging system warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate, causing the engine to lose power and the vehicle to stop running; an unexpected engine failure while driving increases the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Hyundai will begin notifying owners by the end of September, and dealers will inspect and repair the alternator and the front valve cover gasket 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 | August 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2001-2006 Hyundai Santa Fe

2006HyundaiSantaFeRecall

Vehicle Affected: About 225,000 model-year 2001-06 Hyundai Santa Fe crossovers manufactured between March 31, 2000, and Feb. 15, 2006, and registered and operated or originally sold and registered in the following 20 "salt belt" states plus the District of Columbia: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin

The Problem: The vehicles may experience front coil spring corrosion from road salt, causing the coil spring to fracture and make contact with the tire. If this happens, it could cause the coil spring to make contact with the tire, possibly puncturing the tire and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Hyundai will begin notifying owners by the end of September, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair the coil spring 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.

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 | August 1, 2014 | Comments (2)

Mercedes Prices New 2015 GLA-Class Under $33,000

Do you like the style of the Mercedes-Benz CLA four-door coupe but need a little more headroom and a hatchback? The GLA-Class might just be for you. Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the subcompact, front- and all-wheel-drive car-based luxury SUV, and it's just $1,400 more than the starting price for the smaller CLA.

Related: 2015 Mercedes Benz GLA250 Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

The new 2015 GLA250 will start at $32,225 (including destination charge) for a front-wheel drive, four-cylinder-powered model, rising to $34,225 for the 4Matic all-wheel-drive model. If the normal turbocharged four-cylinder isn't quite powerful enough for you, you can upgrade to the fire-breathing GLA45 AMG for $49,225 — quite a premium over a regular GLA250, but given the amount of additional go-fast equipment the AMG treatment brings, it could very well be worth it.

The GLA250 4Matic and GLA45 AMG both go on sale in September 2014, with the base GLA250 front-wheel-drive model going on sale the following year, sometime in the first quarter of 2015.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Aaron Bragman | August 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014-2015 Fiat 500L

2014Fiat500LRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 26,000 model-year 2014-15 Fiat 500L small crossovers

The Problem: The driver's knee airbag may not deploy in the proper position if the driver is not wearing a seat belt. Chrysler said in a statement that it discovered the problem during routine testing and is unaware of any related injuries.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners and advise them when they can schedule service; repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 for more info. The automaker advises owners to wear their seat belts at all times.

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 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

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