Recall Alert: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 900 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Corvette sports cars in two separate actions, one involving about 800 vehicles manufactured between Aug. 20 and Sept. 4, and the other recalling nearly 100 vehicles manufactured between Aug. 20 and Aug. 27

The Problem: In the larger recall, only one of the rear parking-brake cables may be fully seated and engaged, resulting in the parking brake only operating on one of the rear park brake drums. Without the parking brake functioning on both rear wheels, the vehicle may roll away if parked on steep gradient, increasing the risk of a crash. In the smaller action, the driver-side frontal airbag module back plate may fracture upon deployment, allowing the front-impact airbag to separate from the steering wheel, increasing the risk of an injury or a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners affected by both recalls. In the larger action, dealers will inspect and correct the park brake cable installation, and in the smaller action, dealers will replace the driver-side front-impact airbag; repairs in both cases will be made for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule for either recall.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 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 | October 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

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This week saw the latest expansion of airbag recalls that began 18 months ago from Japanese supplier Takata Corp. and is now linked to at least four deaths. As of today, the recall affects some 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S. from 10 automakers based in three continents. The bulk of them — 5 million — are from Honda. Takata issued a statement earlier this year that noted the incidents of airbag malfunction — where a faulty inflator can send metal and plastic shrapnel into occupants if the front passenger airbag deploys in a crash — have occurred in warm areas like Florida and Puerto Rico, and it suspects that high humidity plays a role in the problem. Returned airbags from Toyota confirmed as much, USA Today reports.

Related: NHTSA Urges Quick Fix of Defective Airbags

USA Today reports most owners should have already received recall notices by now, and some automakers — namely, Toyota and BMW — have advised keeping the front passenger seat clear of occupants until a dealer inspects the car for a faulty inflator and, if there is one, replaces it.

What cars have been recalled? And what should you do if you get a notice? We've compiled everything we know so far below:

By Kelsey Mays | October 23, 2014 | Comments (10)

2015 Cadillac Escalade Review

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"Like a linebacker in an expensive suit, the Escalade has dynamite looks and slick moves, and while its price matches foreign competitors, its sophistication falls just short," Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman said. Check out Bragman’s review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

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

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 GM Sedans, SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Vans

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Vehicles Affected:
Nearly 100,000 model-year 2013-14 GM vehicles, including Cadillac CTS sedans, Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs; Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, Express vans, Impala sedans, Silverado heavy-duty pickup trucks and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs, Acadia crossovers, Savana vans and Sierra HD pickups

The Problem: The chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short, which could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module 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, GMC at 800-462-8782 and 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 | October 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Cadillac ATS Review

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"The 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan remains as compelling a sport sedan as GM has ever made, but issues with the interior diminish its appeal versus the heavy-hitting German competition," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 13, 2014 | Comments (6)

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By Matt Schmitz | October 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

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Vehicles Affected: More than 300 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars

The Problem: A loose electrical connection in the steering column could impact the performance of the driver-side front airbag, according to The Detroit News. If the condition is present and the airbag lamp is illuminated, the driver-side front airbag may deploy only as a single-stage airbag in crashes of a certain severity, the newspaper reported. GM said it is unaware of any crashes, injuries or deaths as a result of the issue.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 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 | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice, 2008-2009 Pontiac G8

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Vehicles Affected: More than 47,000 model-year 2011-13 Chevrolet Caprice and 2008-09 Pontiac G8 sedans

The Problem: According to The Detroit News, there is a risk under certain conditions that the driver's knee may bump the ignition key and unintentionally move the key away from the Run position; this could cause stalling and frontal airbag failure, increasing the risk of a crash or injury in a crash. GM said it is aware of one crash and no injuries or deaths related to the vehicles affected by this recall, the newspaper reported. The automaker has recalled 2.6 million vehicles linked to nearly two-dozen deaths and 54 crashes as a result of the stalling and airbag failure.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will separate the remote keyless entry transmitter from the key blade and housing assembly, and discard the original key blade and housing assembly, ensuring that it is not retained by the customer, The Detroit News reported. Dealers will cut and fit the revised key blade and housing assembly, in which the blade has been indexed by 90 degrees, to the original transmitter assembly, the newspaper stated. The automaker advised that, until repairs are made, drivers adjust their seat and steering column to allow clearance between their knee and the ignition key. GM has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-553-6000 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 | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 90,000 model-year 2013-15 Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchbacks manufactured between Jan. 17, 2012, and July 29, 2014

The Problem: The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot, causing the striker to get stuck out of position and preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch. If this happens, and the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while the car is in motion, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the striker and latch with a new part that has superior corrosion protection; repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call 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.

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 | October 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Buick LaCrosse: Car Seat Check

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The Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan returns for the 2015 model year with some well-executed tweaks worthy of what Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley referred to as the brand's "product renaissance." A quiet cabin, upscale interior, simple dashboard layout and commensurately simple-to-use multimedia system are noteworthy improvements. But the LaCrosse didn't need much improvement in terms of child-safety-seat installation. We gave the 2014 LaCrosse high marks in nearly all areas, with the only drawbacks being floppy seat-belt buckles and fixed head restraints. Can the 2015 model measure up to that standard? Read the Car Seat Check below and find out.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

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