Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Isuzu Rodeo, Rodeo Sport, Axiom

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 8,816 2003-2004 Isuzu Rodeo, Rodeo Sport and Axiom SUVs originally sold or currently registered in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and the District of Columbia.

The Problem: Excessive corrosion near the forward mounting point bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link could cause the bracket to detach from the frame, impacting vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash. This latest action is similar to another corrosion-related Isuzu recall issued in July 2012 on 1998-2001 Amigo and 2001-2002 Rodeo Sport vehicles.

By Matt Schmitz | November 27, 2013 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 193,000 GM SUVs

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GM is voluntarily recalling 193,000 SUVs due to an electrical problem that could cause power windows and door locks to malfunction and possibly cause a fire, the Detroit News reported. Affected vehicles include model-year 2006-07 Chevrolet Trailblazers, GMC Envoys, Buick Rainiers, Saab 9-7x's and Isuzu Ascenders, as well as model-year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXTs and GMC Envoy XLs.

This latest recall is an expansion of an action that started last August and now includes 443,000 SUVs in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the issue in February 2012 and has received 83 complaints, with 66 alleging that the door module had melted or burned, the Detroit News stated.

In the recalled vehicles, fluid may enter the driver's door, resulting in rust that could cause the circuit board to short. The problem could cause the power door-lock and window switches to function intermittently or become inoperable; it could also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke or fire, the newspaper reported.

By Matt Schmitz | June 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 249,260 GM vehicles

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GM is recalling 249,260 vehicles because the driver's door module may corrode and cause an electrical short, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recalled vehicles — which affects 2006 models of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, and 2006 and 2007 models of the TrailBlazer, Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7x and Isuzu Ascender — were originally sold or are currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

In the affected vehicles, fluid may enter the driver's door module, leading to corrosion that could result in an electrical short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door locks and window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. A short may also lead to overheating and melt components of the door module, increasing the risk of a fire.

A notification schedule has not been determined yet, NHTSA says. For more info, Buick owners can call 800-521-7300; Chevrolet owners can call 866-694-6546; GMC owners can call 866-996-9463; Isuzu owners can call 800-255-6727; and Saab owners can call 855-880-0808. Or you can call NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Dave Lee | August 20, 2012 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 1998-2001 Isuzu Amigo, 2001-2002 Rodeo Sport

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Isuzu is recalling 11,221 model-year 1999-2000 versions of the Amigo and model-year 2001-2002 Rodeo Sports due to excessive suspension corrosion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects vehicles sold or currently registered in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky. Excessive corrosion could cause the rear suspension's lower link bracket to detach from the frame, affecting handling. This could cause an increased risk of accident.

Isuzu will notify owners starting later this month. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and if little or no corrosion is found, apply an anti-corrosive compound. If suspension damage is detected the dealer will install a reinforcement bracket. If severe corrosion is found, Isuzu will repurchase the vehicle based on the Kelley Blue Book private sale price.

Owners can call Isuzu at 800-255-6727 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 9, 2012 | Comments (2)

Subaru Celebrates 25 Years of Manufacturing in the U.S.

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This month, Subaru celebrates its 25th anniversary of production in the U.S., according to the carmaker. Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. started in 1987 as a joint-venture between Fuji Heavy Industries (owner of the Subaru brand) and Isuzu.

The car plant originally built Subaru Legacys and Isuzu pickup trucks and Rodeos for U.S. consumption.

Today, the 820-acre facility employees 3,600 workers and can build 360,000 vehicles a year. Currently, the plant builds the Subaru Legacy, Outback and Tribeca as well as the 2012 Toyota Camry, under contract with Toyota, according to Subaru.

By Colin Bird | March 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 185,000 Compact GM Trucks over Child Seat Defect

Chevrolet Colorado - 2011General Motors is recalling 185,000 compact pickup trucks that share the same the platform because the child-seat anchor system doesn’t comply with federal safety standards, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nameplates involved in the recall include the 2004-2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins, as well as the discontinued 2006 Isuzu i-280 and i-350 and 2007-2008 Isuzu i-290 and i-370.

By Colin Bird | November 24, 2010 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 1998-2002 Isuzu Rodeo, 2002 Isuzu Axiom, 1998-2002 Honda Passport

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Isuzu is recalling certain 1998-2002 Rodeos and 2002 Axiom vehicles, and Honda is recalling certain 1998-2002 Honda Passports, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
The recall affects vehicles that were originally sold or are currently registered in 21 states and the District of Columbia where road de-icing materials may have corroded the left or right rear suspension lower link bracket earlier than expected. Excessive corrosion could cause the bracket to detach from the vehicle frame and cause a crash. The affected states are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky.
 
Dealers will inspect the lower link bracket for corrosion. Vehicles with little or no damage will be treated with an anti-corrosive compound; a reinforcement bracket will be installed if corrosion has damaged the bracket and its connection to the vehicle frame. If corrosion is so severe that a reinforcement bracket would not be an appropriate repair, a suitable remedy will be developed.
 
Inspections and repairs will be free of charge for vehicles that are 10 years old or newer. A vehicle older than 10 years will be repaired for free only if it is brought to an Isuzu or Honda dealer within 12 months of notification; the manufacturer has not yet determined when owners will be notified. There’s also no word on what locations Isuzu owners will be directed to since the brand no longer maintains new-car dealerships in the U.S. Owners may call Isuzu at 800-255-6727, Honda at 800-999-1009 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.

By Dave Lee | October 1, 2010 | Comments (80)

Recall Alert: 185,903 GM Trucks

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The recall is due to a brake-lamp switch that may not work because of contamination in the switch. This could mean that the brake lamps won’t work or will stay continuously lit, either of which could pose a safety hazard to other drivers who can’t see what the driver intends to do.

The recall applies to vehicles either originally sold or registered in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Utah.

GM says the new component for the switch will not be available until February 2010, so it will offer special coverage for all registered vehicles. Owners who have problems can get free repairs but must return to a dealership when the newly designed parts become available. The inspection and replacement part will both be free.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, GMC at 866-996-9463, Isuzu at 800-255-6727 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Stephen Markley | August 3, 2009 | Comments (4)

It's Official: No More Isuzus for the U.S.

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The company known more for its fictional 1980s spokesman, Joe Isuzu, than its cars is officially out of the new-car game. Even though most Isuzu dealers closed up shop long ago, some were still selling the company’s pickup trucks and SUVs throughout 2008, to the tune of more than 7,000 units.

But no longer; while Isuzu will still sell commercial trucks in the U.S. and offer service on its past products, it will no longer sell new vehicles as of Jan. 31.

As we work our way through all the details of the upcoming Detroit auto show, this bit of news doesn’t really seem to impact the automotive landscape. If you have fond or not-so-fond memories of Isuzu, let us know in the comments.

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By David Thomas | January 5, 2009 | Comments (12)

Isuzu Closing Doors in U.S.

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Isuzu began notifying its dealers Wednesday that next year the Japanese automaker will stop selling its entire consumer lineup, including the midsize Ascender SUV derived from the Chevrolet Trailblazer and the midsize i-290 and i-370 pickup trucks derived from the Chevy Colorado.

One source said he wasn't sure consumers would even notice, since Isuzu only sold 7,098 vehicles in the U.S. last year. Isuzu sells only SUVs and trucks here, no cars.

Sales will stop after Jan. 31, 2009, but service will not, the automaker said. Consumers who own an Isuzu SUV or truck will continue to be offered service and warranty work, company spokesman Chip Letzgus said. He wouldn't provide details on how that will work until all dealers have been told how the service program will work.   

There are 200 Isuzu dealers in the U.S., but only about a dozen are stand-alone Isuzu stores. The rest are duals with other brands, many Chevrolet, which is why those dealers can continue to service the vehicles; both are rebadged Chevrolets.

By Jim Mateja | January 30, 2008 | Comments (24)

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