GM Stops Sales of 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Trucks

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GM is stopping all shipments and deliveries of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups due to a pending investigation about a faulty airbag sensor.

According to Automotive News, a note was sent to dealerships notifying them that an investigation with the National Highway Safety Administration has been opened regarding an airbag flaw that could cause problems with the normal deployment of the driver-side airbag. The fix is reported to be a simple software patch.

The new Colorados and Canyons went on sale just two weeks ago and fewer than 50 sales have been recorded. The stop-delivery announcement is the first glitch in the introduction of the newest members to the midsize pickup segment. GM CEO Mary Barra has stated that these types of small-volume safety recalls are likely to occur more often as GM's new recall and review policies catch issues like these earlier in the production process. So far this year GM has ordered 71 safety recalls affecting nearly 30 million vehicles.

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By Mark Williams | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford F-150: First Drive

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As a term in the automotive lexicon, "all-new" often is applied subjectively to original and updated vehicles, but used to characterize the redesigned-for-2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, "all-new" is as accurate as it can be. PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams marveled: "As near as we can tell, there isn't a single aspect to this truck that hasn't been reengineered, reimagined or redesigned." Perhaps most notable among the best-selling F-150's newfangled features is its record-setting abundance of weight-saving aluminum. However, Williams noted, even if that were not the case, the 2015 F-150's technology and other segment-first features would still be revolutionary. Read more about PickupTrucks.com first drive of the F-150 here.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 700,000 model-year 2005-11 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner and 4x4 pickup trucks manufactured between Sept. 14, 2009, and Oct. 11, 2010

The Problem: One of the leaf springs may fracture due to stress or corrosion. While being driven, the broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components, including the fuel tank, possibly puncturing the tank and causing a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners on Nov. 28, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that the remedy for this recall is still under development.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the NHTSA 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 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

NHTSA: 5 Million Chrysler Vehicles Under Scrutiny for Stalling Problem

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Earlier this month, Cars.com reported that Chrysler was recalling nearly 190,000 model-year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs due to a problem with the Totally Integrated Power Module that could cause the vehicles to stall suddenly. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it will formally review millions more Chrysler SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans starting with the 2007 model year due to complaints of problems associated with the same module. An Aug. 21 letter from advocacy group the Center for Auto Safety initiated the review, informing NHTSA of 63 complaints pertaining to problems allegedly caused by the module.

Recall Alert: 2011 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

"The CAS alleges that TIPM failures have resulted in incidents of engine stall; airbag non-deployment; random horn, headlight, taillight, door lock, instrument panel and windshield wiper activity; failure of fuel pump shutoff resulting in unintended acceleration; and fires," NHTSA said in a statement, also noting that the CAS petition also references a class-action lawsuit that has been filed regarding the alleged module failure.

By Matt Schmitz | September 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

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By Matt Schmitz | September 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Toyota Tundra

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Vehicles Affected: More than 130,000 model-year 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax and double-cab pickup trucks manufactured between July 29, 2013, and Aug. 22, 2014

The Problem: Due to the possible incorrect installation of the B-pillar interior trim's upper tab, the side curtain airbags may not deploy properly in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners on Sept. 30, and dealers will inspect the B-pillar interior trim installation and, if necessary, replace it; the repairs will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or 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 | September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

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

Recall Alert: 2008-2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser, Tacoma

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Vehicles Affected: About 20,000 model-year 2008-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUVs and Tacoma pickup trucks equipped with accessory wheels and tires installed by Toyota or dealers before the vehicles' first sale.

The Problem: The vehicles may incorrectly list the spare tire size or inflation info on the tire placard. If the incorrect pressure is provided, tire failure may occur while it's being driven on, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners this month, and the automaker will provide, either by mail to owners or to dealers, overlay stickers for placement over the incorrect info on the placard.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, 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 | September 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | September 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: August 2014

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The Honda Accord topped the Toyota Camry to become the nation's best-selling car in August. The Accord's sales surged 32.5 percent and signaled a return by shoppers to the tried-and-true family schleppers — midsize sedans — as kids headed back to school. Shoppers flocked toward popular models like the Accord, Ford Fusion (up 19.5 percent) and Hyundai Sonata (up 24.7 percent) as family-sedan nameplates gained 9.5 percent in overall sales. The Accord, in particular, had a few more incentives than a year ago, which is rare for Honda, and shoppers responded. It put the Accord above the Camry in monthly sales for the first time since December 2013.

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With sales from the largest seven automakers up 5.1 percent, industry projections suggest a sales pace not seen since mid-2006. Shoppers chose Chrysler (up 19.8 percent) and Nissan (up 11.5 percent) more than other automakers. GM, whose sales fell 1.2 percent on slow Buick and Cadillac sales, was the only automaker to see a drop. Whether this can be blamed on the automaker's recall crisis is hard to say, given GM has seen a sales uptick through much of the year.

By Kelsey Mays | September 3, 2014 | Comments (6)

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