Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Focus, C-Max

2014FordFocusRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 500 model-year 2014 Ford Focus compact cars and C-Max hybrids manufactured between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, 2014

The Problem: Incorrectly assembled steering gears could cause impaired steering, including a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners on Sept. 8, and dealers will replace the steering gears for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673, 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 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Aston Martin DB9, Rapide S

2014AstonMartinDB9Recall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 450 model-year 2014 Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S high-performance luxury sports cars manufactured between June 2013 and July 2014

The Problem: Due to a faulty circuit board, the transmissions in the affected vehicles may inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver. If this happens, the driver will not be able to maintain speed or move the vehicle out of traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Aston Martin began notifying owners earlier this month, and dealers will replace the affected circuit boards for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info. The automaker noted that if the vehicle exhibits the problem, owners should turn off the ignition then restart it, which may allow the car to be driven to safety.

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 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2013 Suzuki Kizashi

2013SuzukiKizashiRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 19,000 model-year 2010-13 Suzuki Kizashi sedans manufactured between October 2009 and July 2012

The Problem: Spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure. This could cause the fuel tank to crack, resulting in a fuel leak and increasing the risk of a fire. This problem has affected at least three other automakers, including Honda, Hyundai and Mazda, in recent years, most recently resulting in an April 2014 recall of 42,000 model-year 2010-12 Mazda6 sedans.

The Fix: Suzuki began notifying owners on Aug. 12, and dealers will replace the evaporative canister vent line with a vent line that has a filter on the end. If the canister is found to be obstructed by a spider web, the fuel tank will also be replaced. The automaker will do all work for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Suzuki at 800-934-0934, 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 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

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

2014ChevroletCamaroRecall

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.

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 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Buick Regal, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013ChevroletMalibuRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 120,000 model-year 2011-13 Buick Regal and 2013 Malibu sedans

The Problem: The vehicles are equipped with two turn signal bulbs in each front turn signal; if one of the two bulbs burns out in either front turn signal lamp, there is no indication to the driver and he or she may continue to drive the vehicle. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other drivers may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash. Cars.com first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the body control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, 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 | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Transit Connect

2014FordTransitConnectRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 370 model-year 2014 Ford Transit Connect vans manufactured between March 1, 2014, and May 15, 2014

The Problem: The affected vehicles may have a brake reservoir cap that does not have the required text advising owners which brake fluid the vehicle uses. This could result in someone adding the wrong brake fluid, causing damage to the brake system seals and, in turn, brake fluid leaks; this could lengthen stopping distances and increase the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Ford notified owners on July 14, and dealers will replace the brake reservoir cap with the correct one for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673, 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 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Jaguar XF

2014JaguarXF

Vehicles Affected: More than 80 model-year 2013-14 Jaguar XF luxury sedans, including XFR-S variants, manufactured between July 2, 2013, and April 11, 2014

The Problem: A component within the power assist steering system may collapse and restrict fluid flow within the system hose, causing a loss of power steering; this increases the effort needed to steer, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Jaguar will begin notifying owners on Aug. 29, and dealers will install an improved hose for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Jaguar at 800-452-4827, 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 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500, 2015 Chrysler 200

2014JeepCherokeeRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 16,000 model-year 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossovers and Ram 1500s, and 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans

The Problem: Due to an insufficient weld, the rear shocks may detach from the vehicle at one end and possibly damage other chassis components or the tire, or result in reduced braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the rear shocks and replace any affected ones for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, 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 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Jaguar XK

2015JaguarXKRecall

Vehicles Affected: About 150 model-year 2013-15 Jaguar XK luxury sports cars, including XKR and XKR-S variants, manufactured between Aug. 24, 2012, and June 10, 2014, and equipped with a 5.0-liter engine

The Problem: The tire placard has incorrect info for the spare tire stating "none" for the inflation pressure of the spare wheel. If the recommended pressure is not provided, the tire may not be properly inflated, which may result in its failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Jaguar will begin notifying owners on Aug. 30, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and, if necessary, attach a corrected tire placard label stating the tire size and pressure, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Jaguar at 800-452-4827, 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 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

NHTSA Launches VIN-Searchable Recall Finder

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Used-car shoppers: Want to know if your prospective car has any recalls that haven't been done? After all, about 1 in 4 recalled cars never get their recall work done, which could stick future owners with potential safety hazards.

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Now there's a place you can find this information. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just launched a tool on its website where you can look up a car by its vehicle identification number to view its recalls. It's at www.safercar.gov/vinlookup. You can find the VIN at the base of the driver's side of the windshield, just beneath the glass.

It isn't just a tool to see what recalls have been announced on a prospective vehicle; it also shows you if those recalls have been completed or not on that specific car.

By Kelsey Mays | August 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

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