Recall Alert: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and 2013-2014 LR4

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Vehicles Affected: More than 28,000 model-year 2014 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport luxury SUVs, and model-year 2013-14 LR4 luxury SUVs, all manufactured between Sept. 16, 2013, and June 30, 2014

The Problem: The tire pressure monitoring system may fail to learn the locations of the individual sensors while the vehicle is being driven. As a result, the low tire pressure warning light will illuminate, despite the tire pressure being within specification. If one of the tires subsequently loses air pressure, the driver will not be notified of the change, increasing the risk of tire failure and, likewise, a crash.

The Fix: Land Rover began notifying owners on Nov. 6, and dealers will update the body 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 | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2015 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV

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Vehicles Affected: More than 1,000 model-year 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV luxury SUVs

The Problem: The passenger-side instrument panel top cover may have been manufactured using an incorrect spacer fabric, causing a reduction of adhesion between the spacer fabric and the vinyl show surface. This could cause inconsistent passenger airbag deployment, increasing the risk of an injury in a crash necessitating airbags.

The Fix: Cadillac manufacturer GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the instrument panel top cover for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006, 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 | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2006-2011 Lexus LS, GS and IS

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 423,000 luxury sedans, including model-year 2007-10 Lexus LS sedans manufactured between May 9, 2006, and July 20, 2010; model-year 2006-11 GS sedans manufactured between Jan. 6, 2005, and Sept. 10, 2010; and model-year 2006-11 IS sedans manufactured between Aug. 30, 2005, and Sept. 10, 2010

The Problem: Due to anticorrosion plating remnants, fuel may leak from where the fuel pressure sensor is attached to the fuel delivery pipe. In the presence of an ignition source, this increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Lexus manufacturer Toyota will begin notifying owners in December, and dealers will clean and reseal the fuel pressure sensor mounting area 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 | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

NHTSA: Not Enough Evidence to Force Nationwide Takata Airbag Recall

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A high-ranking official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was defending federal safety regulators' decision not to mandate a national recall of all cars affected by defective airbags manufactured by Japan’s Takata. According to The Detroit News, Deputy NHTSA Administrator David Friedman was preparing to tell a U.S. Senate committee that the agency doesn't have sufficient data to force a nationwide recall, and that such a broad action could divert limited replacement parts from targeted high-humidity regions of the country where affected cars are already known to be high-risk. Friedman's written testimony mirrored language used by Takata early this week in opposing a national recall.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

This follows news Wednesday that NHTSA was urging the 10 automakers affected by the potentially deadly airbag issue to recall all involved cars across the U.S. Due to defective airbag inflators, front passenger airbags could rupture upon deployment and spray vehicle occupants with shrapnel; the problem already has resulted in 7.8 million recalls.

Get the full story from The Detroit News.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door

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Vehicles Affected: More than 5,800 model-year 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door cars manufactured between Jan. 7 and July 21

The Problem: The spare wheel may have been attached under the car with a nut that is not self-locking. Vibrations from driving may cause the nut to loosen, allowing the wheel to separate from the car, becoming a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mini-manufacturer BMW was expected to begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the spare wheel securing nut with a self-locking nut for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mini at 866-275-6464, 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 | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

NHTSA Urges Automakers to Issue National Recall for Takata Airbags

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today it's urging the 10 automakers involved in auto supplier Takata’s passenger-side airbag campaign to recall all such cars made across the U.S. That’s what The Detroit News reports, citing NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. Still, it could take several months before the agency could force automakers to recall more cars through its full statutory powers, according to the Detroit News.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

The agency also ordered automakers to submit documents that show what they’ve done to test the airbag inflators outside of high-humidity areas.

The move stems from a recent NHTSA evaluation of a driver’s-side airbag failure outside the current recall region. If NHTSA is successful, it will dramatically increase the number of vehicles recalled. Right now, automakers have recalled 7.8 million vehicles ― the majority from Toyota, Honda and Nissan ― for airbag issues. Some automakers, like Toyota, have advised dealerships to deactivate the passenger-side airbag if the replacement airbag inflators are not in stock yet, and for drivers to then keep anyone from sitting there. Still, some in Congress began pressing for a nationwide recall last month.

Click here to read the full report from The Detroit News.

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By Kelsey Mays | November 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta, Passat

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 400 model-year 2015 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat sedans manufactured between Sept. 23 and Oct. 9 and equipped with manual front seatback recliners

The Problem: The seatback recliner retaining bracket may not engage correctly, resulting in unexpected movement of the seatback; this could distract the driver, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Volkswagen began notifying owners in October, and dealers will inspect the assembly of the seatback recliner retaining bracket, correcting it as necessary for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call VW at 800-893-5298 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 | November 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

Survey: Recalls Influence Car Shoppers

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If you're weary of the nonstop recall coverage lately, we don't blame you. It's been an unprecedented year for them. Tallying recalls is a dubious task, given the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's counts a vehicle recall as anything from passenger cars to garbage trucks and motorcycles. But the Detroit Free Press counted 56.1 million auto recalls year to date on Oct. 20 — a figure that thumped NHTSA's prior record of 30.8 million vehicle recalls set in 2004, according to annual totals obtained by Cars.com. And that was two days before NHTSA added another 3.1 million cars to a widespread airbag recall.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

Meanwhile, new-car sales at GM are up 3.9 percent through October. That falls short of the industry's 5.5 percent gain, according to Automotive News, but it's better than you'd expect for an automaker whose 25.6 million recalls top other automakers by a mile. Other recall-heavy automakers have had mixed years: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is up 15.8 percent and Toyota is up 5.8 percent, but Ford and Honda are roughly flat.

Still, a new survey suggests that car shoppers do, in fact, care about recalls — and most of them know about this year's largest ones. How that influences shoppers' decisions, on the other hand, is up for debate.

By Kelsey Mays | November 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

Report: GM Ordered Replacement Ignition Switches Two Months Before Recall

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The New York Times reported today that GM ordered some 500,000 replacement ignition switches from auto-parts supplier Delphi Automotive in December 2013. That was nearly two months before GM told regulators and the general public that the existing ignition switches, which have led to some 2.2 million recalled small cars in the U.S., could get bumped into the "off" position. Citing emails declassified by a plaintiff's attorney during class-action litigation against GM — and first reported by The Wall Street Journal — the Times notes that the request represented "an urgent field action" and far outweighed a previous request for 11,000 such switches in 2012.

Related: New House Report Blasts NHTSA

The report fuels claims that GM knew about the problem before disclosing it to the public. Earlier this year, news reports said GM may have known about the faulty switches as early as 2002. The automaker faces investigations from the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, 48 state attorneys general and Canadian officials, according to The Detroit News.

GM says the emails simply confirm that the automaker's previous defect reporting and investigation systems needed reform, something it claimed it's done. "We have reorganized our entire safety investigation and decision process and have more investigators, move issues more quickly and make decisions with better data," the automaker said in a statement.

Click here to read the full story from the New York Times.

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By Kelsey Mays | November 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2001-2006 Honda, Acura Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: An unspecified number of model-year 2001-05 Honda Civic cars; 2003-04 Civic compressed natural gas cars and Element crossovers; 2002-05 CR-V crossovers; 2002-04 Odyssey minivans; 2003-05 Accord cars, Pilot crossovers, Civic Hybrid cars and Acura MDX luxury crossovers; 2005 Acura RL luxury sedans; and 2006 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks, all originally sold or registered at any time in areas with high absolute humidity, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. The action is part of the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall that has affected nearly 7.8 million vehicles and 10 automakers.

The Fix: Honda will begin notifying owners Nov. 24, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. Honda said most of the vehicles covered by this formal recall were included in a June 2014 "safety improvement campaign." The automaker said the same repair required in that previous campaign — replacement of the passenger-side frontal airbag inflator — applies to all of the vehicles now included in the formal recall; vehicles in which the passenger-side airbag inflator already was replaced under the previous safety campaign are not included in the recall. Honda said the number of vehicles affected has yet to be determined; a call to the automaker for clarification was not immediately returned.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009, 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 | November 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

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