Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Toyota Avalon

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 52,000 model-year 2011-12 Toyota Avalon sedans

The Problem: Toyota is reporting that if items in the trunk come into contact with one of the audio system's subwoofer wires, it could be dislocated and a short circuit might occur. This increases the risk of a fire. The automaker is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall.

The Fix: Toyota has not announced details of the fix but has said that in the interim, dealers will disconnect the rear subwoofer.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or visit www.toyota.com/recall for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: Certain 2013-2014 Nissan and Infiniti Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 170,665 model-year 2013-14 versions of the Nissan Pathfinder crossovers manufactured between June 20, 2012, and Nov. 18, 2013; model-year 2014 Pathfinder Hybrids manufactured between July 18 and Nov. 18, 2013; model-year 2013 Infiniti JX35 crossovers manufactured between Nov. 29, 2011, and June 14, 2013; model-year 2014 Infiniti QX60 crossovers manufactured between May 16 and Nov. 18, 2013; and model-year 2014 QX60 Hybrids manufactured between July 18 and Nov. 18, 2013.

The Problem: In these vehicles, the hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly, so the hood may not latch properly. This could cause the hood to open while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Transit Connect

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Vehicles Affected: About 16,000 model-year 2014 Ford Transit Connect vans built from Nov. 6, 2013, to Sept, 20, 2014.

The Problem: The seat belt fasteners might not have been properly tightened and could loosen over time, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace and tighten the seat belt fasteners and cargo area’s cargo tie-downs. Both fixes will be done for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-13 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Ford Police Interceptor

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 195,000 model-year 2010-13 Ford Taurus sedans built from Dec. 1, 2009, through July 31, 2010, and from Feb. 1, 2011, through Nov. 30, 2012; certain model-year 2010-13 Lincoln MKS sedans built from June 2, 2011, through Oct. 31, 2011; and certain model-year 2010-13 Ford Police Interceptor sedans built from Dec. 1, 2009, through July 31, 2010, and Feb. 1, 2011, through Nov. 30, 2012.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the spring that controls the interior door handles could become unseated. If this happens, the door could become unlatched during a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of injury. Ford is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect all four interior door-handle assemblies and repair or replace as necessary, free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Owners should call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

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By Jen Burklow | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue, 2014 Nissan Rogue Select

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 469,000 model-year 2008-13 Nissan Rogue compact crossovers manufactured March 7, 2007, through Nov. 26, 2013, and model-year 2014 Rogue Selects manufactured Sept. 23, 2013, through July 2, 2014.

The Problem: A mixture of snow, water and salt seeping through the carpet on the driver-side floor could lead to an electrical short in the harness connector, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the kick panel wiring harness connector and install a new harness connector and waterproof seal for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 26,000 Audi and Volkswagen Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: About 26,000 model-year 2011-12 Audi S4, S5 and Q7 vehicles; model-year 2012 Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid vehicles; and model-year 2012-13 Audi A7 sedans.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the fuel-injection system could experience a leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this leak increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will notify owners around March 10. Audi owners can call 800-822-2834 and refer to recall 24AP; Volkswagen owners can call 800-893-5298 and refer to recall 24BK. Owners also can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014-15 Toyota Prius V

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,000 model-year 2014-2015 Toyota Prius V hybrids manufactured Nov. 7, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2015

The Problem: In these vehicles, the occupant classification system may not have been calibrated correctly. As a result, the passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injuries.

The Fix: Dealers will recalibrate of the OCS system for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will being notifying owners Feb. 15. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Kia Forte

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 87,000 model-year 2014 Kia Forte vehicles manufactured from Dec. 5, 2012, through April 17, 2014

The Problem: In these vehicles, the cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt; this could cause a fire. Several consumer reports of engine fires prompted the safety investigation but Kia says no related accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: For vehicles produced from Dec. 5, 2012, through Jan. 27, 2014, dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multifuse unit for free; for vehicles produced from Jan. 28 to April 17, 2014, dealers will replace the multifuse unit only. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, owners of vehicles with a 1.8-liter engine will also have the engine control unit software updated.

What Owners Should Do: Kia will being notifying owners Feb. 24. Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

U.S. Government Fines Honda $70 Million

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In November, Honda disclosed that it failed to report safety problems in a timely manner, specifically underreporting how many people died or were injured by faulty Takata airbag inflators in its vehicles.  Now it's time to pay the consequences. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Honda will pay two $35 million civil penalties, for a total of $70 million.

Related: Honda Failed to Report Airbag-Related Deaths, Injuries

According to NHTSA, the first fine is for the automaker's failure to report 1,729 death and injury claims between 2003 and 2014. The second penalty stems from Honda's failure to report certain warranty claims and claims under customer satisfaction campaigns throughout the same time period. Both infractions violate the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation Act.

It's the largest auto safety fine in U.S. history and dwarfs the fine levied against General Motors last year; GM paid $35 million for its missteps in handling ignition-related recalls. Like GM, Honda also agreed to increased NHTSA oversight and third-party audits to ensure the law is followed in the future.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 8, 2015 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: Three 2008-14 Subaru Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 198,900 model-year 2008-11 Subaru Impreza, 2008-14 WRX and STI, and 2009-13 Forester vehicles currently or formerly 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. Only vehicles fixed under a previous recall are affected; Subaru has determined that the prior remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers.

The Problem: Road salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, corroding the lines. This could result in brake fluid leakage, affecting the car's ability to stop and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will rustproof the affected areas with anticorrosion wax for free.

What Owners Should Do: Subaru will begin notifying owners on Jan. 26. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

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