Many Automakers Expand Takata Airbag Recall, But Feds Still Want More

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At least six automakers expanded their recalls this week for faulty airbag inflators from parts supplier Takata Corp. The affected airbags can launch shrapnel into passengers as they deploy; incidents were observed in high-humidity areas, prompting 10 automakers to recall scores of 2000s-era models registered in states such as Florida. The total previously stood at nearly 8 million cars, but that figure is rising fast.

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

After findings suggested the inflators could fail outside the recalled areas — and were possible with driver's-side airbags, not just the passenger airbags originally investigated — the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pressed on Nov. 18 for automakers to recall cars across all 50 states. This week, many automakers expanded their campaigns, but only Honda pushed the recall nationwide. Just this morning, the automaker said it would recall another 3 million cars for the driver's-side airbag, The Detroit News reports. That brings the total to at least 11 million, and it's the latest in a string of developments in a recall crisis blamed for at least five deaths so far.

By Kelsey Mays | December 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 273,000 2006-2009 GM Sedans, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 273,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse sedans, and SUVs including 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazers, 2006 TrailBlazer EXTs, 2006-07 GMC Envoys, 2006 Envoy XLs, 2006-07 Buick Rainiers, 2006-08 Saab 9-7Xes and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascenders

The Problem: If the headlamp driver module is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate, increasing the risk of a crash. GM says it has not been able to confirm whether the problem has resulted in any accidents. The condition does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals or fog lamps, the automaker said.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 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 | December 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM: 58 Percent of U.S. Cars in Ignition Recall Are Fixed

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GM has repaired nearly 6 in 10 small cars it recalled for faulty ignitions earlier this year. That's what The Detroit News reported on Nov. 28; GM spokesman Alan Adler confirmed the numbers to Cars.com today.

Related: Survey: Recalls Influence Car Shoppers

Between Feb. 25 and April 9, GM recalled a global total — North America plus a few exports — of 2.59 million cars, mostly 2000s-era Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion compacts. Of that group, the U.S. accounted for 2.19 million recalled vehicles. But some 230,000 cars in the global figure "are either scrapped or untraceable in terms of a registration standpoint," Adler said. GM has targeted 2.36 million recalled cars globally, with 1.96 million of them here.

By Kelsey Mays | December 1, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 99,000 2014-2015 Mazda6 Sedans

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Vehicles Affected: More than 99,000 model-year 2014-15 Mazda6 sedans manufactured between Oct. 25, 2012, to Oct. 10, 2014

The Problem: If the pressure in the four tires gradually drop at the same time, the affected car’s tire pressure monitoring system may not warn the driver of the decrease in pressure. Cars with underinflated tires may experience a tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mazda will notify affected owners in early December, and dealers will update the tire pressure monitoring system software free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call 800-222-5500, 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 Jennifer Newman | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Failed to Report Airbag-Related Deaths, Injuries

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GM has some company in the hot seat: Another automaker is coming under fire for failing to report safety problems in a timely manner. According to the Detroit Free Press, Honda underreported how many people died or were injured by faulty Takata airbag inflators in its vehicles; so far the airbag recall has affected 7.8 million vehicles from several different automakers. Honda failed to disclose 1,729 accident, injury and death claims between July 2003 and June 2014.

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

An outside law firm hired by the automaker discovered the discrepancy in time to meet a Monday deadline imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding Honda's timeline for the recall, specifically when the automaker first became aware of the issue and when it started investigating and reporting the defect.

"Honda takes these findings extremely seriously. We are taking immediate corrective action, and we continue to fully cooperate with NHTSA to resolve this matter," Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, said in a statement. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 9,000 2012-2014 BMW Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 9,000 BMW vehicles, including model-year 2014 328i Sports Wagons; 2012-14 BMW 320i sedans, 328i sedans, 320i xDrive sedans and 328i xDrive sedans; 2012-13 BMW 528i and 528i xDrive sedans; 2013-14 BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2013-14 BMW X3 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2012-14 BMW Z4 sDrive28i roadsters; and 2014 BMW 428i and 428i xDrive coupes

The Problem: Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail, causing a reduction in braking power and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: BMW will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location for free. This latest action is an expansion of a recall from earlier this year.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417, 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 | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

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.

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 | 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.

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 | 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.

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 | 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)

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