Recall Alert: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2015MercedesBenzC-ClassRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 11,000 model-year 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans

The Problem: A production error involving the "steering couple interlock" causes steering wheels to squeak and resist turning, according to The Detroit News. The problem was first noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe. Models in the U.S. are manufactured in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and a spokeswoman for the automaker said "there’s no reason to think our vehicles have this problem," the newspaper reported.

The Fix: Mercedes-Benz 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 Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 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 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2009-2011 Mitsubishi Sedans, Hatchbacks and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 166,000 model-year 2008-11 Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution performance sedans and Outlander SUVs, model-year 2009-11 Lancer Sportback performance hatchbacks and model-year 2011 Outlander Sport crossovers, all equipped with four-cylinder engines

The Problem: The vehicles have an engine pulley and belt arrangement for turning the alternator, the cooling fan and the power steering pump (if equipped); these pulleys may experience unusual wear and allow for belt detachment. If this occurs, the battery may discharge, resulting in an engine stall and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drive belt with a rubber belt; drive pulleys that are excessively worn will be replaced. All repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820, 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 | October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Nissan Altima

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Vehicles Affected: More than 220,000 model-year 2013 Nissan Altima sedans manufactured between March 6, 2012, and Feb. 28, 2013

The Problem: Interference between the hood inner panel and the secondary latch lever, in combination with debris and corrosion, may cause the secondary hood latch to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will be instructed to modify the bend angle on the hood actuation lever to eliminate potential interference with the hood inner panel. In addition, dealers will clean and lubricate the latch joint as needed; if significant corrosion is observed, the latch assembly will be replaced. Repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261, 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 | October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Impreza Starts $300 Higher, Adds More Standard Features

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The 2015 Subaru Impreza may not have the lowest starting price among compact sedans — that title still belongs to the stripped-down, hard-to-find base Volkswagen Jetta — but it still packs appealing value. Set to hit dealerships next month, the restyled Impreza's base 2.0i trim starts at $18,990 with destination and a five-speed manual transmission. With the continuously variable automatic transmission, it starts at $19,990.

Related: 2015 Subaru Impreza Gets Some Major Updates

Both cars represent a $300 increase over the 2014 Impreza 2.0i manual/automatic, but the list of standard features adds cruise control, a backup camera and a 6.2-inch touch-screen stereo with HD radio and various smartphone-streamed apps. Like before, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, steering-wheel audio controls, power windows/locks, air conditioning and remote keyless entry are standard.

By Kelsey Mays | October 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Car Seat Check

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class underwent a growth spurt during its recent redesign. The sedan grew more than 3 inches in length. Backseat occupants might notice the increase because it translates to nearly 2 additional inches of rear legroom; we certainly noticed this during our Car Seat Check when installing our rear-facing child-safety seats. Our results only apply to the C300 sedan; the C-Class coupe has yet to be redesigned.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | October 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

2014ChevroletSonicRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 300 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars

The Problem: A loose electrical connection in the steering column could impact the performance of the driver-side front airbag, according to The Detroit News. If the condition is present and the airbag lamp is illuminated, the driver-side front airbag may deploy only as a single-stage airbag in crashes of a certain severity, the newspaper reported. GM said it is unaware of any crashes, injuries or deaths as a result of the issue.

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 Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 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 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V, 2006-07 STS-V

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Vehicles Affected: More than 10,000 model-year 2004-07 Cadillac CTS-V and 2006-07 STS-V luxury sedans

The Problem: The fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat, causing melting of the flange material, according to The Detroit News. GM knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the issue, the newspaper reported.

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 Cadillac at 800-333-4223 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 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice, 2008-2009 Pontiac G8

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Vehicles Affected: More than 47,000 model-year 2011-13 Chevrolet Caprice and 2008-09 Pontiac G8 sedans

The Problem: According to The Detroit News, there is a risk under certain conditions that the driver's knee may bump the ignition key and unintentionally move the key away from the Run position; this could cause stalling and frontal airbag failure, increasing the risk of a crash or injury in a crash. GM said it is aware of one crash and no injuries or deaths related to the vehicles affected by this recall, the newspaper reported. The automaker has recalled 2.6 million vehicles linked to nearly two-dozen deaths and 54 crashes as a result of the stalling and airbag failure.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will separate the remote keyless entry transmitter from the key blade and housing assembly, and discard the original key blade and housing assembly, ensuring that it is not retained by the customer, The Detroit News reported. Dealers will cut and fit the revised key blade and housing assembly, in which the blade has been indexed by 90 degrees, to the original transmitter assembly, the newspaper stated. The automaker advised that, until repairs are made, drivers adjust their seat and steering column to allow clearance between their knee and the ignition key. GM has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-553-6000 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 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Impala Ownership Costs: Third Quarter

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Regular maintenance costs remain zip, zilch, nada, zero for Cars.com's long-term 2014 Chevrolet Impala test car. We've gone through two rounds of oil changes and tire rotations after 13,808 miles — once at 6,000 miles and the other at 12,000 miles — and Chevrolet's two years/24,000 miles of complimentary maintenance have kept those services freebies so far. That leaves two remaining services before we reach our maximum service frequency (four) of the service plan.

Related: More on Our Long-Term Fleet

The Impala spent unscheduled time at the dealership after we noticed a dull vibration pulsing through the floorboards and seats above 60 mph. The pulsing was worrisome enough to warrant one editor pulling into a service center during a road trip to have the car inspected.

By Joe Bruzek | October 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Focus, Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC

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Vehicles Affected: More than 300 model-year 2014 Ford Focus compact cars manufactured between May 1 and May 24, and Escape compact crossovers manufactured on June 6, and model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC luxury compact crossovers manufactured between June 4 and July 7

The Problem: The fuel delivery module may crack between the filter body and the filter cap, possibly resulting in low fuel pressure and increasing the risk of a crash

The Fix: Ford began notifying owners in September, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332, 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 | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

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