Toyota Recalls Trucks For Tire Pressure Sensors

Posted in Recalls, Safety, Toyota, Trucks by Kurt Ernst | March 7th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser

My own FJ, playin' in the dirt.

Uh oh – this recall hits close to home, since I own a 2008 FJ Cruiser. Looks like I’ll be getting notice in the near future to bring my truck to the dealer for a tire pressure sensor recalibration. I have no idea what’s involved, but I imagine it’s just a software update to correct the minimum threshold tire sensor values. Since replacement parts aren’t involved, I suspect the recall will be executed quickly once Toyota kicks it off. Some 22,000 Toyota trucks are affected and the list of vehicles follows the jump. Read More…

Suzuki Motorcycles Recalled

Posted in Motorcycle Rides, Recalls, Safety, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | February 28th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

A 2009 GSX-R750

If you ride a Suzuki scooter or motorcycle built between July 2007 and September 2009, expect to get a recall notice in the mail. At issue is the mounting for the power module circuit board inside the rectifier case, which contains a heat sink. If the circuit board was not mounted properly, excessive heat can build up and warp the circuit board, which causes a spike in electric current output. The net result is insufficient charging and battery drain, which could lead to engine stalling and an increased risk of crashing. A complete list of models involved in the recall is below. Read More…

Toyota Recalls Another 2.2 Million Vehicles

Posted in auto industry, Lexus, News, Recalls, Safety, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | February 24th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

A 2008 Toyota RAV4. Image: Toyota

This is not rehashed news from last year, I promise: Toyota has announced the recall of some 2.2 million vehicles to address the issue of floormat entrapment of the accelerator pedal. The recall, voluntary on Toyota’s part, will end an NHTSA investigation into the automaker to determine if enough models and variants were recalled in the last round. Vehicles affected by this recall (and approximate numbers) are listed below. Read More…

Ford Recall For F-150 Airbags

Posted in Ford, News, Recalls, Safety by Kurt Ernst | February 23rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The 2006 Ford F-150. Image: Ford Motor Company

There’s a new Ford recall this morning, and this time it covers 144,000 F-150 pickups from model years 2005 and 2006. Per Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood, there is a “relatively low risk of air bag deployment” if the driver’s side air bag wires are chafed by a sharp edge of the horn plate, then short out. To date, the NHTSA has received 238 complaints of air bag deployment on 2005 and 2006 F-150 pickups, resulting in 77 injuries. Approximately 1.3 million F-150 pickups were built in this period, so even the instance of 238 air bag deployments is low compared to the general population of trucks. Read More…

Honda Fit Recall: 120,000 To Get Notice In North America

Posted in Honda, News, Recalls, Safety by Kurt Ernst | February 17th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Do you drive a 2009 or 2010 Honda Fit? Roughly 97,000 people in the U.S. and 23,000 in Canada can answer yes to that question, and will be getting a recall notice in the mail from Honda. At issue are potentially faulty lost motion springs in the valvetrain, which can bend or break over time. Should this occur, abnormal noise, engine stalling or engine damage are possible outcomes. Read More…

Suzuki Recall Alert

Posted in News, Recalls, Safety, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | February 16th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

If you own a 2009 to 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara or a 2010 to 2011 Suzuki SX4, expect to get a recall notice from the manufacturer in the coming weeks. Suzuki is recalling some 32,300 vehicles, a substantial number for the low-volume automaker, to repair a potentially defective tension adjuster pulley. The pulley keeps the drive belt that runs the alternator, water pump, air conditioner and power steering pump in place; should it fail, drivers will experience a loss of power steering and potential engine overheating. If the battery gets discharged, the car is likely to stall, increasing the risk of an accident. Dealers will replace the pulley with a heavier-duty version when the recall begins later this week. Read More…

Worst Auto Recalls Of All Time– What To Do If It Happens To You

Posted in auto industry, General, Recalls, Safety by Frank | February 11th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Auto recalls are expensive and aggravating for all concerned – car makers, car owners, their car insurance as a result of any accidents and the dealerships that have to face the problem firsthand. Recalls are not issued lightly, but neither the government nor the auto companies want people getting hurt because of something that could have been fixed.

When a problem arises that threatens to injure consumers, a recall will be issued. For your benefit, then, here are the six worst auto recalls of all time, and what you should do if it happens to you. Read More…

U.S. DOT Finds No Electronic Gremlins In Toyotas

Posted in auto industry, News, Recalls, Safety, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | February 8th, 2011 | 1 Response |

DOT: No ghost in the Toyota electronics.

After a ten month investigation involving the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and NASA, the results are in: Toyota’s unintended acceleration problems were mechanical, not electronic in nature. The agencies examined some 280,000 lines of software code and ran an extensive battery of tests to reach the conclusion that floor mat entrapment and sticking accelerator pedals were the sole causes of legitimate unintended acceleration cases. Human error, or “pedal confusion”, was found to be the cause in many of the incidents. Read More…

Ford Recalls 2009 And 2010 F-150 Pickups

Posted in Ford, News, Recalls, Safety by Kurt Ernst | February 4th, 2011 | 1 Response |
2009 Ford F-150

A 2009 Ford F-150. Image: Ford Motor Company

Ford is recalling some 291,000 model year 2009 and 2010 F-150 pickups to correct a potential issue with door latch springs. Ford has found that normal customer usage could cause the door handle spring to break; if this occurs, there would be insufficient spring tension to return the handle to the fully closed position. In the event of a side impact crash, this would increase the likelihood of an unintended door opening. Ford was quick to point out that the doors would not open unintentionally under normal driving conditions, and that the recall was to address concerns of a side-impact crash only. Read More…

Volkswagen Announces The Strangest Recall In History

Posted in FAIL, Recalls, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | February 1st, 2011 | 3 Responses |

2010 VW New Beetle Convertible

If you’re one of the 27 U.S. customers who purchased Volkswagen New Beetles manufactured between September 1, 2010 and September 22, 2010, Volkswagen wants your car back. That customer list includes 26 two-door Beetles and one Convertible, none of which meet current standards for occupant crash protection. New standards apparently went into effect on September 1, 2010, but Volkswagen was unable to stop production of New Beetle models in time. The 27 cars in question were delivered to dealers and subsequently purchased by customers. Read More…