Chevy Cruze Recalled for Engine Shield

Posted by sally on June 22nd, 2012

According to a report by Reuters, General Motors is recalling 413,418 Chevy Cruze sedans to fix a problem with the engine shield that can trap engine fluids and increase the chance of a fire. The impacted vehicles are 2011 and 2012 models made in the car manufacturer’s Lordstown, Ohio factory. Owners impacted by the recall will be mailed notifications starting on July 11.

According to GM’s press release, “Improper engine oil change procedures on these vehicles can result in the spilling or dripping of oil. If oil contacts hot engine or exhaust system surfaces, and the engine shield, the shield may ignite and burn, resulting in a possible engine compartment fire.” It also notes that vehicles with manual transmissions and completely worn clutches can result in hydraulic fluid igniting the engine shield. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the problem in April.

Honda Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles

Posted by sally on August 12th, 2011

Honda released the following statement on August 5, 2011.

Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. to update the software that controls the automatic transmission. Certain 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accord, 2007-2010 CR-V and 2005-2008 Element vehicles will be included in the voluntary recall. Without the updated software, the automatic transmission secondary shaft bearing in the affected vehicles can be damaged if the transmission is quickly shifted between each of the reverse, neutral and drive positions, as may be done in an attempt to dislodge a vehicle stuck in mud or snow. If the bearing is damaged in this unusual scenario, it can cause the engine to stall or lead to difficulty engaging the parking gear. The update to the vehicle’s automatic transmission control module software will ease the transition between gears to reduce the possibility of damage. No injuries or deaths have been reported related to this condition.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Notification to customers will begin on August 31, 2011.

When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers. To this end, in addition to contacting customers by mail, after August 31, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.

Is Toyota’s Floor Mat Problem the Tip of the Iceberg?

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on October 22nd, 2009

Complaints of auto defects leading to sudden acceleration are nothing new, but the recall of 3.8 million Toyotas has led some investigative reporters to some unsettling conclusions. According to the Los Angeles Times, automakers and safety experts are questioning whether there are inherent design flaws in vehicles that prevent drivers from taking appropriate action when unexpected acceleration occurs. They cite the Lexus ES 350 as an example. With its push-button start system that relies on the combination of a handheld device and a dashboard button, the Lexus doesn’t make it easy for a driver to do what seems like a no-brainer when a car is accelerating out of control: shut off the engine. The button has to be held down for three seconds once the car is moving – something most drivers wouldn’t know, and which can seem like an eternity when the car is careening.

Other sophisticated electronic components and design elements can create a confusing or no-win situation for a driver. It’s can be difficult to shift a vehicle into neutral, and the vacuum pressure drop when the car’s throttle is fully open makes power-assisted brakes worthless.

4.5 Million Ford Vehicles Subject to Recall

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on October 19th, 2009

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week alerted owners of Ford vehicles about a fire hazard involving an additional 4.5 million vehicles in the latest in a series of related recalls.

Including last week’s announcement, there have been a total of eight safety recalls involving approximately 16 million Ford vehicles equipped with a faulty cruise control deactivation switch manufactured by Texas Instruments. Visit www.SaferCar.gov for more information on these previous recalls.

The switch can leak hydraulic fluid, overheat and then burn, potentially causing vehicle fires even with the ignition turned off and the vehicles parked and unattended.

“These hazardous cruise control switches pose a safety risk even while the cruise control is not in use and vehicles are turned off or unattended. I urge consumers to pay attention to this warning and bring the affected models in to have them repaired as soon as possible,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

The latest recall involves a total of approximately 4.5 million vehicles, including:

* 1995-2003 model year Ford Windstars
* 2000-2003 model year Ford Excursion diesels
* 1993-1997 and 1999-2003 Ford F-Super Duty diesels
* 1992-2003 Ford Econolines
* 1995-2002 Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers
* 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Ford Rangers
* And 1994 Ford F53 motorhomes

The safety agency warned consumers to be on the look out for certain warnings of possible imminent fires, including cruise control systems that stop working or can’t be activated, brake lights that stop working, brake lights and ABS warning lights illuminating on the dash board, or not being able to get the vehicle out of park.

All owners of recalled Ford vehicles should immediately make appointments with their dealers and not park their vehicles in garages or near homes until repairs are made.

Toyota Recall Hits China

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on August 24th, 2009

According to a report from Reuters, Toyota is recalling over 688,000 cars in China due to a faulty electric switch in the window. The recall involves almost 385,000 Camrys, almost 36,000 Vios, almost 23,000 Yaris, and 245,000 Corollas. According to the company spokesperson, the defect hasn’t been linked with any accidents or injuries.