General Motors has recalled 426,240 of its 2007-2010 Saturn Aura and 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6 vehicles equipped with 4-speed automatic transmissions, because the parked cars can potentially roll away if the tabs on the transmission shift cable end fracture and separate.
Ford Motor Co. has issued a recall for its 2013 Escape sport-utility vehicles in North America. Approximately 6,150 of the redesigned Ford SUVs in the United States and another 1,300 in Canada have an improperly installed plug that may allow engine coolant to leak and possibly catch fire.
Nissan's luxury-badged 2013 Infiniti JX35 sport-utility vehicles are being recalled for a defect in the fuel gauge system, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The fuel gauges in more than 7,800 Infiniti SUVs may display higher levels of fuel than what's actually in the tanks, which may cause drivers to unexpectedly run out of gas.
Popularly known as "black boxes," event data recorders (EDRs) have helped investigators solve the mysteries of airplane crashes for decades. But despite their presence in cars since the mid 1990s, they haven't been as helpful on the road, because different automakers collect different data and use different systems to retrieve it. Now that's about to change, following a ruling by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) due to take effect October 1, 2012.
Nearly 102,000 Suzuki Forenza and Reno sedans are being recalled by American Suzuki Motor Corp. The small cars have wiring issues that may cause the headlamps to work only intermittently, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Sudden loss of illumination reduces driver visibility and increases the risk of collision, warns the safety agency.
Nearly a quarter-million 2006-2007 sport-utility vehicles from General Motors and Isuzu are being recalled, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The problem: Corrosive water may leak into the vehicle doors, short-circuit the door locks and power window electronics, possibly causing a fire in the doors.
Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall warning for more than 8,500 of its M-Class SUVs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2012-2013 versions of the Mercedes-Benz ML350, ML550, and ML63 may have accessory all-season floor mats that may trap the accelerator pedals. These mats do not properly "conform to the contour of the vehicle's floor."
Mitsubishi Motors North America has issued recall for its 2012 i-MiEV electric vehicles. According to safety officials in both the U.S. and Canada, the Mitsubishi electric cars have front and side airbags that might not deploy during a collision due to errors in the related sensors and software.
Toyota announced yesterday a safety recall of 778,000 vehicles—2006 to 2011 RAV4 sport-utility vehicles and 2010 Lexus 250h sedans—in the United States due to potential for loose nuts on the vehicles' rear suspension arms. The improperly tightened nuts will cause "excessive play" in the suspension arms and premature wear, which may lead to separation, warns Toyota.
Problems with the cruise control cable on Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute sport-utility vehicles now warrant safety recalls by their manufacturers, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2001-04 Escape as well as 2001-2006 and 2008 Tribute SUVs have a design flaw that may cause a stuck throttle even if the vehicle's cruise control system has not been turned on by the driver.
Hyundai is recalling two of its popular models, the Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle and Sonata sedan, for issues with their air-bag safety systems.
American Honda is recalling more than 172,200 of its small-size 2012 Honda CR-V SUVs and 2013 Acura ILX sedans due to issues with the vehicles front door locks. According to the company, the vehicles' front doors may not properly latch closed and increase the risk of injuries from doors that open unexpectedly while the vehicles are in motion.
Ford Motor Company has issued an immediate safety recall of 2013 Escape sport-utility vehicles. Approximately 11,500 Ford Escape SUVs equipped with the base 1.6-liter engine may leak gasoline from the engine's fuel line and possibly catch fire. Dealerships have been told to stop giving test drives and to hold off on selling affected models. About 4,800 models have been delivered to customers, including Consumer Reports.
Volkswagen is recalling a small number of its 2012 Beetle sedans that are equipped with inappropriate summer tires. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the improper tires may become overloaded or under-inflated for the vehicle and increase the risk of collisions.
Nissan North America is recalling nearly 12,000 Nissan Juke small sport-utility vehicles in the United States and Canada. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), certain models of the Juke SUV have rear seat back latches that may fail during a frontal collision, increasing the risk of injury to rear passengers.
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