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09 Dec 2014

Hyundai recalls 43k Genesis and Equus models for faulty lighting

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2010 Hyundai Genesis

As you can imagine, it’d be a bit of a problem if the brake lights on your car didn’t work. And that, unfortunately, is precisely the problem that Hyundai has found with some of its higher-end offerings, prompting the Korean automaker to issue a recall. (One of a great many recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today, as you can no doubt see.)

The problem apparently revolves around a failure in the circuit that’s supposed to illuminate the taillights when the driver hits the brakes. If that doesn’t work, of course, the vehicle behind would be more likely to crash into the Hyundai in question.

As a result, Hyundai is recalling precisely 42,925 units, split between the 2009-2011 Genesis (manufactured between April 30, 2008, and November 21, 2010) and the 2011 Equus (manufactured between July 31, 2010 and November 21, 2010). Owners of those vehicles will be notified to bring their vehicles in to have their brake light circuits repaired.

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Hyundai recalls 43k Genesis and Equus models for faulty lighting originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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09 Dec 2014

Jaguar recalls 7k F-Types for two seperate issues with electrical system

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2015 Jaguar F-Type V6 S Coupe

Jaguar is the latest automaker to join in on the recall action from this morning, as the British automaker has announced steps it’s taking to remedy two separate problems.

The larger of the two recalls deals with an issue related to the seatbelt sensors specifically on the F-Type (we’re inquiring with Jaguar if the recall pertains to the coupe, convertible or both models). According to the notice issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “the seatbelt harness connector which connects the Seatbelt Tension Sensor (STS) to the Occupant Classification Sensor Control Module (OCSCM) may not have been correctly wired,” which could result in the front passenger air bag remaining activated even when a shorter individual (child or adult) occupies that seat. As a result, the British automaker is notifying the owners of such F-Types manufactured between August 31, 2012, and October 22, 2014, to bring their cars in to their local dealership to correct the configuration of the harness connector wire.

The second Jaguar recall addresses a wider range of models but a much smaller number of actual vehicles. It affects the F-Type as well as the 2015 XF and XJ sedans, but only 272 of them in the United States. In those affected vehicles, the Front End Accessory Drive belt, Power Assisted Steering pump pulley and the battery positive cable at the alternator may detach. Since those issues could increase the risk of fire or the loss of power steering, Jaguar is calling those few affected units in to dealers to have the requisite components checked, and if necessary, repaired. Details of both recalls can be found in the notices below.

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Jaguar recalls 7k F-Types for two seperate issues with electrical system originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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09 Dec 2014

Acura TLX sales stopped over rollaway fears

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Acura TLX

A bad indicator that could convince customers that affected cars are in park, even when they aren’t, has pushed Acura to issue a stop-sale for the V6-equipped TLX sedan. The company has already alerted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the potential safety defect.

According to Consumer Reports, the defect is being blamed on unnamed transmission components in the nine-speed-automatic transmissions, which were damaged during assembly. A representative from Acura confirmed to CR that a more complete statement would be coming once the case can be reviewed by NHTSA.

At this point, this case isn’t a full recall, although it seems quite likely that’s the direction it will take. Stay tuned for more.

Acura TLX sales stopped over rollaway fears originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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05 Dec 2014

Ford, Chrysler and Mazda expand scope of Takata airbag recalls

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Ford GT

The scope of the Takata airbag inflator recall is ballooning once again across the United States. Where Honda has elected to take its driver-side airbag campaign nationwide, Chrysler Group and Ford have now announced expanded regional actions to cover some passenger-side airbag inflators. Mazda is adding more regions, as well.

For Chrysler Group, the campaign covers the inflators on 149,150 examples of the 2003-model-year Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups. The recall is limited to vehicles sold or ever registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. The company will begin notifying affected customers on January 19.

According to Chrysler’s announcement of the action, the passenger side inflators in these trucks “are of a type that is not used in any of the other vehicles affected by Chrysler Group’s regional field action.” The automaker says that it’s not aware of any actual failures or accidents in these pickups and even claims there are no “observed failures in laboratory testing of its airbag modules.” The company is continuing to study the problem, though.

Ford is taking a similar step by issuing a recall of inflators for 38,500 examples of the 2004-2005 Ranger and 2005-2006 Ford GT. The campaign only affects vehicles originally sold or ever registered in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Certain zip codes of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa are also covered.

There’s already precedent for passenger-side airbags to be covered under the Takata inflator recall. When many automakers announced campaigns in June, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota all included that side in some of their repairs. Subaru subsequently did, as well.

In addition, Mazda is expanding the scope of its recall to add Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Saipan, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to the affected areas. The company estimates that it has a total of 86,773 vehicles in need of repair. Mazda is also teaming with Toyota to begin independent testing of the Takata inflators. Scroll down to read all of the automakers’ announcements of these newly expanded recalls.

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Ford, Chrysler and Mazda expand scope of Takata airbag recalls originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 05 Dec 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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05 Dec 2014

Ford recalling 2015 Mustang for fuel line leak, 20K Transit Connects for plastic panel

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2015 Ford Mustang; front three-quarter view.

Ford is recalling 738 examples of the 2015 2015 Mustang with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine – 712 in the US, 16 in Canada. A fuel pressure sensor might have been installed incorrectly on the affected cars, and that could result in a fuel leak. At the time of writing the company hasn’t heard any reports of any incidents related to the issue, and parties with affected vehicles can take them to the dealer to have the fuel tube assembly replaced free of charge.

The 2014 Transit Connect Cargo Van is also the subject of a safety recall, due to a possible problem with adhesive used on the exterior plastic panel on the sliding doors. There are 19,825 units covered by that recall, which dealers will also repair free of charge. You can find more information on both bulletins in the press releases below.

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Ford recalling 2015 Mustang for fuel line leak, 20K Transit Connects for plastic panel originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 Dec 2014

Honda working with new supplier Autoliv for Takata inflator recall

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Takata is fighting against US regulators over whether to expand its airbag inflator recall nationwide, but the affected automakers are continuing to broaden their own campaigns to get these vehicles fixed. Honda is the first company to take the bold move of partnering with another supplier for its replacement parts. It just announced plans to work with Autoliv to create components for models needing repaired in the US.

“The agreement is made in order to meet the expanded supply of inflators needed by Honda and is subject to definitive documentation,” Autoliv said in a statement. The company plans to add the extra capacity for these replacement parts at its existing factories, and deliveries are expected to begin in six months.

The decision to switch suppliers was quite surprising because the choice was largely considered impractical previously. Automakers believed that changing manufacturers could take as long as a year or more to implement. However, Autoliv apparently found a way to accelerate that. According to Reuters, Honda said at a hearing in the House of Representatives on December 3 (pictured above) that it was in talks with Autoliv and another supplier called Daicel about building more inflators.

The extra parts are sure to come in handy for Honda, as it is now officially expanding its driver side inflator recall nationwide. Although, that that option was already available to any concerned drivers who asked for the remedy. Even with added capacity, Takata had estimated it would take two years to manufacturer enough replacements to fix all of the affected vehicles from all of the automakers. Scroll down to read Autoliv’s statement on its new role.

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Honda working with new supplier Autoliv for Takata inflator recall originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 04 Dec 2014 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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03 Dec 2014

It turns out Takata isn’t willing to expand airbag recall nationally after all

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There have been “approximately 0.000006 failures per air bag deployment, which is far below the failure rate” of most recalls, Takata claims.

Takata has seemingly made an about face following reports that it would expand its regional airbag recall into a nationwide repair effort, issuing a scathing, four-page letter rebutting allegations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its Office of Defects while simultaneously attacking the government’s handling of the situation.

The Japanese supplier claims in its letter that the “currently available, reliable information does not support a nationwide determination of a safety defect,” arguing that there were “approximately 0.000006 failures per air bag deployment, which is far below the failure rate in the vast majority of the thousands of recalls,” The Detroit News reports.

Takata then breaks down the two specific incidents mentioned in NHTSA’s original recall request letter, a 2005 Honda Accord and 2007 Ford Mustang. Referencing the two crashes, NHTSA Administrator David Friedman said last month “one incident is an anomaly, but two are a trend.”

The supplier, though, argues the Honda issue is already being covered by that company’s soon-to-be-national recall (more on that in a moment). The company then goes on to point out that neither Takata nor NHTSA has been able to analyze the Mustang’s airbag inflator, saying that such a lack of examination meant there was “no way to ascertain what actually occurred during the incident, whether any inflator ruptured, and whether any inflator rupture that may have occurred was related to the incidents that led to the current regional campaigns.”

Takata alleges that NHTSA has disobeyed its own statutes.

Takata also took the opportunity to take a few swipes at NHTSA’s behavior during the airbag scandal, saying it was “very surprised to receive” a recall request letter because the ODI had yet to even receive the company’s responses to a pair of special orders. It also alleged that NHTSA was disobeying its own statute, which says only manufacturers of vehicles and replacement equipment can “decide in good faith whether their products contain a safety related defect,” and that the government can only “issue an initial decision that a safety-related defect exists” to those same entities.

We’re guessing that Takata’s belligerence may have been toned down a bit after it saw a new report from Reuters, which alleges that the company has been investigating faulty airbag inflators as early as 2004, over a year earlier than originally claimed. According to Reuters, the revelation comes courtesy of a pair of former employees who confirmed that there had been internal investigations in January and June 2004 at a pair of the company’s Michigan facilities. This news should make for a tense Senate committee hearing on Wednesday, as Takata Chief Quality Officer Hiroshi Shimizu retakes the stand after claiming investigations into faulty airbag inflators hadn’t begun until May 2005.

Honda, meanwhile, has gone ahead with an expansion of its own regional recall, complying with the US government’s request.

“Why are we doing this? Because our customers have concerns and we want to address them,” said Rick Schostek, Honda’s North American executive VP, according to The News. At least there’s one aspect of this entire scandal that looks to be going simply.

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02 Dec 2014

Takata to comply with NHTSA demand for national airbag recall

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The Takata airbag recall is about to get a lot bigger, as the Japanese supplier is reportedly preparing to comply with an order by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to expand its region-specific recall to a nationwide campaign. According to Reuters, that will add millions of airbags to the disturbingly large supply of faulty units the company has already recalled.

Reuters is citing Tokyo’s Nikkei, which claims the company was in the midst preparing to expand its “investigative” recall. A company spokesman told the news service, though, that a final decision hasn’t been made and that there hasn’t been a board meeting over the matter.

The expected move would serve as Takata’s response to a NHTSA ultimatum that was issued last week. If the company doesn’t expand to a nationwide recall by today, December 2, Uncle Sam can issue fines of $7,000 per recalled vehicle and force an increase in the scope of repair work.

Takata’s airbag woes are currently limited to hot and humid areas, and involve 4.1 million vehicles. Reuters reports the company has fought a nationwide recall, arguing that such an expansion would divert replacement parts from harder-hit regions. There’s likely more to it than that, though, as the Japanese government has said it would push for a recall in the supplier’s home country if it complies with US requests. That could add 200,000 units to the 2.6 million JDM vehicles Takata has already recalled.

Takata has recalled over 16 million vehicles over the past few years due to airbag issues, Reuters reports, with five deaths attributed to faulty inflators that can spew shrapnel upon deployment.

Takata to comply with NHTSA demand for national airbag recall originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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01 Dec 2014

GM recalling 316k vehicles due to headlamp faults

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Buick LaCrosse

General Motors has announced a recall covering 316,357 vehicles globally, due to the possibility of sporadic or permanent failure of the low-beam headlamps. 273,182 of these vehicles are in the United States, while the remaining affected units are in Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere.

This recall includes the 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse (pictured above), 2006-07 Chevy TrailBlazer and TrailBlazer EXT, 2006-07 GMC Envoy and 2006 GMC Envoy XL, 2006-07 Buick Rainier, 2006-08 Saab 9-7X, and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascender.

In an email sent to Autoblog, General Motors explains that if the headlamp driver modules are not functioning correctly, “the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate.” GM states that this problem does not affect things like high-beams, turn signals, marker lamps, or foglamps.

As of this writing, GM states it “has not been able to confirm whether the HDMs in these vehicles caused any vehicle accidents.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been notified, but the recall has not yet posted to the government agency’s website. Scroll down to read the full details in GM’s email.

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26 Nov 2014

100k Mazda6 sedans recalled over tire-monitoring systems

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A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is, as you might have guessed, designed to monitor the air pressure in the tires, and alert the driver if pressure drops. But a problem found in the Mazda6 could keep the system from doing its job.

According to the recall notice issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the TPMS in the Mazda6 might not recognize a loss in tire pressure if all the tires slowly deflate at the same time. Under-inflated tires, it goes without saying, could increase the risk of a crash.

As a result, Mazda is recalling 99,711 examples of the 2014-2015 Mazda6 to have the system’s software updated.

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100k Mazda6 sedans recalled over tire-monitoring systems originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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