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30Nov
honda_ms2017 Honda Civic: Recall Alert

2017 Honda Civic: Recall Alert

Cars.com – November 30, 2017

2017 Honda Civic: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,400 model-year 2017 Honda Civic sedans and coupes
The Problem: The right half-shaft may have been improperly heat-treated, reducing its strength. This can result in the half-shaft breaking, preventing the engine from moving the vehicle. It can also allow the car to roll away if the parking brake is not engaged, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the half-shaft’s serial number, replacing it as necessary and aligning the front wheels for free.
What Owners Should Do: Honda will begin notifying owners Dec. 15. Owners can call the automaker at 888-234-2138, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more…

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30Nov
toyota_msModel year 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in Hybrids recalled

Model year 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in Hybrids recalled

Consumer Affairs – November 30, 2017

Model year 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in Hybrids recalled

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 39,915 model year 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in Hybrids.
The hybrid battery contains an Electric Vehicle (EV) fuse that may fracture after repeated high-load driving conditions such as climbing long hills.
The failed fuse may cause the hybrid system to shut down resulting in the loss of power.
Loss of power while driving at higher speeds can increase the risk of a crash…

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29Nov
mazda_msMazda Announces Small Recalls for CX-5 and Mazda3

Mazda Announces Small Recalls for CX-5 and Mazda3

The News Wheel – November 29, 2017

Mazda Announces Small Recalls for CX-5 and Mazda3

Yesterday, Mazda filed two “Part 573”s with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which meant it was launching two recalls that, although they affect fewer than 1,500 cars in total, could affect driver safety.
The first, more numerous recall affects some 1,076 of the brand’s top-seller 2017 CX-5, although only those with a genuine Mazda accessory trailer hitch harness installed. In these few crossovers, the wires for the harness are routed in an “inappropriate” manner so that there isn’t quite enough space between the wires and the CX-5’s main exhaust silencer. Over time, if those two rub together, the wires could degrade and short-circuit, so any trailer connected to the harness would lost its tail lamps and turn signals. Mazda reports no injuries from this recall.
The second recall is a little more serious, although only affects 144 vehicles, all of them 2018 Mazda3 models. In the affected vehicles, there is an “incorrect” exhaust valve spring installed in the cylinder head, which over time could cause weird noises, increased engine vibration, and warning lights to turn on—if left alone long enough, the spring could break and stall the engine in a way that prevents it from restarting. Like with the above recall, Mazda has no reports of injuries, but added that there have also been no reports of loss of control or accidents…

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28Nov
subaru_ms2018 Subaru Crosstrek Recall; Floor Mat Can Obstruct Gas/Brake Pedals

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Recall; Floor Mat Can Obstruct Gas/Brake Pedals

Torque News  – November 28, 2017

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Recall; Floor Mat Can Obstruct Gas/Brake Pedals

Subaru of America is recalling certain 2018 Crosstrek vehicles that may be equipped with an incorrect floor mat retention bracket. The brackets installed on the driver’s side floor mat may move out of position and possibly interfere with the driver’s operation of the accelerator pedal and/or brake pedal. Should that occur, it could lead to a crash.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek just recently received a complete remodel from the ground up and it’s been a top-seller for the brand in America right out of the gate. New-generation models often get recalled due to quality control issues already fixed on the outgoing model. This recall is due to using a part designed for other models in the Subaru lineup during the installation process.
What’s the issue
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says a floor mat retention bracket designed for other Subaru models was inadvertently installed in the 2018MY Crosstrek. Because of this, the retention force is not sufficient, possibly resulting in the bracket detaching from the vehicle body…

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27Nov
ford_msFord recalls model year 2017 F-150s with ten-speed transmissions

Ford recalls model year 2017 F-150s with ten-speed transmissions

Consumer Affairs  – November 27, 2017

Ford recalls model year 2017 F-150s with ten-speed transmissions

Ford Motor Company is recalling 11,783 model year 2017 F-150s equipped with ten-speed transmissions.
The pin that attaches the transmission shift linkage to the transmission may come out, preventing the transmission from responding to movement of the shift lever.
The disconnected linkage may cause the vehicle to not move forward or backward as selected by the driver with the shift lever.
Additionally, despite selecting ‘Park’, if the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle may roll. Either situation increases the risk of a crash…

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22Nov
landrover_ms2017 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport: Recall Alert

2017 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport: Recall Alert

Cars.com  – November 22, 2017

2017 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport: Recall Alert

 

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 22,000 model-year 2017 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport luxury SUVs
The Problem: The instrument cluster may intermittently go blank, failing to show important information and increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will update the vehicle software for free.
What Owners Should Do: Land Rover will begin notifying owners Dec. 19. Owners can call the automaker at 800-637-6837, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more…

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21Nov
bmw_msBMW Freezes U.S. Sales of the i3 Electric Hatch and Issues Country-Wide Recall

BMW Freezes U.S. Sales of the i3 Electric Hatch and Issues Country-Wide Recall

AutoEvolution  – November 21, 2017

BMW Freezes U.S. Sales of the i3 Electric Hatch and Issues Country-Wide Recall


The i3 was introduced back in 2013 and was the second product in its “i” range of electrified models after the i8 hybrid sports car. Unlike its sibling, the i3 only used a battery pack to power its rear-mounted electric motor, though it did optionally come with a gasoline range-extender to function as an onboard generator.
Largely due to its polarizing design and limited range, the i3 was met with mixed reviews. Some people found its quirkiness appealing while others were put off by its bulldogish appearance. Either way, the i3 failed to be a sales success BMW wished for, failing to turn the Bavarian brand into an important EV player.
Even so, BMW built the 100,000th i3 last month, so while it may not rival Nissan LEAF’s record, that’s still plenty of cars zipping around all over the world. And with the U.S. being the small BMW’s main market, about 30,000 of them can be found within the countries borders…

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21Nov
honda_msHonda recalls 800,000 Odyssey minivans for loose seats

Honda recalls 800,000 Odyssey minivans for loose seats

CNet Road Show  – November 21, 2017

Honda recalls 800,000 Odyssey minivans for loose seats

When you sell a hell of a lot of one kind of vehicle, recalls can cover an astounding number of vehicles simultaneously. That’s why Honda is recalling nearly 1 million minivans.
Honda issued a recall for approximately 800,000 examples of the previous-generation Odyssey, carrying model years between 2011 and 2017.
The issue stems from the minivan’s second-row outboard seats. The seats may not latch securely to the vehicle body when reinstalling a removed seat or adjusting it side-to-side. If that happens, the seat may tip forward under “moderate to heavy” braking, which increases the risk of injury to passengers. In fact, Honda has received 46 reports of small injuries related to this problem.
Honda is still working on a permanent solution, and it will inform both owners and dealers when it finds one. In the meantime, the automaker created an instruction sheet, giving explicit details how to securely latch the second row seats. It will also post a video to Honda’s owner site in the near future to ensure that owners are latching seats in the correct manner. If the seats are, in fact, latched correctly, tipping won’t be a problem…

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17Nov
mitsubishi_msMitsubishi recalls 84,000 cars because air bags may not inflate

Mitsubishi recalls 84,000 cars because air bags may not inflate

CNBC  – November 17, 2017

Mitsubishi recalls 84,000 cars because air bags may not inflate

Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 84,000 small cars in the U.S. because the air bags may not inflate in a crash.
The recall covers certain Mirage models from 2014 through 2018. The company says the safety restraint computer can interpret road vibrations or a flat tire as a sensor error and disable the car’s seven air bags.
If this happens, drivers would see a warning light on the dashboard…

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17Nov
gm_msGM Recalls Silverado, Sierra For Fuel Leaks

GM Recalls Silverado, Sierra For Fuel Leaks

Nasdaq  – November 17, 2017

GM Recalls Silverado, Sierra For Fuel Leaks

General Motors Co. ( GM ) is recalling nearly 49,000 trucks worldwide to fix a fuel tank issue that can increase the risk of a fire.
The recall covers Chevrolet Silverado 3500 and GMC Sierra 3500 trucks from the 2011 through 2015 model years, all equipped with dual fuel tanks.
According to documents released by the U.S. government, the low fuel level sensor for the front tank may stick, causing the rear tank to overfill the front tank…

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