Vehicles Affected: Nearly 16,000 model-year 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossovers and Ram 1500s, and 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans.
The Problem: Due to an insufficient weld, the rear shocks may detach from the vehicle at one end and possibly damage other chassis components or the tire, or result in reduced braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the rear shocks and replace any affected ones for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: More than 80 model-year 2013-14 Jaguar XF luxury sedans, including XFR-S variants, manufactured between July 2, 2013, and April 11, 2014.
The Problem: A component within the power assist steering system may collapse and restrict fluid flow within the system hose, causing a loss of power steering; this increases the effort needed to steer, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Jaguar will begin notifying owners on Aug. 29, and dealers will install an improved hose for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Jaguar at 800-452-4827, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.… Read more
An auto safety advocacy group has asked the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles that could cause them to stall while being driven.
The Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit group founded by Ralph Nader, filed a petition asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the probe.
The center contends that an electrical power control module used by Chrysler in millions of vehicles since 2007 can go haywire, causing them to stall in traffic and cut off devices powered by electricity. The allegation covers Ram pickup trucks, Chrysler and Dodge minivans, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Dodge Journey SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler, and other models.… Read more
A plan by Mercedes-Benz USA to award a dealer franchise in Alabama to Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban and a business partner can move forward now that litigation with a longtime Mercedes dealer there has been settled.
With three national titles for the Tide, Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar’s in imperial Rome.
So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, which has been the Mercedes-Benz dealer in Birmingham for 40 years, when it learned last year that Mercedes had quietly awarded the champion football coach and his business partner a letter of intent to open a new Benz dealership in … Birmingham.… Read more
Organized chaos is under way in and around Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant as the automaker marks a manufacturing milestone.
Last Saturday morning the plant’s last steel-bodied Ford F-150 rolled off the line and workers were ripping up equipment behind it. Ford has eight weeks to remove all the equipment and tooling and replace it with new machinery to make the all-new 2015 F-150 with an aluminum body.
“We are doing things we have never done before,” said Bruce Hettle, head of North American manufacturing for Ford, who must oversee a critical launch with speed and precision. Because Ford sells at least 60,000 F-150s a month now, returning to full production as quickly as possible is crucial to maintaining Ford’s bottom line.… Read more
As is often the case in these “most-stolen” lists, the vehicles that are most popular with those who buy cars are commensurately popular with those who steal them. Of the top 10 popularly pilfered vehicles on the Des Plaines, IL-based National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual “Hot Wheels” list, seven are also mainstays among the nation’s top 10 best-selling cars each month.
Topping the list is the consistently beloved Honda Accord, with nearly 54,000 thefts in the 2013 counting period, followed by the Honda Civic (45,000) and full-size Chevrolet pickup trucks (28,000). Moreover, while No. 8 combines the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee into one listing, it should be noted that these are two entirely separate vehicles, one a crossover and the other a full-size SUV.… Read more
General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand is rolling out special Rally editions for its 2015 Silverado pickup, giving the trucks a unique appearance complete with black bowtie and stripes.
Chevrolet is offering two Rally 1 packages, one on LS trim models and one for LT models. The Rally 1 edition for a Silverado LS, for example, includes features such as body-colored grille with black bowtie, black door handles and mirror caps and two black rally stripes.
A Rally 2 package for the Silverado LT includes body-colored grille with black bowtie, 22-inch black alloy wheels, black tubular side steps and black mirror caps and door handles.… Read more
Used-car shoppers: Want to know if your prospective car has any recalls that haven’t been done? After all, about 1 in 4 recalled cars never get their recall work done, which could stick future owners with potential safety hazards.
Now there’s a place you can find this information. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just launched a tool on its website where you can look up a car by its vehicle identification number to view its recalls. It’s at: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ . You can find the VIN at the base of the driver’s side of the windshield, just beneath the glass.
It isn’t just a tool to see what recalls have been announced on a prospective vehicle; it also shows you if those recalls have been completed or not on that specific car.… Read more