Vehicles Affected: Approximately 8,816 2003-2004 Isuzu Rodeo, Rodeo Sport and Axiom SUVs originally sold or currently registered in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and the District of Columbia.
The Problem: Excessive corrosion near the forward mounting point bracket for the left or right rear suspension lower link could cause the bracket to detach from the frame, impacting vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash. This latest action is similar to another corrosion-related Isuzu recall issued in July 2012 on 1998-2001 Amigo and 2001-2002 Rodeo Sport vehicles.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: Some 374 model-year 2013 Dodge Dart sedans manufactured between May 10 and Aug. 24, 2013, and equipped with the Mopar 13 trim package.
The Problem: The front-seat-mounted side airbags may not have been properly installed into the seat. The airbags could fail to deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting this month, and dealers will inspect the installation of the front-seat-mounted side airbags and, if necessary, re-install them for free.
Toyota Motor Corp. has launched production of the 2014 Highlander large crossover in Princeton, Ind.
The popularity of the Highlander led Toyota to invest $430 million in the Princeton plant, creating an additional 600 jobs, the company said in a statement. In the first 11 months of the year, U.S. Highlander sales are up 6 percent from the same period a year ago, to 115,228 units.
Most of the jobs created at Princeton were new hires, and a spokesman at the plant said that almost all of the positions had been filled.
The company said it will export Highlanders from Indiana for the first time, shipping vehicles to Russia and Australia.… Read more
The first snowfall of the year is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road, as motorists struggle to remember how to drive in wet, slick conditions. Although Old Man Winter hasn’t hit everywhere just yet, it’s never too early to start getting prepared for driving on the slick stuff. Just in the last week, we went through a massive snow and ice event in my hometown of Dallas.
Snow, ice and cold temperatures bring out the most difficult road conditions and planning ahead could save lives. Use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s check list below to make sure you’re ready.… Read more
Two and a half years after Saab shut down production due to financial trouble, the Swedish car rolled a new sedan off its assembly lines in Trollhattan, in southwest Sweden last week.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Hong Kong-based company that bought the brand out of bankruptcy in September last year, presented its new 9-3 Aero Sedan as the first in a series of new cars it will produce.
The company, also called NEVS, said the first 200 cars will be delivered in the spring and will cost $42,500 American each. Next year, it will also launch a 9-3 wagon, followed by convertible and electric models.… Read more
Chevrolet’s 2015 Corvette Z06, slated to be unveiled next month at the Detroit auto show, is being positioned to take on the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Nissan GT-R, a Chevrolet spokesman said.
The Z06 will join Chevrolet’s performance car lineup, which includes the SS sedan that went on sale in October, the Corvette Stingray convertible that goes on sale this month and the Camaro Z/28 that arrives in showrooms in the second quarter next year.
“What we’re seeing is a renaissance of the performance car industry,” spokesman Monte Doran said. “The performance sales for Chevrolet are right about where they were last year, and that’s with us closing the Corvette plant for six months.”
During the first 11 months of the year, General Motors said it has sold one of every four performance cars purchased in the United States.… Read more
Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, considered one of the leading candidates to take the top job at Microsoft, is not leaving the automaker until the end of next year, said Edsel Ford II, a company director.
“Alan is staying through the end of 2014 and that’s all I know,” Ford, great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, said on the sidelines of the introduction of the new Mustang in suburban Detroit.
Ford’s directors haven’t pressed Mulally to make a public statement to clarify that he plans to stay with the automaker because he’s made his intentions clear to the company’s board, Edsel Ford said.… Read more
An electric car owner in Georgia is all charged up after spending the night in jail.
One Saturday in November, Kaveh Kamooneh drove his Nissan Leaf to the Chamblee Middle School near Atlanta to pick up his son from tennis practice, plugging the car in to one of the school’s electrical outlets in order to charge its battery while he left it parked.
When he returned to the vehicle about 20 minutes later, a police officer was waiting by it and told Kamooneh that he was going to charge him with theft of the electricity, but let him leave the scene.… Read more