Vehicles Affected: Nearly 41,000 model-year 2010-15 Land Rover LR2 and model-year 2012-13 Range Rover Evoque small luxury SUVs.
The Problem: A component within the occupant classification system electronic control unit may fail, resulting in the front passenger airbag being totally or partially disabled. In a crash necessitating airbags, deployment may not occur or may occur improperly, increasing the risk of injury to the front-seat passenger.
The Fix: Land Rover will begin notifying owners on Aug. 30, and dealers will update the restraint control module software for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Land Rover at 800-637-6837, 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 83,000 model-year 2012-14 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers manufactured between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2013; 2013-14 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans manufactured between Aug. 25, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013; and 2013-14 Ford Flex SUVs and Lincoln MKT crossovers manufactured between Sept. 12, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013.
The Problem: The halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without warning. If this occurs, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: More than 124,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2013-14 Buick Encore crossovers and Cadillac ATS cars; 2014 Cadillac CTS and ELR cars; 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS cars; and 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.
The Problem: Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high-load condition such as a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. We first reported on this issue on July 23.
The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and, if necessary, replace the lower seat track for free.… Read more
Vehicles Affected: More than 16,200 model-year 2013-14 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks modified by Gulf States Toyota Inc. as part of certain vehicle packages to be equipped with a combination of non-Toyota-brand 20-inch alloy wheels and chrome-plated lug nuts.
The Problem: The coating on the lug nuts may give, causing the lug nuts to loosen or the wheel studs to fracture, which may cause the wheel to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: GST will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace 20 lug nuts and torque them to specification for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GST at 800-444-1074, 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
Pope Francis is currently in South Korea for a five-day goodwill visit, and already he’s winning points with the locals for his choice of vehicle, a black Kia Soul After his arrival, the pontiff was shown on live television leaving the airport riding in the back seat of the affordable compact.
Instead of enclosing himself in a bulletproof Popemobile, Francis opened the rear window and waved to bystanders as his Soul traveled through Seoul. This moved surprised and pleased many South Korean citizens, who took to Twitter to praise the head of the Catholic Church. One user praised Pope Francis’ commitment to a non-armored vehicle, saying that it showed His Holiness’s faith in the South Korean people.… Read more
A report coming out of Japan finds that Mazda is developing an ultra-efficient new powertrain that could arrive as soon as 2017.
According to Japan’s The Yomiuri Shimbun, Mazda is currently working on a diesel-hybrid system that will likely pair a variant of Toyota’s hybrid hardware – already used in the JDM-only Mazda3 Hybrid – with either a 1.5- or 2.2-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder.
An early 2017 launch is possible in the European and Japanese markets, though it’s unclear whether the diesel-hybrid powertrain will be available in the United States. Also unknown is which model – or models – the setup could be offered in, although the Mazda3 and new-generation Mazda2 strike me as likely candidates.… Read more
The Fast Toys Club, a new members-only automotive program based in Southern California, grants its clients access to a fleet of luxury vehicles and race cars that includes models from Audi, Rolls-Royce, and Mercedes-Benz, along with track time and VIP access to the year’s biggest auto shows and races.
Launched in June, the club offers individuals two membership tiers: gold ($8,000 for three months) and platinum ($13,500 for three months). Both membership levels grant 100 days of vehicle usage for up to 7,000 miles a year; the platinum tier further grants access to the club’s most exclusive cars, including a Lamborghini Huracán, an Aston Martin DBS Volante, a Porsche 911 Turbo S, and a Ferrari California T.… Read more
We brought you the story last week of a 17.5 million dollar fine levied against Hyundai for not acting quickly enough to report safety issues to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Looks like Hyundai isn’t the only one missing deadlines.
People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the government to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems.
The Associated Press reviewed all 15 petitions filed by drivers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since 2010 and found the agency missed the legal deadline to grant or deny the requests 12 times.… Read more