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11 Apr 2014

Total auto recalls already on record pace in 2014

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If you’ve noticed that there have been more recalls than usual this year, you may be on to something. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US market is on pace to break a record for recalls. In 2013, 22 million cars were recalled. We’re only a third of the way through 2014, though, and we’ve already halved that figure, with 11 million units recalled. That’s wild.

Considering the past few months, it shouldn’t be a surprise that General Motors is leading the charge, with six million of the 11 million units recalled coming from one of the General’s four brands. Between truck recalls, CUV recalls and the ignition switch recall, 2014 hasn’t been a great year for GM.

Other recall leaders include Nissan (one million Sentra and Altima sedans), Honda (900,000 Odyssey minivans), Toyota (over one million units in a few recalls), Volkswagen (150,000 Passat sedans), Chrysler (644,000 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs) and most recently, Ford (434,000 units, the bulk of which were early Ford Escape CUVs). So while it’s been a bad year for GM so far, its competitors aren’t doing too well, either.

It’s not the end of the world, though. The Los Angeles Times spoke to Kelley Blue Book’s Karl Brauer, who pointed out that this latest string of six- and seven-figure recalls is “the new normal,” due to manufacturers’ fear of the federal government. According to Brauer, it was the $1.2-billion fine handed down following Toyota’s unintended acceleration fiasco that has made manufacturers so open to recalls.

“Toyota changed the thinking on recalls,” Brauer told The Times. “The cost of a recall is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of what happens if you don’t do it.”

Total auto recalls already on record pace in 2014 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Center for Auto Safety calling for Chevy Impala airbag probe

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The Center for Auto Safety and its leader, Clarence Ditlow, have taken aim at General Motors again, this timing writing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the 2003 to 2010 Chevrolet Impala. If you’ve been following our coverage of GM’s ignition switch recall, you’ll recognize Ditlow and the CAS as vocal critics of the automaker and strong proponents of setting up a victims’ fund.

CAS’ letter regards the Impala’s airbag systems. In particular, it focuses on a piece of computer code that dictates when the airbags deploy, in the event of an accident. The problem, as CAS sees it, is that there may be a glitch in the airbag’s algorithm that prevents the system from deploying if the seat’s occupant bounces before the accident, lessening the amount of weight on the airbag sensor. Without the minimum amount of weight on the seat, the computer doesn’t think there’s anyone occupying it, and consequently, won’t deploy an airbag.

According to CAS, there have been 143 people killed in front-impact crashes in 2000 to 2010 Impalas (CAS is, weirdly, including 2000 to 2002 Impala deaths, despite the fact that not all of those vehicles may feature the advanced airbag and flawed algorithim). Of those 143 deaths, only 98 were wearing seat belts. Eliminating 2000 to 2002 fatalities drops those figures to 132 and 89, respectively.

Finally, and perhaps most troubling, is CAS’ study on the matter, which relies on the shaky data of the Fatality Analysis Report System – the same system that claimed there were 303 deaths due to the ignition switch recall. Basically, while there may be a problem with the algorithms, it certainly seems like CAS is asking a rather loaded question here.

We’ve included CAS executive director Ditlow’s letter to NHTSA below. Scroll down, have a look, and let us know what you think.

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Center for Auto Safety calling for Chevy Impala airbag probe originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Ford recalls 434k vehicles for several unrelated issues

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It seems that the hard winter in much of the country has been as rough on some Fords as it has on many people. The Blue Oval is recalling roughly 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls, and one of them partially caused by the salt used to melt the snow on roads.

The first recall covers 385,750 2001-2004 Escape models in the Midwest, Northeast and Canada because a subframe could rust and eventually fail. This is partially due to the road salt used in those areas, and about 349,000 of the affected vehicles are in the US. To remedy the problem, dealers are installing a reinforcement cross brace on the frame to strengthen them. There has been one crash caused by the failure but no injuries. According to The Detroit News, this is not the first rust-related recall for Ford. It estimates the company has repaired over two million vehicles since 2010 for problems on vehicles related to the iron oxide, including the rear wheel wells of the Freestar minivan.

The second recall covers 48,950 2013-2014 Ford Fusion, Escape, C-MAX and Lincoln MKZ models because welds in their seatbacks don’t meet National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards. The fault affects the front seats, and the sub-standard welds joining the seatback to the recliner could increase the chance on injury. There have been no reported injuries or accidents caused by the problem, but there are 42,972 affected vehicles in the US and 4,744 in Canada.

We’ve contacted Ford for more details about when it plans to begin repairing the affected vehicles, and we’ll update this story when we hear back.

Ford recalls 434k vehicles for several unrelated issues originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Evenflo recalls 1.37 million car seats for issue with harness buckle

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Evenflo is recalling 1.37 million of its own car seats over a very similar issue – parents are unable to unlatch a buckle in the harness. This is an obvious problem, as it could put the child in serious jeopardy if its parent couldn’t unlatch it in an emergency.

The recall covers both convertible and harnessed child seats. We have the entire list of affected models, which were built between 2011 and 2014, available in the official bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Evenflo will begin notifying registered owners of the affected car seats this month, and it will ship new buckles with installation instructions. Take a look below for the official release from NHTSA.

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Evenflo recalls 1.37 million car seats for issue with harness buckle originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Mazda spiders return, 42k Mazda6 sedans recalled for webby fuel tanks

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It seems that Yellow Sac spiders really, really love Mazda. Three years after Mazda recalled 52,000 Mazda6 sedans over spider webs obstructing the evaporative canister vent lines of 2009 and 2010 Mazda6 models, another recall has been issued for 42,000 more of the models built between 2010 and 2012 and equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

According to the automaker, there have been nine confirmed sightings of spiders in vent lines since the original recall. It seems that covers were applied at the factory to keep the arachnids from entering, but it hasn’t quite exterminated the problem. A reflash of the ECU is required that “[changes] the logic behind how the car purges the charcoal canister during normal operation,” says Jeremy Barnes, Director, Public Relations & Brand Experience at Mazda North American Operations.

So far, Mazda has not recorded any fires, accidents or injuries due to this tangled mess of webs. Recall notices will be mailed out to owners later this month. Scroll down below for the statement from Mazda, along with the official recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Mazda spiders return, 42k Mazda6 sedans recalled for webby fuel tanks originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Mazda recalling 88k vehicles for ECU glitch [UPDATE]

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2014 Mazda3

UPDATE: Mazda USA spokesperson Beverly Braga confirmed that this is a voluntary recall, and that the issue entails, “the control program that is designed to protect the capacitor [is] reacting hyper sensitively when the alternator belt gets wet and slippage occurs.” There are no physlical issues with the components of the i-ELOOP, like the capacitor or DC/DC converter.

Need a break from news about the General Motors ignition switch recall? This Mazda recall should serve as a nice change of pace. It involves 88,000 cars across the globe, and focuses on the brand’s three most recent (and important) models – the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.

The issue rests with Mazda’s new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. Apparently there’s a problem with the ECU program that monitors whether a capacitor in the regen system is working. Acceleration is affected, and in severe cases, the engine could stall. There have been no mention of accidents or injuries due to the issue, and the glitch itself can be cured by an ECU reflash.

As i-ELOOP is a fairly new system for Mazda, particularly in the US, the total number of affected models is rather low, with just 6,500 US cars affected. Europe is hit hardest, with 38,000 models while Mazda’s home market of Japan adds 27,600 cars and crossovers. Affected models were built between October 2012 and January 2014.

Mazda recalling 88k vehicles for ECU glitch [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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