Vehicles Recalled Due To A Possible Engine Fire Risk

October 23, 2012 by  
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Multiple units of 2011 and 2012 motorcoaches manufactured by Van Hool are being recalled over a fire issue, reports have indicated.

The recall has been issued by the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and according to the official announcement, the vehicles affected were recalled because the engines they were equipped with could overheat due to an internal corrosion. If the ground cables installed in the defective Daimler DD13 engines corrode, the cables could overheat and the Prestolite AC172 alternators could catch fire.

To prevent a fire and keep drivers out of harm’s way, the company issued this recall as soon as the firm noticed this issue.

To learn more about the recall, click here for the full report.

Honda Recalls 268,000 Vehicles Over Fire Risks

October 16, 2012 by  
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Honda has recalled 268,000 units of certain CR-V models because of a master power switch that can cause fires.

If there is water exposure, the switch the driver’s door is equipped with can overheat, melt, and possibly ignite even if the vehicle is not on. There have been no accidents or injuries, but there have been four switch fires associated with the recalled vehicles thus far.

Honda is encouraging owners to park their CR-V outside until the issue is fully repaired to prevent fires and property damage. The company plans on mailing recall notifications out in November.

For more details on this recall and how to protect yourself from the hazards this vehicle could pose, read the full article here:
Honda Recalls 268,000 CR-Vs

Honda Reissues CH-V Recall, Reports Show

October 16, 2012 by  
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Honda has recently issued a recall for the company’s CR-V SUVs and according to a series of news agencies, the recall was due to a potential fire risk.

Since most of the vehicles affected by this recall haven’t been fully repaired as of now, a recall announcement has been reissued. The risk involves all units of the 2002 through 2006 models of CR-V. The problem is stemming from a faulty power window switch that, when pressed enough under certain circumstance, could potentially cause a fire.

It could cause the switch to overheat and melt even when the car is parked and the engine is completely turned off. To prevent fires and property damage, the recall was issued.

For more on this recall and how to get your vehicle repaired, read the full announcement here:
Honda recalls 2002-2006 CR-V SUVs due to fire risk

Half A Million Honda CR-V Vehicles Recalled Over Fire Risks

October 12, 2012 by  
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The Japanese automaker Honda recently decided to recall half a million of vehicles over failures to meet safety standards.

There is a small chance that the driver’s side door in certain models of the Honda CR-V could catch fire due to water entering the electric motor that controls the power windows in these vehicles. Five incidents regarding these vehicles and minor fires have been reported. Consumers are being alerted that the vehicles at risk were built between 2002 and 2006.

If you have one of these vehicles and you haven’t been warned of the recall by Honda, read the full article here:
Huge Honda CR-V Recall Over Car Fire Fears

Safety Regulators Investigating Honda, Ford And Hyundai

October 12, 2012 by  
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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is looking into investigating a series of complaints regarding Honda Odysseys and Pilots.

According to an official statement, some consumers have complained that these vehicles have a problem rolling after the driver removes the key from the ignition. The investigation that is being carried out by the NHTSA focuses on approximately 577,000 vehicles from model years 2003 and 2004.

The NHTSA is also investigating throttle complaints regarding units of Ford Escapes of the 2005 through 2012 model years. The agency is furthermore reviewing complaints about the panoramic sunroof of the Hyundai Veloster suddenly shattering.

If you have any of the vehicles that is under investigated, follow the link below to read more about the risks you could be facing:
Starwatch Consumer | Safety regulators are checking Honda, Ford and Hyundai …

Fraudulent Air Bags Could Pose Serious Dangers, The Government Warns

October 10, 2012 by  
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According to several news agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that a consumer warning has been issued regarding problems with several air bag systems that had been installed in vehicles involved in accidents.

Reports show that the counterfeit air bags that were placed in vehicles that were damaged in crashes may look certified, however, they do not inflate correctly or when they deploy, shredded pieces of metal shrapnel are released.

The federal agency has reported that since this issue poses a serious injury hazard and threatens the lives of those who are occupying a vehicle equipped with these counterfeit air bags, the Transportation Secretary claimed that all consumers should be aware of what vehicles may have been equipped with the defective air bags at once.

No injuries or deaths have been reported in association with these defective air bags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, however, consumers who may have purchased a vehicle that underwent an air bag replacement should contact their vehicle’s manufacturer to make sure the cars were taken to factory-backed car dealership repair shops in the last three years.

If manufacturers purchased the replacement air bags online or at independent repair shops, your vehicle could be in the list of cars that may need an inspection.

At this moment, the federal agency is investigating the situation and should have a better idea of the extent of the issue soon. Most of the fraudulent air bags have been manufactured and exported to the country by Chinese companies, according to the news.

In August, according to the Consumer Reports, several counterfeit air bags were seized in North Carolina. All products were being imported by a Chinese businessman who has decided to plead guilty to the counts of importing fraudulent safety devices.

The Consumer Reports website has listed all models and automakers that may have been equipped with the potentially counterfeit air bags and consumers are asked to look into this list to make sure their vehicles are in the clear.

Some of the vehicles that may have been furnished with the defective air bags are the 2009 through 2011 Audi TSX, the 2007 through 2009 BMW X5 and 5 Series, the Chevrolet 2011 and 2012 Cruze, Volt and Aveo, the 2006 through 2011 Honda Civic, the 2005 through 2009 Ford Mustang, the 2006 through 2011 Lexus IS250, IS350, IS-F, the 2004, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Mazda3, the 2007 through 2011 Toyota Yaris, the 2010 through 2012 Toyota Prius and the 2006 through 2010 Volkswagen Jetta.

For more details on the risk these counterfeit air bags could pose, click here for the full article.

 

2012 Hyundai Veloster Investigated Over Defective Sunroofs

October 9, 2012 by  
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Multiple news agencies have revealed that the new 2012 Hyundai Veloster sports cars could pose a risk to drivers and occupants over an issue with the vehicle’s panoramic sunroof.

The new models have been responsible for at least 12 incidents associated with the shattering of sports car sunroofs in these vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers reported that while the vehicle was in use and the sunroof was not activated, the glass broke unexpectedly and glass shards fell on occupants.

Minor cuts and scratches were reported.

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Shattering sunroofs in 2012 Hyundai Veloster open a federal safety probe