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Recall Redux: Fiat Chrysler Calls Back 600,000 Vehicles for Problems You’ve Already Heard About

Sudden stalls. Tailgates that open on their own. These issues formed the basis of two Fiat Chrysler recalls in 2018, and, one year later, history is repeating itself. On Friday, the automaker called back roughly 600,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans and Ram pickups for the same ghost-in-the-machine phenomena that led to the earlier recalls. Included in […] The post Recall Redux: Fiat Chrysler Calls Back 600,000 Vehicles for Problems You’ve Already Heard About appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Ram, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Trucks, Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500


Ford Again Shifts Into Recall Mode, Citing Rollaway Risk

Recalls to prevent cars from rolling away from their owners have become commonplace, and Ford is no stranger to the phenomenon. Last year, the automaker recalled 550,000 Fusions and Escapes to replace vulnerable automatic transmission shift cables that could leave the car in the wrong gear, regardless of where the driver positions the shift lever. […] The post Ford Again Shifts Into Recall Mode, Citing Rollaway Risk appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Ford, Autos, Ford Fusion, Ford Ranger, News Blog, Rollaways


GM’s Side Airbags Are Still Crashing the Party

In a perfect world, a vehicle’s airbags would only deploy in circumstances where the driver, in hindsight, applauds the life-saving buffer’s invention. Not included in that list of circumstances is a spinout, far removed from hard obstacles or other vehicles. One Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver isn’t applauding General Motors after his car’s side curtain airbags […] The post GM’s Side Airbags Are Still Crashing the Party appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, General Motors, Quality, Airbags, Gm, Autos, Party, Chevrolet, News Blog, Airbag Deployment


Class-action Lug Nut Lawsuit Falls Apart, Gets Tossed

A group of Ford owners hoping to cash in on bad nuts did not get their day in court. Instead, their proposed class-action lawsuit was tossed out. We told you about the 120-count complaint against Ford back in 2017, when the well-known firm Hagens Berman — a veteran of auto litigation — announced the lawsuit. […] The post Class-action Lug Nut Lawsuit Falls Apart, Gets Tossed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lawsuit, Quality, Ford, Autos, Law And Order, Hagens Berman, News Blog, Lug Nuts


Too Warm: Ford Recalls Nearly 900,000 F-150s Over Block Heater Fault

Harnessing the magic of electricity to keep your engine block toasty is a better option than crossing your fingers and saying a silent prayer before turning the key (or pressing the button) on cold mornings. Unfortunately for Ford F-150 owners living in northern climes, the block heater residing beneath their truck’s hood might pose a […] The post Too Warm: Ford Recalls Nearly 900,000 F-150s Over Block Heater Fault appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Ford, Autos, Trucks, Ford Super Duty, News Blog, Ford F-150


Headlights Still Largely Suck, Just Not As Much As Last Year

A collective groan must have echoed through the automotive industry a couple of years back, after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began testing headlight performance. Early results showed that most headlights, even those on expensive vehicles, fell well short of optimal performance. Most fell short of acceptable performance. Since then, improvements have begun — […] The post Headlights Still Largely Suck, Just Not As Much As Last Year appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Autos, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS, News Blog, Headlights


DOJ Possibly Investigating Hyundai/Kia Recall Activity

Prosecutors may be looking into a vehicle recall affecting certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles equipped with the company’s turbocharged 2.0-liter and naturally-aspirated 2.4 liter engines. It’s not an investigation to determine if a recall is needed; rather, it’s a look-see to find out if existing recalls were conducted correctly. It remains to be seen in […] The post DOJ Possibly Investigating Hyundai/Kia Recall Activity appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Government, Quality, Recall, Autos, Investigation, Hyundai, Kia, Doj, Hyundai Kia, News Blog, 2.0L turbo, 2.4l, Engine Damage, DOJ Possibly Investigating Hyundai Kia


Hyundai-Kia Senate Hearing Called Off; Fire Concerns Remain

A hearing that was expected to bring together representatives of Hyundai and Kia and the Senate Commerce Committee, scheduled for November 14th, has been called off. The committee hoped to gleam information and answers on reports of engine fires in certain Hyundai/Kia products — a long-burning issue, pardon the pun, that’s increasing ever greater attention, […] The post Hyundai-Kia Senate Hearing Called Off; Fire Concerns Remain appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Government, Quality, Recalls, Autos, Hyundai, Kia, Kia Motors, Hyundai Kia, Senate Commerce Committee, News Blog, Hyundai Kia Senate


Ford’s Police Interceptor Utility off the Hook As Brake Investigation Wraps Up

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s probe into reports of exhaust gasses leaking into the cabin of certain Ford Explorers continues, the company doesn’t have to worry about the brakes on its law enforcement variants anymore. After launching an investigation into front brake hose failures — at the request of the Sacramento Police Department […] The post Ford’s Police Interceptor Utility off the Hook As Brake Investigation Wraps Up appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Police, Quality, Law Enforcement, Ford, Investigations, Autos, Sacramento Police Department, SUVs, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, News Blog, Ford Police Interceptor Utility, Ford Explorers


As Troubles At Home Hit Subaru’s Bottom Line, Americans Do Their Duty and Hand the Brand Another Record

Subaru reported an operating loss in its most recent fiscal quarter, with recalls and regulatory scandals in its home market dragging the company into the red. The company said it lost $22 million in the quarter ending September 30th, a departure from last year’s $816.3 million operating profit. Meanwhile, global volume fell 6 percent. In […] The post As Troubles At Home Hit Subaru’s Bottom Line, Americans Do Their Duty and Hand the Brand Another Record appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Quality, Recalls, Autos, Subaru, Subaru Forester, News Blog, Subary, Subaru Ascent


Fragile Valve Springs Leads to Global Toyota-Subaru Recall

The defunct Scion brand isn’t done making headlines, it seems. The rear-drive FR-S 2+2 sport coupe is among a number of vehicles — mainly Subarus — recalled over valve springs that could break, leading to serious engine damage. In total, some 400,000 vehicles built between 2012 and 2013 are included in the recall; among them, […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Autos, Toyota, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, Scion, News Blog, Scion FR-S


Toyota Hopes for New Trial After Judge Awards Crash Victims $208 Million

In the wake of a Dallas County judge’s decision to lower the amount of money awarded to a couple whose children were injured in a 2016 rear-end crash, Toyota Motor Corp. plans to continue fighting to clear its name. A jury found the automaker at fault back in August, deciding that the seatbacks on the […] The post Toyota Hopes for New Trial After Judge Awards Crash Victims $208 Million appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lawsuit, Safety, Quality, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Law And Order, Toyota Motor Corp, Dallas County, News Blog


Gas Up That Focus, Ford Says, As Automaker Launches Recall of 1.5 Million Cars

While Ford unceremoniously ended Focus production in the U.S. earlier this year, the model is trying its best to stay in the public eye. The automaker has announced a recall of nearly 1.5 million Focus vehicles in North America to prevent a stuck purge valve from vacuuming up the 2.0-liter engine’s performance. As owners await […] The post Gas Up That Focus, Ford Says, As Automaker Launches Recall of 1.5 Million Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recalls, Ford, Autos, North America, Ford Focus, News Blog


Following a Week of Toyota Recalls, the C-HR Gets Its Turn

It’s only 700 vehicles from the 2019 model year, but the voluntary recall issued by Toyota today involves the possibility of the rear wheels falling off. That seems a little more concerning than having your Prius go into limp mode. The issue with the C-HR lies in its rear axle hub bearing bolts, one or […] The post Following a Week of Toyota Recalls, the C-HR Gets Its Turn appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Recalls, Autos, Toyota, News Blog, Toyota C-HR


America’s Favorite Off-roader Recalled for On-road Danger

A key component tasked with taming the Jeep Wrangler’s front live axle might not live up to expectations, forcing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to issue a recall on 2018 and 2019 Wrangler JL models. The problem lies in a weld that, in about four percent of the recalled JLs, did not occur in the right place. […] The post America’s Favorite Off-roader Recalled for On-road Danger appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, America, Quality, Recall, Fca, Autos, Jeep, Fiat Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Jeep Wrangler, News Blog


Times Get Tougher for GM’s Chinese Venture As Automaker Orders 3.3 Million Vehicle Recall

Tariffs and other pressures are weighing on the once blistering hot Chinese new car market, and a suspension issue has now added new storm clouds to General Motors’ formerly sunny skies. The automaker’s Chinese arm, GM Shanghai, has announced the recall of 3.3 million Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac models. Bad news for a foreign company […] The post Times Get Tougher for GM’s Chinese Venture As Automaker Orders 3.3 Million Vehicle Recall appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Sales, General Motors, Quality, Recall, Shanghai, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Chevrolet Buick, News Blog, GM Shanghai, Chinese Venture


Let’s Applaud These Affordable Cars for Their Tesla Model 3-like Crash Safety

Sorry, was that too snarky? Our headline alludes to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent awarding of five stars in all crash test categories to the Tesla Model 3 — a bit of news that’s made the rounds lately. It’s a worthy achievement, so hats off to Tesla for building a car that can take […] The post Let’s Applaud These Affordable Cars for Their Tesla Model 3-like Crash Safety appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Tesla, Quality, Autos, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, News Blog, Crash Testing, Craft Tests


With Criminal Case Dismissed, General Motors’ Ignition Switch Fiasco Nears An End

Four years after launching a massive, incredibly delayed recall aimed at preventing further deaths from its faulty ignition switches, General Motors freed itself from a criminal case launched in the scandal’s wake. Earlier this week, federal prosecutors in New York wrote U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, compelling him to dismiss the case. Nathan approved the […] The post With Criminal Case Dismissed, General Motors’ Ignition Switch Fiasco Nears An End appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: New York, Safety, General Motors, Quality, Gm, Autos, Law And Order, Chevrolet, Crime And Punishment, Nathan, News Blog, Crime & Punishment, Alison Nathan, Gm Ignition Switch, Criminal Case Dismissed General Motors


Let It Bleed: General Motors Recall Targets ZF Brakes

General Motors has recalled over 210,000 late-model sedans and crossovers in the U.S. and over 19,000 north of the border after discovering the potential for a braking issue. The automaker blames the issue on rear brake calipers supplied by ZF, which can also be found on vehicles built by Volkswagen, BMW, and Audi. It all […] The post Let It Bleed: General Motors Recall Targets ZF Brakes appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, General Motors, Quality, Recall, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, Audi, Brakes, Volkswagen BMW, News Blog, General Motors Recall Targets ZF Brakes


For What It’s Worth, a Kia K900 Front Corner Collision Will Cost You Dearly

There’s a good reason why insurance premiums are rising like your author’s blood pressure while scanning his Twitter feed, and it’s not just because providers really, really like making money. (They do, of course.) Average repair bills in the U.S. rose by about a third in the past three years, mainly due to the proliferation […] The post For What It’s Worth, a Kia K900 Front Corner Collision Will Cost You Dearly appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Technology, Safety, Insurance, Quality, Repair, Autos, Kia, News Blog, Product Planning, Kia K900, Kia K900 Front Corner Collision Will Cost


Seatbelt-related Fires Spark Recall of Two Million Ford F-150s

As far as safety recalls go, this one’s pretty sizeable, and it impacts a company that’s seen a lot of money lost on safety recalls in recent years. Ford Motor Company has announced the recall of nearly two million examples of the world’s best-selling vehicle to prevent the seemingly unlikely occurrence of seatbelt-related blazes. The […] The post Seatbelt-related Fires Spark Recall of Two Million Ford F-150s appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Ford, Fires, Autos, Trucks, Ford Motor Company, News Blog, Ford F-150


You Can’t Have an EV for the Masses That Loses Money

Not without a profitable company, anyway. And Tesla, despite its promise to end the year in a cash-positive state, is not that company. Not yet. After rolling out a dual-motor Model 3 and its Performance sibling in July, the average retail price of Tesla’s “most affordable” electric car is only going up, frustrating would-be owners […] The post You Can’t Have an EV for the Masses That Loses Money appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Quality, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Tesla Model 3, Teslas, News Blog, Product Planning


Because Subaru Can’t Turn Back Time, Some Owners Stand to Gain a New Ascent

A recall serious enough to necessitate the replacement of a car is rare, but Subaru should be glad it caught the problem before more faulty vehicles left the factory. Over the course of eight days in July, 293 Ascents from the 2019 model year made it off the assembly line while potentially missing a full […] The post Because Subaru Can’t Turn Back Time, Some Owners Stand to Gain a New Ascent appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Autos, Subaru, News Blog, Subaru Ascent


Ford to Dealers: We’ll Make It Worth Your While to Hunt Down Old Rangers

Tuesday was — accidentally, it turns out — all about the Ford Ranger, at least for those with no interest in Tesla and its business machinations. As we await the return of the midsize pickup’s online build and price tool, Ford is taking an unusual step to get old versions of the truck into the repair […] The post Ford to Dealers: We’ll Make It Worth Your While to Hunt Down Old Rangers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Tesla, Quality, Recall, Ford, Autos, Takata, Trucks, Ford Ranger, News Blog


Kia Sorts Out Stinger Paint Issue, Offers Other Stingers for Owners Who Can’t Be Bothered

We told you recently about an odd issue Kia’s having with a select group of rear-drive Stinger sports sedans. It seems those painted in eye-catching Sunset Yellow have a tendency to flake and peel — like a Canadian at the beach. In short, the paint won’t stay on, and Kia traced the source back to some oil […] The post Kia Sorts Out Stinger Paint Issue, Offers Other Stingers for Owners Who Can’t Be Bothered appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Quality, Paint, Autos, Kia, News Blog, Kia Stinger


Loosen Your Load: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Rams For Doing Just That

Fiat Chrysler doesn’t offer a hydraulic lift for its pickup beds, but having the tailgate swing down while the truck’s bouncing along at 75 mph might prove just as effective for rapidly unloading one’s cargo. After an investigation turned up 5,000 instances of Ram pickups unexpectedly dropping their tailgates, Fiat Chrysler has another seven-figure recall […] The post Loosen Your Load: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Rams For Doing Just That appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Ram, Autos, Trucks, Fiat Chrysler, News Blog


A Foul Wind Blows… From the Toyota Camry’s Dash Vents, Lawsuit Claims

Toyota might have another stinky legal problem on its hands. A proposed class-action lawsuit filed in the US. District Court for the Southern District of Florida claims the automaker committed fraud by failing to properly address an HVAC problem that leaves Camry cabins in an unpleasantly scented state. Condensation is the culprit in this issue, […] The post A Foul Wind Blows… From the Toyota Camry’s Dash Vents, Lawsuit Claims appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lawsuit, Quality, Autos, Toyota, Law And Order, Toyota Camry, HVAC, News Blog, A/C


Yet Another Rollaway Recall: Ford Calls Back 550,000 Vehicles for Driverless Journeys

Automatic transmissions that shift into park but don’t actually end up in park are one of the greatest automotive sourges of our time. Of all automakers, Fiat Chrysler and Ford seem to have the worst luck with this. On Wednesday, Ford Motor Company announced a recall of roughly 550,000 Fusions and Escapes to prevent the […] The post Yet Another Rollaway Recall: Ford Calls Back 550,000 Vehicles for Driverless Journeys appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Quality, Recall, Ford, Autos, Fiat Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Ford Fusion, Ford Escape, News Blog


Kia’s Stinger Has a Big Yellow Problem

Kia’s Stinger burst onto the automotive landscape in what seems like the rear-drive sedan’s twilight years, enlivening the lower end of the market with its pleasing profile, available twin-turbo V6, and palate of eye-catching colors. It’s one of those colors — Sunset Yellow — that’s causing headaches for the automaker. Apparently, the Stinger might decide to shed […] The post Kia’s Stinger Has a Big Yellow Problem appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Quality, Paint, Autos, Kia, News Blog, Stop-sale, Kia Stinger


Korea Takes Top Three Spots in Initial Quality Study: J.D. Power

This wouldn’t have happened in the late ’80s, that’s for sure. J.D. Power’s 2018 Initial Quality rankings, amassed from problems reported by owners over the first 90 days of vehicle ownership, shows the area south of the 38th parallel as the Land of Least Annoyance. The fresh-faced, fledgling Genesis brand took the top spot in […] The post Korea Takes Top Three Spots in Initial Quality Study: J.D. Power appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Quality, Industry, Korea, Studies, Autos, Infotainment, Genesis, J D Power, News Blog, JD Power Initial Quality Study, 2018 JD Power Initial Quality, 2018 Vehicles, Initial Quality



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