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Friday
Jul052013

Chrysler to Recall Over 200,000 Minivans

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chrysler is recalling more than 280,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because the side air bags can deploy on the wrong side in a crash.

The automaker says the issue is a software problem. The side airbags are intended to deploy on the side of the vehicle that is damaged in an accident.

According to a company statement, the airbags that deploy from the steering wheel and the passenger-side dashboard are not impacted by this software problem.

The issue will be remedied at no cost to customers.

The Dodge Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Town & Country and the Ram Cargo Van are among the vehicles being recalled.

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Saturday
Jun152013

Recliner Linked to Infant Deaths Recalled

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(NEW YORK) -- Baby Matters, the former maker of the Nap Nanny is recalling all of the company's baby recliners after the products were linked to at least five infant deaths and dozens of babies hanging or falling out of the chairs.

Due to the fact that Baby Matters is out of business, there is no plan to repair the product or refund customers' money, reports USA Today. The recall is part of a settlement after the Consumer Product Safety Commission filed a case against Baby Matters last year.

Approximately 165,000 of the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill products were sold between 2009 and 2011, says USA Today. The products costs about $130.

Some retailers, including Amazon, Buy Buy Baby and Toys R Us/Babies R Us have agreed to refund the purchase price of recalled Nap Nannies purchased in their stores.

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Wednesday
Jan302013

Toyota Issues Two Recalls Affecting over One Million Vehicles

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota announced on Wednesday two separate recalls affecting more than one million vehicles in the U.S.

The first recall involves approximately 752,000 Corolla sedans and Corolla Matrix hatchbacks, model years 2003 and 2004.  The Japanese automaker says the airbag control module in these vehicles may have been manufactured with faulty circuits that could result in the inadvertent deployment of the front airbags or seat belt pretensioners.

The second recall includes about 270,000 Lexus IS models from 2006 to early 2012.  Toyota says the nut on the front wipers might not be tight enough, causing them to become inoperative if they have to clear a heavy load, such as a pile of snow.

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Friday
Dec282012

Amazon, Toys 'R Us and More Recall Nap Nanny Infant Recliners

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and four major baby-product retailers announced a voluntary recall Thursday of all versions and styles of Nap Nanny infant recliners in the wake of multiple reported infant deaths.

The commission says five infants have died in the recliners and owners should immediately stop using the product.

The recliner was first recalled in 2010 by the manufacturer, Baby Matters, LLC of Berwyn, Pa., after one infant died and the CPSC received 22 reports of other infants falling or hanging out over the side of the product.  Despite new instructions and warnings, the government agency says more deaths and additional reports of children falling out were recorded.

Earlier this month, the commission officially declared that the recliners “create a substantial risk of injury to the public.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says four major retailers -- Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, Amazon.com and Babies 'R Us/Toys 'R Us -- agreed to participate in the voluntary recall because the manufacturer was “unable or unwilling to participate in the recall.”

Customers can contact the retailers for a refund.

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Tuesday
Dec182012

Toyota to Pay Record $17.35M Fine for Faulty Floor Mats

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Toyota Motor Corporation has been slapped with another hefty fine over one of its recalls.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Tuesday that the Japanese automaker has agreed to pay $17.35 million -- the maximum fine allowable under the law -- for failing to report a safety issue with its floor mats within five days, as required by law.

“It’s critical to the safety of the driving public that manufacturers report safety defects in a timely manner,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland in a statement Tuesday.  “Every moment of delay has the potential to lead to deaths or injuries on our nation’s highways.”

The NHTSA said it began noticing a trend in floor mat pedal entrapment in 2010 Lexus RX 350s in early 2012.  It then contacted Toyota, who later acknowledged the problem and issued a recall of the vehicles.

Tuesday's fine is "the single highest civil penalty amount ever paid to NHTSA for violations stemming from a recall," according to the agency.

Two years earlier, Toyota agreed to pay $48.8 million as a result of three separate investigations stemming from sticky pedal, pedal entrapment and steering relay rod recalls.

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Wednesday
Dec122012

Honda Recall: Car Could Roll Away When Keys Are Removed

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Honda is recalling over 800,000 minivans and SUVs because of an ignition malfunction that could allow drivers to remove their keys while vehicles are still in gear.

The recall will affect approximately 318,000 Honda Odysseys and 259,000 Honda Pilots from 2003 and 2004, as well as 230,000 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2003-2006 model years.  

Honda said in a release there have been two alleged injuries and a number of complaints about the ignition glitch that allows drivers to remove their keys without setting their gear shift in “park,” which could result in a car rolling away.

The company attributes the problem to wear through prolonged use, and says owners will begin receiving written recall notices in February.  

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Friday
Nov162012

American Honda Recalls 150,600 Generators over Fire Risk

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(NEW YORK) -- After Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Northeast last month, many who were left without power resorted to portable generators to get their lights back on.  But for those with one type of generator, it might have been safer to just stay in the dark.

American Honda is recalling about 150,600 of its gasoline-powered portable generators over a fuel hose issue.  The Torrance, Calif.-based company says the hose can leak, posing fire and burn hazards.

So far, four fuel leaks have been reported, but none have resulted in fires or injuries.

The recall involves generators with model number EU2000i and serial numbers EAAJ-2260273 through EAAJ-2485025.  They were sold online and at various stores nationwide between October 2011 and September 2012.

Those who are affected by the recall are advised to immediately stop using the generator and contact a Honda Power Equipment dealer for a free inspection and repair.

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Toyota Recalls over Seven Million Vehicles for Faulty Switch

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Toyota announced Wednesday that it is recalling over seven million vehicles worldwide due to a faulty power window switch on the driver's side.

The Japanese automaker said an uneven application of fluorine grease during the assembly of the switches may cause them to feel "notchy or sticky" when used.

In a statement, Toyota warned, "If commercially available lubricants are applied to the switch in an attempt to address the 'notchy' or sticky feel, melting of the switch assembly or smoke could occur and lead to a fire under some circumstances."

No accidents have been reported as a result of this issue, the automaker said.

In the U.S. alone, the recall affects about 2.5 million cars.  To see which models need repair, click here.

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Friday
Sep212012

GM Recalls More than 426,000 Cars in US

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- General Motors has recalled 426,240 vehicles in the U.S. because of a potential gear issue.

Affected GM models are all equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and include the 2007-2010 Saturn Aura, the 2008-2010 Chevy Malibu and the 2008-2010 Pontiac G6.

Tabs on the transmission shift cables in these vehicles may fracture and separate, causing the transmission gear position to not match the gear on the shifter. As a result, the cars could roll away when left in park, or not start.

GM will notify owners of the recalled vehicles and local dealers will fix them free of charge. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.

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Monday
Aug202012

Fisker Issues Second Recall of Electric Car

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After the second of two mysterious fires in a Karma sedan, the government-backed electric car-maker Fisker has initiated a voluntary recall of its luxury vehicles.

In a statement, Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher said that Fisker engineers and an independent fire expert had "identified the root cause" of a fire that swept through a Karma parked outside a Woodside, Calif., grocery store on Aug. 10.

"The investigation located the ignition source to the left front of the Karma, forward of the wheel, where the low-temperature cooling fan is located," said the statement. "The final conclusion was that this sealed component had an internal fault that caused it to fail, overheat and start a slow burning fire."

Fisker announced a voluntary recall "with respect to this cooling fan unit" and said it had already contacted its retailers.

As first reported by Jalopnik.com, the owner found the vehicle burning in the parking lot when he returned from shopping. At the time, the Woodside Fire Department said the immediate cause of the blaze appeared to be "heat from powered equipment," and firefighters cut the car's battery cable after putting out the fire. Woodside Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso told ABC News that the origin of the fire appeared to be inside the engine compartment, though Fisker said in a statement that it was determined to be outside the compartment in an area "forward of the driver's side front tire."

Ghiorso said Monday that he did not dispute Fisker's new findings about the origin of the blaze. The fire did not cause any injuries but did cause damage to an adjacent vehicle, according to the Woodside Fire Department.

The fire is the second mysterious blaze in a Fisker Karma in 2012. Earlier this year, a Fisker Karma parked in the garage of a Sugar Land, Texas, home caught fire, destroying a portion of the residence. Fire officials blamed the electric vehicle for the fire, according to media reports, but Fisker contended that neither the car nor its battery had anything to do with the fire, since the car was unplugged at the time of the fire and the battery pack was intact and still working after the blaze.

In March, another Karma broke down in the middle of a Consumer Reports road test, a failure that Fisker later said was due to a faulty battery.

More than 250 Fisker Karmas, out of the more than 1,000 that the company says are on the road, have been subject to a recall over the last year due to problems with the cars' lithium ion batteries that could have led to fires in the $102,000 cars.

Monday's statement from Fisker noted that its independent experts had determined the Woodside fire "was not caused by the lithium-ion battery pack."

In 2010, the Department of Energy awarded Fisker a $529 million green-energy loan, in part to help purchase a shuttered General Motors plant in Delaware, where it predicted it would one day employ 2,000 auto workers to assemble a clean-burning gas-electric family car, known as the Atlantic.

Fisker collected nearly $200 million until February this year, when the government froze the loan because the company was failing to meet the government's milestones. Most of those federal funds went into bringing the Karma, which Fisker assembles in Finland, to the U.S. market.

Company executives began hinting in February that Fisker would reconsider its plan and look for a cheaper place to build the Atlantic, despite the federal funding it received to build in the U.S.

"If Fisker no longer gets government monies, then obviously we are in a place where other options are open to us and have to be considered from a business perspective," Roger Ormisher told ABC News in May. "However, given the work that we have done at the plant in Delaware and the fact that we own it, it is still our primary option to consider."

Ormisher reiterated to ABC News earlier this month that Delaware "is still very much our first choice. We own it. We've cleared it out. We've actually made it production-ready." Ormisher also said that negotiations with the DOE were ongoing. "We're hoping for a conclusion fairly soon," he said.

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