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    Recalls: Mazda recalls 109k Tribute models for rust issue
    2014-04-18

    The Mazda Tribute is being hit with a similar recall as its platform-mate the Ford Escape underwent a few weeks ago. Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tributes from model years 2001 to 2004. On the trucks, the subframe can rust from road salt, potentially causing the lower control arm to detach. If this happens, a loss of steering control could occur. Mazda is ...

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    Breaking: Federal judge keeps recalled General Motors cars on road
    2014-04-17

    More than a quarter-million General Motors cars recalled for faulty ignition switches are staying on the road. On Thursday, a federal judge in Texas denied an emergency motion that would have idled all the affected cars until they are repaired. A Texas attorney who represents several clients who own affected cars had argued the vehicles posed a grave ...

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    Documents show GM rejected better ignition switch in 2001
    2014-04-17

    Documents do not shed light on what motivated the decision to eschew use of the first switch. General Motors made a fateful choice in the fall of 2001. The company considered two options for ignition switches to be installed on the 2003 Saturn Ion. One drawing submitted that September contained an ignition switch that included a longer detent spring ...

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    General Motors creates new safety organization in wake of recall
    2014-04-16

    Barra announced that she's creating another group within the company that will monitor new products for safety issues. General Motors CEO Mary Barra continued to make changes Tuesday, which she said would help lead the embattled company out of a crisis caused by deadly defects in some of its vehicles. On the eve of the New York Auto Show, Barra ...

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    Report: NHTSA closes Ford F-150 EcoBoost acceleration probe
    2014-04-14

    Typically when we report on the findings of an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it's because the government body has discovered a safety issue and prescribed a recall. In this case, however, NHTSA has closed an investigation into a reported performance deficit without ever getting to the recall stage. The issue ...

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    Followup: Porsche gives GT3 owners extra year of warranty, new engines in production April 22
    2014-04-12

    While the auto industry reels from massive recall after massive recall, Porsche has quietly been working on a fix for an issue that's forced owners of the new 911 GT3 to park their track-ready rockets for fear of an engine fire. Thanks to a leaked letter from Porsche to a GT3 owner (which has been certified as real), we now have an idea of just where the ...

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    Followup: Emails show NHTSA official felt GM often lagged on safety
    2014-04-12

    Federal safety regulators had grown frustrated with what they felt was the company's indifferent attitude toward safety issues. General Motors has attempted to distance itself from a widening crisis over its botched handling of a deadly defect by dividing its company history into two distinct periods. The "old" GM existed prior to the company's 2009 ...

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    Report: GM not seeking NASA's help for ignition switch recall?
    2014-04-11

    Despite previous reports, General Motors may not have sought the help of NASA in confirming that cars suffering from the ignition switch defect are safe to drive in certain conditions. The reports, which first began surfacing on Thursday, has been very widely circulated by a number of publications. "NASA is not working with General Motors on its ignition ...

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    Recalls: BMW broadens engine bolt recall to nearly half-million cars worldwide
    2014-04-11

    Almost one month ago, we reported on a BMW investigation into a potentially defective bolt that lived in the company's VANOS variable valve timing system. At that point, the potential recall was seemingly limited to Chinese-market cars; the company was filing a recall application with Chinese officials. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that the engine bolt ...

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    Official: General Motors announces another big ignition-related recall
    2014-04-10

    The company is recalling 2.19 million of the same models to fix a problem that allows keys to be removed from ignitions that are not in the "off" position. Replacement parts for cars at the center of a massive General Motors recall for defective ignition switches began arriving at dealerships across this country just this week. If car owners have ...

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    Report: Two GM engineers put on paid leave pending recall investigation [w/video]
    2014-04-10

    The internal investigation General Motors is conducting regarding its response (and responsiveness) to the ignition switch recall might be having its first effects. The company has put two of its engineers on paid leave. According to The Detroit Free Press, this action took place after a briefing by its internal investigator, former U.S. Attorney Anton ...

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    Recalls: GM repairing 40,500 Pontiac Vibes as part of Toyota airbag recall
    2014-04-09

    General Motors has confirmed to Autoblog that the Pontiac Vibe is included in Toyota's just-announced recall action. The Vibe and the Toyota Matrix share a large number of parts, including the affected cable to the airbag. "About 40,500 Pontiac Vibes from the 2009-2010 model years are included in the Toyota recall. Toyota designed and engineered the Vibe ...

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    Recalls: General Motors not fully cooperating with investigators, NHTSA says
    2014-04-09

    General Motors is not fully cooperating with a federal probe of its defective ignition switches, investigators charged Tuesday. In a letter to the beleaguered automaker, the lead attorney for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said GM was either "unwilling or unable" to answer more than a third of questions posed by regulators. Answers ...

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    Recalls: Toyota issues multiple recalls for 6.4 million vehicles worldwide [UPDATE]
    2014-04-09

    UPDATE: The text below has been amended to include new details provided by Toyota. It looks like 2014 may go down as the year of recalls. We were already at a record pace, and now it seems Toyota is recalling 6.39 million vehicles worldwide, including about 30 of its models for a variety of problems. None of the faults have caused any injuries or ...

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    Report: Total auto recalls already on record pace in 2014
    2014-04-08

    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 ...

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    Report: Center for Auto Safety calling for Chevy Impala airbag probe
    2014-04-08

    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 ...

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    Recalls: Ford recalls 434k vehicles for several unrelated issues
    2014-04-07

    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 ...

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    Recalls: Evenflo recalls 1.37 million car seats for issue with harness buckle
    2014-04-07

    One month ago, it was Graco car seats that were in our headlines, following a 4.2-million-unit recall over reports of parents having to cut their children out of the seats after the buckles seized. Now, Graco's competitor, Evenflo, is in the hot seat (no pun intended). Evenflo is recalling 1.37 million of its own car seats over a very similar issue - ...

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    Recalls: Mazda spiders return, 42k Mazda6 sedans recalled for webby fuel tanks
    2014-04-05

    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 ...

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    Recalls: Mazda recalling 88k vehicles for ECU glitch [UPDATE]
    2014-04-04

    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 ...

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