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  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic

    At the end of last week, Chevrolet posted an official recall notice for all 2013 Sonic cars after it discovered a fault in the system responsible for detecting a blown turn signal bulb. Under normal operation, the unit, called the Body Control Module (BCM) should detect when a turn signal lamp has broken, alerting the driver so it can be repaired. However, during regular internal tests, GM engineers discovered that the ‘signal bulb outage detection’ feature was disabled on the BCM unit fitted to all 2013 Sonics. With that particular feature disabled, the car will not alert the...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, road test, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2011
    GM Recalls 2012 Chevrolet Sonic For Faulty Windshield Washer System

    The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, General Motors’ popular subcompact car, is being recalled to fix a potential fault with the windshield wiper hose. According to the official recall posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s SaferCar website, the recall affects 44,668 cars...

  • 2012 Mitsubishi i
    Mitsubishi ‘i’ Electric Car Recalled For Faulty Airbag System

    This morning, Mitsubishi North America announced an official recall of certain 2012 Mitsubishi i electric cars after it became apparent that there may be an incompatibility between the air bag sensors and the car’s on-board diagnostics system. According to the official recall notice posted on...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h
    Lexus HS 250h Hybrid Car Recalled For Potential Loose Suspension Fault

    Lexus is voluntarily recalling some of its now-discontinued HS 250h entry-level hybrid luxury sedans after it determined that incorrectly-adjusted components on the rear suspension arm could age prematurely and cause suspension failure. According to its official release, the safety recall only...

  • 2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    2013 Ford Escape 1.6-liter EcoBoost Recalled For Potential Engine Fire Risk

    Just one month after deliveries of the 2013 Ford Escape started, Ford has made a formal recall of all Ford Escapes fitted with its 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The recall is to replace an engine compartment fuel line, which is at risk of splitting and leaking fuel in the engine bay, potentially...

  • ZAP Xebra Sedan
    2008 Zap Xebra Electric Motorcycle Recalled (Again)

    Back in 2009, we told you about the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall of the 2008 Zap Xebra three-wheeled electric motorcycle. At the time, the NHTSA said the recall was to rectify an excessively long braking distance, which U.S. electric vehicle vendor Zap and the...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf Software Update

    A little over a week ago, we told you that Nissan had announced a complementary voluntary service campaign for all 2011/12 Nissan Leafs. With Nissan strongly encouraging owners to have their Leafs updated to the latest operating system, we decided to get the software in our own 2011 Leaf upgraded to see what differences we could make out. The Upgrade Just like the previous software upgrade, Nissan Leaf technicians perform the upgrade using a laptop computer connects to the car using the Leaf’s on-board diagnostics (ODB) port. According to Nissan, the update shouldn’t take too...

  • Structural enhancements to fit to Chevy Volt electric car to avoid post-crash battery-pack fires.
    NHTSA: Chevy Volt Battery Pack Fix OK, Ends Investigation

    Officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have said they are happy with the proposed safety enhancements for the 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Volt designed to minimize the risk of battery pack fire following a major impact. In an interview yesterday at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport
    Volt-Style Battery Nightmare Before Christmas Haunts Fisker

    What holiday gift do you give Fisker Automotive, the company responsible for the world’s first plug-in hybrid sports coupe? A Matchbox 2012 Fisker Karma perhaps? But a public suggestion that the battery packs inside the $106,000+ Fisker Karma luxury plug-in hybrid are at risk of a coolant...

  • 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Honda Extends Warranties On 2006-11 Civic Hybrids Due To Gas Leak

    Honda has just announced that it will be giving some 80,000 owners of its 2006-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid an extended warranty after concerns that small cracks may form in the car’s gas tank. “The potential fuel leakage is very small from the top area of the tank where the fuel filler...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
    Recall Alert: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Recalled Over Transmission Issue

    GM has been having good success with the newest in compact car offerings for the Chevrolet brand—namely the Cruze. That said, recalls have become a lot more high profile in recent years, which can probably be credited to Toyota and the “unintended acceleration” debacle. The 2011...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    BREAKING: 2011 Nissan Leaf Start Failure - What You Need to Know

    A few days ago, we started hearing mumblings on the electric car grapevine which suggested that all was not well again with the 2011 Leaf, Nissan’s first ever all-electric production hatchback. It all began at the end of last month, when a 2011 Nissan Leaf owner reported that his car stopped...

  • 2007 Honda Fit Sport

    Recalls aren’t something that we are used to reporting on when it comes to Honda’s subcompact and compact segment. That said, Honda is recalling some 143,083 2007-2008 Honda Fit models for a defect in the headlights. According to our sources, certain models have a defect in the wiring harness for the headlight control switch which can cause failure of the low-beam headlight circuit. The problem is cause by the routing of the wiring according Honda, who also claims that no accidents or injuries have been reported related to this issue. A bright spot of news, if you will, is that...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    Tesla Plays Cautiously, Recalls 439 Roadsters Over Potential Fire Risk

    Tesla Motors, manufacturers of the all-electric Tesla Roadster and Tesla Roadster Sport has decided to recall 439 of its sexy sports car, over a potential fire risk. The Palo-Alto based automaker has often been in the news this year, from its roller coaster initial public offering back in June...

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