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Audi Recalls Nearly 102K Cars To Fix Air Bags

November 5, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Audi is recalling nearly 102,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the front air bags may not inflate in a crash. The recall covers certain A4 and S4 cars from the 2013 through 2015 model years, plus the 2013 through 2015 Audi allroad. Audi says that it is...

Ford Issues 5 Recalls Covering 202K Vehicles

November 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 202,000 cars, vans and trucks in North America in five separate recalls to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling, and other issues. The company says the problems have caused one accident, but it's not aware of injuries in any of the...

Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs For Air Bag Problem

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall covers the QX56 SUVs from 2013 and the QX80s from 2014. The company says inflators made by Takata Corp. were built with an incorrect outer...

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Ford Recalls 205K SUVs For Fuel Tank Leak

October 29, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The company said Wednesday that it traced the problem to rust under...

Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total for the year to 6.4 million vehicles worldwide and 5.1 million in the U.S. as it...

Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling...

U.S. Safety Regulators Warn Car Owners To Heed Recalls

October 20, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately. The warning issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers vehicles from multiple manufacturers that date to 2002....

Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles To Air Bag Recall Tally

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall posed Monday by U.S. safety regulators covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla and Matrix, the 2002 to...

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General Motors' Legal Chief Stepping Down

October 20, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year. GM says in a statement that the 66-year-old Millikin will stay on until a replacement is on the...

Senators Question Regional Car Recalls

October 16, 2014 4:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators are letting car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., cited a...

Chrysler Recalls 907K Cars, SUVs For Faulty Wiring

October 16, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.The recalls, posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators, push the total number of recalls so far this year to over...

Toyota Recalls 423K Lexuses For Fuel Leak Risk

October 15, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The recall is among three global recalls that Toyota announced Wednesday totaling about 1.7 million...

Chrysler Recalls 184K SUVs For Airbag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in...

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GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 27

October 13, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 178 death claims since...

Acura Recalls 43K Vehicles For Seat Belt Issue

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Acura says it is recalling 43,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace both front seat belts. The car maker owned by Honda Motor Co says that in temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit, the seat belts might not release. Acura says no injuries have been reported related to the seat...

Mitsubishi Recalls Cars, SUVS For Engine Stalling

October 10, 2014 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 166,000 older small cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the engines can stall unexpectedly.The recall covers the Lancer and Lancer Evolution from the 2008 to 2011 model years, as well as the Lancer Sportback from 2009 to 2011. Also affected are the...

Nissan Recalls Altimas, Hoods Could Fly Open

October 10, 2014 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because the hoods could fly open while they're being driven. The recall covers cars from the 2013 model year, but the company says it could affect other Nissan models. The automaker says in...

Floor Mats Recalled For Possible Gas Pedal Interference

October 8, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal. Omix Ada of Suwannee, Georgia, says the recall covers Cabela's Custom Fit, Line-X Truck...

GM Thinks Outside The Box To Reach Recalled Car Owners

October 6, 2014 4:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.At first, the problem was a shortage of parts. But now...  

91K Pounds Of Beef Recalled For Possible Metal Contamination

October 6, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Texas company is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with pieces of metal.Corpus Christi-based Sam Kane Beef Processors is recalling the beef products after four consumer...

Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds Of Chicken For Possible Listeria Contamination

September 29, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.The frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips product was...

Ford Recalls 850K Cars

September 29, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.The recalled models include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV, and the Lincoln MKZ Luxury car, all sold in...

TX Beef Packer Recalls 12 Tons Of Meat Due To Possible E.coli Contamination

September 29, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A meat packer in the Texas Panhandle has recalled nearly 12 tons of beef trimmings products due to possible E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday night announced the recall involving Caviness Beef Packers in...

Victims Of GM Recall Given Choice To Settle Or Fight In Court

September 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle. Among them were the families of two...

GM Expert: 21 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 22, 2014 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by the company to compensate victims, said Monday in an Internet posting that he received 143 death claims as of Friday, and 21 of those have...

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