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General Motors Recalls Thousands of Small Cars For Ignition Switch Problems

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 3:21 pm    


According to a recent New York Times article, General Motors is recalling over 600,000 Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5’s in the United States because of a problem with the ignition switch.  According to the article, a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads could cause the ignition switch to switch out of the running position and thereby cutting off the engine and electrical power.  This could prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a crash.  Vehicles affected by the recall are the 2007 Pontiac G5 and 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt.

In addition to the vehicles being recalled in the United States, approximately 153,000 in Canada and 6,100 in Mexico are also being recalled.

An AP article on this recall states that according to GM, dealers will replace the ignition switch for fee.

For more information regarding this recall see: or…00-small-cars-for-ignition-switch-problem.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

Mini Cars Perform Poorly in IIHS Crash Test

Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 7:28 pm    


According to a recent article in USA Today, only one of the eleven 2013 and 2014 minicars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s in the small overlap frontal crash test received an “acceptable rating”.  In this test, the car hits a barrier with the front driver’s side corner at 40 miles per hour.  The test is designed to mimic clipping another car head-on or hitting a tree or utility pole.

The only car among the 2013 and 2014 models tested in this fashion to receive an acceptable rating was the Chevrolet Spark manufactured by General Motors.  None of the minicars tested received a good rating.

The IIHS introduced this test in 2012 and stated that it is a more difficult test than the head-on crash test used by the U. S. government.

For more information on the results of the IIHS testing see:

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Toyota Halts Sales of Several Models with Heated Seats

Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 3:30 pm    


According to a recent AP article, Toyota has told its North American dealers to stop selling several popular models with heated seats because one of the fabrics used to make the seats do not comply with U.S. safety codes.  The autos affected include certain Camrys, Avalons, Siennas and Tacomas from the 2013 and 2014 years, as well as Corolla and Tundras from 2014.  Toyota estimates that about 36,000 vehicles on its dealer lots are affected.

Although, no fires or injuries have been reported, Toyota can’t legally sell cars in the United States that do not comply with U.S. safety codes.

With respect to those Toyotas already on the road with such heated seats, Toyota contends a recall isn’t necessary since there have been no fires or reported incidents.  The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating to decide if a recall is needed.


Honda Announces Recall of Walk Behind Mowers

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 6:32 pm    

Honda recently announced the recall of two of its walk behind mowers and one Columbia brand electric start lawnmower with Honda engines.  According to a recent Fox 17 News online article, the recall involves the popular Honda walk behind mowers which are red and silver (HRR) and red and gray (HRX), as well as some of the Columbia brand walk behind lawnmowers which come in orange and black with Honda printed over the engine cover.

Apparently this recall was initiated by Honda after receiving reports that the lawnmower’s blade continues to rotate after the handle bar control lever is released.  Fortunately, no injuries were reported.  Customers are warned to immediately stop using the recalled mowers and contact Honda to schedule a free repair.  Approximately 28,000 lawnmowers are part of the recall in the United States.

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