Recall News

Petition by Owner Prompts Recall of 183,000 Honda Vehicles

Honda’s recall of about 183,000 vehicles that might apply the brakes on their own was prompted by a woman who was frightened by having that problem in her own Honda and angry that there wasn’t a recall.

Carrie Carvalho of Arlington, Mass., used a little-known tactic: Filing a formal defect petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, requiring the agency to review her concern.

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Statistical Change Skews Auto Recall Figures – 2/27/13

A recent article in USA Today discussed a small but important change made by federal regulators who are in charge of issuing and keeping track of crucial auto safety recalls. The data reveals that a change in how they count recalls has cut into their supposed triumph of having a smaller number of investigations lead to a bigger number of recalls.

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BMW Recalls More Than 500,000 Cars for Cable Problem

An investigation by the Canadian automotive safety agency, Transport Canada, led BMW to recall almost 505,000 vehicles in the United States for a possible loss of electrical power that could cause the engine to stall.

The recall covers the 2008–12 1 Series; the 2007–11 3 Series and the 2009–11 Z4, according to a report from BMW posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By far the largest number – about 297,000 – are the 3 Series sedans.

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16.2 Million Vehicles Recalled in 2012, Safety Agency Says

A total of 16.2 million vehicles were recalled last year, with slightly more than half made by Toyota and Honda, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday.

Toyota had 12 recalls covering 5.3 million vehicles, more than the three domestic automakers combined. The recalls included the automaker’s Scion and Lexus operations.

Honda and its Acura luxury brand had 16 recalls affecting almost 3.4 million vehicles.

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Honda Recalling 807,000 S.U.V.’s and Minivans

Honda is recalling 807,000 utility vehicles and minivans because of a defect that could allow the vehicles to roll away, the automaker said in a news release.

The recall covers the 2003-4 Honda Pilot and Odyssey and the 2003-6 Acura MDX.

There are 259,000 Pilots, 318,000 Odysseys and 230,000 MDXs involved.

In addition to the vehicles being recalled in the United States, 64,000 are being recalled elsewhere.

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Mazda Follows Ford With Recall of Tributes

Mazda says it is recalling about 217,500 Tributes from the 2001-6 model years as well as some from 2008 to fix a problem with the cruise control cable that could lead to unintended acceleration.

The recall is related to Ford’s recall Thursday of about 421,000 Escapes from the model years 2001–4 with the 3-liter V-6 engine for the same problem. The Escape and Tribute are mechanical siblings.

Mazda informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its plan for a recall on Thursday evening, Tamara Mlynarczyka, a Mazda spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail.

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After Recalls, N.H.T.S.A. Keeps Its Investigation Open

In an unusual move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it planned to continue an investigation that led to two big recalls this week from Ford and Mazda.

Ford is recalling over 421,000 Escapes, while Mazda is recalling about 217,500 Tributes.

The issue involves a defect in the cruise control cables that could make the small crossover vehicles susceptible to unintended acceleration. They are mechanical siblings.

Typically, the safety agency concludes an investigation once a recall has been announced, but not this time.

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