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Ford Recalls 423,634 Escape SUVs for Faulty Throttle

Ford is recalling 423,634 Escape SUVs in the U.S. from the 2001 to 2004 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these SUVs, which have a 3.0-liter V6 engine and cruise control, are at risk of their gas pedals becoming stuck. NHTSA says the recalled Escape SUVs don’t have enough space between the engine cover and cruise control cable connector. The Associated Press, who has received more information from Ford, explains, “On the ... continue reading»

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Chrysler 200, Ford Explorer Under NHTSA Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the 2011 Ford Explorer and 2011 Chrysler 200 for separate issues related to power steering loss and engine stall. More than 87,000 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan and convertible models with a 3.6-liter V6 engine are under investigation following reports alleging engine stall. According to a NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) document, there are 15 owner complaints that the engine stalled unexpectedly while the driver was decelerating or applying the ... continue reading»

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NHTSA Investigates More Toyota Models for Fire Hazard

In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating Toyota Camry sedans and RAV4 crossovers from the 2007 model year after owner reports of door fires. NHTSA has expanded the investigation, which now includes 2007 to 2009 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 and Yaris models. Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUVs from the 2008 model year are also included. According to a NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) document, faulty wiring in the power window master switch assembly in the driver ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, NHTSA, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Yaris, Model News, Office of Defects Investigation

Chevrolet Cruze, Jeep Wrangler Investigated for Engine Fires

The federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating certain Chevrolet Cruze and Jeep Wrangler vehicles due to owner complaints of engine fires. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation received two reports of an engine compartment fire in Chevrolet Cruze cars from the 2011 model year, and eight reports of the same problem in Jeep Wrangler vehicles from the 2010 model year. The Cruze complaints “allege engulfing fires resulting in total vehicle loss,” NHTSA’s ODI reports. In ... continue reading»

Tags: NHTSA, Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Cruze, Model News, Office of Defects Investigation