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My Car was Recalled -- Now What Do I Do?

traffic Vehicle recalls are at their highest in almost a decade, with nearly 22 million vehicles flagged for safety issues last year alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM’s massive recall and Toyota’s recent recall investigation settlement are raising a lot of questions about how and when automakers should inform consumers about safety issues. While these investigations are important, you may have more pressing questions on your mind, like what to you do if your car ... continue reading»

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Toyota to Pay $1.2 Billion to Settle Unintended Acceleration Investigation

Toyota U.S. headquarters Toyota said today it will pay the federal government $1.2 billion to settle a four-year-long investigation into how the automaker handled one of the biggest recalls in U.S. history. The recall involved millions of vehicles with sticking accelerator pedals, which could get wedged in the floor mat, causing unintended acceleration of the vehicle. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press conference this morning that Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement is the largest criminal fine any automaker ... continue reading»

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GM Under Federal Investigation Following Ignition Switch Recall

GM Renaissance Center General Motors may have known about faulty ignition switches in some of its small cars earlier than it originally reported. In documents published by the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Wednesday, the automaker said a 2001 report acknowledged a problem with the ignition switch during pre-production testing of the Saturn Ion. A report from 2003 also acknowledged that there was an issue with a Saturn Ion in which the car stalled while a service technician was driving ... continue reading»

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Lawsuit Claims GM Knew About Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 Issue Years Before Recall

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt General Motors issued a recall last week covering 619,122 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 cars in the U.S. for a problem with their ignition switch. Engines in these cars can unexpectedly shut off if the key ring is too heavy, which could pull down on the key in the ignition and take it out of the run position. The engine can also shut off due to “road conditions or some other jarring event,” the National Highway Traffic Safety ... continue reading»

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Software, Electronic Glitches Cause Toyota Recall of Almost 1 Million U.S. Vehicles

2012 Toyota RAV4 Toyota is voluntarily recalling about 960,000 vehicles in the U.S. for software and electronic circuit issues. The Toyota Prius, RAV4 and Tacoma, as well as the Lexus RX 350, are part of the safety recall. About 700,000 Toyota Prius hybrids from the 2010 to 2014 model years will receive a software update to fix a malfunction where the car can go into a failsafe mode. Multiple warning lights will go off before the vehicle goes into the ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma, Lexus RX 350, Model News

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