Recall Alert: Mini recalls 35,000 cars

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Mini is recalling about 35,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada do to safety regulations not met for side impacts for rear passengers. The recall includes Cooper, Cooper S Hardtop two-door cars from 2014 and 2015. It also includes the 2015 John Cooper works Hardtop Two-door. Basically rear passengers are at a higher risk of injury from side impacts, when you bring your car in to the dealer they will install more energy absorption material between the rear interior side panels and body starting September 12th.

The documents were filed with the U.S. safety regulations that is knows of no accidents or injuries from this problem. The recall will include 30,456 U.S. cars and 4,130 Canadian cars.

This is not one of the biggest recalls in car maker history but this could potentially be dangerous. If you own one of these cars please contact your local dealer to get your car scheduled for repair. The last thing we want to see is anyone get hurt do to lack in safety.

General Motors Announces 4 more recalls this week

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The details for the latest set are as follows:

1,339,355 2009-2014 Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse & GMC Acadia and 2009-2010 Saturn Outlooks.  This recall is for a cable that connects the seat belt to the seat, over time the cable can wear causing separation from the seat.  If this occurs during a crash it may increase the possibility of injury as the seat belt will no longer work properly.

1,075,102  2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu and 2005-2008 Pontiac G6 vehicles for a transmission cable issue.  It is only for the 4 speed automatic transmission version.  The transmission cable may crack causing an inability to shift into a different gear, put the vehicle in park or remove the key from the ignition.  GM says that there has been 1 injury and 18 crashes that they are aware of directly related to this issue.

1,402  2015  Cadillac Escalades are being recalled because of a passenger side airbag issue.  It could cause an improper deployment of the airbag in a crash.  GM has told Cadillac to stop selling these Escalades until the recall has been resolved.  Customers who have already bought their brand new Escalades were informed that they are not to have anyone sit in the passenger side front seat until they have had their SUV taken care of .

58  2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.  The recall only affects the Heavy Duty version of the trucks with the 220 amp generator.  According to GM the clips that hold the fuse block to the body can loosen causing the fuse block to move and possibly cause a fire.

The total of recalled vehicles for GM this year has now increased to over 15 million.

2011 – 2013 Nissan Juke Recall

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Just over 100,000 Nissan Juke’s are being recalled for a timing chain issue.

The recall affects 2011-2013 models of the crossover. Nissan is voluntarily recalling the vehicles due to a problem with the engine timing chain. According to the automaker the timing chain may warp over time and eventually break. The dealer will replace the timing chain, guides and crank sprocket at no cost to you.

If you own a 2011-2013 Juke you can call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 for more information.

Stop Lamp Switch Issue Causes Kia and Hyundai to Recall 1.7 Million Units

On Wednesday April 3rd,  Hyundai and Kia announced a recall that affects nearly 1.7 million vehicles over issues with the stop lamp switch which can cause the brake lights to malfunction among other problems.

hyundai elantraAside from the brake lights not working when the brake pedal is depressed, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch can also cause the affected vehicles to keep their cruise control engaged when the brake pedal is used, intermittent operation of the push-button start, it can prevent the shifter from being moved out of park and can light up the electronic stability control warning light.

About 1 million Hyundai vehicles are affected, which are the 2007 to 2009 Accent and Tucson; the 2007 to 2010 Elantra; the 2007 to 2011 Santa Fe; the 2008 to 2009 Veracruz; the 2010 to 2011 Genesis Coupe; and the 2011 Sonata. On the other hand, 623,000 Kia vehicles were affected, which are the 2007 to 2010 Rondo and Sportage; the 2007 to 2011 Sorento; the 2007 Sedona; the 2010 to 2011 Soul; and the 2011 Optima.

This is the second recall of this kind, the first being in 2009 as Hyundai recalled about 500,000 vehicles for the same issue. Hyundai has made changes to the switch assembly to correct this issue since then, however, the affected vehicles were built before the changes were put in place.

The recall is scheduled to begin by June 2013, where Hyundai and Kia dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the stop lamp switch free of charge. Customers can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151, or Kia at 1-800-333-4542 for more information.