Car Recalls in 2011: Is Yours on the List?

Car manufacturers work hard to create vehicles that are completely safe to operate. When we buy vehicles, we believe that they were put through rigorous testing, and were equipped and ready to handle all possible hazards or situations that could arise.

Historical vehicles.

Unfortunately, car manufacturers cannot possibly anticipate every possible situation or scenario. Sometimes a vehicle has to be recalled after it is manufactured and released into the market. More often than not, rigorous testing simply is not enough to determine whether a vehicle is completely road ready, and mistakes are made. Consumers must assess the vehicle and consider the car safety ratings.

2012 Models Recalled
The most common recalls will be for 2012 vehicles. This is because the 2012 vehicles are released in 2011 and this is when the problems are discovered. Some examples of 2012 models which are now being recalled are:

S Class.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class. This model is recalled for fuel system issues.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2012 Dodge Durango, the 2012 Chrysler 200, the 2012 Dodge Charger, and the 2012 Dodge Journey. They are all recalled for engine and engine cooling issues.

Porsche 911.

The 2012 Porsche 911. This model is recalled for seat belt issues.

Why Cars are Being Recalled?

The important thing to understand about car recalls is that some are for serious safety issues, whereas others are for more innocuous reasons. For example, Honda recently recalled nearly 1 million cars worldwide from a couple of different lines like the CR-V line and the Fit. This initially did not seem to be a move for safety purposes, since the reason given was to replace the master switch responsible for the power windows in the vehicle. The truth is, the window cleaner residue could potentially degrade the electrical contacts in the switch and there was a great potential for a fire to break out as a result.

Because there are several reasons for which a vehicle could be recalled, it is essential that consumers take these recall notices seriously and return any vehicle that is being recalled by the manufacturer. Even if the reason for the recall seems harmless, there could be a much more important reason behind the recall of which you need to be aware. Also when you buy any used cars from or any other reputable dealer, always make sure you call the manufacturer to ensure all recalls have been made.

Is your car the safest possible vehicle for you to drive? With different car manufacturers facing recall, it becomes essential that you know what car models are on the recall list.


Need help with recalls? Here’s a helpful list.

With all of the high profile safety recalls out there we need a what to do list on recalls. Here it is from Yahoo and it’s a good read if you have any concerns about your vehicle.

If you own a car, you’ve probably received a safety recall notice in the mail at some point. Manufacturers are required to attempt to notify owners of recalled products and to provide a free remedy. You may be inclined to ignore a recall notification letter – especially if it contains confusing jargon or seems like it concerns something minor.

But here’s a newsflash: In the realm of safety recalls, nothing is minor. According to Rae Tyson, spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency that issues automotive recalls, every recall has a serious safety implication. “A defect exists that is a safety issue and it needs to be corrected,” Tyson says. “There are some worse than others, yes, but in some way they all have potential to lead to injury or death.”

Read the full article here.

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Toyota on the hot seat

Akio Toyoda delivered another apology to people hurt by Toyota’s in sudden acceleration accidents. His lieutenant provided most of the other information revealed so far by the committee.

After the cameras chased Akio Toyoda from the room, it was Fe Lastrella’s turn.

A schoolteacher and real estate agent from Vallejo, Calif., Lastrella tearfully told the committee about her grief over the Lexus crash in Santee, Calif., that killed her daughter Cleofe Saylor, son Chris Lastrella and granddaughter Mahala Saylor.

“They were taken prematurely from us,” she said.

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Toyota President says recall is mechanical, not electric

Is it mechanical or electrical? Depends on who you talk to and what you want to hear. This is one big mess for Toyota.


In a prepared statement before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Toyota President Jim Lentz reiterated Toyota’s continued stand that the issue with its many recalled Toyota models is mechanical and not electronic. Lentz commented that Toyota hired Exponent, a top engineering and scientific consulting firm, to examine its electronic throttle system to see if there were any issues. Toyota gave Exponent an unlimited budget and no electronic problem was found.

Lentz also said that it is repairing recalled vehicles at 50,000 a day and has so far fixed one million vehicles.

Read the full article here.


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