Honda announced a voluntary recall of 300,000 Odyssey minivans from the 2007 and 2008 model years. A software malfunction may cause the brakes to apply involuntarily.
“If you have any questions about your Honda Odyssey, don’t hesitate to call us or contact Honda,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda in Burlington.
No injuries have been reported.
Toyota announced it is recalling more than 800,000 vehicles because…are you ready for it?…of spiders.
Not it’s not a bad horror movie. It’s the latest recall of the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza from the 2012 and 2013 model years. The recall involves airbags that could deploy unnecessarily.
According to this article, “The actual risk of airbag deployment comes from blockage of the air conditioner condenser drainage tubes. By building webs in those mini-waterspouts, spiders prevent condensation from being channeled away from delicate components. When that water hits delicate electronics like the airbag sensor, it can cause a short, which in turn can trigger the airbag warning light — or cause the driver’s side airbag to deploy.”
There have been three injuries and 35 warning lights have been reported.
Almost every parent knows they are supposed to use a car seat.
Unfortunately, according to this New York Times article, almost every parent isn’t installing the car seat correctly, which greatly decreases it’s effectiveness. In fact, about 75 percent of parents aren’t installing them correctly.
“About three of every four car seats are installed improperly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In some communities that lack safety checks or education programs, the figure is even higher.
“Automobile crashes remain the leading cause of death for children 13 and younger, according to federal regulators. A large number of the fatalities involve children in car seats.”
The issue isn’t simple between differences in cars and differences in car seats, so naturally parents get confused. There are many community programs to help parents ensure car seats are installed properly, but most of checking falls on local fire and police departments.
Be sure your child’s car seat is installed properly; visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or even stop by your local fire or police department.
This is a scary article about how Toyota is recalling RAV4 SUVs from the 2006-2011 model years…for a problem it thought it had fixed.
The recall effects more than 700,000 vehicles and involves the rear suspension arm.
Three crashes and several injuries have been reported since the initial recall, including a scary incident detailed in the article linked above where the driver lost complete control of the vehicle and crossed over the median and was “lucky to be alive.”
All owners should receive a letter in the mail.
Toyota announced that is recalling more than 10,000 Toyota Camry sedans, Avalon, and Corollas from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
The recall is due to faulty wiring that could cause windshield wipers to quit working.
No injuries or accidents have been reported.
Toyota announced that is recalling 694,000 Toyota Sienna minivans because a problem with shift lock could cause the minivan to shift out of “Park” and possibly roll away.
The Toyota Sienna model years that are affected by the recall include 2007 to 2009 and 2004 to 2005.
According to this article, “Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight said Toyota has received reports of 21 “minor” accidents in the United States and three minor accidents in Canada. Two of the incidents involved what Toyota called minor injuries, such as bruises.”
Toyota is set to recall about 242,000 vehicles, including the popular Toyota Prius due to the problem with the brake system.
According to this article, “Toyota said on Wednesday that the brake in the recalled vehicles may not work as well as it is supposed to because a part used in the electronic brake system may not be strong enough, and could crack.”
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 put off the test as long as it could, but, in the end, that wasn’t enough because it still failed the “small overlap” frontal crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
According to this article on Forbes.com, “The IIHS says during the crash test the driver’s side of the RAV4’s cabin “was seriously compromised by intruding structure, and the dummy’s left foot was trapped by crushed and buckled sheet metal in the footwell.” What’s more, the crash dummy’s head only glanced the front airbag before sliding off to the left and hitting the dashboard while the steering column moved over seven inches to the right, leaving little protection to the virtual driver’s chest. Ouch.”
An editor at Kelley Blue Book says this is actually encouraging because it means that safety groups and automakers are working harder than ever to protect drivers and their passengers.
“It’s encouraging to see both the IIHS and automakers working even harder to protect drivers and passengers,” says Karl Brauer, senior director of insights for Kelley Blue Book. “As more accident data comes in, it uncovers which types of vehicle crashes are the more dangerous, allowing IIHS to create more effective tests that simulate real-world crashes. This inevitably requires automakers to up their game in vehicle design and safety technology…”
What do you think? Does the fact that the redesigned (improved?) 2013 Toyota RAV4 failed this safety test actually make you feel safer?
Toyota announced that it is recalling 242,000 Prius and hybrid Lexus vehicles due to problems with the braking system.
According to this article, 233,000 Toyota Prius vehicles made between March and October of 2009 and 9,000 Lexus HS250 models made between June and October of 2009. Only Lexus vehicles sold in Japan have been affected.
All vehicles should be taken in to be inspected.
Happy Tax Day!
Whether it’s happy or not, it’s here (and almost gone). And, according to this article, people getting tax refunds might be spending them on purchasing cars.
The article stated that the average tax refund is around $2,800…which is a nice down payment on a car considering that most people spending their tax refunds are purchasing “entry-level” vehicle. If you also consider the fact that people getting refunds generally file their taxes sooner, consumers could have hit some really great sales as dealerships cleared out lots of old inventory to make room for the newer models.
If you are getting a tax return, what do you plan on spending it on? A 2013 Honda Accord? If you already got your tax return, what did you spend it on?