Toyota announced it is recalling 430,500 vehicles in the U.S. and a total of 516,000 worldwide for three different safety concerns.
450,000 Toyota Sienna minivans were recalled because the spare tire could corrode and fall off. This recall focuses generally in cold-market areas where road salt is common in the winter and can cause the corrosion. The recall affects Toyota Siennas from the 2004-2010 model years.
According to this article at ABC.com, “Also recalled Thursday were:
“— 16,000 Lexus GS 250 and 350 sedans from the 2013 model year because a manufacturing defect can cause the brakes to activate without warning, and without turning on the brake lights. Most of the vehicles — 10,500 — were sold in the U.S. Also included are left-hand-drive sedans sold in Canada, China and Europe.
“— 50,000 Highlander and Highlander hybrid SUVs from the 2014 model year. Toyota says a software glitch may prevent the vehicle from properly calculating the size of the front passenger when determining whether to fire the air bags. The affected vehicles assume the passenger is smaller, so the bags may not fire or they may fire at a lower speed than necessary for a larger passenger. Toyota says most of the affected vehicles — 45,287 — were sold in the U.S. Around 3,400 were sold in Canada and the rest were sold in Mexico and Europe.”
Toyota announced it is recalling 50,200 Toyota Highlander SUVs for a software issue that could cause the passenger seatbelt to not work correctly.
According to this article, “A company spokeswoman said the air bag electronic control unit’s software is reading all passengers, regardless of their actual size, as small occupants. That could result in the front passenger not being protected by the seat belt with the necessary force, possibly resulting in injury in a crash.”
About 45,000 of the Highlanders were sold in the U.S.
Honda is voluntarily recalling some 2014 Honda Odyssey minivans because the side airbags may not deploy during a crash.
The recall involves less than 25,000 vehicles.
According to this brief, “Honda says a shorting terminal, which prevents deployment of the air bag before it’s put into the vehicle, might have been damaged during assembly. That might illuminate the air bag warning light and prevent the side curtain air bags from deploying.”
“If you have any questions about the safety of your vehicle or possible necessary repairs, please do not hesitate to contact us,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “Of course, any inspection and repairs related to this recall will be done free of charge to Odyssey owners.”
There have been a few vehicles that have had some issues with paint flaking or coming off, so Honda is offering free paint repair for those vehicles with identified issues.
According to this article at ConsumerReports.org, the recall only applies to specific vehicles and parts on those vehicles. “For Civics, for instance, bulletin number 12-049 covers just the hood and top of the front fenders on 2006 to 2010 Civics that came in one of nine specified colors (four shades of blue, two shades of black, and three in gray or silver), and 2011 Civics of any color. Another TSB, 13-060, covers the roof and trunk of the same cars in any of the nine colors. Finally, TSB 13-004 applies to just the trunk lid of 2009 to 2011 Civics sold in 25 northern states, excluding the Pacific Northwest.
“Remedial work on the CR-V (2007-2011), Odyssey (2011-2012), and Pilot (2009-2011) is limited to “refinishing and polishing” the tailgate, and applies only to vehicles sold in 25 northern states. The relevant TSBs are 13-005, 13-002, and 13-003, respectively.”
We think this is a great step by Honda to treat it’s customers right! If you have any questions or have not been notified and you think your vehicle may be affected, please do not hesitate to contact Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership.
About 750 after-market fuel pumps that may have been put into Honda Odyssey minivans to replace original pumps are under recall from the fuel pump manufacturer, Airtex.
According to this article, “The fuel pump strainer may begin to deteriorate allowing fuel to leak out, posing the risk of a fire.The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule or remedy plan. Owners may contact Airtex at 1-800-880-3056.”
The recall would affect replacement fuel pumps put into Honda Odyssey minivans from the 2005 to 2010 model years. No injuries or incidents have been reported.
Honda is voluntarily recalling 9,800 2014 Honda Civic LX models to inspect the tires of the vehicles, which may have possible tears in the bead area.
According to this article, “The potential tears occurred when a supplier accidentally pinched the tire beads between the assembly equipment and the steel wheel rims while assembling the tires to the rims, the company said. Tire bead tears may create rapid air loss and tire failure, it said. Because the defect was discovered during a routine factory check, it is unlikely that many of these tires are on the street, according to American Honda. The company said it is unaware of any crashes, injuries or consumer complaints associated with the defect. ”
If you are concerned about your 2014 Honda Civic LX, please do not hesitate to contact us at Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealerships. Any parts that need to be fixed or replaced will be done so free of charge to vehicle owners.
Less than 10,000 2014 Honda Civic LX models are being voluntarily recalled by Honda because of possible tire damage. The recall affects vehicles manufactured Nov. 26, 2013 through Jan. 21, 2014
According to this article in Edmunds.com, “”In the affected vehicles, during mounting of the tires, the tire bead may have gotten pinched between the assembly equipment and the steel wheel rims, resulting in damage to the tire,” said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. “The tire damage could cause the tire to lose air, increasing the risk of a crash.”
No incidents or injuries have been reported.
“All Honda Civic LX owners will be notified directly by Honda,” said Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “But if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.”
If you own a 2006-2009 with a coolant leak, Honda could replace your entire block (engine) for free, according to this article from Consumer Reports. “The free service applies to all Civics except the Hybrid and the Civic Si, and it effectively extends the original warranty to eight years, regardless of mileage.”
Leaking coolant can cause the engine to overheat and/or crack, so Honda has decided that vehicles with this issues should just get an entirely new engine.
“Honda wants to do right by the consumers who bought the Honda Civic because of its reputation for dependability and reliability,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda in Burlington. “Certainly normal engines shouldn’t be leaking coolant if they are less than 8 years old, so there’s an issue here that Honda wants to comprehensively take care of. Replacing the entire engine is no band aid fix, that’s for sure.”
If you have a 2006 to early 2009 Honda Civic, please contact Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to talk to someone about getting your vehicle’s engine replaced.
Honda announced that it is voluntarily recalling more than 886,000 Honda Odyssey minivans because of a potential problem with deterioration of the fuel pump cover, which could cause a fuel leak.
No incidents or injuries have been reported at this time.
According to this article, “Odysseys from 2005 through 2010 model years are involved. The recalled minivans were made between June 23, 2004, and September 4, 2010.”
Here are Apple Valley Honda, we want everyone to know that we are here to make sure you and your family are as safe as possible in your Honda Odyssey. “If you have questions, please feel free to Honda or us,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “All owners will be getting written notice and, of course, all repairs will be made by Honda dealerships, including Apple Valley Honda, free of charge to Odyssey owners.”
If you have questions or concerns about your Honda Odyssey, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Toyota announced a huge recall that affects 1.9 million Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles. Toyota reported there is a software glitch that could cause the cars to stall.
According to this article, “The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.”
The vehicles affected by the recall are: 2010-2014 Toyota Prius hybrids, 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Toyota Lexus RX vehicles.