For two separate defects, Toyota is recalling about 1.3 million vehicles. One recall includes 752,000 Corollas and Corolla Matrixes for airbags that could deploy inadvertently.
The unexpected airbag deployment has caused minor injuries in 18 reported cases, and two accidents were caused by the defect in Japan.
According to this article, “An IC chip in the airbag control unit can malfunction when it receives electrical interference from other parts in the car, causing the airbags to deploy when it is not necessary, Toyota spokesman Naoto Fuse said.”
Separately, Toyota is recalling 385,000 in its Lexus IS series because of problems with the wiper blades.
“The wiper arm nut of the front wiper in these vehicles may not be tight enough and the wiper may not work under certain weather occasions, including in snow.”
Read the complete Reuters article for more details on the recall and how these problems add to Toyota’s recent safety problems, including the settlement for vehicles that may or may not have accelerated unintentionally.
Honda is voluntarily recalling 748,000 Honda Pilot and Odysseys that may have airbags that my not deploy properly in an accident.
The recall applies to Honda Pilots from the 2009 to 2013 model years and the Honda Odyssey from the 2011 to 2013 model years.
According to this article, “Honda said the plastic cover for the driver-side bags may not have been attached with the correct number of rivets and if rivets are missing, the airbag may not deploy properly in a crash.”
“If you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle, please do not hesitate to call us,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “Your safety is this most important thing to us, to Honda, and we want to make sure your family is safe. We will inspect your vehicle free of charge and, if necessary, fix the problem at no cost to you.”
There have been no injuries reported.
If you are not sure if your vehicle is affected by this recall, “owners can check now to see if their vehicle will need the repairs by using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and going to www.recalls.honda.com or calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.”
Or, as always, call Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealerships for more local and personalized care.
Honda announced it is voluntarily recalling Honda Odyssey minivans and Honda Pilot SUVs from the 2003 and 2004 model years for problems with the ignition. Also, Acura MDX SUVs from the 2003 through 2006 models years may be affected. The problem with the ignition could cause the vehicle to roll away even after it is put in park and the key removed.
Approximately 800,000 vehicles may be affected.
“If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please call us or stop by,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda. “Whether you bought your Odyssey, Pilot or Acura MDX here or another Honda dealership, we will take care of you. Any problems related to this recall will be taken care of free of charge.”
If Sims Honda or Northwest Honda dealerships are closer to you, please do not hesitate to call or stop by and one of our certified Honda staff will take care of you.
Toyota is recalling more than 150,000 Tacomas from the 2001 to 2004 model years.
According to this article, “The recall was for a rust problem with the spare tire carrier under the back of the truck bed. A lift plate on the carrier that is used to raise, lower and retain the tire safely under the bed may have rusted seriously enough
to cause an unintended release of the tire to the roadway which might result in an accident to following vehicles.”
The recall involves states with cold winters (like Minnesota); it does not involve Toyota Tacomas sold in Washington State.
Volkwagen is recalling more than 2,000 vehicles. “If the right front seat gets wet, it may impact the occupant control module which will possibly not detect the presence of a child seat being installed. This module disengages the air bag system for this seat when a child seat is detected.”
Honda is voluntarily recalling a small number of Honda Civics because of potential problems with the steering column. The recall only affects 157 Civics built between Oct. 26 and Oct. 30 of this year. They were fitted with the wrong steering wheel column.
Owners will receive notice by mail starting Dec. 4 and the steering wheel column will be replaced free of charge.