We’ve all heard about the recalls, owners claiming their vehicles suddenly accelerated and ran out of control. This tends to be the story and usually involves elderly individuals, so I remain skeptical. However, here is a video showing a car accelerating out of control and into the back end of a minivan. Obviously it’s difficult to get the entire story here, but you judge for yourself.
[ad#Top of Post Left]More recalls from Chevrolet and Buick, with more than 10,000 Impalas and over 4,000 LaCrosse’s having steering defects. Again, the defects are not of the ho-hum variety, rather serious problems with components that can cause some very serious accidents.
According to Chevy there is an issue with the StabiliTrak electronic stability system. The problem lies within it’s calibration and not with the component and technology itself. The system is reportedly causing sudden changes in vehicle handling characteristics and fast deceleration.
Furthermore, Chevy adds to the steering recall with a power steering hose problem. Somehow neither factory defect has caused any serious accident or injuries.
StabiliTrak was developed by GM and the Delphi Corporation and first used in Cadillac cars. However, the stability control system has been standard equipment on all GM vans ans SUVs. The Electronic Stability Control system functions by adjusting handling characteristics during maneuvers when traction is lost, for example during hydroplaning. The driver is usually notified that the ESC is activated by a dashboard light and tone.
BMW has announced a recall for over 190,000+ cars in North America because of brake problems. The recall applies to only V8 and V12 models, which include the M 5, 6, and 7 series. Furthermore, this recall includes cars made as early as 2002 in the Rolls-Royce lineup.
Making matters worse is that the BMW recall may affect almost an additional 150,000 more cars worldwide, bringing the total to more than 300,000 cars recalled (actual numbers have not yet been verified by BMW -ed). The problem stems from a possible leak in the brake line, which then leads to a loss in power braking. Anyone who has ever driven a car with out power brakes can attest to the difficulty of stopping and need to adjust driving habits. It’s a needed recall, if even a small number of BMW’s are affected.
It may take up to 2 weeks for recall notices to be sent out, but if you are experiencing braking issues now, get to the dealership immediately. Of all the things to go wrong with a vehicle, the brakes are the last place you want to take any chances. BMW dealerships should already be equipped to handle the problem, but will be briefed on a replacement process, along with stocking brake parts to arrive shortly.
Amazingly enough, this is only a voluntary recall in Britain, where only 10,000 vehicles have so far been affected. We’ll monitor complaints to see how far this recall affects the US and other countries. Most likely this initial recall notice has been put in place to avoid any sort of fine, much like the fine Toyota received for not announcing a recall sooner.
For more information on the BMW recall for Oct 1, 2010 please call 1-800-525-7417
It’s that time again, it almost seems weekly, where we announce another Toyota recall. This time, the affected vehicles are 1.3 million Corolla and Matrix model cars. The reason for the recall, stalling. Stalling at any speed is the reason for the latest bout of recalls facing Toyota and tarnishing their already less than perfect public image as a car company that cares.
[ad#Google Adsense]Even worse is how the latest Toyota recall even affects some of GM’s model cars, which were designed as a joint venture with Toyota. Specifically, there have been over 200,000 Vibes recalled. This long list of problems affecting small and subcompacts is getting ridiculous and as I foretold a few years ago, safety is becoming a major issue. Smaller, lighter, and greener does not always mean safer and that’s what matters at the end of the day.
So, as a recap of all the recent Toyota recalls this year:
- 412,000 cars recalled for steering problems
- 1.3 million cars recalled for stalling problems
- 2.3 million cars recalled for gas pedal malfunctions
In addition, Toyota has faced massive fines for their lack of action on potential problems. Lastly, the lawsuits have just begun, as more and more issues of the millions of vehicles start coming home to roost. As of this posting there are already 200 lawsuits pending against Toyota and the year isn’t close to being over yet.
Has a Toyota recall affected you yet?
In a press release by Toyota, they claim that the majority of acceleration issues were due to driver error and not within the Toyota electronics. Some 2,000 claims were investigated by Toyota, which only a small percentage were due to Toyotas electronic throttle system. Instead, Toyota blames the issues on ‘pedal misapplication’.
To an extent I’ll agree with Toyota, hype can play into a lot of peoples thoughts and emotions. In addition, studies have found that the elderly have more acceleration problems than younger drivers, which seems suspicious as well. Remember the guy in San Diego that had Prius brake problems?
Even if human error is the explanation for some of the problems, even a small instance of throttle failure is reason for a recall. Brake problems and acceleration problems, in my opinion, are the most dangerous aspects of any vehicle on the road.