Archive for August, 2012

Subaru of America has issued a recall for the Subaru Forester from the 2009 – 2012 model years. The recall stems from a problem with one of the Forester’s rear seat belts, which could cause problems for parents with young children.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall is due to a flawed locking mechanism on the center safety belt in the Forester’s rear seat. According to a NHTSA bulletin , the locking assembly on that belt “may not permit proper installation and secure attachment of a child restraint.” And of course, if a child restraint isn’t properly installed, children suffer a greater risk of injury during an accident.

The problem affects Foresters built between November 26, 2007 and March 13, 2012. All told, 275,000 vehicles are subject to recall.

Subaru says that it will notify Forester owners about the recall on or before April 13, 2012. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Subaru dealer, who will install a new automatic locking retractor on the rear center seat belt, free of charge.

If you have questions in the meantime, you’re encouraged to contact Subaru at 800-782-2783 and ask about recall #WQA-37. Or, if you prefer, you can ring the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V099000.


Thanks to the New York Times for the article and information. You can check out their site at

Affecting roughly 321,000 vehicles worldwide, a recall by Honda this week began with what appeared to be a far less serious problem, according to a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Front doors may not latch properly and could open while the vehicle is being driven or is in a crash, the automaker told N.H.T.S.A. The recall covers 314,000 CR-V crossovers from the 2012 model year and 7,200 Acura ILX sedans, which are based on the Honda Civic, from the 2013 model year. About 167,000 of the CR-Vs and 6,200 of the Acuras are in the United States.

The malfunction occurs if the interior front door handle is being pulled while the manual or power-door lock is activated. The defect could cause a cable to loosen.

Honda said in a news release it was not aware of any accidents or injuries. Customers will be notified of the recall through notices mailed in mid-August.



Last December, the problem seemed to be less serious. Honda began investigating reports of the interior door handles on a CR-V not opening the door although the exterior handle functioned properly.

In March and April, Honda used a new design to correct the problem at assembly plants in Japan and the United States. But toward the end of May, Honda received a report of a front door not being latched on a CR-V. That vehicle did not have the new design, a Honda spokeswoman, Alicia Jones, wrote in an e-mail, so it began another investigation.

After evaluating eight claims of an unlatched front door on CR-Vs and “the potential for similar claims in the United States and other markets,” Honda told the agency on July 18 that a recall was necessary.

There are no reports of doors not being latched on the Acura ILX, but they are being recalled because they use the same door assembly.

Here is one other recent safety action:

• The agency has opened an investigation into why eight bus manufacturers have not recalled vehicles with escape hatches that could be difficult to open in an emergency.

In April, Specialty Manufacturing of Pineville, N.C., told N.H.T.S.A. that it was recalling about 15,000 escape hatches it sold to 13 busmakers because they required more effort to open than the government allowed. The company said that could hamper occupants’ escape.

But the safety agency said eight of those 13 manufacturers that bought the escape hatches had yet to inform their customers that the buses needed to be recalled.

Only one manufacturer, Elkhart Coach of Elkhart, Ind., was identified. In a July 12 letter, the agency told Elkhart that it wanted “to remind you of your responsibilities under federal law.”

2012 Nissan AltimaJust a quick heads up to Altima owners courtesy of It looks like a pretty serious safety issue has hit the 2012 Nissan Altima.


While this doesn’t effect a huge amount of Altima models, it’s important that you take your car by a dealership to have them check your VIN # against their list. The recall ID # is 92026 for reference.

Read more:

Here’s cNet’s techy review of the 2012 Nissan Altima.


Toyota North America has issues a voluntary recall on 2 of its vehicles. The 2005 to 2010 Toyota Rav4 and the 2010 Lexus HS250h Hybrid. Both vehicles suffered from the same issue, and the repair notices should be going out to dealerships shortly.

The problem surrounds the vehicle’s rear suspension and the alignment adjusting nuts.  When serviced for procedures such as new tires or repair, the nut is highly susceptible to being improperly tightened.  If this occurs, the rear tie rod end may begin to move and or build up rust leading to damage or overall failure.  A suddenly breaking tie rod would cause the a Lexus HS250h or Toyota RAV4 to lose major control and would be a disaster waiting to happen.

Lexus has also issued a recall recently for the RX from Nov 2008 to Sept 2010 regarding their always famous sticky accelerator. While it sounds dangerous, the problem is most likely related to a improperly secured floor mat. The no cost repair (which i’m sure isnt anything special) will begin in August 2012


Here’s the president of Toyota talking to Congress earlier this year