Honda will be notifying owners of certain Acura MDX and RLX vehicles about a safety problem affecting the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). According to reports filed with the NHTSA, under certain driving conditions the CMBS may interpret roadside objects, such as metal fences and guardrails, as obstacles, and apply emergency braking. This unexpected braking could increase the risk of an accident. Continue reading
As the use of electric and hybrid vehicles increase, and the fuel efficiency of newer vehicles becomes better, states are finding that the per-gallon fuel tax is no longer generating enough income to fund road maintenance and operations. In response to the declining revenue, late last year California legislature approved a Bill to examine the implementation of a road usage charge.
Ford will be asking 56,479 Fusion owners to return to their nearest Ford or Lincoln dealer because their vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, “Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention.” According to reports filed with the NHTSA, these vehicles are equipped with a mechanical key and dual screen cluster that may allow drivers to remove the key even if the transmission is not in park. The vehicles could unexpectedly roll away possibly striking and/or injuring the driver, other vehicle occupants, or other bystanders. Continue reading
A small number of 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder owners will be notified by the manufacturer to return their cars to an approved dealership to repair a problem that could result in difficulty controlling the vehicle. According to reports, internal tests have shown that the rear axle control arms from a certain production batch may not meet the required specification. This reduced durability, under severe use or after an extended period of time, could result in the connecting links of a control arm to break. This unexpected reduced control of the vehicle could increase the chance of an accident. Continue reading
Owners of certain 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury plug-in hybrid compact coupes will be asked to return their vehicles to a manufacturer approved repair facility because they may fail to conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The problem was first noticed during a field performance evaluation review carried out on March 19, 2014. GM’s recall number is 14087 and the NHTSA campaign number is 14V-144. Continue reading
Toyota has identified a hybrid propulsion system problem in certain 2010-2014 Prius vehicles and will be asking owners to have the software updated for both the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU. The NHTSA Campaign Number is14V-053. Continue reading
Volkswagen will be asking owners of certain 2013-2014 Jetta Hybrid cars to return their vehicles to the nearest VW dealership to have the gearbox oil replaced. Approximately 3,837 cars manufactured between October 2012 to October 2013, and equipped with a DQ- 200 direct shift gearboxes, could experience a sudden loss of power while driving because of this problem. Continue reading
With only 5,000 miles on his new 2012 Toyota Rav 4 EV, a Manhattan Beach, CA resident started noticing problems related to the charging system of his vehicle. He would receive messages that the charging process had been interrupted or that the vehicle could not charge because of a malfunction. After six months of repeated repair attempts at a manufacturer approved repair facility, the RAV owner was told that there was no current fix for the problem. Frustrated with the lack of help in getting his vehicle repaired, he decided to contact the Law Offices of Delsack & Associates. Continue reading