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Recent Vehicle Recalls

Recent Vehicle Recalls - The Beacon


By: Michael

Recent Vehicle Recalls

Your BBB has learned of two vehicle recalls that may affect you.

Honda Motor Co is recalling nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans that could catch fire the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a recall notice posted Friday. In a March 13 filing with NHTSA, Honda said 2005-2010 Odysseys built in Alabama have a fuel-pump part that could crack and cause a fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire. The company said it has no reports of fires or injuries related to the problem. Because the Honda recall involves 886,815 Odyssey vans, the company said that the proper repair parts won’t be available until summer. In the meantime, it will provide “interim” parts to customers, who will be notified beginning in April. Honda said the recalled vans were built at its Lincoln, Alabama, plant from June 23, 2004, through September 4, 2010.

General Motors is expanding the recall of certain 2003-2007 model year vehicles to correct a condition with the ignition switch that may allow the key to unintentionally move or switch to the “accessory” or “off” position, turning off the engine and most electrical components. In addition to 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Pursuit sold in Canada only, GM is separately recalling 2003-2007 Saturn Ions, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHRs, and 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky models.

The total number, including those vehicles recalled Feb. 13, totals 1,367,146. This expanded vehicle population raises the number of reported incidents involving frontal crashes, in which the recall condition may have caused or contributed to the non-deployment of the frontal airbags, to 31 involving 13 front-seat fatalities. GM will notify all affected customers and perform repairs at no charge to them. If the key ring is carrying added weight or the vehicle goes off road or experiences some other jarring event, the ignition switch may inadvertently be moved out of the “run” position, which may result in the airbags not deploying, increasing the potential for occupant injury in certain kinds of crashes. Dealers will replace the ignition switch to prevent the unintentional or inadvertent key movement.  Until this correction is performed, customers should use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring.

Read Recent NHTSA Vehicle Safety, Recall and Defect Information.

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