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Monday, September 22, 2014

Recall Mondays: Cadillac XTS And Chevy Impala Are In The Hot Seat This Week

MANUFACTURER: General Motors
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 22, 2014, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured January 15, 2013, to August 22, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged.
Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid AWD: The Brand’s First Hybrid

Highlights: The Subaru Crosstrek hybrid is the latest addition to the Subaru line up. It’s the brand’s first all-wheel drive hybrid.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $26,820

Seating Capacity: 5 occupants

Standard Safety Features: all-wheel drive; ABS; rear camera; daytime running lights; traction control; front, side, driver’s knee and side airbags; daytime running lights; tire pressure monitoring system;  audible vehicle approach pedestrian alert system; foldable exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals; and an incline start assist system, which keeps the vehicle from rolling backward on an incline, when taking off

Friday, September 19, 2014

2014 Toyota Corolla Sport Plus: A Reliable And Stylish Compact Sedan

Highlight: The Corolla is the only compact, offering a model that can achieve up to 42-mpg on the highway, when equipped with the LE and ECO trim.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $22,870 (Sport Model starts at $17,610)

Seating Capacity:  5

Standard Safety Features: airbags (driver, front passenger, seat-mounted, curtain); vehicle stability control; traction control; electronic brake distribution; and ABS

Standard Equipment: 15-inch wheels; 6-speed transmission; LED daytime running lights; air condition; cloth seats; and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Safety Crash Ratings: The Best And The Worst 2014 And 2015 Models

If safety is of concern to you, especially if you have precious cargo like children to transport, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts vehicle tests to help consumers determine crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. IIHS also rates vehicles for front crash prevention, systems like what is featured in the video that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal collision. To see which 2014 and 2015 model year vehicles scored at the top of the list, click here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Recall Mondays: Ford Announcing Two Major Recalls Affecting 200,000 Vehicles

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to April 1, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines and Focus ST vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to October 14, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines. Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module (PCM).
The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate or the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the current crimped splices with new splices, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 29, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S17.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014 Lexus ES350: The Original Standard For Entry-Level Luxury

Highlight: The ES350 is now available as the 300h, a fuel-efficient hybrid.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $44,202 (Base Model starts at $37,350)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags (dual front, dual front knees, rear seated mounted and side-curtain); vehicle stability control; traction control; ABS; electronic brake distribution; a tire pressure monitoring system; a first aid kit; daytime running lamps; and Lexus’ Safety Connect System (similar to GM’s OnStar System without the concierge system)

Standard Equipment: 17-inch wheels; a push-button keyless starter system; leather seats; power front seats; auto dimming rearview mirror; a power sunroof; driving mode selections (economy, normal and sport); and carpeted floormats

Monday, September 8, 2014

Recall Mondays: Saturn's Vue Recalled For Rollaway Concerns

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2002-2004 Saturn Vue vehicles manufactured September 11, 2001, to April 6, 2004. In the affected vehicles, it may be possible for the key to be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "Off" position.
If the key can be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "off" position, the vehicle could roll away: (a) for an automatic transmission, if the transmission is not in the "Park" position; or (b) for a manual transmission, if the parking brake is not engaged and the transmission is not in the "Reverse" position. This potential for rollaway increases the risk for a crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries.