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Subaru To Launch Record Recall in U.S. to Fix Brake Lamp Defect

Japanese automaker Subaru will recall more than 2 million vehicles in the U.S. to repair a brake light problem that could lead to ignition trouble and increase the risk of collision. Aside from the Takata airbag recall, which affects millions of Subaru vehicles globally, the brake light recall would be Subaru’s largest-ever recall in the U.S., the automaker’s largest market. The recall affects some 2 million model-year 2008-2017 Subaru Impreza and Forester models in the U.S., with another 300,000 cars in Japan and other countries. According to Motor1, certain liquids such as cleaners containing silicone can seep into the brake ... Read More

Soy-based Wiring Turns Subarus Into Rodent Attraction, Lawsuit Contends

A Maui woman is suing the Hawaii distributor for Subaru vehicles claiming that the car manufacturer’s use of soy-based wiring attracts mice, rats and other rodents, leaving owners with damaged, unsafe vehicles and costly repairs. The lawsuit, filed by Joy Diane Shuey in Hawaii’s Second Circuit Court in Maui, seeks class-action status to cover other owners of Subaru vehicles sold or distributed by Servco Subaru Hawaii between Nov. 22, 2013, and the present. Ms. Shuey alleges that Subaru uses wiring coated with a soy-based insulation not just because it is biodegradable and better for the environment, but because it is ... Read More

Takata Airbag Class Settlements Get Final Approval

A $741-million settlement resolving consumer class actions against BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota for dangerously defective Takata airbag the automakers used in their vehicles has been granted final approval. U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in Florida approved the settlements on Nov. 1. The four automakers are the first to exit sweeping multidistrict litigation (MDL) over consumer economic-loss claims stemming from Takata airbags, which prompted the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history. The settlements were initially announced in May, with Toyota agreeing to pay $278.5 million. BMW of North America agreed to pay $131 million to resolve the ... Read More

Four more car models added to Takata airbag recall list potentially adding “a few hundred thousand vehicles”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), four new models are being added to the Takata airbag recall. Compromised vehicles put occupants at risk from defective Takata airbag systems that are hypersensitive and may explode during a light collision, causing metal shrapnel to violently burst into the car’s interior. The following vehicles and model years are now added to the Takata recall list: 2005-2008 Mazda6 2002-2004 Honda CR-V 2005-2008 Subaru Legacy 2005-2008 Subaru Outback NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge believes the new additions to the recall list will increase the total by “a few hundred thousand;” however, “the math here is fairly ... Read More

Toyota issues its second-largest recall to date of more than 6.3 million cars globally

Nearly 30 models of more than 6.3 million Toyota vehicles are currently being recalled in Japan, the U.S., Europe and various locations globally in the auto maker’s second-largest recall in company history. Some of the models under recall include the RAV4, Corolla, Highlander, Tacoma, Matrix, Highlander and Yaris. Although no crashes or injuries have been reported from the various problems, faults have even been found in two vehicles built for General Motors and Fuji Heavy Industries – the Pontiac Vibe and Subaru Trezia. A problem with the engine starter did result in fires with two separate Toyota vehicles. Flaws plaguing ... Read More

Subaru Foresters recalled for floor mat problems

Subaru announced it will recall 10,137 of its 2014 Forester vehicles to correct a problem with the vehicles’ floor mats. According to the company, the floor mat my curl when exposed to heat, causing the mat to interfere with the driver’s operation of the accelerator, clutch and brake. Subaru did not specify what type of heat may cause the mat to curl, which indicates it could be related to either heat from the engine or drive train transmitted through the floorboard, or environmental conditions. According to reports filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Subaru identified 21 Forester ... Read More

Subaru cars, Honda motorcycles recalled for brake problems

Two automakers recently issued vehicle recalls for problems with vehicle brakes. The latest recall involves motorcycles as well as cars. Subaru of America is recalling nearly 32,000 Legacy, Outback and Impreza models from the 2010 model year. The recall does not involve the WRX/STI models of the Impreza. Honda Motor Co. is recalling 126,000 GL-1800 motorcycles from the 2001-2012 model years. ... Read More

Insurance Institute recognizes safest vehicles on the road

Thanks to trial lawyers who fight against unsafe products and call for stronger roofs to protect drivers and their passengers, more cars than ever have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as being  the safest cars on the road. Sixty-six cars received the distinction from the institute, more than double the number of cars that received the award last year. Leading the pack with the highest honors among the safest new vehicles on the market in 2011 were Hyundai and Volkswagen, each with nine awards. General Motors, Ford and Toyota came in a close second with eight ... Read More

IIHS puts first 12 vehicles through new roof crush rating system

In February, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raised the bar on the auto industry, announcing that it would require automobiles to withstand 4 times their own weight in a static roof crush test to qualify as contenders for the institute’s highest vehicle safety ranking. The test, also known as strength-to-weight ratio, has made the IIHS “Top Safety Pick” rating a little harder to earn. But that is good news for the consumer, as the auto industry covets good IIHS grades. Car manufacturers generally will work harder and make the improvements they need to make in order to earn higher ... Read More