Thursday

Recall Roundup

The new Chrysler is still busy cleaning up the old Chrysler's problems it seems.

Federal safety investigators have announced that Chrysler is recalling nearly 300,000 SUV vehicles because of brake problems. The recall involves the 2006 and 2007 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander models, the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and the 2007 Dodge Nitro. When the vehicles coast uphill there's a delay in braking.

Meanwhile the 2008 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring convertibles are on the list for over 72,000 to be recalled because of problems with front door latches and locks that won't open.

Not to be outdone, the Japanese Big 3 are recalling their own too.

For model year 2006 and 2007 vehicles, Honda is recalling more than 180,000 Civics to fix a wheel bearing seal that can lead to the wheel falling off the car (folks, that's pretty serious stuff).

But Nissan tops the record this month with 420,000 SUV's being recalled. Included models are the 1997 - 2001 model years for the Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 sport utility vehicles. corrosion can occur in the tube where the gas is pumped in. That can result in a fuel leak and fire danger. But this is one of those regional recalls we talked about before, where the recall is limited to only certain states. Here it's Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin --- basically the bad weather "winter" states. I guess the moral of that story is don't drive North if you've got a Pathfinder or QX4?

Toyota is recalling 55,000 optional all-weather floor mats that were installed in the Lexus ES 350 and Toyota Camry cars because the mats can interfere with the pedals and cause a loss of control problem sometimes referred to as a runaway accellerator. Well, at least it's just floor mats.

If you've got a recalled lemon, or one that should be, call us instead. We know what to do because we've been doing it for nearly 30 years.