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Defective Airbags Linked to Serious Injuries and Even Death

Defective airbags have been linked to seriuos injuries and even death. Toyota has issued two additional recalls affecting some Toyota and Lexus vehicles due to an increase risk of serious injuries. Toyota is recalling certain model year 2003-2006 Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX470, 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, 2004-2006 Toyota 4Runner and Lexus GX470 vehicles equipped with side curtain-shield-air bags. The affected vehicles have an air bag control module that may be improperly programmed, causing the side curtain-shield-air bags to deploy inadvertently. If the side curtain-shield-air bags deploy unexpectedly, it can increase the risk of occupant injury. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control module with one that has improved programming, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 2, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-271-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is G0C and GLB. The second recall is also an airbag issue affecting 2016 Lexus RX350 and RX450h vehicles manufactured November 16, 2015, to December 23, 2015. Due to an improper weld, the gas needed to inflate the driver's knee air bag may escape from the inflator. A defective inflator may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the knee air bag assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 27, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is GLA. Please take recalls seriously. Take a look at our recent blogs to see an additional list of defective airbag recalls and defective brakes affecting a wide range of car manufacturers including Chevrolets, Fords, Honda, Infiniti, Dodge, Acura, Subaru and Chrysler. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Defective Brake Pedals May Cause Serious Accidents

Imagine trying to apply the brakes on your new truck but the brake pedal is defective, loose or just isn't working at that moment it would be difficult to avoid a serious accident. General Motors is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 1, 2013, to February 1, 2016, 2015-2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicles (PPV) manufactured March 1, 2014, to February 1, 2016, and 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 29, 2013, to February 1, 2016. On the affected vehicles, the brake pedal pivot nut may loosen, causing the brake pedal to be loose or inoperative. If the brake pedal becomes loose or inoperative, the driver may be unable to stop the vehicle by using the brake pedal. Additionally, a loose pedal may also interfere with the accelerator pedal. Either condition may increase the risk of a serious accident. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake pedal pivot nuts, adding thread adhesive and tightening the nut as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 20760.

Defective Airbags Linked to Serious Injuries and Death

Defective Airbags have been linked to serious injuries and even death in minor accidents. Honda has issued a recall that includes over 2 million vehicles. Honda is just one of many car dealers facing the Takata airbag recall. The defective airbags in the recalled vehicles have the potential to kill or seriously injury drivers and their passengers. Honda CR-V 2011-2015, CR-Z 2010-2014, FCX Clarity and Insight 2009-2013 Fit, 2013-2014 Fit EV, 2007-2014 Ridgeline, 2013-2016 Acura ILX, 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid, 2007-2016 RDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2009-2014 Acura TL, and 2010-2013 Acura ZDX vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture. Florida residents are more at risk with our humid weather. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflator, free of charge. Remedy parts are expected to be available in the fall of 2016. Interim notices will be mailed to owners beginning on March 14, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Honda is just one of many car dealers facing the Takata airbag recall. Please get your car fixed as soon as possible if your vehicle is listed. We have a list of vehicles by make and model and the year affected by the recall our blog: NHTSA has released a list of vehicles (by model year, make and model) affected by the Takata air bag recalls. Consumers can also use NHTSA's VIN look-up tool to see if their Vehicle Identification Number matches one of the approximately 19 million vehicles from 12 auto manufacturers involved in the recall- BMW: 2000 328i, 2001-2006 M3, 2002-2003 M5, 2000 323i, 2002-2006 325Ci, 2002-2006 330Ci, 2002-2003 325iT, 2002-2003 325XiT, 2001-2006 325i, 2001-2005 325Xi, 2001-2006 330i,2001-2005 330Xi, 2002-2003 525i, 2002-2003 530i, 2002-2003 540i, 2003 X5 3.0i, 2003 X5 4.4i. Chrysler:2007-2008 Chrysler Aspen, , 2005-2010 Chrysler 300, 2005-2010 Chrysler 300C, 2005-2010 Chrysler SRT8, 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger, 2006-2010 Dodge Charger, 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota, 2004-2008 Dodge Durango, 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum, 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 1500, 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 2500, 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 3500, 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500, 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 5500, Daimler Trucks North America:2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 4500, 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 5500, Daimler Vans USA LLC:2007-2008 Dodge Sprinter 2500, 2007-2008 Dodge Sprinter 3500, 2007-2008 Freightliner Sprinter 2500, 2007-2008 Freightliner Sprinter 3500, Ford: 2004-2006 Ranger, 2005-2006 GT 2005-2014 Mustang, General Motors (GM):2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 2007-2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500, 2007-2008 GMC Sierra 2500, 2007-2008 GMC Sierra 3500, 2003-2007 Pontiac Vibe, 2005 Saab 9-2x, Honda:2001-2007 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2004 Civic CNG, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003 Acura CL, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, 2005 Acura RL, Mazda:2004-2006 B-Series Truck, 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6, 2004-2005 MPV, 2004-2008 RX-8, Mitsubishi:2004-2006 Lancer, 2004-2006 Lancer Evolution, 2004 Lancer Sportback, 2006-2009 Mitsubishi Raider, Nissan:2001-2003 Nissan Maxima , 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra, 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder , 2001 Infiniti I30, 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35, 2003-2005 Infiniti FX45, 2002-2004 Infiniti I35, 2006 Infiniti M35, 2006 Infiniti M45, 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4, Subaru:2003-2005 Baja, 2004-2005 Impreza, 2003-2008 Legacy, 2003-2008 Outback, Toyota:2003-2007 Corolla, 2003-2007 Corolla Matrix, 2004-2005 Rav4, 2002-2007 Sequoia , 2003-2006 Tundra, 2002-2007 Le

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