If you drive a Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru or a Toyota, you might have heard about the airbag recall. You may have even received a notice from your dealer. The Takata airbag recall has exceeded 34 million vehicles recalled in the United States alone. If you received a notice, call your dealer to schedule an appointment. While some of the dealers still have pretty long wait times, many will be able to schedule replacement within a few days, often less than a week.
Takata airbags have been found to deploy with too much force, sending shrapnel into the interior of the vehicle. This is apparently due to moisture getting into the inflator and destabilizing the chemical compound responsible for the explosion that inflates the airbags – due to the moisture, the compound is more explosive than intended. Bottom line – if you got a recall notice, call your dealer to get a free replacement. This work is done by dealers and is free of charge. Not quite sure if you ... read more
Consumer Reports just released a result of its annual survey of car owners. One of the surprising results was that some newer cars (2010-2014) consumed as much as a quart of oil per month. Such oil consumption is considered normal in older cars – those with over 100,000 miles – but for newer cars to be burning oil at that rate is unusual to say the least. Consumer Reports went one step further, and called on the car makers to repair these cars under the powertrain warranty or to extend warranties. Models most likely to experience this problem are: Audi A3, A4, A5, A6 and Q5 BMW 5, 6, and 7 Series and X5 Subaru Outback, Legacy, Forester and Impreza An article by AP cites Audi spokesman Bradley Stertz saying that “a class action lawsuit against Audi over oil consumption by the 2.0-Liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines is close to being settled without the company admitting liability or wrongdoing.” The settlement affects 2009 A4, 2010 A4 and A5, and ... read more