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Some 2019 Subaru Ascent owners will get brand-new cars due to recall

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Subaru says 9 of the 293 affected Ascents were already sold to customers.

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Some 2019 Subaru Ascent owners will get brand-new cars due to recall originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M Ram pickups: Tailgates could open

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The power locking mechanisms may break and unlatch the tailgate.

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M Ram pickups: Tailgates could open originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford recalls 550,000 Fusions and Escapes

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There can be a problem with the vehicles’ shifter cable bushings.

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Ford recalls 550,000 Fusions and Escapes originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kia recalls 507,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag issues

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Kia does not have a fix yet, but it and Hyundai have recalled 1.1M cars.

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Kia recalls 507,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag issues originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Germany threatens Daimler with $4.4B fine over emissions

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Driver unaware SUV is in flames going down the highway

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NBC Nightly News recently carried the above segment on a video showing a 2012 Kia Sorento spewing flames as its driver travels at highway speed on Interstate 4 in Orlando. Another motorist, Meredith Olinger, drives alongside, shooting the video while trying to warn the driver to pull over. She does, just in time. Seconds later, the Kia is cooked.

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Driver unaware SUV is in flames going down the highway originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 29 May 2018 15:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Takata’s defective airbags linked to 278 injuries in U.S., senator says

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Takata Corp’s defective airbags have been linked to 278 injuries across the United States, according to updated figures released by U.S. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, in advance of a hearing next week on the nomination of Heidi King to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Subaru investigation confirms vehicle data tampering in Japan

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Subaru has admitted that alteration of fuel-economy and emissions data took place in its Gunma and Yajima manufacturing plants between December 2012 and November 2017. Some 900 vehicles were affected by data tampering, which Subaru says was done in the vehicles’ final inspections by factory-floor inspectors.

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Subaru investigation confirms vehicle data tampering in Japan originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 May 2018 10:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Audi recalls 1.16 million cars globally to fix coolant pump issue

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Audi has announced a global 1.16 million vehicle recall, which targets vehicles with its 2.0-liter Turbo FSI engines. The recall has to do with concerns that a coolant pump might pose a fire risk due to moisture issues. The pump could also be blocked with debris from the coolant system.

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Audi recalls 1.16 million cars globally to fix coolant pump issue originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford recalls 350,000 trucks, SUVs for transmission issue

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Ford is issuing two separate safety recalls to fix mechanical issues affecting control of the transmissions on certain 2017 and 2018 models. The automaker says it’s aware of one reported accident with an injury related to the the first and largest recall.

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Ford recalls 350,000 trucks, SUVs for transmission issue originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tesla voluntarily recalls early Model S cars over power steering bolts

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Tesla Inc said on Thursday it was voluntarily recalling Model S sedans built before April 2016 in order to replace bolts in the power steering component.

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Tesla voluntarily recalls early Model S cars over power steering bolts originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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‘Star Trek’ actor’s family settles with Fiat Chrysler over his death

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The family of late “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV over the rollaway crash of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed the up-and-coming actor almost two years ago.

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‘Star Trek’ actor’s family settles with Fiat Chrysler over his death originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hyundai Motor shares slide following U.S. probe of airbag failures

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Shares in Hyundai Motor tumbled on Monday on a U.S. probe into why airbags failed to deploy in some of its Sonata sedans, with investors fretting about potential recall costs for the once popular cars.

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Hyundai Motor shares slide following U.S. probe of airbag failures originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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270,000 Ram pickups in ‘salt belt’ recalled to fix sagging fuel tanks

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Drive a Ram 1500? Maybe it’s time to give your fuel tanks a look. FCA is issuing a voluntary recall of over 270,000 Ram 1500 pickups to prevent their fuel tanks from sagging.

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270,000 Ram pickups in ‘salt belt’ recalled to fix sagging fuel tanks originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford recalls 1.3 million Fusions, MKZs: Steering wheels could come off

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Hyundai recalls some 2011 Sonatas: Airbags might not deploy

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Hyundai knows of four crashes in which Sonata owners say airbags didn’t deploy.

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Hyundai recalls some 2011 Sonatas: Airbags might not deploy originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford expands ‘Do Not Drive’ airbag warning to 33,000 more Ranger trucks

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Two deaths are attributed to Takata inflators made on the same day

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Ford expands ‘Do Not Drive’ airbag warning to 33,000 more Ranger trucks originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford’s China efforts hit a bump as it recalls half-million cars

BEIJING/SHANGHAI — Ford’s China joint venture will recall more than half a million vehicles due to brake-related issues, an additional headache for the U.S. carmaker as it faces rising challenges in the world’s top auto market.

The recall, which will start from Feb. 25, is linked to issues with materials used for brake lines that could affect braking distances, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website.

The watchdog said Changan Ford, Ford’s passenger car joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co, would recall 371,371 Mondeo models and 195,796 Edge SUVs.

Ford confirmed in a statement the recall was to “correct a concern related to brake hoses on certain Edge and New Mondeo vehicles”.

The recall work would be conducted free of charge for customers and should take around two hours, the carmaker said.

The recall follows the sudden resignation of Ford’s China chief, Jason Luo, this week after only five months at the helm, a departure that throws a spanner in the automaker’s attempts to turn around a sales slump in the market.

Its China sales slid 6 percent last year versus a 3 percent rise for the market overall. Luo was meant to help Ford improve ties with local partners like Changan Automobile.

Toyota, which announced a 24.5 percent jump in its January China sales on Friday, will also recall 181,797 vehicles, the quality watchdog said in a separate statement.

Reporting by Beijing desk and Adam Jourdan

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Ford issues service repair to fix blown Focus RS head gaskets

Ford is owning up to issues involving faulty head gaskets in the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engines found in 2016 and 2017 Focus RS models and is offering to replace them free of charge.

Complaints about the issue have raged for almost a year on a Focus RS online forum and for months on Reddit. In letters that the automaker plans to send to owners this week, Ford is offering to pressure-test Focus RS cooling systems and inspect the combustion chamber for coolant at dealers free of charge. They’ll replace the cylinder head gasket and, if necessary, the cylinder head assembly.

The customer satisfaction program affects 2016 and 2017 model-year Focus RS hatchbacks built from Aug. 3, 2015, through July 6, 2017, and includes title branded and salvaged vehicles. Affected vehicles may show noticeable white smoke from the exhaust or low coolant levels without signs of external leaks.

“Ford Motor Company can deny coverage for any vehicle damage that may result from the failure to have this service action performed on a timely basis. Therefore, please have this service action performed as soon as possible,” Ford wrote in the bulletin to owners.

The offer, which is free of charge to vehicle owners, runs through Jan. 31, 2019, regardless of the vehicle’s mileage. Ford is also offering to pay the cost of up to four days for rental vehicles for owners who need them while their car is in the shop. Ford estimates it will take less than two days to make the repairs on each vehicle.

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Ford issues service recall to fix blown Focus RS head gaskets

Ford is owning up to issues involving faulty head gaskets in the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engines found in 2016 and 2017 Focus RS models and is offering to replace them free of charge.

Complaints about the issue have raged for almost a year on a Focus RS online forum and for months on Reddit. In letters that the automaker plans to send to owners this week, Ford is offering to pressure-test Focus RS cooling systems and inspect the combustion chamber for coolant at dealers free of charge. They’ll replace the cylinder head gasket and, if necessary, the cylinder head assembly.

The customer satisfaction program affects 2016 and 2017 model-year Focus RS hatchbacks built from Aug. 3, 2015, through July 6, 2017, and includes title branded and salvaged vehicles. Affected vehicles may show noticeable white smoke from the exhaust or low coolant levels without signs of external leaks.

“Ford Motor Company can deny coverage for any vehicle damage that may result from the failure to have this service action performed on a timely basis. Therefore, please have this service action performed as soon as possible,” Ford wrote in the bulletin to owners.

The offer, which is free of charge to vehicle owners, runs through Jan. 31, 2019, regardless of the vehicle’s mileage. Ford is also offering to pay the cost of up to four days for rental vehicles for owners who need them while their car is in the shop. Ford estimates it will take less than two days to make the repairs on each vehicle.

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