Numerous news reports in the last few weeks have described several auto manufacturer recalls. The Automobile Club of Southern California rounds them up for motorists:
Toyota Motor Corp. has announced that it has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will recall Lexus vehicles with faulty engine valve springs. The affected 138,000 vehicles include the 2006-2008 Lexus GS, IS and LS models in the U.S. The malfunctioning parts can cause the engine to stall, Toyota said in news reports.
Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles for problems that have included sticky gas pedals and defective floor mats that were associated with unintended acceleration for several of its models.
Online information regarding Toyota’s recalls is available, or drivers can call Toyota at (800) 331-4331, or the Lexus Customer Assistance Center at (800) 255-3987. Information is also available at http://www.toyota.com and http://www.lexus.com.
General Motors has announced it is recalling more than one million vehicles in order to disable a heated windshield washer fluid system in which motorists have reported car fires to NHTSA. The auto manufacturer recalled almost a million vehicles for the same problem in 2008 but says the repairs it made for consumers haven’t worked.
GM has also said that there have been no reports of crashes or injuries as a result of the problem and are disabling the system so its customers can have “complete peace of mind.” To compensate owners for the loss of the system, they will receive $100.
The vehicles being recalled are the 2006-9 Buick Lucerne; Cadillac DTS; Hummer H2; 2008-9 Buick Enclave; Cadillac CTS; 2007-9 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe; GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL; Saturn Outlook; and 2009 model year Chevrolet Traverse.
Online information on the GM recalls can provide additional details to vehicle owners.
Consumers may also call NHTSA’s safety hotline 1-888-327-4236 or file an online safety complaint with NHTSA.