NHTSA releases updated Takata airbag recalled cars list, but it still has errors

NHTSA releases updated Takata airbag recalled cars list, but it still has errors

October 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Recalls , Safety , BMW , Chrysler , Dodge , Ford , Honda , Infiniti , Mazda , Mitsubishi , Nissan , Pontiac , Subaru , Toyota Unfortunately, the government’s list still contains errors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an updated list of vehicle models that it’s urging owners to repair under the mushrooming Takata airbag inflator recall. The latest version adds vehicles from new automakers like Subaru and Ford that are missing from the original announcement , and it also removes erroneous entries from General Motors , leaving only the 2005 Saab 9-2X (a reskinned Subaru WRX ), and the 2003-2005 Pontiac Vibe , a joint project with Toyota . According to a statement sent to Autoblog by GM, the inaccurate entries on the earlier version came because, “The original NHTSA advisory incorrectly listed a group of 2002-2003 GM models that were part of a 2002 recall involving airbags made by other suppliers.” This campaign has been spurred by recent discoveries from Takata about the risks from these inflators . It’s possible for the airbags to rupture in a crash and spray shrapnel at occupants. The problem is known to have caused serious injuries and several deaths , and the likelihood of a malfunction has been determined to be especially likely in high humidity areas. The recalls related to the faulty parts go back to at least 2001 , and most of the vehicles on the latest list are also among the same ones from a campaign in June . Since this isn’t a new recall and NHTSA is simply urging people to take action, it’s possible some of these models might already be repaired. NHTSA appears to be having serious problems with the stress the Takata airbag issue is putting on its consumer website. According to The Detroit News , the agency’s VIN lookup service is down , and its daily listing of new recalls is also not working as of this writing.

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV will "definitely be sold to the general public"

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV will "definitely be sold to the general public"

July 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Crossover , Toyota , Electric Recent reports, including ours , have incorrectly stated the 2012 RAV4 EV will only be sold to fleet and car sharing organizations. Though we now know that’s not true , we’d like to set the record straight by quoting an official response from Toyota about the inaccurate reports: The 2012 RAV4 EV will definitely be sold to the general public. We anticipate robust public interest in the RAV4 EV and are keen to inform consumers that their future vehicle options include a battery electric Toyota. Toyota is the only manufacturer bringing two battery electric vehicles to the market in 2012 – the RAV4 EV and the Scion iQ EV . While the RAV4 EV will be available to the public, the Scion iQ EV will be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs only. So, perhaps a model name mix-up triggered the erroneous reports? Either way, we’re glad that the all-electric crossover will be available for retail sale. Thirsty for more details on the electric RAV4? Check out Autoblog Green’s quick spin of the prototype RAV4 EV . Continue reading 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV will “definitely be sold to the general public” 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV will “definitely be sold to the general public” originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:59:00 EST.

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