Volkswagen and the Porsche group has issued a recall for approximately 800,000 Touaregs and Cayenne SUVs globally. The issue has been identified as a faulty component on the brake pedal assembly, specifically a circlip that could potentially come loose on the bearing bracket for the pedals. Currently, 391,000 Touaregs and 409,477 Cayennes with a build date between 2011 and 2016 are impacted by the recall.
If the circlip comes loose, the brake pedal could possibly lose its functionality. No accidents or deaths have been linked to the recall at this time. Owners of impacted vehicles are urged to contact their local dealership for more information.
Nissan Motor Co. has issued a statement to recall about 870,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada. The issue has been identified as a potentially faulty hood latch. This isn’t the first time Nissan has recalled their vehicles for such an issue. More specifically, this is the third time the manufacturer has had to issue a recall of this nature since 2014.
The impacted vehicle is the Nissan Altima which were built between 2013-2015. The hood latch, specifically the secondary hood latch, may not close properly and leave the hood unlatched due to production issues with a rust coating. When the hatch is not closed properly, this could lead to the hood opening while driving which restricts drivers view of the road and may cause an accident.
Of the 870,000 vehicles identified in North America, 24,895 vehicles are located in Canada with the same problem. Starting in February, owners can schedule their vehicles into a local dealer where the hood latch will be replaced with a new unit.
For additional information, we encourage owners to get into contact with their local dealers.
More than 121,000 Dodge Dart sedans manufactured between 2013 and 2014 are being recalled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. There is a problem with the vehicle’s braking system which could increase the risk of accidents. Details indicate the recall is due to a flawed vacuum tube which decreases the performance of the vehicle’s brake-assist system.
Fiat Chrysler states “some 2013 and 2014 models may have a brake-booster vacuum-tube routing that inadvertently allows oil to reach the brake booster diaphragm, if ever the vacuum-pump check valve fails. Oil may degrade the diaphragm and lead to a loss of brake-assist – a feature that helps reduce stopping distances.” Owners will notice that it takes much more effort to push the brake pedal and possibly a “pop sound consistent with a vacuum leak”. The braking system itself is not affected, just the brake assist system.
The recall is specific to both 2.0L and 2.4L equipped Dodge Darts manufactured between 2013 and 2014 built before January 24, 2014. So far, seven accidents have been recorded and two injuries have been associated to this recall.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will issue a recall notice to owners with further instructions on taking their vehicles in to their local dealers for the recall service. Owners can expect the service to include an inspection and replacement of the faulty vacuum tube. Additionally, the vacuum pump, brake booster, and master cylinder could possibly be replaced.
If you own a vehicle that falls within the manufacturer date range, or if you aren’t sure if your vehicle is affected by this recall, you are encouraged to call your local dealers or Fiat Chrysler’s Customer Information Center at 800-853-1403.
Arguably (not really) the most anticipated vehicle of the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit is the 2015 ChevroletCorvette Z06. Since 2001 the Z06 has been a blue-collar track and strip monster, running 11 second quarter miles and pulling over 1G on the skidpad straight off the lot. When we found out that the base C7 ‘Vette was going to have only 50 fewer horsepower than the outgoing Z06, we knew that the new Z06 was going to be ridiculous.
We weren’t wrong.
As is to be expected before a car show, some details were revealed ahead of the official unveiling thanks to a technical miscue. On January 7th we discovered that the 2015 Z06 would have more than 625 horsepower and a better-than-the-C6-ZR1 630+ ft/lb of torque from the new supercharged LT4. We also found out that, for the first time ever, the Z06 would have an available automatic transmission, though we didn’t have any details on it. Now we do.
The 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix is the 2nd back to back race of the year. An interesting race, which was cancelled due to anti-government protests in 2011, the race has been won 3 times by Fernando Alonso, once by Sebatian Vettel, and once by Jenson Button. The track temps are always hot, being in the desert, and there is no chance for rain, and a very low chance for a safety car. Being in the desert, the track is dusty, and conditions improve significantly as the race progresses.
The drama in China unfolded on Saturday during qualifying, where Lewis Hamilton ran a perfect lap to grab pole from Kimi Raikkonen. Jenson Button, Sebatian Vettel, and Nico Hulkenberg both did not set a lap, which allowed them to start the race on the Medium tires, while the top cars were forced to start on the Soft tires that they qualified on. As the race progressed, this turns out to be a key strategic decision that helped the Red Bull, Sauber, and McLaren drivers through the race.
A stunning race unfolded today at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, as mixed conditions gave the drivers a chance to show why they’re the best in the world. The race started out in wet conditions, with all drivers on intermediate tires. At the start, Alonso clipped Vettel’s rear wheels and breaks his front wing. In a lapse of judgment, he decides against entering the pits at the end of the lap to replace the wing, and on the front straight, the aerodynamic load breaks the front wing and forces the Ferrari driver to retire. Kimi Raikkonen, the winner of the Australian Grand Prix last week, was forced to start 10th due to a blocking penalty in qualifying, drops down to 12th place by lap 5 as he goes off struggling with his car’s balance.
In a stunning first race of the season, Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus F1 team takes the win at the 2013 Formula 1 season opener in Albert Park, Melbourne. While qualifying only 6th, and running a fairly short 10 lap first stint on the super soft tires, Raikkonen was able to extend his medium tires to 25 laps a stint, making the 2 stop strategy work in his favor.