Seems something went awry with several GM 2006-2007 model year vehicles. The auto giant recalled nearly 250,000 vehicles because a circuit board short poses a fire hazard. Electrical problems also forced Suzuki to recall 2004-2006 Forenza and 2005-2006 Reno. In their case, the electrical failure results in a loss of headlamp illumination, posing a crash risk. Clothes dryers should dry your clothes, not singe them--or you. But this week LG and Kenmore Elite dryers were recalled because they pose a fire risk.
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General Motors recalled 249,260 certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, SAAB 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascender vehicles, originally sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Fluid may enter the driver's door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire. The remedy plan is still being finalized. Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC owners will be notified by GM. Buick owners may contact the owner center at (800)521-7300, Chevrolet owners at (866) 694-6546, and GMC owners at (866) 996-9463. Isuzu owners will be notified by Isuzu Motors. Owners may contact Isuzu customer service at (800) 255-6727. SAAB owners will be notified by SAAB Cars North America and for inquiries, owners may call SAAB customer service at (855) 880-0808.
As the days get shorter, you'll want your vehicles headlamps to work. This week Suzuki recalled more than 100,000 2004-2006 Forenza and 2005-2006 Reno vehicles manufactured from September 23, 2003, through March 7, 2006 because an electrical glitch can result in intermittent or total loss of low/high beam headlamp function, increasing the risk of a crash. Suzuki will notify owners beginning in September 2012, and Suzuki dealers will reconnect the affected wires, free of charge. Owners may contact Suzuki at (714) 996-7040.
With rising gas prices, owners of Infiniti 2013 JX35 vehicles may be thrilled that their car's fuel levels always seem full. It's not gas efficiency however, it's an inaccurate fuel gauge, which made Nissan recall 7,842 of these vehicles manufactured from February 15, 2012, through June 22, because of a potential crash risk. Nissan will notify owners beginning September 4, 2012, and dealers will inspect and re-route the fuel transfer tube and install a new O-ring, free of charge. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at (800) 647-7261.
Kawasaki recalled some 7,000 Teryx4 Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles because the steering gear assembly and front brakes can fail, leading to loss of vehicle control and risk of crash or injury. The recalled vehicles were sold at Kawasaki dealers nationwide from October 2011 through July 2012. Consumers should contact their local Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free repair.
Chrysler recalled 1,449 2013 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from April 11, 2012, through July 20, 2012 because some may have been built with the incorrect airbag occupant restraint control (ORC) module, which increases the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners in September and dealers will replace the ORC module, free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.
This recall screams do-over. Several mechanical issues made high-end Ducati recall more than 2,400 2012-2013 1199 Panigale motorcycles--front brake issues; rear suspension issues; steering issues; and engine cooling issues. Ducati will notify owners, and authorized dealers will remedy the various issues, free of charge. Ducati has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Ducati at (800) 231-6696 or through their website.
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LG Electronics and Sears recalled some 21,000 LG and Kenmore Elite gas dryers after receiving 141 complaints of dryers continuing to heat after the drying cycle is done, including 50 incidents of singed clothing and three reports of minor burns to hands or arms. The gas valve in the recalled dryers can fail to shut off properly, continuing to heat the dryer and its contents after the drying cycle is complete, posing a risk of burn, fire and smoke inhalation. Both dryers were sold by various appliance stores, including Sears, nationwide from November 2009 through August 2010. LG brand owners who purchased their dryer at retailers other than Sears, should contact LG customer service at (866) 223-5355 to arrange for a free gas valve replacement. Customers who purchased Kenmore or LG brand dryers from Sears should contact Sears' customer service at (888) 375-9741 to schedule a free repair to replace the gas valve. See what brand was rated the best reviewed electric and gas dryer in our clothes dryer report.
Before you teach your tot to ride a scooter, make sure its not one of the 5,600 Mini Micro three-wheeled scooters recalled by Kickboard USA, which pose a laceration hazard to children because the one-piece plastic platform that covers the front wheel base can break. The scooters are intended for use by children ages three to five. No injuries have been reported to date. The recalled scooters were sold by Independent toy stores, Amazon.com and Kickboardusa.com from May 2012 to July 2012. Consumers should contact Kickboard USA at (888) 236-5657 for a free replacement product. If you're in search of a safe scooter, check out our report on kids scooters.
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