Car Recalls

With all of the effort that is being put into making cars lighter, having lighter and more durable frames

A few days ago we received a letter from Hyundai stating that our 2007 Hyundai Elantra was being recalled. This recall actually covered 2006 and 2007 Hyundai Elantras. Upon further investigation of this letter it stated that there was a problem with the airbag’s electrical system, which was under the console between the front two seats. The letter stated that if a liquid was spilled in the cup holder it could cause either or both of the front airbags to deploy with very little warning.

Hyundai is fixing this at no cost to the owners and the repairs only take about 30 minutes. During the time of the repair the console is removed and a protective covering is placed between the underneath of the cup holder and the electrical system that it conceals.

This news came as a shock to me, Hyundai has, in my opinion, been a very reputable car manufacturer. I have not heard complaints about their vehicles and they have always been considered easy on the economy. Their vehicles, when new, range from 28 MPG and 35 MPG on the highway. While I was at the dealership waiting on the repairs to the car, I asked the salesman a few questions and browsed at the cars to avoid boredom. Of course the question came up of whether or not we wanted to trade the car in for a newer model, but until the incidents with car dealers begin to diminish, I do not see myself buying another car. In the last few years, there have been several recalls on various vehicles. If you recall, the Toyota recall, where it was stated the gas pedal could likely stick, leaving the driver with no control over the vehicle’s speed.

According to Autorecalls.com, so far in 2011 there have been recalls from many different car companies. The latest recall by Hyundai was not yet listed but here is the list of companies from 2010 and 2011 that have had recalls on one or more model of vehicles. The number of recalls listed represents how many different models have been recalled, not the total number of cars.

Company Number of Models Recalled

BMW 4

Buick 2

Cadillac 5

Chevrolet 6

Dodge 1

Ford 6

GMC 6

Honda 5

Hyundai 4 (not including new Elantra recall not yet published)

Jaguar 2

Jeep 1

Kia 2

Land Rover 1

Lexis 1

Lincoln 3

Nissan 1

Saab 2

Subaru 2

Suzuki 2

Toyota 6

Volkswagen 1

Volvo 6

These recalls are for various parts and service problems; many are for accelerator issues, brake issues, suspension issues, and airbag issues. There are a few that are listed with faulty frames and unpredictable parts.

If you have purchased a vehicle by any one of these manufacturers, watch your mail. If you purchased your vehicle new and it is recalled, you will receive information from the company itself. If you purchased your vehicle used, you can look on www.autorecalls.us or call the company directly. You can find the company number on their personal website. You should have certain information available when you call. Important information:

Where you bought the car

The VIN number

The closest service station to your house that handles your Brand of vehicle, (just in case there is a problem that needs solved)

Paper and pen

Make sure to ask questions about the reason for the recall, the hazard that may be posed, whether the company is paying for the repairs or if you are stuck paying them due to recall being closed. Make sure to take accurate notes and get the name and employee number of the representative that you spoke to. This information may come in handy later.