Yamaha Road Star Motorcycle Transmission Recall

Yamaha Motor Corporation is recalling certain 2001, 2002 and 2003 Road Star, Road Star Limited Edition, Midnight Star and Road Star Silverado motorcycles due to a defect in the transmission.  This defect may lead to abnormal wear in the transmission which could cause the circlip to break. If the circlip breaks, it would cause the transmission to lock up which …

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Mitsubishi Montero Limited (2001) Consumer Reports Test

“Not acceptable!” because of two-wheel lift-off in accident avoidance maneuver by Consumer Reports. The consumer watchdog recently put a variety of 2001 sport utility vehicles through it’s accident avoidance course. The only vehicle to have two-wheel lift was the 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Limited. The tip-up was so violent in one instance, that the vehicle touched the outriggers to the ground. Outriggers …

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Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors

The Arizona Attorney General has recently called upon Ford and NHTSA to recall late model Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors.  We would like to hear from anyone who has – or who has had a rear end collision or case involving any Ford Panther Platform vehicle (Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis or Lincoln Town Car) – model years 1979 to …

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Volkswagen Brake Light and Turn Signal Recalls Affect More than 1,000,000 Vehicles

Volkswagen Brake Light and Turn Signal Recalls Affect More than 1,000,000 Vehicles In 2006, Volkswagen recalled roughly 362,000 Jettas and New Beetle sedans due to incorrectly installed exterior lights. According to media reports, Volkswagen initiated the recall because of the obvious dangers associated with malfunctioning brake and turn signals, including an increased risk of unanticipated collision due to improper signaling. Reports indicate that the lights …

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Toyota recall 2.3 million vehicles: “Sticky “ Accelerator pedal or Brakes

On January 21, 2010 Toyota recalled certain models of 2007 – 2010 Toyota and 2009 – 2010 Pontiac vehicles for a safety related defect.  Toyota stated that the accelerator pedal assemblies may become “hard to depress, slow to return to idle when released, or may remain mechanically stuck in a partially depressed condition, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.” …

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GM recalling 1.5 million cars over fire fears

The possibility of engine fires has prompted General Motors to recall nearly 1.5 million passenger sedans manufactured between 1997 and 2003, the National Highway Traffic Safety Admission (NHTSA) announced Monday, April 13. The vehicles involved are: 1997-2003 Buick Regals 1998-2003 Chevrolet Luminas, Monte Carlos and Impalas 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigues 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix Equipped with a 3.8L V6 naturally asperated …

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Recall of certain Westlake, Compass, Telluride and YKS tires

Federal safety officials have ordered a tiny tire importer to recall as many as 450,000 tires that it bought from a Chinese manufacturer and sold to U.S. distributors. The tires were made without a safety feature, called a gum strip, which helps bind the belts of a tire to each other. The Hangzhou tires at issue were sold under at …

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Toyota/Lexus recall 3.8 million vehicles: sliding floor mats

On September 29, 2009, Toyota/Lexus, the world’s largest automaker, said it will recall 3.8 million of its vehicles in the United States to address problems with the floor mats causing accelerator pedals to get stuck and lead to crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received reports of 102 incidents in which floor mats may have caused accelerator …

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Risk of Operating Room Fire Grows with Use of Electrosurgical Tools and Alcohol based Preps

Late last year Chloraprep manufacturer, Carefusion, changed the labeling on the surgical skin prep product to explicitly state “do not use with electrocautery procedures.” Chloraprep is 70% isopropyl alcohol and is administered as an antibacterial on the skin prior to any incisions during surgery.  A strong push by manufacturers has resulted in ChloraPrep being the sole anti-septic surgical prep solution …

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At least 74 dead in crashes similar to those GM linked to faulty switches

(Reuters) – At least 74 people have died in General Motors cars in accidents with some key similarities to those that GM has linked to 13 deaths involving defective ignition switches, a Reuters analysis of government fatal-crash data has determined. Such accidents also occurred at a higher rate in the GM cars than in top competitors’ models, the analysis showed. …

Derek RobinsonAt least 74 dead in crashes similar to those GM linked to faulty switches