This Week in Automobile Recalls

2012 Ford Focus Recalled

The 2012 Ford Focus has been recalled due to faulty windshield wiper motor wiring, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). More than 140,000 Focus sedans are missing seals in the windshield wiper motor wiring and this can result in passenger side wiper motor failures. The reduced visibility can increase the risk of a collision, according to NHTSA. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between August 2011 and October 2011 and Ford is expected to notify customers affected by the recall next month.Ford will instruct owners to bring their vehicles to local Ford dealerships and mechanics will inspect, clean, and properly seal the passenger side windshield wiper motor connection for free. They will also replace any inoperative passenger side motors if needed. For more information, see www.SaferCar.gov or call Ford’s customer relationship center toll free at (866) 436-7332.

NHTSA Probes Engine Fires in 2010 Jeep Wranglers and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sedans

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched official investigations into engine fires involving 2010 Jeep Wrangler SUVs and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sedans after having received several reports of unexpected engine compartment fires completely destroying the vehicles. According to NHTSA, there have been two reported incidents in the last month of engine fires with the Chevrolet Cruze, one of the best selling vehicles in GM’s line up. No injuries or deaths have been reported, but both Chevy Cruze vehicles were totaled in the fires. Seven of the eight Jeep Wrangler engine fires occurred while the vehicles were being driven.

NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigation has already received some preliminary data related to the Cruze fires. However, it will continue to investigate with the manufacturers to determine the causes of the engine fires in the Cruze and Wrangler vehicles. If a recall is issued for either vehicle, the alerts will be issued by NHTSA. Consumers affected by these and other vehicle issues can file a vehicle safety complaint on the NHTSA website, www.SaferCar.gov.

2002-2004 Honda CR-V and 2003 Honda Pilot SUVs Recalled Due to Headlight Issues

Honda plans to recall 2002-2004 Honda CR-V and 2003 Honda Pilot SUVs this month. According to Honda, about 554,000 of the Honda sport utility vehicles have wiring faults that may fail to turn on the front low beam headlights. There have been no reports of injuries due to the wiring flaws, but the lack of proper illumination increases the risk of a collision. This safety recall has yet to be acknowledged by NHTSA, however, Honda says it will begin to mail notifications in late April to CR-V and Pilot owners affected by this safety recall. Owners will be instructed to bring their recalled vehicles to local dealerships where the necessary corrective repair work will be performed free of charge. For more information, call Honda’s toll free customer support line (800) 999-1009 and select option 4, or go to Honda’s recall website: www.recalls.honda.com.

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Debbie Horowitz

Deborah L. Horowitz, an attorney who has been licensed in California to practice law for over 15 years, has dedicated her entire legal career to protecting consumer rights. She has settled over 8,000 lemon law cases and achieved excellent results for her clients.