Niagara Gazette — The company notes that the defective ignition switches, manufactured in Mexico, fail to meet torque-performance specifications. Drivers have been asked to remove non-essential items from their key rings until they can bring in their cars to have the ignition switch replaced with a revised part.
The recall includes Cobalts with model years 2005 through 2007, along with the 2007 Pontiac G5.
Toyota has announced it is recalling 1.9 million Prius cars worldwide manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014 in order to fix a software glitch in the hybrid system’s boost converter.
A statement published online explains transistors in the boost converter can overheat under heavy load and fail without warning. If that occurs, the car automatically enters a mode called failsafe and loses a noticeable amount of power. In rare cases, the hybrid system can shut down entirely and immobilize the vehicle, regardless of what speed it is traveling at.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail or by phone in the coming weeks and asked to bring the car to their local dealer for a software update. The process is expected to take around 40 minutes.
Of the 1.9 million vehicles worldwide, 713,000 are registered in the US and Canada. For more info go to: Toyota.com/recall.
Consumer alert: 3.5M recalled cars sold online in 2013
Recently, Carfax released new data suggesting online shoppers may have unknowingly purchased millions of used cars with unfixed recalls in 2013. The company’s annual research on the issue shows more than 3.5 million cars were listed for sale online with an open safety recall.
“Open recalls are still a major public safety issue,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “In fact, our research indicates that more than one in ten used cars for sale online has an open recall. It’s another reminder that consumers, especially those shopping online, need to know as much as possible about a used car before they buy. This includes if an open recall or other potentially dangerous issue exists. It helps make our roads safer for everyone.”