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Mercedes Recalls over 100,000 Vehicle for Seat Belts and Airbags

German automaker Mercedes is known far and wide for the reliability and safety of its high-end automobiles. But the manufacturing behemoth recently issued a pair of recalls over safety issues that will undoubtedly concern consumers.

One of the recalls involves passenger-side airbags. Indicators in the recalled vehicles can show that the airbags have been activated - when, in fact, the safety devices have been disabled.

Honda recalls vans with dangerously faulty sliding doors

Japanese auto manufacturing giant Honda has been plagued over the past couple of months with recalls of its popular Accord and Insight models over software problems with backup cameras. At the time, the company also said it was recalling 1.4 million U.S. vehicles to replace Takata front passenger air bag inflators.

Now Honda is recalling 107,000 Odyssey minivans because the power sliding doors might not latch properly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the doors could open while the vans are in motion.

Up in flames: Recalled Kia and Hyundai vehicles catching fire

It's bad enough to have problems with your car that requiring you to go to a mechanic. But it's much worse when the work done to repair the problem causes even more problems. That's the situation apparently facing owners of recalled Kia and Hyundai vehicles.

A media report states that engines had to replaced or repaired on 1.2 million Kia and Hyundai models this past summer and that some repaired vehicles are afterwards "spontaneously bursting into flames."

Busy month includes recalls of best-selling pick-ups and hybrids

Regular readers of our Lemon Law and Car Fraud Blog know that September saw a number of large-scale recalls in the auto industry.

A recent cars.com article highlighted the most significant auto recalls during the month, including the recalls of America's most popular pick-up truck and the nation's best-selling hybrid car.

Car dealer arrested for odometer fraud

A used car dealer manager was recently arrested for tampering with a vehicle's odometer.  In this case, the 37-year-old manager sold a 2013 Chevrolet Cargo Van, claiming that it had 159,000 miles on it. In reality, the van had more than 303,000 miles - a fact hidden from the vehicle's buyer.

Focus on this: More dangerous Ford vehicles recalled

Ford's struggles with recalls is continuing. Earlier this year, the U.S. auto giant issued recalls for 4.2 million vehicles - second only behind Fiat Chrysler, which has recalled a jaw-dropping 7.7 million vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported.

According to news sources, Ford has issued a recall of most of its Focus models built at its Michigan factory over a seven-year period. The company said it's recalling 1.5 million Ford Focus vehicles because a valve can cause engines to malfunction.

2017- 2018 Honda CR-V Owners Need to be Aware of Oil Dilution Problems

Owners of 2017 and 2018 Honda CR-Vs have been reporting problems with increasing engine oil levels, warning lights, gas smell and loss of power. The issues are confined to the 1.5 L turbo CR-V. Initially, the problem was believed be was isolated to CR-Vs in China, where a stop sale order had been issued for CRV vehicles sold by Honda affiliate. Unfortunately, this issue is now plaguing American vehicles, but Honda has not taken any action to help owners in the US market.

Toyota recalls over a million vehicles due to fire risk

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 2016-2018 Prius and C-HR crossovers because the vehicles could catch fire from a short in the electrical system.

The Wall Street Journal stated the recall includes over a million Toyotas, but affects only 192,000 Prius vehicles in the U.S. The hybrid version of C-HR is not sold in the states.

Over 33,000 Volkswagen Golfs Subject to Recall for Rollaway Risk

Volkswagen recently announced a recall concerning a potentially dangerous defect. In this most recent of many motor vehicle recalls, it has been determined that some of the newer Golf models have the potential to roll away on their own. 

Certain 2015-2018 Golf vehicles have experienced silicate buildup on the shift lever contacts. When this happens, the driver's ignition key can be removed without the vehicle's gear shift being placed in "park." If the key is removed under these conditions, it is possible that the vehicle can begin to roll thus causing a safety concern. In fact, the vehicle could begin to roll without anyone even in the car; therefore, no one would be available to stop it before it collided with something or someone.

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