N.H.T.S.A. Investigates 460,000 Toyota RAV4s After Reports of Suspension Failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether about 460,000 Toyota RAV4s from the 2006-8 model years should be recalled because of suspension failures.

In a document posted on Friday to its Web site, the agency said the investigation was prompted by seven complaints from owners about “corrosion-related failure of the left or right rear suspension arm assembly.”

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In Taurus Inquiry, Safety Agency Requests Information on 1.52 Million Additional Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested information on a further 1.52 million vehicles to assist in its investigation of 395,000 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable models. The sedans became the subject of an investigation after owners claimed on the agency’s Web site that loose cruise control cables caused throttles to become stuck, resulting in unintended acceleration.

Some media outlets reported Monday that the initial safety investigation was expanded to include nearly two million sedans, but Karen Aldana, a N.H.T.S.A. spokeswoman, said that was not the case.

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Due to Possible Fuel Leak, 80,000 Nissan and Infiniti Models are Recalled

Nissan is recalling about 79,000 Juke, Infiniti QX and Infiniti M models from the 2011-12 model years because of a possible fuel leak, the automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In another recent action,the Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company told N.H.T.S.A. it would recall almost 41,000 light-truck tires because the tread could separate.

Nissan said the fuel-pressure sensor might not have been properly tightened on certain models, which could allow “a small amount of fuel to leak.”

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