Driveshaft Defect Prompts Recall of 50,000 Honda Civics From 2012

Honda recently informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it would recall about 50,000 of its 2012 Civics because the vehicles might suddenly lose power.

In a report filed early Wednesday on the safety agency’s Web site, the automaker said the driver’s side driveshaft could become loose while the vehicle was in motion. This could cause a loss of propulsion or, for a model fitted with an automatic transmission, cause a roll-away even when the gear selector was in Park.

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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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Subaru Recalls 320,000 Foresters to Replace Noncompliant Part on Rear Seat Belt

Subaru is recalling about 320,000 of its 2009-12 Foresters because the rear seat belt may not securely hold a child safety seat or restraint, the automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In a notice posted on the agency’s Web site, Subaru said the seat belt for the center position in the back seat may not lock “depending on the shape and size” of the child restraint being used. Subaru told the safety agency that a parts shortage would prevent the last of the affected vehicles from being repaired until February 2013.

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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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Toyota Recalls Nearly 700,000 Vehicles for Potential Brake Light and Air-Bag Failures

In an example of how small flaws can lead to big bills, Toyota announced this week that a trace of silicone grease and a steering-wheel flutter were behind two recalls covering nearly 700,000 vehicles, according to documents the automaker filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The actions affect almost 187,000 Venzas from 2009-11 and Camrys from 2009, as well as about 495,000 Tacoma pickups from 2005-9.

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