Volvo will be asking drivers of certain 2013 Volvo S80 sedans and 2013 Volvo XC70 station wagons to bring in their vehicles for a problem that could lead to premature wear of the tires. A software error within the Central Electronic Module (CEM) may cause the system to fail to warn the driver that the air in their tires is low. Driving on low tires can result in overloading and overheating and could lead to a blowout. Owners receiving a notification will be asked to bring in their vehicles to have the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) reprogrammed, free of charge. For more information about the problem, contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552.
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Ford has announced that they will be recalling certain 2013 Lincoln MKT cars used as hearse or limousine vehicles. These vehicles may have been manufactured with rear brake rotor bolts that are not fully seated allowing the head to protrude above the wheel mounting surface. The raised bolt could lead to torque loss in the wheel joint which could lead to wheel separation. Most vehicles have been quarantined at the coach builder’s facility and will be repaired before delivery and notices were sent out on May 24, 2012 to owners already receiving delivery of their vehicles. Owners wanting more information about the problem can contact Ford Motor company customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332.
Toyota will be recalling certain 2008-2011 truck’s and SUV’s for tire pressure monitoring and regulating systems that do not comply with the federal motor vehicle safety standards. The lack of proper calibration of the system may lead to the low tire pressure warning light not illuminating untill well below the minimum activation pressure. Operating the vehicle with low tire pressure will lead to improper wear of the tires and ultimately tire failure. The vehicles covered in this recall are:
Once owners have been notified of the recall, they can bring their vehicles to their dealership to have the tire pressure monitoring system re-initialized and calibrated. Anyone wanting more information can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Toyo Tire Holdings of America has announced a safety recall for Toyo and Nitto brand tires produced using out of spec rubber. The tires were manufactured at the Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. plant in Sendai, Japan during a two week period in September of last year, and distributed to retailers across the United Stated. Because of the out of spec rubber, sections of the tread may become detached potentially causing loss of vehicle control. The recall will be issued to almost 5,000 tires but only about 600 tires are suspect of having the problem. The tires being recalled are:
- Toyo Versado CUV
- Toyo Versado LX II
- Toyo Open Country A/T
- Toyo Tourevo LS II
- Nitto Terra Grapplertires
The tires can be identified by the “Made in Japan” stamp and the numbers “3810″ or “3910″ at the end of the Department of Transportation (DOT) serial number, both located on the tire sidewall. Tires with the “Made in U.S.A” stamp on the sidewall are not being recalled.
A Consumer Relations staff is available at Toyo Tires and Nitto to answer questions such as how to identify and replace recalled tires. Consumers should call the hotline for the tire brand that they own: Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.: 800-442-8696 or Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc.: 888-529-8200 . Consumers can also visit the web site of the tire brand that they own: www.toyotires.com or www.nittotire.com.