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Monday, August 30, 2010

GM and Mazda Recalls - How They Affect You

If you have heard about the GM and Mazda recalls you may wonder which models were recalled and how those respective recalls affect you. Mazda recalled models due to power steering problems; GM recalled some of its vehicles due to a problem with the seat belts.

If you do not have a Chevrolet Traverse, a Buick Enclave, a GMC Acadia or a Saturn Outlook the GM recall does not affect you. If you do have one of these cars, you may have to take the car back into a dealership for a repair. The latest recall affected the latching mechanism for seat belts in the SUVs. Sometimes the belt would become jammed or it would not latch properly. If it did not latch properly, it could cause a passenger to suffer injuries in an accident. The GM seat belt recalls do not cause major problems.

GM has issued recalls three times this year and has responded properly, the second most recent recall involved problems that might arise with the power steering unit on several sedan models. However, GM and Mazda both have had problems with power steering.

The Mazda power steering recall affects models that are mostly sold in the United States. Anyone who has driven a car where the power steering goes out knows that the system makes the car easier to control. A sudden loss of power to the system on the highway is especially dangerous during inclement weather conditions. Mazda believes the problem exists on over 500,000 vehicles. Owners of Mazda 3s or Mazda 5s made in the last few years should contact their local dealer. The Mazda power steering recall occurred after the National Highway Traffic Safety administration found the problem.

As long as the car owner did not suffer an accident because of the repairs, he will only experience the minor inconvenience of having to take the car back to the dealership. The manufacturer will fix the issue. If an accident has occurred, a driver or passenger may want to seek expert legal advice to see if he or she is entitled to monetary compensation. Check with consumer agencies for further details about the Mazda Recalls and the GM seat belt recalls.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Worst cars on the road

If you are in the market for a new car, steer clear of the vehicles on this list. The following vehicles were rated on a scale of 1 to 5(low) by J.D. Power for dependability and scored by Consumer Reports for reliability, value, safety and overall. The top five worst cars of 2010 on the road according to these reports are:

Cadillac Escalade
The Escalade is a luxury SUV, in the price range of $63,000 which might lead you to believe it was somewhat dependable. According to Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates, this is not true. The Cadillac Escalade ranks fair in the CR predicted reliability score and ranked worst in safety and value. According to CR, The Escalade scored 2 out of 5 in J.D. Power's dependability score and had overall score of 61 out of 100

Chevy Aveo
A brand new Aveo can be purchased for around $10,000. This is inexpensive as far as brand new cars go, however, why purchase a car that has a poor score just because its inexpensive? Consumer Reports gave this compact car a “poor” predicted reliability score. With an overall score of 36 out of 100, the Aveo an overall score of 36 out of 100 and did not give an overall score for value or safety. According to J.D. Power, the Aveo scored 2 out of 5 for dependability.

Chevy Colorado
The pickup truck scored poor in Consumer Reports predicted reliability score. CR rated the Colorado poor in safety and gave the truck a 41 out of 100 overall score. CR did not have a score for value and the Colorado received a 2 out of 5 score for dependability from J.D. Power.

Dodge Nitro
This SUV was also rated poor in Consumer Reports predicted reliability score and rated the worst in value. The overall score for the Dodge Nitro was 33 out of 100 and CR did not have a score for safety. The Nitro had an overall score of 33 out of 100, with a low 2 out of 5 J.D. Power circles for dependability. Definitely not a car you would want to purchase for any reason, according to the J.D. Power report.

Ford F-250
Even though the Ford F-Series was one of the most popular sellers in July, according to this report it is one of the worst vehicles to drive. Consumer Reports rated this pickup truck as poor in predicted reliability and worst in its class in overall value and safety. CR gave this truck a score of 37 out of 100. while J.D. Power gave the F-250 3 out of 5 power circles for dependability.
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