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Here are the recalls for the week:
129,000 2011-16 Hyundai Cars and SUVs Recalled for Engine Issue Affected vehicles include model-year 2012 Santa Fe SUVs, model-year 2011-13 and 2016 Sonata Hybrid sedans, and model-year 2015-16 Veloster coupes - To fix the issue, dealers will inspect the engine and, if bearing damage is found, the engine will be replaced.
All repairs will be done for free, and Hyundai will begin notifying owners Jan. 22. Owners can call the automaker at 855-371-9460, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236.
You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and inputting your VIN number. Or find their SaferCar app.
Consumer Reports gave the label “Never Buy” to 30 used cars. Today, we’re going to caution you about:
The Chevrolet Suburban. It had an especially bad run for reliability between 2014 and 2016. For all three years, the big SUV rated far below average compared to other vehicles in the class. Poor fit and finish issues plagued these models, as did problems with power windows and audio systems. At least three recalls hit the 2015 model. Earlier Suburbans to avoid include the 2007 and 2008 edition.
Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/
https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.
If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI in Indianapolis, he’s also on You Tube: AutoCasey. His review this week is on the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Genesis G90
What's in the news:
The only physical material about the vehicle that will be provided for free in the 2021 F-150 and Mach-E will be a booklet on how to perform certain critical activities, such as what to do if the vehicle has run out of power. It’s about a quarter of the size of the previous owners manual and will include information on how to jump-start the vehicle or how to change the tires, for example. Full copies of the physical manual will be available for purchase, though Ford said it hadn’t yet set a price. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/11/23/2021-ford-f-150-owners-manual-mach-e/6262350002/