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Addressing growing safety concerns about hot-selling sport-utility vehicles, the government today will announce a requirement for dramatic warnings about the danger of rollovers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will direct auto makers to post a graphic new label--showing a lurching SUV with two wheels high in the air--on the front of the sun visor or the driver's side window of new models.
April 11, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
BMW will recall 156,000 sports sedans and sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the 6-cylinder engines in the vehicles. The move is part of a global action to call back nearly 500,000 vehicles, including 232,000 in China. BMW said it has received reports of the bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit housing becoming loose and in some instances breaking. That triggers the “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light on the dashboard.
March 30, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda Motor Co. said it will recall about 554,000 model-year 2002 to 2004 CR-V and model-year 2003 Pilot vehicles in the United States to inspect and replace components of the headlight wiring system. The automaker said there is a potential failure with the wiring of the headlight switch, which may cause the low-beam headlights to not work, something that might increase the risk of a crash. However, Honda said there have been no crashes or injuries reported because of the safety defect.
July 9, 2013 | By Meg James, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Hoping that the best years are not in the rear-view mirror for its Acura luxury line, American Honda Motor Co. is shifting into high gear for the introduction of its redesigned 2014 MDX sport utility vehicle. The U.S. sales arm of the Japanese automaker typically has kept a low advertising profile for Acura. But that's about to change. This week, American Honda in Torrance plans to roll out its largest-ever national advertising campaign for an Acura model, a marketing push that also is being closely watched in the Los Angeles advertising industry.
December 18, 1997
Thanks for the Dec. 11 editorial supporting the movement to have sport utility vehicles adhere to the same emission standards as automobiles. It's about time this loophole was closed. Please continue your coverage of the pernicious nature of the SUV fad. Underemphasized in reports to date is the "natural history" that these vehicles will follow over their lifetimes: gradual disrepair--and probable increasing emissions--as they move through second, third and fourth owners. We will be living with the consequences of the imaginary freedom SUVs bring for a long, long time to come.
February 24, 1989 | From Reuters
Capitalizing on growing consumer demand for Jeeps, Chrysler Corp. said Thursday that it will spend $1 billion to develop and build a new line of sport utility vehicles to be introduced in 1992. The announcement is the latest in a series of production ventures by the No. 3 U.S. auto maker. Chrysler said the model, nicknamed the ZJ, will be built at its new Jefferson Avenue plant in Detroit. Construction on the plant, which replaces an aging factory now at the site, is to begin in April. On Feb.
September 20, 1994 | From Reuters
General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac division is considering developing a sport utility vehicle to appeal to customers who want larger vehicles capable of carrying both people and cargo. "We're really studying it quite intensely," Joe Kennedy, Cadillac's general director of marketing and product planning, told reporters Monday during a preview of the company's 1995 models.
May 26, 1995 | Times Wire Services
Better keep a good eye on that fancy Montero or Land Cruiser you just bought. Chances are better than average that it'll take a trip without you one day. An insurance group says the Montero from Mitsubishi and Land Cruiser made by Toyota rank first and second on its newest list of vehicles with the highest theft losses.
August 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
The redesigned Saturn Vue passed the government's rollover test with a score similar to other sport utility vehicles, federal regulators said Monday. General Motors Corp. redesigned the Vue's rear suspension after the SUV failed two previous rollover tests. In both cases, a wheel collapsed beneath the vehicle. The newer version earned three stars out of a possible five from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
December 13, 1997 | From Reuters
People riding in sport-utility vehicles are just as likely to die in crashes as those in smaller passenger cars because sport-utilities roll over more often, according to a new study presented during a conference of auto and safety experts this week. Sport-utility sales are increasing in popularity in part because the vehicles instill a greater sense of safety due to their larger size and higher driving position than passenger cars.
March 23, 2013 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
It's all crossovers these days. From the polo grounds of Malibu to the campgrounds of Maine, nearly a fifth of all vehicles sold in the U.S. last year resided somewhere in this netherworld between a car and an SUV. So the stakes were high for Toyota's overdue redesign of the RAV4, a pioneer of the segment in the mid-1990s that had grown stale in comparison with competitors. Often resembling small sport utility vehicles, crossovers are truck-like vehicles built on front-drive car platforms.
December 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Federal safety regulators Tuesday slapped another big fine on Toyota Motor Corp. for failing to promptly recall cars. Toyota will pay $17.35 million for delaying a recall of Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h sport-utility vehicles because a floor mat could jam the gas pedal, causing unintended acceleration. It follows a record $48.8 million in fines two years ago, a result of three separate investigations into Toyota's handling ofautorecalls for pedal entrapment, sticky gas pedals and steering relay rod problems.
December 7, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Ford is recalling about 19,000 of its new Fusion sedans to fix a headlight problem. It's the second recall so far for the 2013 model year family sedan, which just went on sale and is an important component in Ford's strategy to balance its sales between passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles and trucks. Last week, Ford recalled about 16,000 Fusions and 73,000 Escape SUVs because of problems that could cause engine fires. The recall involved only 2013 models equipped with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, the automaker said.
November 9, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Chrysler Group is recalling about 750,000 Jeep sport utility vehicles in the U.S. because the air bags can inflate without warning. The recall includes model year 2002 and 2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles and 2002 through 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees. The recall includes an additional 170,000 of the vehicles globally. Chrysler said a component in the air bag control module can fail and cause the front air bags, side curtain air bags and seatbelt pretensioners to deploy while the vehicle is being operated.
October 6, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda announced its third big recall of the week Saturday, this time to correct a faulty automatic window switch in 268,000 model-year 2002-2006 CR-V sport-utility vehicles that can malfunction and start a fire.  Earlier in the week Honda recalled about 1.4 million Civics, Accords and Pilots to fix a variety of safety issues. In the CR-V recall, the automaker said rainwater or spilled liquids may enter an open driver's window and drip onto the master power window switch. Over time, exposure to liquids can cause electrical resistance in the switch, making it overheat, melt and cause a fire.
October 4, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda said it will expand a March headlight recall to include 820,000 model-year 2002-2003 Civic sedans and model-year 2004-2005 Pilot sport-utility vehicles in the United States. Honda dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace components of the headlight wiring system. The automaker said a problem with the wiring of the headlight switch could cause the low-beam headlights to not work. The loss of headlights could limit a driver's ability to see the road and potential hazards and increases the risk of a crash.
September 5, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Auto sales surged in August as consumers reacted to higher gas prices by snapping up fuel-efficient cars and small sport utility vehicles. Total auto sales for the month were just under 1.3 million, 19.9% higher than a year earlier. That would put the annual pace at 14.5 million vehicles, the best of any month since the federal "cash for clunkers" economic stimulus program in August 2009 and a rate 2 million vehicles ahead of August 2011's. "The auto industry continued to outperform the general economy," said Bill Fay, Toyota group vice president and general manager.
July 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Mazda Motor Corp will recall 217,500 Tribute sport-utility vehicles sold in the U.S. to fix the same sticking gas pedal problem that Ford Motor Co. is dealing with in older Escape SUVs. The vehicles were jointly developed and share the same design.  The Mazda recall affects Tributes from the 2001 to 2006 model years and the 2008 model.  Like the Ford recall, only vehicles equipped with the 3-liter, V6 engine and cruise control are affected. Ford on Thursday recalled 421,000 Escapes sold in the U.S. Ford said the problem occurs because of inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the cruise control cable.
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