Recall Alert: Hyundai Veloster Parking Brakes; Jaguar XF Computers
Two recalls came across the wires today, neither very large, but both potentially dangerous. The first, and larger of the two, is for the 2012 Hyundai Veloster. Apparently the parking brake on 4,490 manual transmission models built from July 2, 2011, through February 27, 2012. The problem is road grime; it can get into the parking brake components, causing it to bind up. If it binds, it can either drag while the car is being driven--adversely affecting fuel economy--or it may not engage all the way, allowing the car to roll away. Hyundai will notify owners, and replace the affected components free of charge, starting in January, 2013. If you have questions, you can contact Hyundai at (800) 633-5151, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at (888) 327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) and reference campaign number 107. The other problem is with the 2013 Jaguar XF, and it covers a scant 13 vehicles built between October 3, 2012, and October 12, 2012. The problem here is with the electronic control module that controls the fuel pump; it could shut off for no good reason, starving the engine of fuel, and obviously causing the vehicle to stall. If your Jaguar suddenly conks out in traffic, obviously, the chance of a crash increases. Jaguar will begin contacting owners starting January 18, 2013. If you want to find out if you're one of the "lucky" 13, you can contact Jaguar Land Rover at (800) 452-4827, or contact the NHTSA at (888) 327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), and reference campaign number J028.
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