Jaguar Recalls XJ Sedan For Brake Issues

Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 1,571 of their XJ luxury sedans in the United States for a possible braking issue, according to documents posted by U.S. safety regulators.

Jaguar Land Rover, a unit of Tata Motors Ltd <TAMO.NS>, said certain XJ cars from model years 2014 and 2015 may have underbody brake pipes that were not tightened to specification, which can cause a loss of mechanical integrity of the braking system and extended brake pedal travel and reduced braking performance, according to reports.

The dashboard monitor may display the warning message “fluid level low,” along with the brake warning lamp being illuminated, according to the NHTSA documents.

A complete loss of service brakes could also occur, potentially causing a vehicle crash, according to the NHTSA documents.

It is also possible that sufficient loss of brake fluid will deplete the brake pressure in the system such that the brake pressure switch required to start the vehicle will not activate and that would prevent the vehicle from starting, according to the NHTSA documents.

There has been one reported accident and no injuries related to the issue, according to the NHTSA documents.

Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake line junctions, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 16, 2015. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar’s number for this recall is J048.

Nissan Settles Lawsuit Over Bad Brakes

According to court documents, Nissan North America has agreed to reimburse customers up to $800 each to resolve a lawsuit alleging that defects in certain vehicles caused brakes to fail without warning.

The settlement agreement, filed on Friday, would affect current or former owners of Nissan Armadas, Infiniti QX56s or certain Nissan Titans, all model years 2004 to 2008. About 350,000 vehicles nationwide.

Plaintiffs had sought reimbursement for monetary losses, including expenses incurred for replacement or repairs. It does not include claims for physical injuries.

Under the agreement, Nissan, the U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., would reimburse class members between $20 and $800, depending the age and mileage of the vehicle.

The settlement papers did not state how much Nissan could pay overall to class members. The company also agreed not to oppose up to $3.45 million in legal fees and expenses for the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

A Nissan spokesman and lawyers for the plaintiffs did not respond to requests for comment.

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RECALL: Hyundai Calls Back 2 Models For Faulty Brake Lights

Hyundai is recalling 43,000 units, split between the 2009-2011 Genesis (manufactured between April 30, 2008, and November 21, 2010) and the 2011 Equus (manufactured between July 31, 2010 and November 21, 2010) due to brake lights that fail to illuminate.

The problem apparently revolves around a failure in the circuit that’s supposed to illuminate the taillights when the driver hits the brakes. If that doesn’t work, of course, the vehicle behind would be more likely to crash into the Hyundai in question.

Hyundai said in the NHTSA documents that there were no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.

Dealers will replace the circuit at no cost, according to the NHTSA documents. The automaker will begin notifying owners during the first quarter of 2015, according to the NHTSA documents.

GM Recalls 2015 Corvette For Parking Brake Problems

General Motors has already recalled some 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes to check the efficiency and effectiveness of their parking brakes.

In one recall of 784 units, made in Kentucky from 20 August, 2014, to 4 September, 2014, cars may have only one of two the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged, resulting in the parking brake only operating on one of the rear park brake drums.

Without the parking brake working on both rear wheels, the vehicle may roll away if parked on a steep gradient and, as such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #135, ‘Light Vehicle Brake Systems’.

Owners of affected Corvette models haven’t been notified yet, but they’re advised to contact Chevrolet Customer Service at 800-222-1020, to call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or to head to www.safercar.gov. Dealerships will also be able to assist in determining which, if any, of the recalls apply to your vehicle.

Toyotal Recall: 802,000 Called Back For Faulty Brakes

On Wednesday, Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp said it would recall a total 1.67 million vehicles globally in a voluntary move to address three separate defects including a faulty brake master cylinder that could perpetuate total brake failure.

According to Reuters, Toyota was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths resulting from the defects. However some 1.05 million vehicles will be recalled in Japan the rest overseas, encompassing Toyota models Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah, Voxy, Corolla Rumion and Auris, as well as over a dozen Lexus models.

Just this past April, Toyota suffered from a 6.39 million vehicles recall globally in its second-largest recall announcement ever. Then, two months later, the company issued a recall of almost 2.3 million vehicles globally for faulty airbag inflators, a problem that has been causing trouble for other car makers.

In the latest recall, about 802,000 Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah and Voxy models manufactured between June 2007 and June 2012 will be called back to replace a small rubber seal ring in the brake master cylinder to prevent the brake fluid from leaking. If brake fluid has already leaked, the entire brake booster will be replaced.

Shares in Toyota closed 0.2 percent higher in Tokyo at 5,990 yen after the recalls were announced, while the exchange’s Topix index .TOPX gained 0.8 percent.

RECALL: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Own a 2010-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV?

According to Edmunds, Mitsubishi is recalling over 1,800 of the fully electric vehicles for brake vacuum pump corrosion.  The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration issued a statement regarding the situation: “Due to either software programming or corrosion caused by road salt, the brake vacuum pump may stop functioning. If the brake vacuum pump stops functioning, the distance needed to stop the vehicle may be lengthened, increasing the risk of a crash.”

The affected vehicles were manufactured approximately between September 15, 2009 to March 25, 2014.

Currently, there are no reports regarding the amount of deaths, injuries or crashes that resulted from this defect. Mitsubishi motors has elected to not make a statement on the topic.

If you have an effected i-Miev contact your local Mitsubishi dealer. Depending on the case, the Motor Company will compensate by either reprograming the brake vacuum pump controller, or replace the brake vacuum pump as a whole.

Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820, however, Safe Braking recommends you wait until the official recall has been submitted.