Volvo posted a report to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration web site on Thursday that it will recall almost 7,800 vehicles from its 2014 line up due to a malfunction in the vehicles’ computer electronic module. The models affected are the Volvo S60, S80, XC60 and XC70. The defective CEM cause the vehicles’ windshield wipers to run continuously and may cause the turn signals to stop working, along with the high beams and cruise control.
The National Safety HIghway Traffic Administration has also intensified a current investigation into the 2005 to 2007 Chevy Corvette due to a defective wire that can cause the Corvette’s headlights to fail. One driver reporting the defect to the NSHTA advised that his low beams failed while driving down an interstate highway at night, nearly resulting in a collision.
Perhaps the worst defect plagues Toyota, which announced that it will be recalling 235,000 vehicles in the United States, including Lexus and Toyota hybrids. Amongst the vehicles recalled are 77,000 Toyota Highlander hybrids from 2006 to 2010 model years and 53,000 Lexus RX 400h hybrids from the 2006 to 2008 model years. Nearly 102,000 Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 vehicles from the 2006 to 2011 model years are also being recalled.
The problem facing the recalled Toyota/Lexus models is, in technical terms, an issue with the electrical transistors that can be damages through heat variations in the circuits. The effect, however, is that the recalled Toyota/Lexus vehicles can suddenly lose power. Although, in some instances, the driver may be able to limp off the road, in other instances, the vehicle may lose power completely.