Filed under: Sedan, Recalls, Safety, Hatchback, GM, Suzuki
Suzuki is recalling 184,244 total units of the 2004-2008 Forenza (pictured above) and 2005-2008 Reno manufactured under contract by Daewoo, now General Motors Korea, between September 1, 2003, through July 30, 2008, for a risk of fire. The exact split in terms of number of each model isn’t available yet.
In the vehicles, the heat generated in the headlight switch or daytime running light module could cause the parts to melt and cause a fire. If this sounds somewhat familiar, it’s the same reason that 218,000 units of the 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveo are being recalled. According to General Motors spokesperson Alan Adler: “It’s the same issue.”
Adler explained that as the contracted manufacturer, GM is responsible for finding a remedy to this problem and providing it to Suzuki. It’s a similar situation as Toyota recalling the Matrix and giving the automaker the repair parts to fix the Pontiac Vibe, which shares the platform.
According to Adler, GM first learned about the fire risk from Suzuki and began investigating. It found the problem in the Aveo and issued the recall. “We don’t have a fix yet,” he said. However, owners will be notified about the problem soon.
The 2004-2006 Forenza and 2005-2006 Reno were previously recalled because their headlights could stop functioning.
Autoblog has contacted Suzuki for more details. We will update this story, if we hear back. In the meantime, scroll down to read the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall announcement.
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Filed under: Europe, Videos, Toys/Games
For many, the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe provided our first taste of the open road at a young age. It’s been around for 30 years, with the Hudson, Ohio manufacturer even going so far as to declare it America’s best-selling car. John Bitmead of Oxfordshire, England evidently wanted to relive his childhood a bit, so he created this excellent life-size, street-legal interpretation of the Cozy Coupe.
Starting with what appears to be an early Daewoo Matiz minicar, this adult-friendly Cozy Coupe took 1,000 hours to build, but it’s ready for the road with lights, airbags and a top speed of 70 miles per hour. The design stays as true to the Cozy Coupe as possible, including visual links like the red bodywork, yellow roof, lack of windows and even the basic wheel and hub cap design.
Bitmead hopes he can raise money for children’s charities by driving it from city to city in England, and if nothing else, he’s sure to generate a lot of smiles. Scroll down to watch the BBC video report.
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Grown-up Little Tikes Cozy Coupe is your inner five-year-old’s street-legal dream originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Car companies that are new to the world, or new to a particular market tend to offer sweet deals of surprising features and affordable prices. But there can be a drawback, as one Jalopnik reader found.
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