This is Why We Try to Save You From Boring Cars: 30 Days of Recalls

The tagline for this blog is “Sheltering our readers from boring cars, one article at a time.” This is primarily because “boring” cars are not revolutionary, they try to appeal to everyone in a noncommittal way, and do not do much to advance the automobile as a source of fun or enjoyment. Boring cars are typically the volume sellers of their respective brand, because the majority of automobile buyers are not enthusiasts. But, as enthusiasts, we know plenty of people who don’t give the time of day to their car and its needs, and probably don’t pay attention to recall notices. If you know anybody who has the following cars, let them know to take their car into the dealership for a service.

BMW: 2011 ActiveE: Insufficient amount of lubrication on gear shaft between the electric motor and transmission can result in loss of power.

General Motors: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu: Rear suspension bolts not tightened correctly, can lead from increased NVH to loss of vehicle control.

General Motors: 2012 Buick Verano, 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze, and Sonic: Driver’s side airbag may not deploy during crash.

General Motors: 2013 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana: Key can be removed if shifter is not in Park, allowing the car to roll away.

Honda: 2011-13 Odyssey and 2009-13 Pilot. Rivets that hold airbag is place may not have been installed, and airbags may not deploy properly

Subaru: 2009-12 Forester, 2006-12 Tribeca, 2010-11 Legacy and Outback: Puddle lights can collect moisture and sort circuit, leading to smoke/fire.

Toyota: Multiple Years- 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Prius, Prius V, Rav4, Sequioa, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, and Venza. Dealer-installed accessories may have caused passenger-side airbags not being tested properly; may not deploy in crash.

Toyota: 2003-04 Corolla and Matrix: Faulty airbag control module may cause airbags to deploy without warning.

Toyota: 2006-12 Lexus IS: Windshield wiper arm not secured properly, may result in wiper being inoperative when attempting to clear heavy buildup.






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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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