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Hyundai and Kia Recall 9,500 SUVs for Brake Problem

South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are combined recalling about 9,500 vehicles to repair a brake component that may cause brake fluid to leak, impairing braking ability, according to federal safety officials.

Toyota Wants Lawsuits Thrown Out

=Toyota has asked a federal court to dismiss lawsuits seeking damages related to the recall of millions of vehicles for possible unintended acceleration. The automaker has a simple argument: No one has ever demonstrated what is wrong with Toyota's cars, if anything.

GM Vehicles Rise in Consumer Reports' Latest Quality Survey

Although Honda and Toyota remain the benchmark of reliability in the U.S. automobile industry, General Motors has made considerable strides in improving the quality of its cars and trucks, according to the magazine's 2010 Annual New Car Reliability Survey.

Honda Also Plans Recall Related to Brake Fluid Leaks

First Toyota, now Honda: Japan's No. 2 automaker said Thursday it also plans to recall an as-yet undetermined number of vehicles because of brake fluid leaks that could lead to reduced braking power. Toyota's recall for same issue, announced earlier in the day, affects 1.5 million vehicles.

Toyota Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Toyota Motor is issuing another recall -- this time it involves 740,000 cars and sports-utility vehicles in the U.S. and nearly 600,000 units in Japan to repair a seal on the vehicles' brake master cylinder that may leak fluid and impair braking performance.

BMW North America Recalls Nearly 200,000 Cars

BMW is recalling nearly 200,000 cars in North America because of possible leaks in their braking systems. The recall affects BMW 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series vehicles with V8 and V12 engines from the model years 2002-2010, The Associated Press said. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from the 2003-2010 model years are also affected.

South Korea's Kia Faces a Federal Safety Probe

Kia, however, may soon the face the sort of scrutiny directed at Toyota and Honda. The National Highway Safety Administration on Monday said it's begun a preliminary investigation into steering problems involving the 2010 Kia Soul.

Congress Accuses Toyota of Holding Back Information

Congress continues to press Toyota about what it knew when regarding unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles. Lawmakers are now seeking more information about the brake override feature that the automaker has begun installing on new cars and trucks to prevent the malfunctions.

Chrysler Recalls Nearly 600,000 Minivans, Jeeps

Chrysler is recalling nearly 600,000 vehicles for problems ranging from failing brakes to sticky accelerators to electrical fires, including Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, and Jeep Wrangler SUVs, federal safety regulators disclosed Monday.

Toyota May Offer Longer Warranties, Cash Back Deals

When it comes to luring car buyers into showrooms, long warranty packages and "cash back" offers are among the oldest tricks in the book. Manufacturers are often reluctant to use these methods, because they're costly. But in Toyota's case, it may not have many other options.