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Toyota's Latest Recall: 94,000 Sienna Minivans

The beleaguered Japanese carmaker is sending notices to Sienna owners to warn them of brake-light switch brackets that are susceptible to damage and could lead to eventual loss of braking effectiveness. No accidents relating to the defect have been reported.

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 Asks Court to Toss Unintended Acceleration Lawsuits

Toyota is asking a federal court in California to dismiss lawsuits claiming that electronics -- not floor mats or sticky gas pedals -- are the cause of unintended acceleration in its vehicles, saying plaintiffs have not proved there's a design defect in the vehicles' electronic systems.

Toyota Earnings Preview: Recalls May Hurt

When Toyota Motor reports quarterly earnings tomorrow it will give investors the latest snapshot of how big a toll massive recalls and tepid auto sales are taking on the company's bottom line.

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.

Toyota Denies New Unintended Acceleration Claims

Toyota Motor is once again defending itself against claims that it sought to cover up vehicle defects after it reportedly bought back cars that accelerated unintentionally but failed to disclose the problem to federal safety officials.

Feds Warn: Millions of Recalled Fords Still Aren't Fixed

Federal regulators are urging owners of previously recalled Ford vehicles to get them fixed to prevent the possibility of engine fires. Only about 40% of the 17.5 million Ford cars, trucks, vans and motor homes recalled have so far been brought in for repairs.

Honda Fit Hybrid Battles Toyota Prius in Japan

Honda unveiled its new hybrid Fit subcompact in Tokyo Friday. At a starting price of around $19,160, it is cheaper than any other hybrid vehicle in Japan -- including Toyota's popular Prius.

GM Recalls 4,000 Cadillac SRXs for Steering Fluid Leak

GM is recalling nearly 4,000 2010 Cadillac SRX crossovers to repair power steering lines that may get damaged and leak fluid, the automaker said Thursday. The problem has resulted in at least one fire, but GM said there have been no crashes or injuries as a result of the defect.

BMW 5 Series, Hyundai Sonata Come Out Top in New Safety Tests

BMW%u2019s 5 Series and Hyundai%u2019s Sonata received the highest scores for passenger cars and trucks under a new U.S. crash safety rating system. The two vehicles were the only ones to receive the top safety score of five stars in crash-safety tests, Bloomberg News reported. Both vehicles scored four stars in frontal crashes and five stars in side-crashes and rollovers.

Toyota: Unintended Acceleration Claims Are Down 80%

Toyota says complaints by its cars' unintended acceleration have dropped 80% compared to April, , as the world's largest automaker continues to make strides in repairing the nearly 8 million vehicles recalled in the U.S. to over sticky gas pedals and accelerators that get hung up on floor mats.

Feds Probe Honda Fit Over Reports of Failing Headlights

U.S. officials have begun an investigation into 133,000 Honda Fit models in response to consumer complaints about headlights that stopped working. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's preliminary investigation involves Fits from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

Toyota Wants 'Unintended Acceleration' Lawsuits Tossed

Toyota has asked a federal judge to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits over problems with unintended acceleration in its vehicles. The world's largest automaker says such complaints are based on anecdotes, and fail to identify specific defects, Bloomberg News reported.

Authorities Probe Potential Steering Problem in Hyundai Sonata

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into potential steering problems in some 2011 Hyundai Sonatas. The probe is based on two incidents that the company reported through the government%u2019s "Early Warning Reporting" system, CNN said.

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.