RECALL: Isuzu Recalls Reach Van Chassis for Brake Lights

Isuzu Manufacturing Services of America is recalling 3,564 2012-2014 model-year Reach van chassis because their brake light switches may be bent and susceptible to failure or corrosion, Automotive Fleet reports.

To fix the problem, dealers will apply a protector and a waterproof cover with an extension harness. Owners will receive this service free of charge.

Since remedy parts aren’t currently available, affected van owners will receive two notices: one informing them of the recall, another when parts are on hand at dealerships.

Van owners can reach Isuzu customer service at (866) 441-9638.

Photo Courtesy: Isuzu

Photo Courtesy: Isuzu

RECALL: Hyundai Calls Back 42,925 Sedans In U.S. For Possible Brake Light Issue

Hyundai Motor Co is calling back 42,925 sedans in the United States due to potentially faulty brake lights, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators.

According to Reuters, Hyundai is recalling specific 2009-2011 Genesis and 2011 Equus sedans due to a possible circuit failure that may lead to the brake lights not illuminating. This malfunction could dramatically increase the risk of a rear-end crash as a following vehicle might not recognize the car ahead was slowing or stopping.

Hyundai said in the NHTSA documents that there were no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.

Dealers will replace the circuit at no cost, according to the NHTSA documents. The automaker will begin notifying owners during the first quarter of 2015, according to the NHTSA documents.


Brake Safety Week: Violations In North America Increase In 2014

News coming out of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week indicates the trucking industry has some work to do.

This year, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance(CVSA)-certified commercial motor vehicle safety inspectors inspected 13,305 vehicles (compared with 20,067 in 2013) and placed 2,162 commercial vehicles out of service for brake violations.

Of the vehicles inspected, the OOS (out of service) rate for all brake-related violations conducted in North America was 16.2 percent, compared with 13.5 percent for the 2013 event.

However, historically speaking, out-of-service rates for Canadian jurisdictions are lower than those in U.S. jurisdictions.

This can be seen again this year with the OOS rates for brake adjustment violations (10.8 percent in the U.S. versus 4.6 percent in Canada; 10.4 percent combined), brake component violations (9.5 percent in the U.S. versus 6.8 percent in Canada; 9.3 percent combined), and total brake violations (16.6 percent in the U.S. versus 11.0 percent in Canada; 16.2 percent combined).

During the week-long campaign held Sept. 7-13, 2014, local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico conducted roadside inspections to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.

Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks and buses, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety, CVSA officials said.

According to sources, roadside inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week included the inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. Antilock braking systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also were checked. Inspectors inspected brake components and measured pushrod stroke when appropriate.

Here are the 2014 Brake Safety Week results compared with 2012 and 2011:

• 1,388 or 10.4 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brake adjustment (9.0 in 2013, 9.4 percent in 2012, 8.4 percent in 2011)

• 1,244 or 9.3 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brake components (7.1 percent in 2013, 7.8 percent in 2012, 7.9 percent in 2011)

• 1,658 or 16.2 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brakes overall (13.5 percent in 2013, 15.3 percent in 2012, 14.2 percent in 2011)

Video: Noise-Reducing Brakes

Squeaky brakes are a harsh reality of life. They let you know when the end is near for your brakes, and they do a killer job of giving you a medical-grade migraine at every opportunity possible. Like most harsh realities of life, there isn’t much you can do to prevent them from happening. Until today.

NUCAP industries have recently created a revolutionary braking shim that combines the integrity of a mechanical lock shim with the superior noise dampening capabilities and resistance to shear-based damage of Japanese-style OE shims. This shim not only reduces irritating brake noise, but it provides a durable, lasting and resilient braking experience that you can rely on.

Check out the video explaining this revolutionary technology below!

Video: How To Eliminate Brake Drag

Ever wonder what it would take to finally get rid of that pesky brake drag?

Currently, there is a new product in the aftermarket called spreader springs, that are a part of the ongoing effort to eliminate the problem of brake drag.

These spreader springs, an accessory to Drag Reduction Technology (or DRT), are considered an ideal solution from NUCAP to eliminate brake drag. DRT keeps the pads away from the rotor when the brakes are not being applied, saving gas, money and extending the life of the brake pad.

Check out this quick informative video explaining this new technology!