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1st Gear: We're running out of Toyota Recall jokes
Toyota's announced a voluntary recall of approximately 400,000 Lexus and Toyota vehicles due to the possible misalignment of a crankshaft pulley on the V6 engine they put in almost everything they build. Vehicles include the 2004 Avalon, 2004-2005 Camry/Highlander/Sienna/Solara, 2006 Highlander HV, 2004-2004 Lexus ES350/RX330, and 2006 Lexus RX400h. If the condition isn't fixed the power steering pump may become detached causing a "sudden increase in steering effort." There have been no incidents reported, but if you were driving towards a tank full of gasoline and couldn't steer away there could be... fiery death!
2nd Gear: Volvo wants to flash you on the cheap
The problem with the R-Design Volvos is the R isn't faster than the regular Volvos. The company is hoping to fix that with a $1,295 kit from Polestar for the T5 engines that boosts power by 23 horsepower. That's a start, we guess.