Hyundai Bitten by the Safety Recall Bug

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NHTSAThe Hyundai Motor Company announced on July 1, 2014 that approximately 58,000 Hyundai Elantra Touring vehicles will be recalled in North America. The recall is expected to deal with a steel support bracket that could become dislodged during an airbag deployment, possibly injuring vehicle occupants. While no injuries have been reported as a result of the wayward bracket, Hyundai officials noted its similarity to a bracket used in manufacturing side impact airbags used in 2011 through 2013 Elantra sedans. In 2013 approximately 200,000 Elantra sedans were recalled after the side impact airbag bracket allegedly lacerated a passenger’s ear during an airbag deployment. The latest recall, which will include 2010 through 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, is scheduled to begin in August. “Hyundai … is voluntarily initiating this action to ensure the safety and quality of vehicles and the continued satisfaction of its customers,” the company said in a statement today. No current information was available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) but BestRide.com will provide more details as soon as possible.

 

Here are the latest domestic safety recalls, fresh off the NHTSA press. Remember to look for your vehicle manufacturing date (month/year) inside of the driver side door jamb on most vehicles.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V346000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14294

camaro fr3Vehicles Affected: All 2010 through 2014 Chevrolet Camaro vehicles manufactured from December 3, 2008 through May 23, 2014. Approximately 464,712 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

 

Cause: It is possible that the driver may inadvertently contact the ignition key with his knee, unintentionally moving the ignition switch out of the run position and causing the engine to turn off.

 

camaro sideConcern: With the ignition switch in the incorrect position, various vehicle systems (including the supplemental inflatable restraint system) could fail to operate properly in the event of a motor vehicle crash. Additionally, the loss of engine power will result in the loss of power steering and braking assistance that could potentially cause a crash.

 

Correction: GM will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having the keys and/or RKE transmitter assemblies replaced, free of charge. General Motors has not yet released a schedule for this recall campaign but you may call GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

 

camaro r3NOTE: If you feel that you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is affected by this recalled condition, exercise caution before operating the vehicle that you adjust your seat and/or steering column to provide ample distance between the key and your knee.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V355000 
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14299

lacrosseVehicles Affected: Certain 2005 through 2009 Buick LaCrosse vehicles, 2006 through 2011 Buick Lucerne vehicles, 2000 through 2005 Cadillac De Ville vehicles, 2006 through 2011 Cadillac DTS vehicles, and 2006 through 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles. Approximately 3,141,731 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

 

lucerneCause: In certain situations, excessive weight on the ignition key ring combined with rough road conditions or some other jarring event could cause the ignition switch to be inadvertently moved from the run position.

 

De VilleConcern: If the ignition switch is not in the run position, various vehicle systems will fail to operate properly. The most vital of these systems is the supplemental vehicle restraint system but also includes lighting and engine controls. Additionally, if the ignition switch is moved from the run position, the engine will be turned off resulting in a loss of power assistance from the steering and braking systems and increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

 

DTSCorrection: Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail with specific instructions for having this condition repaired, free of charge. GM dealers will install new 13-millimeter key rings and inserts into the vehicle ignition key/s. The manufacturer has not yet released a schedule for the recall notification. You may call GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick) 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac) 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet).

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own or drive a vehicle that is affected by this recall, remove the ignition key from your key ring and use the ignition key, alone when operating the vehicle until the condition is rectified.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V373000

JourneyChrysler Recall campaign Number: LC25
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2009 through 2010 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured from June 29, 2007 through June 17, 2010 and 2008 through 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan/Chrysler Town and Country vehicles manufactured between January 26, 2007 and June 17, 2010. Approximately 438,109 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

 

Cause: In certain situations, excessive weight on the ignition key ring combined with rough road conditions or some other jarring event could cause the ignition switch to be inadvertently moved from the run position.

 

Concern: If the ignition switch is not in the run position, various vehicle systems will fail to operate properly. The most vital of these systems is the supplemental vehicle restraint system but also includes lighting and engine controls. Additionally, if the ignition switch is moved from the run position, the engine will be turned off resulting in a loss of power assistance from the steering and braking systems and increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

 

GCVCorrection: Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail with specific instructions for having this condition repaired, free of charge. Chrysler dealers will install new 13-millimeter key rings and inserts into the vehicle ignition key/s. The manufacturer has not yet released a schedule for the recall notification. You may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own or drive a vehicle that is affected by this recall, remove the ignition key from your key ring and use the ignition key, alone when operating the vehicle until the condition is rectified. This is an expansion recall of campaign 11V-139.

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S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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