Latest Safety Recalls — July 15, 2014

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NHTSAHere are some more safety recalls from the four corners of the earth. Protect your automotive investment by staying up-to-date on all of the latest from the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute (NHTSA). Remember to look inside the driver door jamb to find the manufacturing date (month/year) for most vehicles. Check back frequently with BestRide.com for all of the latest safety recall campaigns with helpful suggestions to promote safe vehicle operation.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V391000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P36

durangoVehicles Affected: Certain 2011 through 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010 through December 11, 2013. Approximately 651,130 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: A possible electrical short in the passenger sun visor, specifically the vanity lamp circuit may occur succeeding a service repair.

Concern: An electrical short, particularly in an area such as the sun visor, can dramatically increase the risk of fire.

JeepCorrection: Chrysler will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having the wiring inspected and repaired as necessary, free of charge. The recall campaign is scheduled to begin in August 2014.

NOTE: Use caution when parking your affected vehicle in an enclosure, such as a garage especially if it is attached to an inhabited dwelling. Park the vehicle outside until the repair is completed if possible. You may reach Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 if you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by this condition.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V400000 
General motors Recall Campaign Number: 14350

impalaVehicles Affected: 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero, 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am, and 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles. Approximately 6,729,742 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

 

Cause: The weight of the ignition key ring, combined with rough road conditions or other jarring events, could cause the ignition switch to be moved from the “run” position.

 

monte carloConcern: If the ignition switch is moved from the run position, the engine will be shut-down and most electrical systems disabled. Of key concern is the interruption of the supplemental inflatable restraint system. The airbags could fail to deploy in the event of a motor vehicle accident.

 

Correction: GM will notify vehicle owners by mail with specific instructions for having replacement ignition keys and key-rings provided, free of charge. No schedule has been provided for beginning this recall campaign. Vehicle owners may contact GM customer service at 1-866-636-2273 with questions and concerns.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own or regularly operate a vehicle which id affected by this condition, remove the ignition key from the key-ring and operate with the vehicle using the ignition key, alone until the necessary repairs are performed.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V318000

saabGeneral Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14222
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2004 – 2011 Saab 9-3 Convertibles manufactured from July 30, 2003 through February 15, 2011. Approximately 28,789 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

 

Cause: The driver side front safety belt retractor may break if placed under a load, causing the vehicle webbing not to retract.

 

Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle accident, a broken safety belt could result in a greater risk of injury to vehicle occupants.

 

Correction: GM (Saab) will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions regarding seat belt replacement, free of charge. This manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for owner notification, however you may contact Saab customer service at 1-800-955-9007.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is affected by this condition, please exercise extreme caution until this condition is rectified. Additionally, GM will also extend Special Coverage 10086 to these vehicle owners. This special coverage ensures that passenger side safety belts will also be replaced free of charge should they become defective at any time during the life of the vehicle.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V325000
Hyundai Recall Campaign Number: 119

sonataVehicles Affected: Certain 2015 Hyundai Sonata vehicles manufactured from May 2, 2014 through May 23, 2014. Approximately 2,138 vehicles are included.

 

Cause: An intermittent open electrical circuit within the vehicle wiring harness could result in a loss of power steering assistance. This condition could also affect the ability of the driver to move the shifter from the park position.

 

Concern: Inadvertent changes in power steering assistance while the vehicle is underway could increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident and ensuing injury. Obviously the driver’s inability to move the shifter from the park position poses its own set of problems, since the vehicle occupants will be left stranded with the car immobilized.

 

Correction: Hyundai Motors has suspended sales of tis vehicle until they can be repaired. Hyundai will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having their cars inspected and repaired as necessary, free of charge. This campaign began on June 7, 2014.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by this condition, and you have not been notified by mail, you can contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V311000
Subaru Recall Campaign Number: WQK-47

legacyVehicles Affected: Certain 2005-2009 Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy, 2008-2011 Subaru Impreza, 2008-2014 Subaru Impreza WRX/STi, and 2009-2013 Subaru Forester vehicles that have ever been registered in the North American continental states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Approximately 660,238 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

 

Cause: A drainage vent in the protective fuel tank shield could allow salt water (from salt and sand used during adverse winter road conditions in the aforementioned states) to drip excessively onto steel rear brake lines resulting in corrosion and possibly failure.

 

Concern: That the rust which accompanies saltwater corrosion will fatigue the steel brake line to the point of failure, causing a brake fluid leak and increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

 

WRXCorrection: Subaru will notify owners with instructions for having the condition rectified, free of charge. After depressing the brake pedal, an inspection of the vehicle brake lines will be performed. If brake fluid leakage is observed, brake lines and components will be replaced as needed followed by a rust-proofing and anti-corrosive wax treatment. If no leaks are detected, then the rust-proofing and anti-corrosive wax treatment alone will be performed. Subaru has not yet provided a schedule for this recall notification, however you may reach Subaru customer service at 1-800-783-2783.

 

NOTE: This recall supersedes campaign number 13V-110. Vehicles which were treated during 13V-110 now require the treatment to additional areas. If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by this condition, it is recommended that you maintain a fully filled brake master cylinder reservoir until the necessary repairs can be completed. Use extreme caution when coming to a stop and allow extra space before doing so.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V399000 
Subaru of America Recall Campaign Number: WQL-48

BajaVehicles Affected: Certain 2003 and 2004 Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, and Subaru Baja vehicles, along with certain 2004 Subaru Impreza (including WRX/STi) vehicles that re equipped with Takata brand front passenger airbag inflators. Approximately 8,557-vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall.

 

Cause: A faulty internal pressure regulator in the front passenger air bag can cause the Takata inflator to rupture upon deployment.

 

Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash, and the resulting air bag deployment, the Takata inflator may rupture causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants, potentially causing serious injury.

 

04 WRXCorrection: Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail with specific instructions for having the passenger side frontal impact airbag replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule but you may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783, if you believe that you own a car that is affected by this condition.

 

NOTE: If it possible to disable the passenger side frontal impact airbag, then do so. Additionally, after the airbag is disabled do not allow vehicle passengers to occupy the front passenger seat until the condition is fully rectified. Always wear safety belts when travelling in a motor vehicle.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V323000
American Honda Motor Company Recall Campaign Number: JE9

ilxVehicles Affected: Certain 2013 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured from January 16, 2012 through March 1, 2013, Acura ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured January 12, 2012 through February 7, 2013, and certain model year 2014 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured May 2, 2013 through May 31, 2014, and Acura ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 18, 2013 through February 19, 2014. Approximately 14,078 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

 

Cause: Excessively high temperatures around the headlight bulb and reflector unit may cause the lens to melt and even catch on fire. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Concern: If the lens melts sufficiently, a fire may be started in the plastic elements located on the front of the car. If the lens only melts only partially, it may become distorted and result in substandard headlight output.

2014 ilxCorrection: Honda will notify vehicle owners with instructions for having the defective headlight components replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 28, 2014. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-862-2872.

 

NOTE: Avoid sitting still with the engine idling and the headlights on. The air rushing across the front of the vehicle may be just enough to prevent this issue from becoming a major emergency, until you can have the problem repaired. If your car is parked with the engine idling, no air is forced across the front fascia and temperatures can soar, particularly during the summer months.

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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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