Three is the number for this week’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall update. BestRide.com brings you the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of new and used vehicle listings, absolutely free. Chrysler, Mitsubishi, and Nissan made the list of top offenders (so to speak) for this week totaling up nearly 700,000 total units expected for recall.
Log onto BestRide.com often for the latest in automotive news and remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to locate your vehicle’s manufacturing date (Month/Year). This information will aid you in determining whether or not your ride is currently under a NHTSA safety recall.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V567000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P57
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2008 Chrysler 300 vehicles manufactured from May 31, 2007 through May 12, 2008, Dodge Magnum vehicles manufactured from May 23, 2007 through May 12, 2008, Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured from May 24, 2007 through May 12, 2008, Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured from April 3, 2007 through May 12, 2008, and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from March 21, 2007 through May 12, 2008. Approximately 291,703 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall.
Cause: In the affected vehicles, the ignition key (FOBIK) may not return to the “ON” position after being rotated to the “START” position, instead sticking between the two positions. Potentially, while the vehicle is being driven, the ignition may inadvertently move through the “RUN” position to the “ACCESSORY” or “OFF” ignition position, turning off the engine.
Concern: If the ignition stays between “START” and “ON” positions it could cause loss of certain electrical functions. If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the “OFF” or “ACCESSORY” position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
NOTE: If you own a vehicle that is affected by this condition and your vehicle cuts off while driving; first DO NOT PANIC, second turn the key slightly until power is restored, then drive to a safe area to better assess the situation. Have the ignition switch replaced as soon as possible.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V565000
Nissan Recall Campaign Number:
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured from March 6, 2012 through February 28, 2013. Approximately 220,423 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.
Cause: In the affected vehicles, interference between the hood inner panel and the secondary latch lever, in combination with debris and corrosion, may cause the secondary hood latch to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.
Concern: If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Nissan will notify owners with specific instructions for having a Nissan dealerl be instructed to modify the bend angle of the hood actuation lever to eliminate potential interference with the hood inner panel. In addition, dealers will clean and lubricate the latch joint as needed. If significant corrosion is observed, the latch assembly will be replaced. This repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
NOTE: The first thing that you want to do when your hood won’t latch is to slam it harder, right? You know I am. How about cleaning the crud out of the hood latch, instead? It just might work on your Altima anyhow.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V562000
Mitsubishi Recall Campaign Number: SR-14-009
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2008-2011 Mitsubishi Lancer, Lancer Evolution, and Outlander, 2009-2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, and 2011 Outlander Sport vehicles. Approximately 165,923 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: The affected vehicles, manufactured with 4B1 engines, have an engine pulley and belt arrangement for turning the alternator, the cooling fan and the power steering pump (if equipped). These pulleys may experience unusual wear and allow for belt detachment.
Concern: If the drive belt detaches, the battery may discharge, resulting in an engine stall, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Mitsubishi will notify owners with detailed instructions for having a qualified dealer replace the drive belt with a rubber belt. Drive pulleys that are excessively worn will also be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 15, 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820.
NOTE: Abnormal noises from underneath the hood should be investigated. A squealing or squeaking belt could be an early warning sign of excessively worn belts, tensioners, and/or pulleys.