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NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V577000
Toyota Recall Campaign Number:
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2009-2012 Toyota RAV4 vehicles manufactured from October 27, 2008 through December 19, 2012 and 2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV vehicles manufactured from July 24, 2012 through August 29, 2014. Approximately 423,456 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: In the affected vehicles, water may drip onto the joint that connects the wiper linkage to the wiper motor.
Concern: Over time, the dripping water may cause corrosion and wear at the joint, potentially resulting in the separation of the wiper linkage. Once this occurs, the wipers would fail to function, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Toyota will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers that will replace the water diverter channel. In addition, a new wiper linkage with a wiper motor crank arm will be installed. The wiper linkage will have a protective cover over the wiper linkage joint to minimize water splash and a retainer ring to prevent the wiper arm from separating from the wiper motor. The recall is expected to begin by November 16, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota’s customer service number at 1-800-331-4331.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V573000
Nissan Recall Campaign Number:
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2007-2012 Nissan Versa vehicles manufactured from May 8, 2006 through November 12, 2012, that were sold or ever registered in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Approximately 218,019 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: Road salt may corrode the front coil springs, possibly resulting in the coil springs fracturing.
Concern: If a front coil spring fractures, it may contact the tire, possibly puncturing it, increasing the risk of a crash.
Correction: Nissan will notify owners with detailed instructions for contacting qualified dealers that will replace both front coil springs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-November 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V574000
Honda Recall Campaign Number: JU2 (Civic) and JU3(Fit)
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014-2015 Honda Civic vehicles manufactured from January 16, 2014 through November 6, 2014 and 2015 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured from March 12, 2014 through May 12, 2015.
Approximately 143,676 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: The software settings that control the transmission operation may result in damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft.
Concern: If the transmission drive pulley shaft is damaged, it may break, and the vehicle may lose acceleration or the front wheels may lock up while driving, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Honda will notify owners with specific instructions on how to locate qualified dealers that will update the software for the transmission, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 16, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.