Almost 100,000 Cadillac ATS models and nearly half a million Hyundai Sonata models are on the recall docket this week.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for monitoring the safety practices of every automobile manufacturer that sells vehicles within the United States. They work in conjunction (whenever possible) with automaker safety personnel to ensure that every vehicle sold is as safe as possible. When unsafe conditions are manifested in automobiles that have already been sold, the NHTSA springs into action; again working with automakers in issuing national recalls and providing consumers with information on how to have their vehicles repaired.
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NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V558000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 15299
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS sedan vehicles manufactured from April 23, 2012 through September 2, 2015. Approximately 96,145 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: In the affected vehicles, the coil antenna module that powers the rear defogger system may generate excessive heat due to excessive cycling or continuous operation.
Concern: If the coil antenna generates excessive heat, there is an increased risk of a fire.
Correction: GM will notify owners with specific instruction for locating qualified dealers that will update the Electronic Climate Control module to remove the automatic rear defogger “on” function, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V566000
Hyundai Recall Campaign Number: 131 (expansion of 13V-113)
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2009-2011 Hyundai Accent vehicles manufactured from March 1, 2009 through February 11, 2011. Approximately 99,500 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: In the affected vehicles, the brake light switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning brake light switch may cause the brake lights not to illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning brake light switch may also prevent the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position.
Concern: Failure to illuminate the brake lights during braking or the inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Hyundai will notify owners with detailed directions for contacting qualified dealers who will replace the brake switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 2, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai’s customer service at 1-855-671-3059 or by visiting www.HyundaiUSA.com/Campaign131.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V568000
Hyundai Recall Campaign Number: 132
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata vehicles manufactured from December 11, 2009 through April 12, 2012 at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and equipped with either a 2.0 liter or 2.4 liter Gasoline Direct injection engine. Approximately 470,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: In the affected vehicles, metallic debris may not have been fully removed during manufacturing of the engine crankshaft. If the debris was not completely removed, oil flow may be restricted through the connecting rod bearings, causing connecting rod damage. A worn connecting rod bearing will produce a metallic, cyclic knocking noise from the engine and possible engine failure.
Concern: Engine failure would result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Hyundai will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers who will inspect the vehicles and replace the engine assembly, as necessary, free of charge. Additionally, Hyundai Motor America will increase the warranty for the engine sub-assembly (short block) to 10 years/120,000 miles for both original and subsequent owners of 2011 and 2012 Sonatas manufactured at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama equipped with 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter Gasoline Direct injection engines. An interim notification will be mailed by November 2, 2015. A second notification will be mailed when parts are available. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059 or by visiting www.HyundaiUSA.com/Campaign132.