NHTSA Safety Recall Update: April 15, 2015

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Easter week was rather uneventful from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recall standpoint. No light-duty passenger vehicles (totaling over 100,000-units) were recalled during that time period. So, it stands to reason that this week would provide some slightly inflated numbers. Ford and General Motors are posting the big numbers again, this week. Log onto BestRide.com frequently for the latest NHTSA safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Keep in mind that you can look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to find the production date (Month/Year) for your vehicle. This will help you to determine whether or not your ride is currently under a NHTSA safety recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V171000 

Ford Recall Campaign Number: 15S11

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles. Approximately 194,484 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.

Concern: If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact motor vehicle crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Correction: Ford will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers that will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 11, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle affected by this condition, please refrain from leaning or pushing against doors while the vehicle is in motion and always remember to wear your safety belts.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V164000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 15176

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured from October 24, 2011 through March 5, 2015. Approximately 87,063 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the Slide or Tilt switch for the roof panel may not be adequately recessed to prevent the switch from inadvertently being pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118, “Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems.”

Concern: The Slide or Tilt roof panel switch may be pressed inadvertently and the roof panel may auto-close unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a pinch injury.

Correction: GM will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers who will update the Body Control Module (BCM) software to remove auto-close feature for certain switch positions, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

NOTE: Follow manufacturer’s precautions and never place appendages in the sunroof. If you do this you will be safe until the condition is rectified.

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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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