NHTSA Safety Recall Update – June 22, 2015

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This week we are looking at well over 5 million vehicles being recalled by two Japanese based automakers. All of these vehicles are being recalled due to Takata airbag related issues. These airbags are responsible for the largest vehicle recall in U.S. history.

Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most models) to find the production date (Month/Year) of your vehicle. This information could help you to determine if your ride is currently under a NHTSA safety recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V285000
Toyota Recall Campaign Number: See Note Below

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2004 Toyota Sequoia vehicles manufactured from August 18, 2003 through August 19, 2004 and 2003-2004 Toyota Tundra vehicles manufactured from March 18, 2003 through August 25, 2004. On June 16, 2015, Toyota expanded the recall to include an additional 1,270,468 vehicles, including certain 2002-2003 and 2005-2007 Toyota Sequoia, 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra, 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla, 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla Matrix, 2003-2007 Pontiac Vibe, and 2002-2007 Lexus SC vehicles. Approximately 1,973,468 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: This recall campaign addresses a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag inflator which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a motor vehicle crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag.

Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash, necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Correction: Toyota will notify Toyota owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. Dealers will replace the front passenger air bag. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac owners may call 1-800-762-2737.

NOTE: This recall is an expansion of recall 15V-285 and supersedes recall 14V-312 in its entirety.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V286000
Toyota recall Campaign Number: See Note Below

Vehicles Affected: 2005-2007 Lexus SC, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Pontiac Vibe, and 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra vehicles that were originally sold, or ever registered, in Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. On June 16, 2015 Toyota expanded the recall to cover an additional 769,055 vehicles, including certain model year 2002-2004 Lexus SC, Toyota Sequoia, 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix, Toyota Corolla, Pontiac Vibe, and Toyota Tundra vehicles, as well the vehicles covered by the May 13, 2015 notification in the portions of Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas that were not previously included. Approximately 1,069,055 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this safety recall campaign.

Cause: The inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a motor vehicle crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag.

Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash, necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Correction: Toyota will notify Toyota owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. Dealers will replace the passenger side front air bag, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 1-800-762-2737.

NOTE: This recall is an expansion of recall 15V-286 and supersedes recall 14V-655 in its entirety. For vehicles located in the U.S. states not listed above, please see Toyota recall 15V-285 which covers all other U.S. states.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V370000
Honda Recall Campaign Number: JS1 and JS2 (See Note Below)

2003-2007 Honda Accord vehicles manufactured from August 16, 2002 through August 28, 2007 and equipped with a four cylinder engine, and 2001-2005 Honda Civic vehicles manufactured from April 25, 2000 through September 2, 2005. Approximately 2,300,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The affected vehicles have a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment.

Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash, necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the passenger seat occupant or other occupants possibly causing serious injury or death.

Correction: Honda will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers that will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 13, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.

NOTE: Vehicles that have already received a replacement passenger air bag inflator as part of the recall remedy for an earlier campaign such as 13V132, 14V349, 14V353 or 14V700 (Honda recall numbers S95, JH6, JH7, JH8, JH9, JJ0, JJ1, JJ2, JJ6, JM5 and JM6) are not included in this recall.

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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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