Nissan Safety Recall Woes

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NHTSAThe weekend’s latest news includes an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This federal institution is looking into reports which allege that certain 2012 through 2014 Nissan Versa vehicles are unsafe due to inadvertent acceleration issues. The alleged defect centers on a trim panel near the accelerator pedal. This trim panel has pinned the right foot of several drivers to the accelerator pedal and provided them with a pretty intense driving experience.

One vocal driver in particular reported that he was in the process of making a left turn and, when he attempted to remove his foot from the accelerator, he found that it was trapped. The driver managed to use his right hand to free his foot from this precarious position but not before nearly leaving the roadway and skidding to a halt. He determined that the sole of his leather work boot had been trapped by the edge of a “trim piece.”

VersaDespite the fact that only four complaints have been lodged (two of those were from the drivers of rental cars and one was driving in a foreign country) and there have been no injuries or deaths reported, the NHTSA is conducting a probe that will include approximately 360,000 of the “fugly” sub-compact cars.

These types of complaints and the resulting investigations can certainly lead to safety recalls, however at this time none has been issued.

Here are a few of the latest safety recalls from Nissan and other import automakers. Yes, I know that several of these vehicles are manufactured in the good old U.S. of A., but they are sold by foreign automakers. Don’t forget to look for your build date (month/year) located inside the driver’s door jamb on most cars, if you need to know when your car was manufactured.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V263000

LeafVehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Nissan Leaf vehicles manufactured between April 15, 2014 and April 24, 2014.  Approximately 196 vehicles are expected for recall.

 

Cause: A problem with the electric motor control circuit board could cause the inverter to fail intermittently.

 

Concern: If the inverter fails, the electric motor will shut down leaving the vehicle inoperable and possibly placing the vehicle occupants at a greater degree of risk.

 

Correction: Nissan will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having the inverter replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to officially begin on July 7, 2014.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own, or regularly operate, a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall there are some steps that you may take to reduce risk. Avoid trips that put you on the highway in the event of a shutdown and have the vehicle inspected as soon as possible. You may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V340000

370zVehicles Affected: Certain Nissan vehicles originally sold in, or currently registered in, Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii or the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. The approximate number of vehicles that are affected by the conditions of this recall are unknown a the present time.

 

Cause: The passenger side frontal airbag may be equipped with a faulty inflator that will provide excessive pressure upon deployment.

 

Concern: In the event of a collision, if the front passenger airbag is deployed, the excessive pressure could cause the inflator to fragment with the potential to injure vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel.

 

Correction: Nissan will notify owners of affected vehicles with specific instructions for having the front passenger side airbag inflator replaced, free of charge. The recall campaign is expected to begin during July 2014.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle affected by the conditions of this recall, avoid allowing passengers to occupy the front seat until the situation is rectified. You may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.


NHTSA Campaign Number:
 14V270000

GS350Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 Lexus GS350 vehicles built between June 6, 2012 and December 26, 2012. Approximately 10,462 vehicles will be affected.

 

Cause: The electronic switch that senses the amount of brake pressure which the driver applies to the brake pedal may fail in affected vehicles.

 

Concern: If the sensor fails, the vehicle could begin braking inadvertently without illuminating the brake lamps. This could increase the risk of a motor vehicle collision and potential risk to vehicle occupants.

 

Correction: Toyota will notify vehicle owners with information concerning having the brake pedal support assembly (which contains the brake pedal load sensing switch) replaced, free of charge. The redesigned brake pedal supports are not yet available, so no definitive schedule has been released for having these vehicles repaired. Toyota will notify vehicle owners by mail with an interim notification letter in late June, 2014. This letter will advise vehicle owners of the condition and the recall campaign. A second letter will be mailed when the remedy parts become available.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall, use caution when driving. Pay attention to any abnormal characteristics or noises when driving. If your vehicle appears to be braking without your input, then have it towed to a Toyota od Lexus dealer, immediately. You may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V350000

tundraVehicles Affected: Certain 2003 through 2005 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, Lexus SC430, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand passenger side air bag inflators.

 

Cause: These vehicles may be equipped with a faulty inflator in the front passenger side airbag.

 

Concern: Upon airbag deployment the inflator could fragment due to excessive pressure. If this occurs, the metal fragments could seriously injure vehicle occupants.

 

Correction: Toyota will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having the passenger side front airbag replaced, free of charge. No schedule has been released for implementing this recall.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall campaign, it is recommended that the front passenger side airbag be disabled (if possible) and that passengers are not allowed to occupy the front passenger seat until the condition is repaired. You may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 or General Motors (for the Pontiac Vibe) customer service at 1-800-521-7300.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V282000

Mazda Recall Campaign Number: 7614E
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Vehicles Affected: Certain 2008 through 2011 Mazda Tribute vehicles manufactured between October 5, 2006 and September 11, 2010. Approximately 33,000 vehicles will be affected.

 

Cause: The vehicles affected by this condition could have a faulty steering torque sensor that may not be capable of accurately measuring driver steering input. As a result of an incorrect reading, the system could disable the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) assist system.

 

Concern: The absence of sufficient electric power steering assistance could result in the requirement of greater steering effort by the driver. This may increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

 

Correction: Mazda will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having a software update of the power steering control module (PSCM) and the instrument cluster. After the vehicle is diagnosed, if it shows a history of fault codes concerning the PSCM or steering sensor, necessary repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by the conditions that caused this recall, use caution when the vehicle is in operation. You may contact Mazda directly at 1-248-295-7859.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V344000

Mazda Recall Campaign Number: SSP96

rx8Vehicles Affected: certain 2003 through 2007 Mazda Mazda6, 2006 & 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6, 2004 Mazda MPV, and 2004 through 2008 Mazda RX-8 vehicles originally sold in, or currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Approximately 34,600 vehicles will be covered under this campaign.

 

Cause: The front passenger side airbag in affected vehicles may be equipped with a faulty inflator assembly.

 

Concern: If the front passenger side airbag deploys, the inflator may fragment due to excessive pressure. The fragmenting inflator could propel metal shrapnel which may seriously injure vehicle occupants.

 

Correction: Mazda will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having the front passenger side airbag inflator replaced, free of charge. No recall notification schedule is available at this writing.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall campaign, it is recommended that the front passenger side airbag be disabled (if possible) and that passengers are not allowed to occupy the front passenger seat until the condition is repaired. You may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V289000

Kia Motors Recall Campaign Number: SC107

cardenzaVehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Kia Cardenza vehicles manufactured between February 1, 2013 and August 27, 2013 and equipped with 19-inch non-chrome aluminum wheels. Approximately 3,107 vehicles are expected for repair under this campaign.

 

Cause: The aluminum wheels on affected vehicles may fracture from impacts such as large and deep potholes or curbs.

 

Concern: If the wheel is fractured it could separate from the hub assembly and/or lose air pressure. These conditions may result in a motor vehicle crash.

 

Correction: Kia Motors will notify vehicle owners by mail with instructions for having the wheels inspected and replaced as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June of 2014.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a Kia Cardenza that is affected by the conditions of this recall, avoid situations that could result in wheel impact. If you receive a letter of recall notification, then have the wheels inspected at your local Kia dealer, regardless. You may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V348000

bmwVehicles Affected: Certain 2001 through 2005 BMW 325i, BMW 325xi, BMW 330i, and 330xi, as well as 2001 through 2006 325Ci and 330Ci vehicles currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators.

 

Cause: The passenger side frontal airbag may be equipped with a faulty inflator that will provide excessive pressure upon deployment.

 

Concern: In the event of a collision, if the front passenger airbag is deployed, the excessive pressure could cause the inflator to fragment with the potential to injure vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel.

 

Correction: BMW will notify owners of affected vehicles with specific instructions for having the front passenger side airbag inflator replaced, free of charge. The recall campaign is expected to begin during August 2014.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle affected by the conditions of this recall, avoid allowing passengers to occupy the front seat until the situation is rectified. You may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V351000 

mdxVehicles Affected: 2001 through 2007 Honda Accord (with four-cylinder), 2001 & 2002 Honda Accord V6, 2001 through 2005 Honda Civic, 2002 through 2006 Honda CR-V, 2003 through 2011 Honda Element, 2002 through 2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003 through 2007 Honda Pilot, 2006 Honda Ridgeline, 2003 through 2006 Acura MDX, and 2002 & 2003 Acura TL/CL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators.

 

Cause: These vehicles may be equipped with a faulty inflator in the front passenger side airbag.

 

Concern: Upon airbag deployment the inflator could fragment due to excessive pressure. If this occurs, the metal fragments could seriously injure vehicle occupants.

 

Correction: Honda will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having the passenger side front airbag replaced, free of charge. No schedule has been released for implementing this recall.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall campaign, it is recommended that the front passenger side airbag be disabled (if possible) and that passengers are not allowed to occupy the front passenger seat until the condition is repaired. You may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V353000

accordVehicles Affected: Certain model year 2003 through 2005 Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, Honda Element, Honda Pilot and Acura MDX, model year 2003 & 2004 Honda Odyssey and model year 2005 Acura RL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators.

 

Cause: These vehicles may be equipped with a faulty inflator in the front passenger side airbag.

 

Concern: Upon airbag deployment the inflator could fragment due to excessive pressure. If this occurs, the metal fragments could seriously injure vehicle occupants.

 

Correction: Honda will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having the passenger side front airbag replaced, free of charge. This recall campaign is expected to begin in July 2014.

 

NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall campaign, it is recommended that the front passenger side airbag be disabled (if possible) and that passengers are not allowed to occupy the front passenger seat until the condition is repaired. You may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

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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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