SAFETY RECALL UPDATE

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Topping the list of this week’s largest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recalls (targeting over 300,000 vehicles) are a couple of Chrysler products and a General Motors entry. BestRide.com brings you the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of new and used vehicle listings at the touch of your fingers and absolutely free. These are the three largest NHTSA recalls by unit number. For a complete list of safety recalls visit the NHTSA website.

Remember to look inside the driver door jamb (most vehicles) for the vehicle production date (Month/Year). This information will help you to determine whether or not your vehicle is currently under recall by the NHTSA.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V530000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P54

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010 through July 20, 2011 and equipped with either a 3.6L or 5.7L engine. Approximately 188,723 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning.

Concern: A vehicle stall could increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: If you own a vehicle that is included in this recall, having it repaired sooner rather than later could save you time and money.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V541000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14471

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured from February 14, 2012 through August 22, 2014 and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured from January 15, 2013 through August 22, 2014. Approximately 132,921 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged.

Concern: Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may become prematurely worn out and could also cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.

Correction: GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic parking brake software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006.

NOTE: This condition will likely create an abnormal odor outside of the vehicle. If you smell anything out of the ordinary, then have your brakes checked immediately. Until this condition is rectified, park outdoors and especially not in an inhabited structure.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V481000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P42

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014-2015 Fiat 500L vehicles manufactured from March 3, 2012 through July 25, 2014. Approximately 25,483 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the parameters of this recall campaign.

Cause: Irregularities in the folding process during assembly of the driver’s knee airbag may result in its improper deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

Concern: If the knee airbag air bag does not deploy properly during a motor vehicle crash, there is an increased risk of driver and/or passenger injury.

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s knee air bag, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: Since this condition regards the driver’s airbag, make certain that the safety belt is used properly at all times and avoid aggressive driving situations.

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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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