This week’s safety recall update, brought to you by BestRide.com, includes a pair of Japanese imports that total nearly 140,000 units. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working overtime making sure that consumers are delivered the safest product possible. The “proof is in the pudding” as they say and the continual stream of recalls from nearly every automaker in the world is certainly proof enough for me. Let’s take a look at these two recalls from automaking dynasties Toyota and Honda to see if your vehicle is included. For complete details of all the latest NHTSA safety recalls check out their website by clicking on the initials at left.
Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb to find your vehicle production date (Month/Year). This information will aid you further in determining if your vehicle is included in a safety recall campaign.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V556000
Toyota Recall Campaign Number:
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax and Double Cab vehicles manufactured from July 29, 2013 through August 22, 2014. Approximately 132,624 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the provisions of this recall.
Cause: Due to a possible misalignment of the upper tab of the B-pillar interior trim, the Curtain-Shield Air Bags (CSA) may not deploy properly in the event of a motor vehicle crash.
Concern: If the Curtain-Shield Air Bags (CSA) do not deploy properly there is an increased risk of occupant injury during a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Toyota will notify owners with specific instructions for having dealers inspect the B-pillar interior trim installation and replace it if it is not installed correctly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 30, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
NOTE: Always wear your safety belts and avoid driving maneuvers that could place your vehicle at an increased risk of collision.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V563000
Honda Recall Campaign Number: JF9
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2015 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured from April 11, 2014 through June 9, 2014. Approximately 6,292 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: The affected vehicles may have been assembled with an A-pillar interior cover designed for vehicles without side curtain air bags.
Concern: The affected vehicles are equipped with side curtain air bags and in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the side curtain air bags, the incorrect A-pillar interior cover may adversely affect the performance of the side curtain air bags increasing the risk of occupant injury during a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Honda will notify owners with detailed instructions for allowing dealers to inspect the A-pillar interior cover and install the correct A-pillar cover as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 25, 2014 and vehicle owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.
NOTE: Buckle-up and use extreme caution when driving.