SAFETY RECALL UPDATE

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nhtsaThis week’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) update includes only three entries that total nearly 600,000 units for recall. Chrysler claims the top two spots wit electrical problems and General Motors brings in the bottom spot. BestRide.com brings you the latest in NHTSA safety recall updates along with the latest automotive news and views, and millions of new and used car listings.

Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to find the production date (Month/Year) of your vehicle. This will help you to determine if your vehicle is under a NHTSA recall. Always wear your safety belts and log on to BestRide.com frequently for the latest updates.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V634000 

Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P60
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Durango vehicles as well as certain 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from April 22, 2010 through January 2, 2014, and equipped with a 3.6L engine and a 160 amp alternator. Approximately 434,581 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail.

Concern: If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Chrysler will begin to notify vehicle owners of this recall on November 28, 2014. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: Unfortunately, there is no method for predicting when or where the affected alternators will fail. Always be attentive of your gauges and malfunction indicators when driving.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V631000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P61

Affected Vehicles: Certain 2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured from February 16, 2010 through July 19, 2013. Approximately 313,236 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Corrosion in the exterior heated power mirror electrical connector may result in an electrical short.

Concern: An electrical short may dramatically increase the risk of a vehicle fire.

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners with specific instructions for allowing qualified dealers reposition the exterior mirror power feed to a separate connector, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 5, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle included under this recall campaign, avoid parking indoors until the condition is rectified. Do not park the vehicle in an inhabited structure until the recall is completed because a vehicle fire can quickly spread inside of a garage or similar structure.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V614000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14515

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. Approximately 97,540 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short.

Concern: If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction:

GM will notify owners with detailed instructions for allowing qualified dealers to replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC).

NOTE: If your vehicle stalls during operation DO NOT PANIC. Allow your vehicle to coast to a safe area if possible; place the shifter in PARK and set the parking brake.

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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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