SAFETY RECALL UPDATE

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With the recent downturn in the volume of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalls released, it only stands to reason that we would eventually see a spike in an upward direction. This seems to be the week for it. Five major recalls of over 100,000-units each, from four automakers, adds up to one monumental week with well over 2-million automobiles recalled. Log onto BestRide.com frequently for the latest in NHTSA safety recall updates, automotive news and views, as well as millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, at your fingertips.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V043000 

Toyota Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla vehicles manufactured from December 28, 2001 through May 2, 2004, 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix vehicles manufactured from January 6, 2002 through April 29, 2004, 2003-2004 Toyota Avalon vehicles manufactured from June 5, 2002 through December 20, 2004, and 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe vehicles manufactured from January 18, 2002 through April 27, 2004. Approximately 1,006,849 are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

Cause: Due to electrical noise, a component in the air bag control module may fail, causing the front air bags, side air bags, and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

Concern: Inadvertent deployment of the air bags or the seat belt pre-tensioners increases the risk of an injury or crash.

Correction: Toyota will notify their owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. Dealers will replace the air bag control module, free of charge. These parts are not presently available, however, an interim repair is available, free of charge, that reduces the risk of an inadvertent deployment. The replacement ECU parts needed for the final remedy are not expected to be available until the latter part of 2015. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in late March 2015 and will be mailed a follow up notification when new air bag control modules are available. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac owners may call 1-800-620-7668.

NOTE: This recall remedy was applied during earlier recall campaigns of these vehicles under safety recalls 13V-029 and 14V-147. All owners that have not had a recall repair performed under safety recalls 13V-029 or 14V-147 are strongly encouraged to have it performed and not wait for the final remedy to be deployed to the field. This recall supersedes recalls 13V-029 and 14V-147. Vehicles that had a noise filter installed as the remedy for one of those campaigns need to have the air bag control module replaced under this campaign.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V046000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: R06

Affected Vehicles: Certain 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured from January 9, 2001 through March 28, 2003, 2002-2004 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured from February 13, 2001 through May 23 2003, and 2003-2004 Dodge Viper vehicles manufactured from November 1, 2001 through June 30, 2004. Approximately 753,176 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

Cause: Due to electrical noise beyond the tolerance of the air bag electronic control module (ECM), a component in the ECM may fail, causing the front air bags, side air bags, and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is in operation.

Concern: Inadvertent deployment of the air bags may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Chrysler dealers will replace the air bag control module and front and/or side impact sensors as required, free of charge. These parts are not currently available, however, an interim repair is available free of charge that reduces the risk of an inadvertent deployment. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: This recall remedy was applied during earlier recall campaigns of these vehicles (under safety recalls 12V527 and 13V040). All owners that have not had the recall repair performed under safety recalls 12V527 or 13V040 are strongly encouraged to have it performed and not wait for the final remedy to be deployed to the field. The replacement ECM parts needed for the final remedy are not expected to be available until the latter part of 2015. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in late March 2015 and will be mailed a follow up notification when new air bag control modules are available.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V032000
Nissan Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured from March 7, 2007 through November 26, 2013, and 2014 Nissan Rogue Select vehicles manufactured from September 23, 2013 through July 2, 2014. Approximately 468,815 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the parameters of this recall campaign.

Cause: The affected vehicles may experience an electrical short in the harness connector due to a mixture of snow/water and salt seeping through the carpet on the driver side floor near the harness connector.

Concern: An electrical short may cause a vehicle fire.

Correction: Nissan will notify owners with specific instructions regarding qualified dealers who will inspect the kick panel wiring harness connector and will, if necessary, install a new harness connector and waterproof seal, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTE: Until this condition is rectified, affected vehicles should never be left unattended in an indoor or inhabited structure.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V045000
Honda Recall Number: JN6 (Odyssey), and JN7 (MDX)

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey vehicles manufactured from February 13, 2002 through August 13, 2004, and 2003 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured from February 21, 2002 through September 23, 2003. Approximately 374,177 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Due to electrical noise, a component in the air bag control module may fail, causing the front air bags, side air bags, and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

Concern: Inadvertent deployment of the air bags may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Honda dealers will replace the supplemental restraint system electronic control unit (SRS ECU). These parts are not currently available, however, an interim repair is available free of charge that reduces the risk of an inadvertent deployment. Owners will be mailed an interim notification by late March 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s number for this recall is. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-412. Vehicles that had a noise filter installed as the remedy for that campaign need to have the SRS ECU replaced under this campaign.

NOTE: This recall remedy was applied during an earlier recall campaign of these vehicles under safety recall 13V-412. All owners that have not had the recall repair performed under safety recall 13V-412 are strongly encouraged to have it performed and not wait for the final remedy to be deployed to the field. The replacement ECU parts needed for the final remedy are not expected to be available until the latter part of 2015. Remember to always wear your safety belts.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V033000 

Nissan Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder vehicles manufactured from June 20, 2012 through November 18, 2013, 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid vehicles manufactured from July 18, 2013 through November 18, 2013, 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles manufactured from November 29, 2011 through June 14, 2013, and 2014 Infiniti QX60 vehicles manufactured from May 16, 2013 through November 18, 2013, and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles manufactured from July 18, 2013 through November 18, 2013. Approximately 170,665 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this safety recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles the hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly preventing the latching claw from fully engaging. The secondary latch may remain in the open position when the hood is closed.

Concern: If the primary hood latch is released and the secondary latch fails during operation of the vehicle, it could cause the hood to open during vehicle operation impairing the driver’s vision, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Nissan will notify owners with detailed instructions concerning qualified Nissan dealers who will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTE: If you own one of these affected vehicles, then please take the time to double-check your hood and make sure that it is latched thouroughly before operating the vehicle.

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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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