With the 2015 Chicago Auto Show raging in the Northeast, the seemingly never-ending stream of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) manufacturer safety recall updates continues. This week reads like a traditional recipe for Mom’s apple pie. It lists a Ford and several Chevrolets among its entries which total over a quarter-of-a-million units. As automakers at home and abroad strive to make their products safer for all consumers, expect a continued flow of recalls. Log onto BestRide.com often for the latest in NHTSA recalls, as well as automotive news and views, and millions of listings for new and used automobiles in every price range.
Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to find the production date of your vehicle (Month/Year). This information could help you to determine whether your ride is under a NHTSA recall, or not.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V040000
Ford Safety Recall Number: 15S02
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2010-2013 Ford Taurus vehicles manufactured from December 1, 2009 through July 31, 2010 and 2011-2013 Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured from June 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011. Approximately 194,889 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.
Concern: If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch inadvertently, dramatically increasing the risk of personal injury.
Correction: Ford will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers that will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 16, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle included in this safety recall campaign, position yourself away from door openings while the vehicle is in motion (and warn other occupants to do the same). Always wear your safety belts.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V064000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14772
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured from April 1, 2006 through June 30, 2006 and 2006-2007 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured from April 18, 2006 through June 30, 2006. Approximately 69,633 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the conditions of this safety recall campaign.
Cause: In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving.
Concern: If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: GM will notify owners with particular instructions for contacting qualified dealers that will replace the torque sensor assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737.
NOTE: This is an expansion of recall 14V-153 to cover additional vehicles built between April 1, 2006 and June 30, 2006.