NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V342000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14240
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured from November 20, 2013 through March 25, 2014 and equipped with optional sport seats. Approximately 712 Corvettes are expected for inclusion under this recall.
Cause: The optional sport seats do not meet internal specifications for injury protection as it pertains to an unbelted young child.
Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash, and the ensuing side impact airbag deployment, a small child could be placed at an increased risk of spinal injury.
Correction: GM will notify owners of affected vehicles with specific instructions for having passenger side impact airbags replaced, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin in early August 2014. Vehicle owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.
NOTE: GM has requested that no passengers occupy the optional safety seats until the necessary repairs are performed to affected vehicles. They would also like to remind Corvette owners that children must always be buckled-in and must never ride in the front passenger seat.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V345000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14310
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Chevrolet Silverado trucks built from May 15, 2013 through January 29, 2014 and 2014 GMC Sierra trucks manufactured from September 19, 2013 through February 8, 2014 and equipped with optional all-weather floor mats and vinyl flooring. Approximately 184 trucks are expected for inclusion under the provisions of this campaign.
Cause: The combination of optional all-weather vinyl floor mats (option code RPO or VAV) and vinyl flooring (option code RPO or BG9) do not provide a means of securing the floor mats to the flooring. This has become an issue on the driver’s side floor.
Concern: The all-weather floor mat could shift and become stuck around the accelerator pedal, thus preventing a return to idle when desired. A stuck accelerator could dramatically increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash and injury to vehicle occupants.
Correction: GM will notify owners with specific guidelines for disposal of the defective floor mats, with a full reimbursement. Additionally, an insert note will be added to the vehicle owner’s manual forbidding the use of such a floor mat in the future. GM has not yet provided a schedule for owner notification but you may reach them at 1-800-222-1020 for Chevrolet or 1-800-462-8782 for GMC Trucks.
NOTE: If you were intelligent enough to buy a Chevy or GMC truck, then nobody needs to tell you to maintain order around your accelerator pedal. Always make sure that this area is clean and free from obstructions.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V438000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P41
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from February 11, 2004 through July 5, 2007 and 2006-2007 Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured from January 31, 2005 through July 5, 2007. Approximately 643,618 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.
Cause: The current positioning and/or shape and size if the ignition key may allow it to be contacted by the driver’s knee in such a manner as to turn the ignition switch to the off position.
Concern: If the ignition switch is advertently turned to the off position vital electronic systems will be disabled resulting in an engine shutdown. When the engine shuts down, power steering assist and power braking assist will be lost. This will dramatically increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash. Additionally, when switched vehicle power is lost, the supplemental inflatable restraint system will also be disabled, thus rendering the airbags useless.
Correction: Chrysler will notify owners of affected Jeep vehicles with specific instructions regarding repairs, free of charge. The remedy for this recall condition remains in the developmental stages and no schedule for notification or repairs has been released. Vehicle owners may contact Jeep customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
NOTE: Use caution when operating your Jeep to avoid contacting the ignition key, switch, or cylinder so that it amy be turned to the off position. This is not the first recall of this type that we have seen but they still make you wonder who needs to be told not to fiddle with the ignition switch when driving? Turn it to the run position, move away from it, and leave it alone until you arrive at your destination.