Safety Recall Update – February 29, 2016

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Safety Recall Update - February 29, 2016.01 pngThe latest list of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) major (over 100,000-units) safety recalls is quite extensive. It contains vehicles from three separate automakers and encompasses over 750,000-units total. Log onto the NHTSA website and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if your ride is currently under a safety recall.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V063000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 28810

2011 Saab 9-5Vehicles Affected: Certain 2003-2011 Saab 9-3 vehicles manufactured from May 31, 2002 through February 15, 2011, 2010-2011 Saab 9-5 vehicles manufactured from June 23, 2010 through February 21, 2011, and 2008-2009 Saturn Astra vehicles manufactured from April 11, 2007 through July 24, 2008. Approximately 179,861 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: 

Upon deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

Concern:

In the event of a motor vehicle crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Correction:

GM will notify owners with detailed instructions for contacting dealers that will replace the driver’s frontal air bag inflator on Saab 9-3 and 9-5 vehicles and will replace the driver’s frontal airbag module on Saturn Astra vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Saab customer service at 1-800-955-9007 or Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V064000
Mazda Recall Campaign Number: 9216B

2016 Mazda CX-5Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014-2016 Mazda CX-5 vehicles manufactured from June 27, 2013 through February 2, 2016. Approximately 268,799 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause:

The affected vehicles have a fuel filler pipe that may rupture in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 301, “Fuel System Integrity.”

Concern:

A rupture of the fuel filler pipe may result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Correction:

Mazda will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers who will alter the attachment between the fuel filler pipe and the left rear side of the bracket of the fuel filler pipe, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 1, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, option 6.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V065000
Toyota Recall Campaign Number: G0C and GLB

2006 Toyota Land CruiserVehicles Affected: Certain 2003-2006 Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX470, 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, 2004-2006 Toyota 4Runner and Lexus GX470 vehicles equipped with side curtain-shield-air bags. Approximately 320,409 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause:

The affected vehicles have an air bag control module that may be improperly programmed, causing the side curtain-shield-air bags to deploy inadvertently.

Concern:

If the side curtain-shield-air bags deploy unexpectedly, it can increase the risk of occupant injury.

Correction:

Toyota will notify owners with particular instructions for locating qualified dealers that will replace the air bag control module with one that has improved programming, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 2, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-271-9371.

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