NHTSA Safety Recall Update – July 1, 2015

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Safety Recall Update - 6/22/15This week’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recall update is quite significant. It includes vehicles from several diverse continents. Here are the three that involve more than 100,000-units. All totaled, these three manufacturers are recalling over one-and-a quarter-million-units. Log on to BestRide.com frequently for the latest NHTSA safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of listings on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. You may even keep tabs on all of your favorite vehicles on your smartphone using the BestRide.com app.

This is just a reminder to check inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to locate the production date (Month/Year) of your ride. This will help you to determine whether or not your vehicle is currently under a NHTSA safety recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V338000
Mitsubishi Recall Campaign Number: SR-15-005

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2000-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse vehicles manufactured from April 5, 1999 through December 17, 2004, 2001-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder vehicles manufactured from January 19, 2000 through March 18, 2005, 2001-2005 Chrysler Sebring vehicles manufactured from April 17, 2000 through February 21, 2005, and 2001-2005 Dodge Stratus vehicles manufactured from April 17, 2000 through February 22, 2005. Approximately 459,618 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the passenger side sun visor may be folded down in such a position that, if the passenger frontal air bag deploys, the passenger side sun visor may detach.

Concern: If the passenger side sun visor detaches and is propelled rearward, there is an increased risk of occupant injury.

Correction: Mitsubishi and Chrysler will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers who will install a tether strap to retain the passenger sun visor, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 17, 2015. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Chrysler and Dodge owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V340000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 15S18

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2012 Ford Fusion vehicles without a 3.5L engine and Lincoln MKZ hybrid electric vehicles, 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with a 3.5L GTDI engine and 2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with any available engine. Approximately 393,623 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The affected vehicles have electric power steering assist systems that may shut down as a result of a steering motor sensor fault.

Concern: If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Ford will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers that will check the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). If dealers find any loss of steering assist DTCs, the steering gear will be replaced, free of charge. If, no codes are found during the PSCM inspection, the PSCM software will be updated, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 20, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V382000
Mazda Recall Campaign Number: 8215F (See Note Below)

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2003-2008 Mazda Mazda6 vehicles manufactured from May 29, 2002 through May 5, 2008, 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8 vehicles manufactured from April 10, 2003 through February 18, 2008, and 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6 vehicles manufactured from August 4, 2005 through June 29, 2007. Approximately 444,907 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

Concern: In the event of a 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: Mazda will notify owners with detailed instructions for contacting a qualified dealer that will replace the driver’s frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.

NOTE: The remedy for this recall is not yet available. In the meantime, Mazda will install a new production air bag inflator in these same vehicles under safety recall 15V-345. The interim-remedy air bag inflator will be of the same specification as the original air bag inflator to reduce the amount of time that the air bag inflator has been exposed to humidity. However, the interim air bag inflator does not eliminate the long-term potential for rupture and will only be installed as a stop-gap measure until the newly designed air bag inflators can be produced. Owners need to have their vehicle remedied under recall 15V-345 as soon as possible and, when the new air bag inflators are available, have their vehicles remedied again under this recall.

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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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