Safety Recall Update – June 8, 2015

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Safety Recall Update 6/03/15Here you go; Honda owners can look forward to more than 5-millions units recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), GM and Nissan owners will account for another million or so. When the Takata airbag related recalls are all submitted, we are expecting to see approximately 34-millions vehicles on the list. That translates into the largest NHTSA recall in U.S. history.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V320000
Honda Recall Campaign Number: See Note Below

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2001-2007 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2002-2006 Honda CR-V, 2003-2011 Honda Element, 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003-2008 Honda Pilot, 2006 Honda Ridgeline, 2003 Acura CL, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, and 2002-2003 Acura TL vehicles. Approximately 5,100,000 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 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: Honda will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers who will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 1, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1099.

NOTE: Vehicles that, on or after September 12, 2014, received a remedy for a prior driver frontal air bag inflator recall already received an inflator of a different design, and therefore are not included in this recall and do not require additional servicing. Vehicles that have had their driver frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy prior to September 12, 2014 need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well. This recall fully supersedes recalls 08V-593, 09V-259, 10V-041, 11V-260, 14V-351 and 15V-153.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V345000
Mazda Recall Campaign Number: 7914J (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 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 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: Mazda will notify owners with detailed instructions for contacting qualified dealers 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: This recall supersedes recall 14V344 in its entirety. Additionally, vehicles that have had their driver’s frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V269000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 15031

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured from April 8, 2010 through October 11, 2012. Approximately 437,045 are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle at the outside of the driver seat and the front passenger seat may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle. This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking.

Concern: If the cable breaks, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a motor vehicle crash, increasing their risk of injury.

Correction: GM will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers who will replace the outboard lap anchor mounting bracket and inspect the flexible steel cable, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 3, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V346000
Mazda Recall Campaign Number: 8315F (See Note Below)

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2004-2006 Mazda B-series light trucks manufactured from April 17, 2003 through May 2, 2006. Approximately 27,149 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon deployment.

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

Correction: Mazda will notify owners with detailed instructions regarding the location of qualified dealers who will replace the passenger side frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of July 2015. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

NOTE: This recall expands and partially supersedes recall 14V773 as to the model year 2004 through 2006 Mazda B-series vehicles only.

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S.M. Darby

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