SAFETY RECALL UPDATE November 15, 2014

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Safety recall updates have become a very common occurrence. Only a little over a year ago BestRide.com could have provided National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recall updates once a month or even less frequently. Now, there are brand new updates every week. Where BestRide.com could once provide consumers with a complete list of all NHTSA safety recall updates, weekly, we now have to concentrate on campaigns that involve more than 100,000 individual units. Takata airbags are back in the forefront this week as both the American Honda Motor Company and Nissan North America recall multiple units with faulty airbag pressure regulators. The Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. also lists struggles with airbags among this week’s recall of over 100,000 units.

Why is it that when one of these cars wins “best of this” or “top ten of that” it is simply referred to as a “Nissan”, “Honda”, or a “Volkswagen” but when the recalls come out they suddenly become “American Honda”, “Nissan of North America”, and “Volkswagen Group of America”? Consumers should be proud that cars sold in the U.S. market are held to a higher standard than  cars which are sold anywhere else in the world.

Remember to look inside the driver door jamb (most vehicles) for your vehicle’s production date (Month/Year). This information will help to ascertain whether or not your vehicle is currently under recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V667000 

Nissan Recall Campaign Number 69K5

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2015 Audi A4 and Audi S4 vehicles manufactured from February 16, 2012 through October 21, 2014 and 2013-2015 Audi Allroad vehicles manufactured from March 12, 2012 through October 21, 2014. Approximately 101,938 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Due to an improper algorithm in the air bag control module, if a motor vehicle crash necessitates deployment of the side air bags, a second impact to the front of the vehicle may not command the front air bags to also deploy.

Concern: In the event of a secondary impact to the front of the vehicle, if the front air bags do not deploy there is an increased risk of occupant injury.

Correction: Volkswagen will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified Audi dealers that will update the air bag control unit software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 11, 2014. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is included in this campaign, please use extreme caution when driving. Avoid aggressive driving maneuvers and always wear your safety belts properly. Have this condition rectified as soon as possible.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V700000
Honda Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2003-2004 Civic CNG and Element, 2002-2005 CR-V, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2005 Accord, Pilot, Civic Hybrid, and Acura MDX, 2005 Acura RL and 2006 Honda Ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and American Samoa are addressed by this recall.

Cause: Upon deployment of the passenger side 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 passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Correction: Honda will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers that will replace the passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 24, 2014. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is included in this recall campaign, then please avoid allowing occupants to use the front passenger seat until this problem is rectified. Several deaths have already been associated with this condition.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V701000
Nissan Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2003-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, 2004-2006 Nissan Sentra, 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infiniti I35 and 2006 Infiniti M35 and M45 vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or currently registered, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Approximately 52,738 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the parameters of this recall campaign.

Cause: Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure could cause the inflator to rupture.

Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Correction: Nissan will notify owners with detailed instructions regarding how to locate qualified dealers who will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is included in this recall campaign, then please avoid allowing occupants to use the front passenger seat until this problem is rectified. Several deaths have already been associated with this condition.

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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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