If politics make strange bedfellows, then I guess safety recall updates do, too. This is the fourth installment in this week’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recall update brought to you by BestRide.com. We have a Toyota and a Chrysler in this segment, with only one more segment remaining afterward. Toyota is quickly becoming one of the premier automakers in the world with plants springing up in North America every year or two. Chrysler, on the other hand has wandered into international waters again. This time the zesty Italian car maker called Fiat is making their influence felt in various Chrysler products.
Now remember to look inside the driver door jamb for your vehicle production date (Month/Year). This information could help you determine if your ride is currently under a NHTSA recall.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V475000
Toyota Recall Campaign Number:
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2008-2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser and Tacoma vehicles equipped with accessory wheels and tires installed by Toyota or dealers prior to the vehicle’s first sale. Approximately 20,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: Some of these vehicles may fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars.” The affected vehicles may list incorrect spare tire size and/or cold tire inflation information on the tire placard.
Concern: If the spare tire is inflated to the incorrect pressure provided on the placard, tire failure may occur while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Toyota will provide overlay stickers to correct the tire placard. The stickers will either be mailed to owners or provided to dealers for placement over the incorrect information on the placard. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
NOTE: Simple solution here friends. Always check the maximum tire inflation information on the sidewall of the tire and never trust stickers. If the tires on a vehicle have been replaced, the new tires may have a different inflation recommendation than the originals (even if they are the exact same size).
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V480000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: P43
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles manufactured from May 19, 2014 through June 21, 2014. Only 8 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: The affected vehicles may have been built with a driver side door wiring harness of an insufficient wire gauge, resulting in excessive heat which may melt the wiring insulation.
Concern: Excessive heat and melting wiring insulation may result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire.
Correction: Chrysler will notify owners with specific instructions for having the door wiring harness replaced, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
NOTE: If you feel that you own a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall, then use caution when parking. Never park the vehicle inside of a garage or other structure and especially not in an inhabited building. A vehicle fire can quickly transform into a structure fire if it occurs indoors.