Safety Recall Updates Part 3 of 4

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This is the third in a four-part installment on this week’s safety recall updates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Log onto Bestride.com for the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans.

Remember to check inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) for the production date (Month/Year) of your ride. This can help you to determine if your vehicle is included under a current NHTSA safety recall campaign.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V409000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14378

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro, and Chevrolet Impala vehicles. Approximately 106 total vehicles are expected for inclusion under the provisions of this recall campaign.

Cause: Improperly torqued fasteners in certain front suspension and/or steering components could cause the intermediate steering shaft to separate from the steering gear assembly. Additionally, fasteners that secure the lower control arm to the lower ball joint may also be improperly torqued.

Concern: The components which have been improperly torqued could become separated, resulting in a loss of vehicle control and a dramatic increase in the risk of injury to vehicle occupants and bystanders.

Correction: General Motors has already begun to notify owners with specific instructions for having the affected front steering and suspension components inspected, re-torqued, and/or replaced as necessary, free of charge. Vehicle owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet).

NOTE: Folks, this sounds like a potentially serious situation for GM owners. If your vehicle is included in the list of vehicles affected, please have your steering and suspension inspected. If you hear any abnormal noises or feel any strange vibrations from your vehicle, please have it checked as soon as possible. Avoid aggressive high-speed driving maneuvers and always wear your safety belts.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 12V484000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 12212

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2013 Buick Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. Approximately 120,426 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: A failure to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, under “Lamps Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment” triggers this NHTSA safety recall. Each front turn signal lens on the affected vehicles utilizes two turn signal bulbs. If one of the two bulbs burns out, no indication is provided to the driver.

Concern: If the driver is unaware that a turn signal is not functioning properly he/she may continue to drive the vehicle in a substandard condition, indefinitely. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other driver’s may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

Correction: GM will notify owners with specific instructions for updating the body control module software, free of charge. The recall campaign is expected to begin in August 2014. Vehicle owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

NOTE: As part of your weekly vehicle inspection and maintenance routine, turn all exterior lights and give them a look. If any bulbs are not functioning properly replace them as necessary.

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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