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NHTSAAt the forefront of this week’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) updates is a whole mess of Dodge Pickups and SUVs with a gaggle of Subarus just snapping at their tires. Together they combine for over 3-million units being recalled by only two major automotive manufacturers. Log onto BestRide.com frequently for the latest NHTSA WEEKLY RECALL UPDATES, automotive news and views, and literally millions of listings on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V817000
Chrysler Recall Number: P81

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2004-2007 Dodge Ram 1500 and Durango, 2005-2007 Dodge Ram 2500, Charger, Magnum, Dakota, Chrysler 300, 300C, SRT8, 2006-2007 Dodge Ram 3500 and Mitsubishi Raider, and 2007 Chrysler Aspen. Approximately 2,890,785 vehicles will be included under the conditions of this recall campaign.

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

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

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers who will replace the driver side frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Some of the vehicles included in this recall were recalled under safety recall 14V-354, and that addresses vehicles sold, or currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Owners of those vehicles were notified earlier in December 2014. Chrysler has not determined a date for notifying the remaining owners of vehicles included in this national recall campaign. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: This recall supersedes, in part, safety recall 14V-354 as to the driver’s air bag inflators on the vehicles included in this recall. Always use safety belts when the vehicle is in operation.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V830000
Subaru Recall Number: WQQ-52

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2008-2011 Subaru Impreza, 2008-2014 Subaru WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Subaru Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia that were remedied under recall 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Approximately 198,900 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the parameters of this recall campaign.

Cause: The brake lines on certain models may experience brake line corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.

Concern: Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Subaru will notify owners with spscific instructions for locating qualified dealers that will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 26, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783.

NOTE: This recall is specific to affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI customers who had their car remedied under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014 will continue to be processed under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311. Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.

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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