More safety recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) point to the fact that automakers are striving ever harder to provide the safest product possible. As a change of pace, a Korean car builder is “under the microscope” this week (to the tune of over 200,000-units). On the other hand, an American manufacturer that has seen more than its fair share of recalls over the past year fills the second spot with less than 60,000-units affected. Log onto BestRide.com frequently for the latest in safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of listings on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.
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NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V100000
Hyundai Recall Campaign Number: 127
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2008-2010 Hyundai Elantra vehicles manufactured from June 1, 2008 through April 30, 2010 and 2009-2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured from November 1, 2008 through April 30, 2010. Approximately 204,768 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the conditions of this safety recall campaign.
Cause: The electronic power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may sense a discrepancy in the steering input signals and, as a result, disable the steering power assist.
Concern: If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Hyundai will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers who will verify the proper operation of the Electronic Power Steering and update the EPS control unit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059.
NOTE: If power steering assist is lost — do not panic and leave yourself extra room to maneuver. Remember to wear your safety belts while the vehicle is in motion.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V106000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 15119
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2015 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured from April 25, 2012 through February 9, 2015. Approximately 58,698 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this safety recall campaign.
Cause: In the affected vehicles, the power-operated roof panels auto-close when the non-recessed “Slide” or “Tilt” switches are pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 118, “Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems.”
Concern: Because the switch is not recessed, the roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed resulting in unintended auto-closure of the roof panel, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Correction: GM will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers that will replace the roof console accessory switch trim plate, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006.
NOTE: If you own or regularly operate one of these affected vehicles, visit your local dealership or repair center to have the power-operated roof panels temporarily disabled until the problem can be permanently rectified.