Here are the latest safety recalls from domestic automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). General Motors tops the list this week with four total recalls but Chrysler comes back to blow them away with a big number in a single campaign — 643,618 Jeep units expected for inclusion. Remember to look inside of the driver side door jamb (on most vehicles) to locate the manufacturing date (month/year) if you feel that your vehicle is covered under any of these recall campaigns. Furthermore, option code labels are normally found underneath the spare tire cover on cars and inside of the glove box door on trucks. These labels bear a strange looking block of letters and numbers (usually broken into groups of three). These individual three-digit combinations identify every feature with which the vehicle was factory equipped.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V339000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14356
Vehicles Affected:Certain 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD trucks manufactured from October 1, 2013 through June 6, 2014 and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD trucks manufactured from September 30, 2013 through June 6, 2014. Approximately 57,192 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: A defective hose clamp may allow a hose to break free from the power steering pump or gear resulting in a loss of power steering fluid.
Concern: A loss of power steering fluid could cause a loss of power steering assistance. In trucks equipped with a hydraulic brake booster, braking assistance could also be lost. Either of these conditions could place the vehicle and its occupants at a greater risk of harm.
Correction: General Motor will notify owners of affected vehicles with specific instructions for having the power steering hose clamps inspected. Hose clamps that are determined to be subpar will be replaced, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin in early August 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC Trucks customer service at 1-800-463-8782.
NOTE: Hydraulic fluid is very flammable. If you own a truck that you feel is affected by the conditions of this recall, please have it repaired at your earliest convenience. Inspect your power steering hoses at every oil change.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V341000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14233
Affected Vehicles: Certain 2011 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured from October 18, 2010 through June 2, 2011. Approximately 16,932 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: A faulty rear-driveshaft could vibrate so harshly that the vehicle’s rollover sensor commands the roof rail airbags to deploy.
Concern: In the event of unexpected roof rail airbag deployment, vehicle occupants could be injured yielding an increased potential for a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: General Motors will notify owners by mail with specific instructions for having vehicles inspected and repaired, free of charge. The most likely course of action for affected vehicles will be to replace the driveshaft. GM and Cadillac are yet to release a schedule for beginning this campaign. Vehicle owners may contact Cadillac customer care at 1-800-458-8006.
NOTE: I trust that if you feel an unusual vibration in your Caddy, you will take it in for service before the supplemental restraint system has to take over. I am just saying…
Be on the lookout for Safety Recall Update – Domestic Vehicles Part 2 from BestRide.com coming soon.