Here is Part 2/3 in this week’s safety recall updates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It’s a mixed bag in this installment, with a traditionally British automobile named in the first recall and an American made General Motors trucks in the second. As you may well know, General Motors is certainly no stranger to the NHTSA recall bug with millions of recalls to their credit this year, alone. Let’s take a look at a “tale of two trucks” from the NHTSA brought to you by the best new and used car website on the internet, BestRide.com.
Remember to check inside the driver door jamb (on most vehicles) for the production date (Month/Year) to help determine if your vehicle is included in a NHTSA recall.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V395000
Land Rover Recall Campaign Number: P046
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2010-2015 Land Rover LR2 and 2012 & 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vehicles. Approximately 40,551 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the terms of this recall campaign.
Cause: A programming issue and/or product defect in the Occupant Classification System (OCS) of the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) could fail resulting in partial or total failure of the front passenger airbag.
Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash, failure of the passenger airbag to deploy properly could place the front passenger seat occupant at an increased risk of bodily injury or death.
Correction: Land Rover will notify owners with specific instructions for updating OCS and ECU software, free of charge. This recall campaign is expected to begin August 30, 2014. Vehicle owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that passengers not be permitted to occupy the front passenger side seat until the necessary repairs have been performed. Always wear your safety belt, regardless of the state or condition of the airbag.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V407000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14260
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500/3500 trucks manufactured from January 18, 2007 through June 22, 2011 and 2007 – 2011 GMC Sierra HD 2500/3500 trucks manufactured from January 22, 2007 through June 21, 2011, and equipped with an auxiliary battery. Approximately 9,371 trucks are expected for inclusion under the parameters of this recall campaign.
Cause: Due to the lack of a certain inline fuse in the trailer wiring harness, an excessive amount of voltage could be drawn when the harness is connected resulting in a blown fusible link for the auxiliary battery.
Concern: If the fusible link melts (as it is designed to) it may come into contact with nearby components in the vehicle electrical center and increase the risk of a vehicle fire.
Correction: General Motors will contact owners by mail with specific instructions for having an updated trailer harness (that includes a 40-amp inline fuse) installed, free of charge. A supplement will also be added to the vehicle owner’s manual. GM has not yet released a schedule for beginning this recall campaign but you may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and General Motors customer service at 1-800-462-8782.
NOTE: Until the necessary repairs are completed, affected vehicles should be disconnected and parked separately from valuable cargo trailers. They should also be parked outdoors and certainly not inside of inhabited structures.