A propellant with an incorrect specification may have been used during assembly of the side curtain airbags. As a result, one or both side curtain airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash, which can increase the risk of injury. Dealers will inspect and replace the side curtain airbag assembly as necessary to correct this concern.
Due to interference between the shifter rod and the shift knob, vehicles with an automatic transmission may be shifted out of "Park" without depressing the brake pedal. If the shifter is moved from the "Park" position without the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the shift knob or shifter assembly as necessary to correct this concern.
Some of the bolts that attach the engine oil cooler and filter to the engine may have been manufactured below specification strength. As a result, the bolt may break at the oil filter attachment point, which can cause an engine oil leak. Loss of too much engine oil can result in loss of oil pressure and the engine could seize, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the connector bolts to correct this concern.
Certain engines were assembled with a zinc coating applied to a terminal stud bolt that is thicker than specification. This can result in a poor electrical connection that may cause stalling, difficulty starting, and damage to the engine control module. If the engine were to stall while driving, the likelihood of a crash would increase. Dealers will replace the positive battery terminal and cover to correct this concern.
On certain vehicles, the turbocharger boost sensor bracket may separate from the air inlet tube due to a defective weld. If the bracket were to separate, the engine could stall while at idle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the air inlet tube and replace it if necessary to correct this concern.
The circuit board in the electric power steering assist control unit may have been installed incorrectly. This can cause a solder joint to fail, resulting in failure of the circuit board. If the circuit board fails, power steering assist will be lost, increasing the force needed to steer the vehicle, which can lead to a crash. Dealers will replace the electric power steering control module to correct this concern.
The power window switches were incorrectly manufactured. The auto-reverse feature does not operate and a pinch injury may result before the window reverses direction. Dealers will replace the power window switches to correct this concern.
Fifty-four vehicles are being recalled because the airbag control unit (ACU) was assembled incorrectly. As a result, the airbags may not deploy as expected in the event of a crash. This could increase the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the airbag control unit to correct this concern.
The bolt securing the transverse suspension link my not have been tightened correctly during vehicle assembly. A rattle or vibration may be noted if the bolt were to loosen. If it were to come out completely, the driver may experience difficulty controlling the direction of the vehicle, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the transverse link bolts and nuts and tighten them to the proper torque specification. This recall is expected to begin on August 1, 2011.
In areas where winter road salt is used, a mixture of snow/water and salt may enter an assembly location hole in the upper strut housing. This corrosive mixture can collect on the mating surface of the strut housing panel and the inner hood ledge assembly; over time, this can cause rusting of the strut tower housing. The rust can weaken the housing, causing it to crack and pull away from the inner hood ledge assembly. This can lead to grinding noises and increased steering effort, which, if severe enough, can cause the steering column to break. This would result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the strut housing and repair the vehicles as necessary. An interim notification letter should be mailed to owners prior to May 16, 2011.