Car recalls

Recalls are issued for cars with safety-related defects or problems

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For Models: Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky

Electrical & Lights, April 10, 2014

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In order to help prevent rollaway type accidents, all late model vehicles are designed so that the transmission must be in park (or reverse for a manual transmission) before the ignition switch can be turned to the "off" position and the key removed. These vehicles are being recalled because the key can be removed when the ignition is not in the "off" position, increasing the risk of a rollaway type accident. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace the ignition lock cylinder as necessary. 2 new keys will also be supplied and programmed as required.

For Models: Scion xD, Toyota Yaris

Body, Interior & Misc., April 9, 2014

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The springs used on the driver's seat adjustment rails can break. As a result the seat many not properly lock in position. In the event of a crash the driver's seat could move, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will inspect the affected seat rails and replace them as necessary.

For Models: Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Matrix, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Yaris

Body, Interior & Misc., April 9, 2014

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The steering column assembly contains electrical connections for the driver's airbag, commonly called the "clock spring". This spiral cable assembly includes a Flexible Flat Cable (FFC). Due to the shape and location of the FFC's retainer, the FFC could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned. If the FFC is damaged, the driver's airbag could be deactivated. The failure of the driver's airbag to deploy when required increases the risk of injury to the driver. When the parts are available, dealers will replace the spiral cable assembly to correct this concern.

For Models: Ford C-Max, Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ

Body, Interior & Misc., April 2, 2014

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The recliner mechanism for one or both front seats may have been improperly welded to the seat frame. As a result, the seatback may become loose or lean, increasing the risk of injury in the event of certain types of crashes. Dealers will replace the affected seatbacks to correct this concern.

 

For Models: Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

Brakes, April 1, 2014

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The power brake booster in these vehicles uses vacuum developed by the engine to provide power assistance to the braking system. Certain vehicles are being recalled because the shell of the vacuum brake booster can corrode and allow water to get inside. The water inside could freeze and limit ability of the brake booster to provide brake assistance. This reduced braking ability can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will test the brake booster and replace those that fail, and all vehicles will have a diverter shield installed on the brake booster to prevent this from occurring in the future.

For Models: Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Pontiac G6, Saturn Aura, Saturn Ion

Suspension & Steering, March 31, 2014

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The vehicles being recalled are equipped with an electric power steering (EPS) assist system. The EPS can fail unexpectedly while driving. If this were to occur, steering ability would be maintained but much greater effort would be necessary to steer the vehicle, especially at slow speeds. One of four remedies will be applied depending on the model and year. Parts are not yet available so expect a second notification when they are. 

For Models: Chevrolet Cruze

Drive Train, March 31, 2014

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These Cruze models are being recalled because the right front axle shaft can break. If this were to occur while driving the vehicle would coast to a stop. If parked in this condition without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could roll unexpectedly. Either case has an increased risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the right axle assembly as necessary. Replacement parts are not yet ready, a second letter will be sent when they become available and the recall can be completed. This is an expansion of a previous recall, parts previously installed may need to be replaced again.

For Models: Infiniti JX35, Infiniti Q50, Infiniti QX60, Nissan Altima, Nissan LEAF, Nissan Sentra

Body, Interior & Misc., March 25, 2014

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The airbag system uses a sensor in the front passenger seat to detect if the seat is occupied by an adult. The affected vehicles are being recalled because this sensor, part of the occupant classification system (OCS), may incorrectly identify the passenger seat as empty when it is actually occupied by an adult. When the passenger seat is determined to be empty, the passenger airbag is disabled. Failure of the passenger airbag to properly deploy when necessary would increase the risk of injury to someone seated in the passenger seat in the event of an accident. Dealers will update the OCS software to correct this concern.

For Models: Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook

Body, Interior & Misc., March 17, 2014

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Increased resistance in the front seat mounted side impact air bag (SIAB) wiring harness can result in the SIAB and seat belt pretensioners not deploying as expected in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the affected harness connections with soldered connections to correct this concern.

For Models: Chevrolet Express 1500, Chevrolet Express 2500, Chevrolet Express 3500, GMC Savana 1500, GMC Savana 2500, GMC Savana 3500

Body, Interior & Misc., March 17, 2014

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Certain vehicles are being recalled because if a crash were to occur not requiring deployment of the front airbags, the head of an unbelted front seat passenger could hit the instrument panel, resulting in personal injury because the panel may not sufficiently absorb the impact. As of this writing, General Motors is still working on a remedy for this concern.

For Models: Cadillac XTS

Brakes, March 17, 2014

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Corrosion may develop at the brake booster pump connector at the pump relay due to a missing cavity plug. This corrosion can cause excessive heat, resulting in the connector melting and possibly catching on fire. Dealers will apply sealant to the affected connector cavity plugs and re-route the vacuum pump vent hose. If damaged, the front body wiring harness will be replaced as necessary.

For Models: Honda Odyssey

Engine, March 14, 2014

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The affected vehicles are being recalled because a fuel leak can develop from the area of the fuel pump strainer cover. Parts to permanently repair this concern are not yet available. Honda will first send owners an interim letter, followed by a second letter when the remedy parts become available. Parts are expected to be available beginning in the summer of 2014. Vehicles currently leaking fuel from the pump cover will get a replacement using the part currently available. All recalled vehicles will receive a revised cover once the part becomes available.

For Models: Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

Brakes, March 4, 2014

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Certain vehicles equipped with the Ready Alert Braking (RAB) System are being recalled because the brake pedal may feel harder that normal when the driver applies the brakes. As a result, the driver may not press the brake pedal as hard as necessary to achieve a normal distance. An increased stopping distance increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the ABS control module software to correct this  concern.

For Models: Lexus RX350, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma

Brakes, February 12, 2014

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The brake system contains an actuator that adjusts the fluid pressure to the brake at each wheel. An electrical component inside the actuator may experience an increased electrical resistance resulting in the illumination of various warning lights, including those for the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system, Antilock Brake System (ABS), and Traction Control system. As a result, these systems may not function as expected, reducing directional control assistance and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the software for the Skid Control module to correct this concern.

For Models: Toyota Prius

Drive Train, February 12, 2014

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These vehicles are being recalled because one of the electronic components of the hybrid control system, the Intelligent Power Module (IPM), can fail internally. This module is located inside of the inverter module and contains transistors that may become damaged from high operating temperatures. If a failure were to occur, various warning lights would illuminate and the vehicle would only operate in a reduced power mode for a short time or stall completely, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the software in both the motor/generator control module and the hybrid control module to correct this concern. If an inverter module were to fail before the software updates are performed, it would be replaced as part of this recall.

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