An electrical short circuit may develop between the positive battery and ground at the starter motor solenoid. Smoke may appear from under the hood and the car may not start. If the short were to occur while driving, electrical power could be lost. Any electrical short increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and increase the distance between the B+ terminal and the starter motor solenoid as necessary. This recall is expected to begin on January 31, 2006. The Volvo recall number is R150.
All Car Recalls
Due to interference with a metal wire inside the rear seat frame, the lower child restraint anchors should not be used. Owners are advised to follow the instructions provided with the child seat on how to properly install the child seat using the vehicle's rear seat belts rather than the LATCH system. If the child seat is not properly secured, personal injury or death could occur in a crash. Dealers will replace the lower anchors free of charge. This recall began January, 2006. The Kia recall number is SC057.
Nissan has recalled 2004-2006 Maxima models equipped with the driver preferred package because the wire harness from the driver's seat power lumbar support switch may be routed incorrectly, which can cause it to pinch under the driver's seat. A pinched harness, in combination with driving vibration, may result in a short circuit in the harness that could lead to a fire in the seat. Dealers will replace the wire harness and route it correctly.
Honda recalled certain 2006 model Civic vehicles for a potential failure of the front passenger occupant detection system. In certain cases, the detection system will not suppress front passenger air bag deployment when there is a small child or infant in the front passenger seat. If deployment occurs with a small child or infant in the front passenger seat, the risk of injury could increase. Dealers will replace the occupant detection system unit free of charge.
A software error exists that may allow the throttle to open greater than desired. Dealers will reprogram the engine control module free of charge to resolve the concern.
The exhaust pipe can fall from the vehicle due to an insufficient weld. Dealers will install a new tailpipe with a longer weld free of charge to resolve the problem.
Toyota is recalling 2006 Camrys for failing to comply with federal safety standards on tire selection and rims. Affected models were sold with incorrect spare tire size labels, which may cause improper vehicle loading specifications or tire inflation, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers will mail the correct labels to the customer or install the label free of charge.
The accelerator pedal may temporarily become stuck in the partially depressed position due to inadequate clearance between the accelerator pedal linkage and a plastic pad embedded in the driver's foot well carpet. As a result, the engine may not return to its idle speed as expected, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the clearance of the accelerator pedal and carpet, replace the pedal with a revised assembly, and modify the carpet to correct this concern. The Lexus recall number is 5LC.
The occupant classification system (OCS) may detect a small child on the front edge of the front seat as an adult. If the passenger front air bag deploys in a crash, serious injury or death could occur. Dealers will verify the vehicle's OCS properly classifies a passenger front seat occupant properly and disable the air bags when necessary. Dealers will also reprogram the vehicle's OCS ECU to provide an increased margin for recognition of small children.
The second row seat adjustment mechanism may pinch the operator's finger while adjusting the seat. This condition is a result of exposed adjuster components on the rear inside edge of the seat. Dealers will perform repairs required to correct this issue. The exact repairs are dependent on the production date of the vehicle. This recall began on December 19, 2005. The Nissan recall number is R0504.
When the third row seat is raised, it engages striker brackets, one on each side of the seat. The striker may become detached from its mounting bracket due to a broken weld. A failed striker can increase the risk of injury to third row seat passengers in the event of certain types of crashes. Dealers will replace the third row seat striker brackets to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin on December 19, 2005.
A problem with the software for the ABS control module may cause the rear brakes to lock up under certain braking conditions. Dealers will reprogram the ABS control module. The recall began February 19, 2007. The Chrysler recall number is F50.
The left and right tie rod securing nut may be insufficiently torqued. The tie rod nut may loosen and cause the tie rod to separate, which can result in a loss of steering control. Dealers will inspect and install new left and right tie rod securing nuts at the proper torqued specification.
Continental Tire has recalled original equipment tires on 2005 Ford F150 and 2006 Ford F150, F250, and F350 trucks. These tires do not meet federal standards as required for premature wear. Tires that wear prematurely may be more prone to failure, which can cause significant safety issues. Continental has notified owners and will replace the tires at no expense to the owner.
The power steering pump pulley may separate from the pump due to inadequate wall thickness of the pulley. This could cause the drive belt to come off, resulting in heavier than normal steering and potential engine overheating and/or stalling. Dealers will inspect and replace the power steering pulley as necessary. This recall is scheduled to begin on December 1, 2005. The Suzuki recall number is KJ.