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Recall 14V317000

Key In Ignition Chime May Fail, Certain Modules May Not Stop Operating After Exiting Vehicle

Recall Details

A wiring splice in the drivers door may fail, resulting in the loss of function of the chime that sounds with the key in the ignition and door open, as well as not shutting down accessories such as power windows that continue to operate with the vehicle off and the door closed, but should stop with the door open. Dealers will inspect the driver door window motor harness and replace the electrical splice as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

Wiring in the drivers door may fail, resulting in failure of the chime that sounds when the door is opened with the key in the ignition.  Also, the module that shuts off power to accessories may not function properly, allowing vehicle windows to continue to function unintentionally.

What Should You Do?

General Motors notified owners of affected vehicles starting in August 2014. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them. The General Motors recall number is 14235.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, June 12, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
June 12, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
14,765
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V317000
Component
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick LaCrosse vehicles manufactured April 30, 2013, to September 1, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a wiring splice in the driver's door may corrode and break, resulting in the absence of an audible chime to notify the driver if the door is opened while the key is in the ignition. Additionally, the Retained Accessory Power (RAP) module may stay active for ten minutes allowing the operation of the passenger windows, rear windows, and sunroof. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention," and 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
Consequence
Without an audible indicator, the driver may not be aware that the driver's door is open while the key is in the ignition, increasing the risk of a vehicle rollaway. If the passenger windows, rear windows, and sunroof can function when the vehicle is turned off and the driver is not in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury if an unsupervised occupant operates the power closures.
Remedy
GM will notify owners and dealers will inspect the driver door window motor harness, and replace the electrical splice, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began August 2014. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. General Motors number for this recall is 14235.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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