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Recall Roundup: Toyota Leads Recall List That Also Impacts Ford, GM, Subaru

By: Jeff Youngs, 8/14/2013
Several car companies issued recalls in the past week, the largest of which affects more than 342,000 Toyota pickup trucks. Listed below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer, are details for each.


2014 Chevrolet and GMC Full-Size SUVs
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a total of 10 units of the 2014 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and the 2014 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, rolled down the assembly line between July 9 and July 23 without receiving a proper tightening of rear brake caliper bolts.

These 10 SUVs need to go back to the dealership. Dealers will inspect the bolts on the rear brake caliper brackets and, if any are loose, will replace and re-tighten the bolts at no cost to the vehicle owner.

The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V342, and the GM recall number is 13247.
Owners with questions may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782.


2012-2013 Ford Focus
Ford is recalling 6,308 units of its Ford Focus Electric and Ford Focus ST models that are equipped with high-intensity discharge headlights. Built between September 15, 2011, and May 7, 2013, these vehicles have a wiring problem that may prevent the side marker lights from functioning, making the cars less visible to other motorists at night.

Starting in mid-August, Ford dealers will modify the headlamp assembly wiring at no cost to the vehicle owner. Ford's recall number is 13C04, and the NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V355. Concerned owners with questions can contact the Ford customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332.


2013 Subaru Tribeca
2014 Subaru Legacy and Outback
If you own a 2013 Subaru Tribeca, 2014 Subaru Legacy, or 2014 Subaru Outback that was assembled between June 12, 2013, and June 28, 2013, it might be one of 202 vehicles that require a new transmission.

In those 202 units, the automatic transmission's parking rod may come loose, preventing the vehicle from being shifted into Park or preventing Park to remain engaged. Either way, the situation increases the risk of roll-away and, as a result, a crash.

To resolve the problem, dealers will replace the transmissions in the affected vehicles, and at no cost to the vehicle owner. The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V336 and the Subaru recall number is WQJ-46. Owners with concerns can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.


2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota needs to inspect, repair, or replace the seat belt assemblies in 342,451 Tacoma AccessCab trucks that were built between September 14, 2004, and March 29, 2010, and then again from July 1, 2010, to September 7, 2011.

If the rear access doors are regularly slammed over a long period of time, the screws attaching the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor can loosen, increasing the likelihood that the pre-tensioner and retractor spring cover could separate from the retractor. If that happens, the pre-tensioner will not work as designed, thus increasing the risk for injury.

To remedy the problem, dealers will inspect the seat belt assemblies, and will either replace or repair them. They will use thread-locking sealant for the attachment screws and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs to further prevent loosening of the screws. The work will be performed at no cost to the truck's owner.

Toyota has not determined when this recall will begin. Owners with questions may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331, referencing NHTSA recall campaign number 13V337.

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