Recall Roundup: GM Issues Three More Recalls; Three Other Automakers Call Back Vehicles
By: Jeff Youngs, 8/19/2014
During the past week, four automakers--Ford, GM, Jaguar Land Rover, and Toyota--issued vehicle recalls, affecting a total of just over 330,000 cars, trucks, and SUVs. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
2014 Chevrolet Impala
General Motors (GM) is recalling 57,242 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to December 20, 2013. Due to a poor electrical ground connection to the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM), the affected vehicles may have a loss of power steering assist during start up or while driving. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will clean paint from behind the ground stud nut and update the PSCM software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late August 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14330; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign number 14V450000.
2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD
2007-2011 GMC Sierra HD
GM is recalling a total of 9,371 model-year 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD trucks manufactured January 18, 2007, to June 22, 2011, and GMC Sierra 2500HD/3500HD trucks manufactured January 22, 2007, to June 21, 2011, and equipped with an auxiliary battery. Owners may unknowingly draw too much current through the vehicle's trailer harness, resulting in the melting of the fusible link for the auxiliary battery. If the fusible link melts, it may come into contact with adjacent components, damage the electrical center cover, the nearby wiring harness conduit and other vehicle components, increasing the risk of a fire.
GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the jumper harness with one that includes a 40-amp inline fuse, and provide the owner with supplemental owner's manual information, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 14260; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V407000.
Ford: Various 2012-2014 Vehicles
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling a total of 83,250 vehicles, including model-year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning. If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in "Park."
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S10; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V393000.
GM: Various 2013-2015 Vehicles
GM is recalling a total of 124,007 vehicles, including model-year 2013-2014 Buick Encore and Cadillac ATS; 2014 Cadillac CTS, ELR, Chevrolet Caprice and SS vehicles; and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high-load condition such as a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and replace the lower seat track, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late August 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14340; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V446000.
2010-2015 Land Rover LR2
2012-2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 40,551 model-year 2010-2015 LR2 and 2012-2013 Range Rover Evoque vehicles. A component within the Occupant Classification System (OCS) Electronic Control Unit (ECU) may fail, resulting in the front-seat passenger air bag being totally or partially disabled. In the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, if the air bag is disabled, it may not deploy or may not deploy properly, increasing the risk of injury to the front-seat passenger.
Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will update the Restraint Control Module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 30, 2014. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover's number for this recall is P046; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V395000.
2013-2014 Toyota Tundra
Gulf States Toyota (GST) is recalling 16,249 model-year 2013-2014 Toyota Tundra vehicles modified by GST as part of certain vehicle packages to be equipped with a combination of non-Toyota-brand 20-in. alloy wheels and chrome-plated lug nuts. The coating on the lug nuts may give, causing the lug nuts to loosen or the wheel studs to fracture, which in turn could cause the wheels to separate from the vehicle.
GST will notify owners, and dealers will replace 20 lug nuts and torque them to specification, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact GST customer service at 1-800-444-1074. Owners may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V429000.