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Recall Roundup: Chrysler, Tesla, Honda Issue Recalls; 1.5 Million Jeeps May Be Affected

6/24/2013
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced three automobile recalls, by manufacturers Chrysler, Tesla, and Honda. The largest of these is Chrysler's recall of as many as 1.56 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs. The affected vehicles were produced as far back as 1993. Listed below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer, are the recalls issued in the past week.


Chrysler Group: 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty
Chrysler Group is voluntarily recalling a total of 1.56 million vehicles, including certain model year 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs. According to the recall filing, the fuel tanks in these vehicles are at risk of failure and leakage in certain rear impacts. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear structure of the SUVs in question. On vehicles that are not equipped with a tow hitch, Chrysler will install a Chrysler-designed tow hitch free of charge, provided the condition of the vehicle can support proper installation. On vehicles that are equipped with an aftermarket tow hitch, Chrysler dealers will assess whether the hitch and surrounding areas show evidence of sharp edges or other puncture risks. If so, dealers will replace the tow hitch with a Chrysler-designed tow hitch free of charge, provided the condition of the vehicle can support proper installation. On vehicles already equipped with a Chrysler-designed tow hitch, dealers will inspect the area around the tow hitch installation, and if any installation issues are identified, they will be repaired free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753, and may reference NHTSA campaign number 13V252000. Chrysler's recall campaign numbers are N45 (for the Grand Cherokee vehicles) and N46 (for the Liberty vehicles).


Honda: 2006 Acura RSX and 2006-2007 Honda S2000
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2006 Acura RSX vehicles manufactured January 18, 2006, through August 12, 2006; and model year 2006-2007 Honda S2000 vehicles manufactured January 19, 2006, through November 13, 2006. On these models, the brake booster may be unable to maintain a vacuum when the brake pedal is depressed, resulting in decreased brake assist. This decrease might require additional brake pedal force to prevent a lengthened stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake booster assembly. If necessary, dealers will replace the booster assembly free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 12, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's recall number is JA4. Acura's recall number is JA5. Owners may reference NHTSA campaign number 13V246000.


Tesla: 2013 Model S
Tesla Motors is recalling certain model year 2013 Model S electric vehicles manufactured May 10, 2013, through June 8, 2013. An improper method for aligning the left-hand seat-back striker to the bracket may have weakened the weld between the bracket and the frame of the vehicle. In the event of a crash, the left hand seat back may not stay mounted, increasing the risk of injury to passengers.

Tesla will notify owners, and Tesla Service Centers will inspect the left hand second-row strikers. Tesla will add additional mounting hardware to ensure a proper joint between the bracket and the frame, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Tesla at 1-650-681-5000, and may reference NHTSA campaign number 13V249000.

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