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Recall Roundup: GM, Kia, Mazda, Toyota Issue Recalls

By: Jeff Youngs, 6/23/2014

During the past week, a total of about 260,000 vehicles were recalled by GM, Kia, Mazda, and Toyota Motor Corp. The Mazda recall affects vehicles from model years 2008-2011; the others affect vehicles from model years 2012-2015. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


2013 Buick Encore
2013 Chevrolet Spark
General Motors (GM) is recalling 61 model-year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured April 10, 2013, to May 8, 2013, and 2013 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured December 30, 2012, to March 1, 2013. In the affected vehicles, an improper weld on the passenger-side front air bag inflator may result in the air bag not deploying in the event of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side front air bag, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14211; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V298000.


2014 Buick LaCrosse
GM is recalling 14,764 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 10 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." 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.

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 manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM's number for this recall is 14235; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V317000.


2012 Buick Verano
2012 Chevrolet Camaro
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
GM is recalling a total of 31,520 model-year 2012 Buick Verano vehicles manufactured December 2, 2011, to July, 16, 2012; 2012 Chevrolet Camaro vehicles manufactured December 1, 2011, to June 11, 2012; 2012 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured December 7, 2011, to July 25, 2012; and 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured December 5, 2011, to August 2, 2012. In these vehicles, the driver-side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals. If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, that air bag will not deploy.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel air bag coil, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Chevrolet owners may contact GM at 1-800-222-1020. Buick owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. All owners may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V300000. Note: This is an expansion of recalls 12V-522 and 13V-023.


2014 Chevrolet Corvette
GM is recalling 33 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured April 23, 2014, to April 25, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM) may experience an internal short circuit. If the SDM short circuits, the air bags may not deploy and the seat belt pre-tensioners may not activate in the event of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the SDM free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14219; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V299000.


2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado
2014-2015 GMC Sierra
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
2015 Chevrolet Suburban
GM is recalling a total of 57,512 model-year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs equipped with a base radio and an internal amplifier. The radios in the affected vehicles may become inoperative, and as a result, there would be no audible chime to notify the driver if the door is opened with the key in the ignition, and no audible seat belt warning indicating the seat belts were not buckled. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS numbers 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention," and 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." 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. Additionally, there would be no reminder that the driver's or front-seat passenger's seat belt is not buckled.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Chevrolet owners may contact GM's customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GMC owners may contact GM's customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 14315. In either case, owners may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V301000.


2012 Chevrolet Sonic
GM is recalling 21,567 model-year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured March 1, 2012, to June 29, 2012, and equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. In the affected vehicles, the transmission turbine shaft may fracture. If the transmission turbine shaft fracture occurs during vehicle operation in first or second gear, the vehicle will not upshift to the third through sixth gears, limiting the vehicle's speed. If the fracture occurs during operation in third through sixth gear, the vehicle will coast until it slows enough to downshift to first or second gear, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission turbine shaft, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14234; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V315000.


2014 Kia Cadenza
Kia is recalling 3,107 model-year 2014 Cadenza vehicles manufactured February 1, 2013, through August 27, 2013, and equipped with 19-in. non-chrome aluminum wheels. The wheels on the affected vehicles may fracture from impacts such as large, deep potholes. A wheel fracture could cause the circular rim to separate, resulting in a loss of tire pressure.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wheels with new wheels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC107; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V289000.


2013 Lexus GS 350
Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota) is recalling 10,462 model-year 2013 Lexus GS 350 vehicles manufactured June 8, 2012, through December 26, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the switch that senses the amount of pressure that the driver is applying to the brake pedal may fail.  If the switch fails, the vehicle may begin braking without the driver's input, and without illuminating the brake lights.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal support assembly which includes the brake pedal load-sensing switch, free of charge. Parts for the remedy are not currently available. Toyota will send an interim notification letter in late June 2014 to advise owners of the recall, and will mail owners a second letter when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V270000.


2008-2011 Mazda Tribute
Mazda is recalling about 33,000 model-year 2008-2011 Tribute SUVs manufactured October 5, 2006, through September 11, 2010. The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input. As a result, the system could remove the Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power steering control module (PSCM) and the instrument cluster module, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the PSCM when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, the affected components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-248-295-7859. Mazda's number for this recall is 7614E; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V2820000.

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