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Recall Roundup: Toyota and General Motors Recall More Than 1 Million Vehicles for Various Issues; BMW Electric Vehicles Recalled

2/4/2013
Last week, Toyota and General Motors recalled a total of 1,167,772 vehicles between the two companies in order to resolve several different problems. Additionally, BMW has asked 360 owners of its 1 Series ActiveE electric vehicle to return to the dealer. Following, in order of size of recall, are the details.

Toyota is recalling the 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla and Matrix, and General Motors is recalling the 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe. According to the recalls, 887,709 units of these models are equipped with air bag circuits that are susceptible to electrical shorting, which can damage the circuits and cause the front air bags and seat belt pre-tensioners to deploy without cause. If this occurs, there is a possibility of injury and an increased chance of a crash. Dealers will install a supplemental wiring harness to resolve the issue, free of charge; however, neither Toyota nor General Motors has provided a time frame for repairs to begin as this article is written. Toyota owners can call 1-800-331-4331 with questions. Pontiac owners can call 1-800-620-7668. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Campaign ID Number for this recall is 13V029.

Lexus, which is Toyota's luxury division, is requesting that 2006-2012 Lexus IS models return to the dealer because the windshield wiper arms may fail when "restricted by an external load," such as heavy snow, according to Lexus. This recall affects 267,718 vehicles built between August 23, 2005, and October 6, 2011, and includes the Lexus IS C and Lexus IS sedan models. Dealers will install new wiper arm nuts, free of charge, beginning in late February. Owners can call 1-800-331-4331 with questions. The NHTSA Campaign ID Number for this recall is 13V030.

General Motors is recalling the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in order for dealers to inspect rear suspension bolts that may not have been properly tightened at the factory. Loose rear suspension bolts may cause unusual handling characteristics and increase the risk of a crash. A total of 8,519 units built between December 6, 2011, and January 15, 2013, are affected by the recall. Dealers will inspect the bolts and tighten them, free of charge. Owners can call GM at 1-800-521-7300 to ask questions. The NHTSA Campaign ID Number for this recall is 13V024.

General Motors also needs to replace the steering wheel air bag coil in selected units of the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze, Sonic, and the Buick Verano. This recall affects a small number of vehicles, 3,826 units in all, and begins on February 13, 2013. In the affected models, the driver air bag shorting bar may inadvertently contact the air bag terminals. If the shorting bar is contacting the air bag terminals during a crash that would normally deploy the air bag, the air bag will not deploy, increasing the risk of driver injury. Owners can contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. The NHTSA Campaign ID Number for this recall is 13V023.

Finally, BMW is recalling 360 units of its BMW 1 Series ActiveE electric vehicle built between August 17, 2011, and December 19, 2011. The model's drivetrain housing assembly may be insufficiently sealed, resulting in a lack of lubrication on the gear shaft that transfers power from the electric motor to the transmission. Over time, this lack of lubrication may cause excessive wear, resulting in a loss of propulsion and an increased risk of a vehicle crash. This recall began in January. BMW dealers are inspecting the electric motor for wear and replacing any worn components. They are also repairing the seal for the drivetrain housing assembly. Call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 with questions. The NHTSA Campaign ID Number for this recall is 13V017.

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