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Recall Roundup: Mazda, Nissan, VW Announce Recalls

By: Jeff Youngs, 4/21/2014
During the past week, Mazda, Nissan, and Volkswagen have each announced recalls of various vehicle models, including Mazda Tributes from model years 2001-2004. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


2001-2004 Mazda Tribute
Mazda is recalling 109,000 model-year 2001-2004 Tribute vehicles manufactured May 22, 2000, through December 19, 2003, originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. These vehicles may experience excessive corrosion at the forward attachment of the lower control arm. A separation of the lower control arm could result in a significant loss of steering control.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Mazda expects to send an interim notification around May 19, 2014. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter to come in to have the part installed. If customers bring their vehicles to a dealer before reinforcement crossbraces are available, dealers will inspect the subframe and either inform customers that the vehicle is safe to drive until the remedy parts are available or provide a rental vehicle until parts are available if an immediate repair is needed. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 7514D; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign ID number 14V174000.


2014 Mazda 3
2014-2015 Mazda 6
Mazda is recalling 5,700 vehicles, including model-year 2014 Mazda 3 manufactured June 12, 2013, through December 18, 2013, and model-year 2014-2015 Mazda 6 manufactured May 20, 2013, through December 4, 2013, and both equipped with a 2.5-liter engine and a regenerative engine braking system. When driving the affected vehicles in heavy rain or in deep puddles, the alternator belt may slip, causing the power control module (PCM) to incorrectly assume failure of the charging system. This would cause the vehicle to stop charging and could result in poor acceleration, loss of steering assist and windshield wiper operation, and a possible engine stall.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the PCM with updated software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late April 2014. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 7314D; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V173000.


2013 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan is recalling 3,065 model-year 2013 Pathfinder vehicles manufactured April 18, 2012, through October 3, 2012, and equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In the affected vehicles, the internal oil cooler (ITOC) hose may detach from the cooler due to inadequate clamping force, allowing transmission fluid to leak. The loss of transmission fluid could cause the transmission to function improperly and the vehicle to stop accelerating.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install an oil hose repair kit, free of charge. The recall will begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V142000.


2014 Volkswagen Beetle/Beetle Convertible
2014 Volkswagen Jetta
2014 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen is recalling 26,452 model-year 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat vehicles equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine and torque converter automatic transmission. In the affected vehicles, the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid. If leaking transmission fluid contacts a hot surface, a vehicle fire could result.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 16, 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 38B9/9V; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V182000.

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