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Recall Roundup: Ford, GM, Toyota, VW Announce Major Recalls

By: Jeff Youngs, 4/15/2014
The recent tide of automaker recalls continues to rise. During the past week, several automakers have issued recalls for various models, dating back to 2001 in some cases. GM and Toyota vehicles are most widely affected, with approximately 2.2 million GM vehicles and 1.8 million Toyota vehicles subject to recall. Ford and Volkswagen also announced significant recalls. In all, more than 4.5 million vehicles have been recalled in the past week. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


2001-2004 Ford Escape
Ford is recalling 348,950 model-year 2001-2004 Escape vehicles manufactured October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004, 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 can result in a significant loss of control.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Ford expects to send an interim notification the week of 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 Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S02; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign ID number 14V165000.


2013-2014 Ford C-Max
2013-2014 Ford Escape
2013-2014 Ford Fusion
2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ

Ford is recalling 43,135 model-year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured August 15, 2012, through September 10, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured June 5, 2012, through August 12, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured from July 23, 2012, through May 28, 2013. The driver and passenger seatback assemblies may have been produced with sub-standard weld joints used to attach the seat back recliner mechanism to the seat frame. The affected seat backs may have insufficient strength to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems." The back of the subject seats may become loose, or lean while driving.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seatback, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin the week of May 19, 2014. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14C03; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V164000.


GM: Various Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn Vehicles
GM is recalling 2,191,014 model-year 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the key can be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "Off" position, which could result in the vehicle rolling away: (a) for an automatic transmission, if the transmission is not in the "Park" position; or (b) for a manual transmission, if the parking brake is not engaged and the transmission is not in the "Reverse" position.

GM will notify owners, and for vehicles that were built with the defective ignition cylinder and have not previously had the ignition cylinder replaced with the redesigned part, dealers will replace the ignition cylinder and will cut and (if necessary) re-learn two ignition/door keys for each vehicle. For vehicles that were built with the redesigned ignition cylinder or had the ignition cylinder replaced with the redesigned part, dealers will cut and re-learn two ignition/door keys for each vehicle. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Pontiac owners at 1-800-762-2737, and Saturn owners at 1-800-553-6000. General Motors' number for this recall is 14113 for the ignition lock cylinder and key replacement, and 14133 for only key replacements. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V171000. Note: Until a vehicle has been remedied, owners and operators are advised that when exiting, be sure that the vehicle is in "Park," or in the case of a manual transmission, that the vehicle is in the "Reverse" position and the parking brake is engaged.


2014 Infiniti QX80
Nissan is recalling 468 model-year 2014 Infiniti QX80 vehicles manufactured December 2, 2013, through January 27, 2014, and equipped with 20-in. wheels. In the affected vehicles, the certification label incorrectly lists the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) as 4,497 lb. instead of the correct 4,343 lb. As such, the vehicles do not comply with Part 567 "Certification Regulation." An incorrect GAWR listing may result in the vehicle being overloaded.

Nissan will notify owners, and will mail owners a corrected certification label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contact Infiniti at 1-800-662-6200; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V129000.


2013 Jaguar XF and XJ
Jaguar is recalling three model-year 2013 XF and XJ vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through April 10, 2013. In these vehicles, the certification label that is intended to specify the required Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) front, Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) rear, the manufacture date, and country of manufacture, is absent. Thus, the vehicles do not conform to Part 567, "Certification." If the certification label does not specify all the necessary information or the vehicle weight range it could result in the vehicle being overloaded.

Jaguar will notify owners and dealers will re-acquire and will provide a replacement vehicle or a full refund of the purchase, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2014. Owners may contact Jaguar at 1-855-524-8278. Jaguar's number associated with this recall is J039; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V123000.


2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
Details for this recall may be found directly below.


Toyota/GM: Various 2006-2010 Vehicles
Toyota is recalling 1,291,449 model-year 2006-2008 RAV4, 2006-2010 Yaris, 2008-2010 Highlander, and 2009-2010 Tacoma, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Pontiac Vibe vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the steering column assembly contains electrical connections to the driver's air bag module housed in a spiral cable assembly, which includes a Flexible Flat Cable (FFC). Due to the shape and location of the FFC's retainer, the FFC could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned. If the FFC is damaged, connectivity to the driver's air bag module could be lost and the air bag deactivated.

Toyota will notify the Toyota brand vehicle owners, and GM will notify the Pontiac Vibe owners. Toyota will send their owners an interim notification letter in late April 2014 to advise owners of the recall, and will mail owners a second letter when remedy parts are available. GM has not yet provided a notification schedule for the Pontiac Vibe owners. When the parts are available, dealers will replace the spiral cable assembly, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-762-2737. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V168000.


2013 Toyota Highlander
Toyota is recalling 46,757 model-year 2013 Highlander vehicles manufactured March 13, 2013, through August 6, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the second-row left-hand seat may not lock in place when positioned in the forward front or second adjusting position. As such, the vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems." If the seat does not lock into the seat track, there may be an increased risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will modify the second row left hand seat so that it will lock into the seat track, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V148000.


2006-2010 Toyota Yaris
2008-2010 Scion xD

Toyota is recalling 472,388 model-year 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles manufactured August 22, 2005, through May 12, 2010, and 2008-2010 Scion xD vehicles manufactured April 4, 2007, through May 12, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the springs used for the seat rails on the driver's seat and the seat rails of the front passenger seat of 3-door models may break. If the spring breaks, the seat may not lock in position. In the event of a vehicle crash, the seat could move, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat rail, and replace it with a new one, if necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V169000.


2012-2013 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen is recalling 150,201 model-year 2012-2013 Passat vehicles manufactured January 2011 through November 2012. In the affected vehicles, the low-beam headlight bulb may become loose and lose electrical contact.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the bulb holder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's recall number associated with this campaign is 94G8/7V; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V125000.

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