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Recall Roundup: More GM Recalls; Mazda, Chrysler Too

By: Jeff Youngs, 4/8/2014
Already embroiled in a recall crisis related to faulty ignition switches in some of its small cars, General Motors (GM) is recalling slightly more than 2 million vehicles from model years 2004-2015, including Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac, and Saturn brand models. Additionally, Chrysler Group (Chrysler) has issued recalls on more than 600,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs, and Mazda has recalled some Mazda 6 sedans. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


Chrysler: 2011-2014 Jeep Cherokee, Dodge Durango
Chrysler is recalling 644,354 model-year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010, through September 8, 2013. The subject vehicles have a brake booster with a center shell that may corrode and allow water to get inside. The water could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced. Repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is P14; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign ID number 14V154000.


GM: Various 2004-2010 Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn Vehicles
GM is recalling 1,340,447 model-year 2004-2006 and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2006 Malibu Maxx, 2009-2010 HHR (non-turbo), 2010 Cobalt, 2008-2009 Saturn Aura, 2004-2007 Saturn Ion, and 2005-2009 Pontiac G6 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving, requiring greater driver effort to steer the vehicle at low speeds.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will perform one of four bulletins. Parts are not currently available. GM expects to send an interim notification in late April. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter to come in to have the applicable bulletin applied. Bulletin 14115 covers model-year 2004-2007 Saturn Ion, 2009-2010 Chevrolet HHR, and 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts. Dealers will replace the EPS motor. Bulletin 14116 covers model-year 2004-2006 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, 2005-2006 Pontiac G6, and 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura built from March 1, 2008, through June 27, 2008. Dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly. Bulletin 14117 covers model-year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from February 1, 2008, through February 28, 2008. Dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly and EPS motor controller unit. Bulletin 14118 covers model-year 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura built from October 1, 2007, through January 31, 2008. Dealers will replace the EPS motor controller unit. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, and Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668. GM's number for this recall is N140115; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V153000. Note: GM bulletin number 14119 will be implemented for model-year 2006-2008 and early production of 2009 Chevrolet HHR (non-turbo) and model-year 2003 Saturn Ion to provide EPS motor replacement for the life of the vehicle.


GM: Various 2014-2015 Chevrolet and GMC Trucks, SUVs
GM is recalling 489,936 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 series and model-year 2015 Suburban and Tahoe; model-year 2014 GMC Sierra Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 Series; and model-year 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission (feature code MYC). The subject vehicles may have a transmission oil cooler line that is not securely seated in the fitting. If the line is not securely seated and transmission oil leaks from the fitting, the oil could contact a hot surface and cause a vehicle fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission oil cooler line connection and repair the vehicles, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 28, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546; GMC owners may contact GMC at 1-866-996-9463. GM's number for this recall is 14121; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V152000.


GM: 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze
GM is also recalling 174,046 model-year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with a 1.4-liter turbo engine, and manufactured between November 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014. On the affected vehicles, the right front half shaft may fracture and separate. If this happened while driving, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the right half shaft, as needed, free of charge. Parts for the remedy are not currently available. GM will send an interim letter to owners the week of April 28, 2014. A second owner letter will be mailed when parts are available. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546. GM's number for this recall is 14079; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V151000. This is an expansion of recall 13V-452. Note: Some vehicles subject to this recall were subject to the recall campaign initiated in 2013. Some of those vehicles were repaired using defective parts. Those owners will be advised that they must have their vehicles remedied again under this campaign and that having the earlier recall completed did not remedy their vehicles.



Mazda: 2010-2012 Mazda 6
Mazda is recalling 42,000 model-year 2010-2012 Mazda 6 vehicles manufactured September 14, 2009, through May 2, 2011, and equipped with a 2.5-liter engine. In the affected vehicles, spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure. This could cause the fuel tank to crack, resulting in a fuel leak.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module and inspect and clean the canister vent line. If a web is found in the line, the fuel tank and check valve on the canister vent line will be replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's recall number associated with this campaign is 7214C; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V114000.

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