Recall Roundup: Automakers Recall Nearly 250,000 Vehicles for Various Issues
Aston Martin is recalling 689 vehicles built from May 14, 2012, to April 10, 2013, because the throttle pedal arm may break. If this occurs, the engine returns to idle and the vehicle will be unable to maintain or increase speed, increasing the risk of a crash.
The affected models are the DB9, Virage, V8 Vantage, V12 Vantage, and Rapide. Aston Martin has not announced a timetable for repairing the affected vehicles. Owners with questions can contact Aston Martin at 1-888-923-9988. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall campaign number is 13V228000, and the Aston Martin recall number is RA-03-0016.
2013 Dodge Dart
Dodge is recalling 12,907 units of the 2013 Dart that were built from March 1, 2012, to February 28, 2013. The affected vehicles are equipped with the optional turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and the optional dual dry-clutch transmission. The engine may stall if the outside temperature is 20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, increasing the risk of a crash.
To remedy the problem, dealers will reprogram the car's powertrain control module, starting in June of 2013. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V238000, and the Chrysler recall campaign number is N32.
2013 Ford Fusion
Ford is recalling 20 units of the 2013 Fusion. That is not a typographical error. This small number of Fusions was built from April 19, 2013, to April 23, 2013, and may be missing an internal retaining clip inside the steering gear. Without this part, the steering gear components may become dislodged, in turn impairing the steering and possibly leading to a loss of steering control, which increases the risk of a crash.
For the 20 cars impacted by the recall, dealers will replace the steering gear, free of charge. Ford is notifying vehicle owners; the recall starts in mid-June 2013. The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V232000 and the Ford recall number is 13S06.
General Motors is recalling 193,652 SUVs as part of an expansion of an existing recall. The affected models include 2006 and 2007 model-year examples of the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, and Saab 9-7X.
In these SUVs, fluid may enter the driver's door module, causing corrosion and a possible short-circuit. A short-circuit may cause the power door lock and power window switches to malfunction, and could also cause electrical overheating, leading to the melting of door module components and the possibility of a fire.
To resolve the problem, dealers will test the driver's door module, and if it is functioning properly, will apply a protective coating. If it is not functioning properly, the driver's door module will be replaced. These actions will be taken at no charge to the vehicle owner.
The recall begins on July 24, and because the short-circuit can occur even if the vehicle is not being driven, the NHTSA recommends that owners park these vehicles outside until repairs are made.
The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V248000, and the GM recall campaign number is 12180. Owners can ask questions by calling the following numbers:
- Buick - 1-800-521-7300
- Chevrolet - 1-888-694-6546
- GMC - 1-866-996-9463
- Isuzu - 1-800-255-6727
- Saab - 1-855-880-0808
2013 Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln is recalling 107 units of the redesigned 2013 MKZ built from April 25, 2012, through March 15, 2013, and equipped with an optional engine block heater. In these vehicles, the heater cords may be bent and, in certain temperatures, the wire insulation may crack, exposing the electrical wires and increasing the risk for an electrical shock.
To resolve the problem, dealers will replace the block heater cord, at no charge to vehicle owners. The recall begins on June 17, 2013. The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V230000 and the Ford recall number is 13S05.
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 71 units of the 2013 SLK250 and SLK350 built October 9, 2012, through November 30, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system may not differentiate between a child safety seat installed in the front passenger's seat and a very light person seated in that location. As a result, the system may not inflate the passenger air bag in a collision, increasing the risk for injury to a very light front-seat passenger.
To resolve the problem, Mercedes will replace the right front-seat cushion, free of charge, starting in June of 2013. Owners with questions can contact Mercedes at 1-201-573-0600, referencing NHTSA recall campaign number 13V236000.
2013 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500
Chrysler is recalling 30,197 units of the 2013 Ram 1500 light-duty and Ram 2500/3500 heavy-duty pickups. The affected models were built from September 9, 2012, through March 5, 2013, and are equipped with what the NHTSA calls "premium tail lamps."
According to the recall, these premium tail lamps do not meet federal motor vehicle safety standards governing turn signal failure notification to the driver. As a result, the driver will be unaware of a turn signal malfunction, believing the turn signals work properly when they may not. If other motorists are unaware that the truck is turning because of a turn signal malfunction, there is an increased risk for a crash.
To resolve the problem, dealers will reprogram vehicle software, free of charge, starting in July 2013. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V237000, and the Chrysler recall campaign number is N35.
2012 Ram Commercial Trucks
Chrysler is recalling 5,617 units of the Ram 4500 and 5500 built from February 7, 2012, through the end of the 2012 model year. In the affected vehicles, the front drive shaft may fracture due to a welding issue with the front axle carrier, causing a sudden loss of power and, if the drive shaft continues spinning, damage to surrounding mechanical parts. An increased risk of a crash is the result.
To resolve the problem, dealers will replace the truck's front axle assembly, free of charge. The recall starts in July of 2013, and owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V239000, and the Chrysler recall campaign number is N26.
2013 Ram Heavy Duty
Chrysler is recalling 1,253 units of the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks built from January 7, 2013, through February 28, 2013. The affected trucks are equipped with what the NHTSA calls "premium headlights" that do not conform to federal motor vehicle safety standards when used in high-beam mode.
To resolve the issue, dealers will reprogram vehicle software, free of charge, starting in July of 2013. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. The NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V240000, and the Chrysler recall campaign number is N33.