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Recall Roundup: Ford, Infiniti, Nissan, and Subaru Issue Notices; Dodge Warns Drivers to Park Challengers

3/18/2013
Numerous recalls were issued within the past week, summarized below in alphabetical order by make.

2013 Dodge Challenger Wire Harness Recall

Dodge is asking owners of 2013 Challenger models equipped with a V-6 engine to park the vehicles and stop driving them if they were assembled between November 29, 2012, and January 24, 2013. These vehicles could suffer an electrical short-circuit that could cause a wiring harness to overheat and catch fire.

Of the 4,459 Challenger V-6 vehicles built during the specified 8-week period, approximately 1,900 remain in dealership inventory, with the rest in customer hands. To determine when the vehicle was assembled, check the identification plate on the door jamb.

Dodge announced this recall Sunday, March 17, 2013, and there is no corresponding recall campaign ID number as this article is written. Dodge dealers will supply free loaner vehicles to affected Challenger owners.

2013 Dodge Challenger Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Dodge Challenger Quality Ratings
Dodge Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Dodge Buyer's Guide


2013 Ford Child Safety Lock Recall

Ford has issued a recall related to the left rear door child safety lock on 2013 C-Max, 2013 Escape, and 2013 Focus models. A relatively small number of vehicles are affected, with 5,675 cars and crossovers heading back to dealerships because the child safety lock was built incorrectly and may not engage when activated. If the child safety lock is not activated, but the vehicle owner believes that it is, an unrestrained child riding in the rear seat could open the door from the inside, increasing the risk for injury.

Ford is notifying those vehicle owners affected by the recall, and repairs are scheduled to begin March 25, 2013, at no charge to vehicle owners. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S02, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number is 13V085000. Concerned owners can call Ford directly at 1-866-436-7332.

2013 Ford C-Max Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Ford Escape Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Ford Focus Summary, Photos & Specs
Ford Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Ford Cars Buyer's Guide
2013 Ford Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide


2004-2007 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey Recall

This recall, which affects 196,667 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans, is complicated. The issue pertains to the third-row seat's anchor mechanisms, which may suffer corrosion and structural degradation. This, in turn, may prevent the seat from fully latching into a locked seating position. An unlatched third-row seat may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

The complication is that the recall includes only those vehicles built between March 24, 2003, and November 7, 2006, and only those vehicles equipped with a third-row seat, and only those models originally purchased in or currently registered in the following states:

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.

The recall begins March 27, 2013, and Ford will install new third-row seat latch striker mounting brackets at no charge to vehicle owners. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 13V081000, and Ford's recall campaign number is 13S01. Vehicle owners with questions can contact Ford directly at 1-866-436-7332.


Infiniti/Nissan Passenger Air Bag Sensor Recall

Infiniti and Nissan are recalling a variety of 2013 models to inspect their front passenger side Occupant Detection System (ODS) sensors. If they are found to be faulty, they will be replaced at no charge to customers. Faulty ODS sensors may permanently suppress deployment of the passenger-side air bag, and if the vehicle is involved in a collision with a front passenger aboard, that passenger risks an increased chance of injury.

The affected 2013 model-year vehicles include the Infiniti JX35, Nissan Altima, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Pathfinder, and Nissan Sentra. Nissan is notifying vehicle owners affected by the recall, which begins in early April 2013. The NHTSA campaign number is 13V069000. Vehicle owners with questions can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

2013 Infiniti JX35 Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Nissan Altima Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Nissan Leaf Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Nissan Sentra Summary, Photos & Specs

Infiniti Car & Truck Quality Ratings
Nissan Car & Truck Quality Ratings

2013 Infiniti Buyer's Guide
2013 Nissan Cars Buyer's Guide
2013 Nissan Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide


2013 Nissan Sentra Fuel Tank Recall

This recall affects 392 units of the 2013 Nissan Sentra built between September 11, 2012, and October 4, 2012. In the affected units, the fuel tank assemblies were not properly sealed, and may leak small amounts of fuel when the tank is full, which could cause a fire in the presence of an ignition source. Starting March 18, 2013, Nissan will replace the fuel tanks, free of charge. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 13V068000, and vehicle owners with questions can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.


Subaru Expands Two Previous Recalls to Include More Vehicles

Two recall expansions were issued this week for the 2012 Subaru Legacy and 2012 Subaru Outback.

The first recall expansion affects 14 additional vehicles equipped with power sunroofs. Adhesive between the glass and its retainer may have been inadequately applied, and the glass may loosen and detach from the vehicle, creating a road hazard for other motorists. The second recall expansion affects 16 additional vehicles that may have wiper motor components that can overheat and potentially cause a fire.

Subaru has already notified owners of the affected vehicles, and repairs will be made free of charge.

2013 Subaru Legacy Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Subaru Outback Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Subaru Legacy Quality Ratings
2012 Subaru Outback Quality Ratings
Subaru Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Subaru Buyer's Guide

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