Recall Roundup: Subaru, Chrysler Recall Nearly 1.2 Million Vehicles Combined over Brake Line, Ignition Switch Concerns
By: Jeff Youngs, 7/9/2014
During the past week, Subaru recalled more than 660,000 vehicles over concerns about corroded brake lines, while Chrysler recalled more than 525,000 vehicles due to an ignition switch defect. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
Chrysler: Various 2008-2010 Chrysler, Dodge Vehicles
Chrysler Group LLC is recalling a total of 525,206 model-year 2009-2010 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured June 29, 2007, to June 17, 2010, and 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country vehicles manufactured January 26, 2007, to June 17, 2010. Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. This defect can affect the safe operation of the air bag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the "Off" or "Accessory" position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will modify the ignition switch, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is L25; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V373000. Note: This is an expansion of recall 11V-139.
2010-2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring
Hyundai is recalling approximately 35,000 model-year 2010-2012 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured December 15, 2009, through May 7, 2012. The affected vehicles have a support bracket attached to the headliner that may become displaced during a side curtain air bag deployment.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-August 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 117; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V310000.
2013-2014 Jaguar XF
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 68 model-year 2013-2014 Jaguar XF vehicles manufactured October 18, 2012, through February 25, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the right-hand rear brake pipe may wear against a bracket located on the rear sub frame. This condition may cause the brake pipe to wear through and leak brake fluid. Leaking brake fluid can lengthen braking distance and increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
Jaguar will notify owners, and, at no charge, dealers will inspect the rear brake pipe for signs of wear, manipulate the bracket on the rear sub frame, and inspect and replace the rear brake pipes if wear is visible. The recall is expected to begin July 29, 2014. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-855-524-8278. Jaguar's number for this recall is J036; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V291000.
2013 Jaguar XJ
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 70 model-year 2013 Jaguar XJ vehicles manufactured May 21, 2012, through July 10, 2012. The generic software calibration installed on the vehicles' Restraints Control Module (RCM) may not meet the specification for proper operation of the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will upload new software for the Restraints Control Module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 29, 2014. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-855-524-8278. Jaguar's number for this recall is J040; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V292000.
2008-2011 Lotus Elise
2011 Lotus Evora
2008-2011 Lotus Exige
Lotus is recalling 860 model-year 2008-2011 Elise and Exige vehicles manufactured from November 2007 to July 2011, and 2011 Evora vehicles manufactured September 2010 through September 2011. The oil cooler hose may detach from its fitting. A detached oil hose could spray oil on a tire, increasing the risk of a crash, or it could spray oil throughout the engine compartment, increasing the risk of a fire.
Lotus will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil cooler hose fittings on the Elise and Exige vehicles and will replace the oil cooler hose assemblies on the Evora vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Lotus at 1-800-245-6887. Lotus' number for this recall is 201401R (Elise/Exige), and 2014/02R (Evora). Owners may also refer to campaign number 14V280000. Note: This recall is an expansion of recalls 11V-510 and 13V-041.
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Mitsubishi is recalling 146 model-year 2014 Lancer Evolution vehicles manufactured January 31, 2014, through February 21, 2014, and 2014 Lancer Ralliart vehicles manufactured February 3, 2014, through February 14, 2014. The affected vehicles may have insufficient clearance between the power steering pressure tube and the cross-member brace. Due to abrasion and rust, a hole may develop in the power steering tube, allowing the fluid to leak out, resulting in added steering effort, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the leaking fluid increases the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source such as a hot engine or exhaust component.
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the power steering tube for sufficient clearance. If the vehicle has insufficient clearance, the power steering tube assembly will be replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer notified owners in July 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-004; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V281000.
Subaru: Various 2005-2014 Vehicles
Subaru is recalling a total of 660,238 vehicles, including model-year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza and 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles that are currently, or were formerly, 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. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQK-47; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V311000. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-110 which applied to certain 2005-2009 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were remedied under the previous campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.