Recall Roundup: Detroit Three, Jaguar Land Rover Issue New Safety Recalls
By: Jeff Youngs, 8/25/2014
During the past week, Chrysler Group (Chrysler), Ford Motor Company (Ford), General Motors (GM), and Jaguar Land Rover issued vehicle recalls, affecting model years 2012-2105. Although the overall number of vehicles being recalled (21,000) is small in comparison to recent weeks, the wave of automaker safety recalls continues. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
2015 Chrysler 200
2014 Jeep Cherokee
2014 Ram 1500
Chrysler is recalling 15,956 model-year 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500, and 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles. Due to an insufficient weld, the rear shocks may detach from the vehicle at one end and possibly damage other chassis components or the tire, or result in reduced braking performance.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear shocks and replace any affected ones, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P37; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V392000.
2014 Ford Escape
Ford is recalling 1,867 model-year 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 15, 2013, through October 22, 2013. The panorama roof glass may not be properly bonded to the attaching bracket. If the glass panel is improperly bonded, the glass may separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.
Ford has notified owners. Dealers will inspect each vehicle and replace, free of charge, the front roof glass if its production date and sequence number falls within the affected range. The recall began on July 14, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S13; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V403000.
2014 Ford Fiesta
Ford is recalling 175 model-year 2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles manufactured October 25, 2013, to February 27, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, the fuel tank may leak.
Ford has notified the affected owners. Dealers will replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The recall began on July 14, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S12; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V402000.
GM: Various 2012-2014 Chevrolet, Buick Vehicles
GM is recalling 2,990 model-year 2013-2014 Buick Encore all-wheel-drive vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to September 9, 2013; Verano vehicles manufactured August 8, 2012, to June 20, 2013; Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured August 7, 2012, to August 16, 2013; and 2012-2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured May 10, 2011, to August 16, 2012 and equipped with a Calix oil pan/block heater. In cold temperatures, the insulation on the engine block heater cord can become damaged, allowing the wires to be exposed. Exposed wires increase the risk of electrical shock and personal injury if the cord is handled while it is plugged in.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine oil pan/block heater cord with a new cord that is rated for temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celsius. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14257; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V417000.
2013-2015 Jaguar XKR, XKR-S
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 144 model-year 2013-2015 XK (XKR and XKR-S) vehicles manufactured August 24, 2012, to June 10, 2014, and equipped with a 5.0-liter engine. The tire placard has incorrect information for the spare tire, stating "none" for the inflation pressure of the spare wheel. Thus, these vehicles do not comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars. If the recommended pressure for the spare tire is not provided, the tire may not be properly inflated.
Jaguar Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and, as necessary, attach a corrected tire placard label stating the tire size and pressure, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 30, 2014. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar Land Rover's number for this recall is J041; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V389000.
2013-2014 Jaguar XFR-S
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 81 model-year 2013-2014 XF (XFR-S) vehicles manufactured July 2, 2013, to April 11, 2014. A component within the Power Assist Steering system (PAS) may collapse and restrict fluid flow within the PAS hose, causing a loss of power steering.
Jaguar Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will install an improved PAS hose, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 29, 2014. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar Land Rover's number for this recall is J042; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V390000.