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Recall Roundup: Chrysler, GM, Nissan among Six Automakers Issuing Vehicle Recalls

By: Jeff Youngs, 8/1/2014

During the past week, a total of six different automakers, including Chrysler, General Motors, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai, and Volkswagen, issued recalls affecting a total of nearly one million vehicles. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


2011 Cadillac CTS
General Motors (GM) is recalling 16,932 model-year 2011 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured October 18, 2010, to June 2, 2011. In the affected vehicles, vibrations from the drive shaft may cause the vehicle's rollover sensor to command the roof rail air bags to deploy.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear drive shaft assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14233; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V341000.


2014 Chevrolet Corvette
GM is recalling 712 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured November 20, 2013, to March 25, 2014, and equipped with optional sport seats. The seats do not meet internal specifications for injury protection in relation to an unbelted young child. In the event of a crash necessitating side-impact air bag deployment, an unbelted young child may be at an increased risk of neck injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger's side-impact air bag, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014. Owners should not allow small children to ride in vehicles unbelted or in the front passenger seat. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14240; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V342000.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 GMC Sierra 1500
GM is recalling 184 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vehicles manufactured May 15, 2013, to January 29, 2014, and GMC Sierra vehicles manufactured September 19, 2013, to February 8, 2014, and equipped with both optional accessory all-weather floor mats (option RPO VAV) and optional vinyl flooring (option RPO BG9). The affected vehicles built with the vinyl flooring option do not have the retention features necessary to properly secure the floor mat on the driver's side. The floor mat could shift such that it could interfere with the accelerator pedal, preventing its return to an idle position, which could result in unintended vehicle speeds.

GM will notify owners, and reimburse the owner for the purchase price upon their return. The owners will also be provided free of charge an insert for their owner's manual instructing them not to use floor mats. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14310; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V345000.


2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD
2015 GMC Sierra HD
General Motors is recalling 57,192 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured October 1, 2013, to June 6, 2014, and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2013, to June 6, 2014. The power steering hose clamp may disconnect from the power steering pump or gear, causing a loss of power steering fluid. This could result in a loss of power steering assist and power brake assist, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the power steering hose clamps are properly secured, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14356; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V339000.


2015 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai is recalling 5,650 model-year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured April 25, 2014, through June 16, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, one or both of the front brake calipers may fracture. If a brake caliper fractures, brake effectiveness would be reduced, lengthening the distance required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai contacted the affected owners on June 19, 2014 and instructed them not to drive their vehicles. Hyundai dealers will replace the affected brake calipers, free of charge. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 120; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V368000.


2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2006-2007 Jeep Commander
Chrysler is recalling a total of 643,618 model-year 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, to July 5, 2007, and 2006-2007 Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured January 31, 2005, to July 5, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with their knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of the run position, turning off the engine. 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. Until this recall is performed, drivers should adjust their seat to allow clearance between the driver's knee and the ignition key, and remove all items from their key ring, leaving only the vehicle key.

Chrysler will notify owners in September 2014. The remedy for this recall is still under development. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P41; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V438000.


2003-2004 Mazda 6
2004 Mazda RX-8
Mazda is recalling 18,050 model-year 2003-2004 Mazda 6 vehicles and 2004 RX-8 vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger-side frontal air bag that may produce excessive internal pressure, causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger-seat occupant or other occupants.

Owners of all vehicles in which a defective air bag may have been installed as original equipment will be notified. Dealers will replace the defective air bag inflator, free of charge. The safety recall is scheduled to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact the Mazda Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's recall campaign number is 7714F; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V362000. Note: This is an expansion of NHTSA Recall No. 13V-130.


Nissan: Various 2002-2004 Nissan, Infiniti Vehicles
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling a total of 226,326 model-year 2002-2003 Nissan Maxima, Nissan Pathfinder, Infiniti I35 and Infiniti QX4; 2002-2004 Nissan Sentra; and 2003 Infiniti FX vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger-side frontal air bag that may produce excessive internal pressure, causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger-side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side frontal air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger-seat occupant or other occupants.

Owners of all vehicles in which a defective air bag may have been installed either as original equipment, or as a replacement, will be notified. Dealers will inspect vehicles, and where a defective air bag inflator is identified, the inflator will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 11, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V361000. Note: This recall is an expansion of NHTSA Recall No. 13V-136.


2015 Volkswagen Golf
2015 Volkswagen GTI
Volkswagen is recalling 2,001 model-year 2015 Golf and GTI vehicles manufactured January 27, 2014, to May 12, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the stabilizer link fasteners may come loose, and could interfere with steering, requiring additional effort to control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front stabilizer links, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. VW's number for this recall is 40K9/1W; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V412000.

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