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Recall Roundup: Hyundai Recalls More Than 1 Million Sonatas in Two Actions, GM Orders Another Large Recall

By: Jeff Youngs, 8/11/2014

During the past week, several automakers, including General Motors, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki, ordered recalls of a total of approximately 1,750,000 vehicles. Model years 2001 to 2014 are affected. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


2013-2014 Chevrolet Caprice
2014 Chevrolet SS
General Motors (GM) is recalling 4,794 model-year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured June 7, 2013, to May 29, 2014, and 2014 Chevrolet SS vehicles manufactured September 13, 2013, to March 4, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the windshield wiper motor gear teeth may strip, causing the windshield wipers to become inoperative.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiper module assembly and replace any affected ones, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14295; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V375000.


2014 Chevrolet Corvette
GM is recalling 1,939 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured February 12, 2014, to March 14, 2014. Due to an improper weld on the rear shock absorbers, the shock absorber tubes may separate from the shock absorber clevis brackets, resulting in a sudden change in vehicle handling.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both of the rear shock absorbers, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14302; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V377000.


2014 Chevrolet Spark
GM is recalling 1,919 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured from May 7, 2014, to May 26, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the left and right lower control arm attaching bolts in the front suspension may not be tightened to specification. If the lower control arm bolts are not tightened properly, the lower control arm may separate from the steering knuckle while driving, causing a loss of steering. Owners are instructed not to drive their vehicles until the recall remedy has been completed. Owners should call a Chevrolet dealer immediately to arrange for their vehicle to be transported free of charge for servicing.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left and right lower control arm attaching bolts to make sure that they are tightened to the proper specification, free of charge. The recall began on August 1, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14453; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V440000. Note: Owners are advised not to drive the vehicle until the repairs have been completed.


GM: Various 2010-2012 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC Vehicles
General Motors is recalling a total of 414,333 model-year 2011-2012 Buick LaCrosse, Buick Regal, and Chevrolet Camaro vehicles, as well as 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain vehicles, all equipped with power height-adjustable driver and passenger seats. In the affected vehicles, the bolt that secures the driver's and passenger's power front-seat height adjuster may fall out causing the seat to drop suddenly to the lowest vertical position. If the driver's seat unexpectedly drops, the distraction and altered seat position may affect the drivers' control of the vehicle.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the height-adjuster shoulder bolts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14271; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V447000.


2001-2006 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai is recalling approximately 225,000 model-year 2001-2006 Santa Fe vehicles manufactured from March 31, 2000, through February 15, 2006, that are registered and operated, or which were originally sold and registered, in the following 20 "salt belt" states and the District of Columbia: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The affected vehicles may experience front coil spring corrosion from road salt, causing the coil spring to fracture and make contact with the tire, possibly puncturing the tire.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the coil spring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 124; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V435000.


2011 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai is recalling 133,075 model-year 2011 Sonata vehicles manufactured from December 11, 2009, through September 1, 2010. The affected vehicles may experience a brake fluid leak from the two brake lines that connect the brake system's master cylinder to the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) due to insufficient seal between the inner brake hose and metal brake line fitting. If the brake lines leak sufficient brake fluid, the brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate and longer stopping distances will be required.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake hoses with a revised service part, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 122; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V433000.


2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai is recalling approximately 883,000 model-year 2011-2014 Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009, through May 29, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may detach from the shift lever pin. If the transmission shift cable detaches, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Furthermore, when the driver parks the vehicle, despite selecting the 'PARK' position, the transmission may not be in 'PARK.' If the vehicle is not in the 'PARK' position and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle could roll away as the driver and other occupants exit, or anytime thereafter.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, repair the connection between the shift cable and shift lever, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 123; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V434000.


2007-2012 Hyundai Veracruz
Hyundai is recalling 61,122 model-year 2007-2012 Veracruz vehicles manufactured from December 26, 2006, through July 24, 2012. The affected vehicles may experience an oil leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket. If there is a sufficient amount of oil dropped onto the alternator, the alternator will be damaged causing the charging system to become inoperative. If the alternator is damaged, the charging system warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate, and the engine will lose power and the vehicle will eventually stop operating while being driven.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect/repair or replace the alternator and the front valve cover gasket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 121; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V415000.


2007, 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi is recalling five model-year 2007 and 2009 Outlander vehicles. During servicing, the affected vehicles were repaired with replacement transfer case assemblies whose oil seal may come out of position. If the oil seal dislodges, automatic transmission fluid (ATF) may enter the transfer case assembly, reducing the ATF pressure in the transmission, resulting in poor transmission shifting or the inability of the vehicle to be driven.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transfer assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on July 30, 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-005; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V365000.


2004-2006 Suzuki Verona
Suzuki is recalling 25,899 model-year 2004-2006 Verona vehicles manufactured June 2003 to October 2005. In the affected vehicles, there may be heat generated within the DRL module located in the instrument panel, which could melt the DRL module, which in turn could cause a vehicle fire.

Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the DRL module in the instrument panel, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners can contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's number for this recall is XC; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V363000.

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