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Recall Roundup: Various Automakers Recall More than 160,000 Vehicles

By: Jeff Youngs, 11/27/2013
A variety of vehicle manufacturers have announced the recall of more than 160,000 vehicles in the past week. Nearly half of the vehicles recalled are Kia Sedona vans from model years 2006-2012, the front lower control arms of which could be susceptible to corrosion. Hyundai is recalling more than 15,000 vehicles for the same reason. GM, Porsche, Toyota, and others have also announced recalls.


2013-2014 Chevrolet Malibu
General Motors (GM) is recalling 42,696 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sedans, manufactured June 12, 2013, through November 5, 2013. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control in these vehicles may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic climate control module software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 6, 2013. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13380, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number is 13V567000.

GM is also recalling 14,909 model-year 2013 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured October 25, 2011, through June 29, 2012, that are equipped with the 8-way power-adjustable front seat feature. The wiring harness for the power seat may contact the seat frame, which may chafe the harness. This could lead to exposure of the wires, and a short circuit.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wire harness and repair and secure it as necessary free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early December 2013. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM's recall campaign number is 13342, and the NHTSA campaign number is 13V566000.


2012-2014 Ford Focus Electric
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 2,456 model-year 2012-2014 Focus Electric vehicles manufactured September 15, 2011, through August 23, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a powertrain control module software problem may result in a stall-like condition.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the power control module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by late November 2013. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S09, and the NHTSA campaign number is 13V523000.


2007-2008 Hyundai Entourage
Hyundai is recalling 15,500 model-year 2007-2008 Hyundai Entourage vans manufactured from February 16, 2006, through June 30, 2008 and sold in, or currently registered in, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. In the affected vehicles, the front lower control arms may fracture due to corrosion resulting from exposure to road salt and water.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the degree of corrosion of the front lower control arms, and will either rustproof or replace them free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151 or by email at consumeraffairs@hmausa.com. Hyundai's recall number is 115, and the NHTSA campaign number is 13V556000.


2006-2012 Kia Sedona
Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling 79,867 model-year 2006-2012 Kia Sedona vans manufactured from June 15, 2005, through August 14, 2012 and originally sold in, or currently registered in, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia or the District of Columbia. In the affected vehicles, the front lower control arms may break due to corrosion resulting from prolonged exposure to salty environments.

Kia will notify owners and dealers will inspect the degree of corrosion of the front lower control arms, and will either rustproof or replace them free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's recall number is SC100, and the NHTSA campaign number is 13V550000.


Porsche--Various Models
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling 207 model-year 2013-2014 Cayenne and Cayenne GTS, 2013 Cayenne Diesel, and 2014 Cayenne S, S Hybrid, Turbo, and Turbo S vehicles manufactured May 27, 2013, through July 10, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the calculated range of the remaining fuel displayed on the instrument cluster may be higher than the actual range. Additionally, the fuel level indicated by the fuel gauge may also be higher than the actual amount in the tank.

Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late November 2013. Owners may contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's recall number is AD03, and the NHTSA campaign number is 13V506000.

In a recall unrelated to the one listed above, Porsche is also recalling 81 model-year 2014 Boxster, Boxster S, Cayman, Cayman S, and 911 Carrera (S, Cabriolet, S Cabriolet, 4, 4S, 4 Cabriolet, 4s Cabriolet) vehicles manufactured September 2, 2013, through September 23, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the passenger seats may be equipped with defective wiring harnesses resulting in intermittent contact with the harness plug, which could result in a deactivation of the passenger seat frontal and knee air bags, increasing the risk of passenger injury in a crash.

Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late November 2013. Owners may contact Porsche at 1-770-290-3500. Porsche's recall number is AD04, and the NHTSA campaign number is 13V502000.


2013-2014 Toyota Camry/Hybrid
2013 Toyota Avalon/Hybrid
2014 Toyota Corolla
Toyota is recalling 9,795 model-year 2013-2014 Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2013 Avalon and Avalon Hybrid, and 2014 Corolla sedans. In the affected vehicles, the windshield wiper switch assembly may short circuit, possibly rendering the windshield wipers inoperative.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper switch assembly free of charge. The recall began on November 8, 2013. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. The NHTSA campaign number is 13V505000.




2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma
In a separate action, Toyota is also recalling 979 model-year 2012-2013 Tacoma midsize pickups equipped with 18-inch Maverick Alloy Wheels. In the affected vehicles, the spare tire requires the use of a different style of lug nut to attach it to the vehicle from what the other wheels use. These lug nuts were not provided with the vehicle. If the spare tire/wheel is installed on the vehicle using the lug nuts from another wheel, damage to the wheel could result.

Toyota will notify owners and dealers will: (a) install a warning label on the spare tire/wheel, (b) supply a bag containing proper spare wheel lug nuts, and (c) place an Owner's Manual Addendum in the vehicle's glove box. The recall is expected to begin in November 2013. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-954-429-2000. The NHTSA campaign number is 13V494000.


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