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Recall Roundup: Another Busy Week for Automaker Recalls

By: Jeff Youngs, 5/6/2014
The seemingly unrelenting drum of automaker recalls continues. During the past week, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, and Mercedes-Benz issued recalls of various vehicles, dating back to the 2008 model year. The recalls affected a total of approximately 560,000 vehicles. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


BMW: Various 2010-2012 Vehicles
BMW is recalling a total of 156,137 model-year 2010-2011 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i Convertible, 328i Sports Wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i; 2011-2012 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 335i Sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i; 2011 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i; 2010 X3 xDrive 30i and X5 xDrive 30i; 2012 640i Coupe and 640i Convertible; and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break. If the bolts loosen or break the engine may lose power, or stall.

BMW will notify owners and dealers will replace the four VANOS housing bolts for both VANOS units (intake and exhaust), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model-year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline 6-cylinder engines not covered by this recall will receive an extended warranty to address this condition. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417, and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign ID number 14V176000.


2014 Buick Enclave
2014 Chevrolet Traverse
2014 GMC Acadia

General Motors (GM) is recalling 51,640 model-year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through August 15, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately. An inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM to correct the fuel gauge reading, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14007; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V223000.


2013 Cadillac SRX
General Motors is recalling 50,571 model-year 2013 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured May 29, 2012, through June 26, 2013, and equipped with 3.6-liter engines. In the affected vehicles, in certain driving situations, there may be a 3- to 4-second lag in acceleration due to the transmission control module (TCM) programming.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module, 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 14132; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V212000.


2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD
2015 GMC Sierra HD

General Motors is also recalling 51 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD vehicles manufactured February 11, 2014, through February 19, 2014, and equipped with diesel engines and dual fuel tanks. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pipe connections on both sides of the diesel fuel transfer pump may not be properly torqued, which may result in a diesel fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a vehicle fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the fuel pipe connections to the proper torque. The recall is expected to begin on May 19, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14067; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V213000.


2015 Ford Super Duty Pickup Trucks
Ford is recalling a total of 3,973 model-year 2015 F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty trucks manufactured September 13, 2013, through March 28, 2014, and equipped with 6.2-liter gasoline or 6.7-liter diesel engines and 6R140 transmissions. An error with the transmission control software may be such that while shifting from "Park" to "Drive" the vehicle may display "Drive" but possibly engage "Reverse" for 1.5 seconds before engaging "Drive." Therefore, the vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." If the vehicle is in "Reverse" while the gear selection shows "Drive," unexpected movement could occur, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the transmission software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early May 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14C04; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V204000.


2014 Honda Odyssey
Honda is recalling 24,889 model-year 2014 Odyssey vehicles manufactured October 2, 2013, through December 16, 2013. The shorting terminal, an electrical connector used to prevent air bag deployment before being installed into a vehicle, may have been damaged during assembly of the passenger-side side curtain air bag. If the shorting terminal is damaged, the passenger-side side curtain air bag may fail to deploy, thereby increasing the risk of occupant injury in a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the damaged shorting pin with a new shorting coupler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early May 2014. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JE2; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V175000.


2014 Mazda 6
Mazda is recalling 19,000 model-year 2014 Mazda 6 vehicles manufactured October 25, 2012, through May 9, 2013. In the affected vehicles, it is possible to fill the fuel tank beyond its rated capacity. If the tank is overfilled, gas may flow into the charcoal canister (an evaporative emissions component) and possibly leak from the canister's external vent, increasing the risk of a fire.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and add an adapter to the shut off valve in the fuel tank, and also inspect the charcoal canister for the presence of gasoline, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late April 2014. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 7414D; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V170000.


Mercedes-Benz: Various 2008-2011 Vehicles
Mercedes-Benz is recalling a total of 252,867 model-year 2008-2011 C300, C300 4Matic, C350, and C63 AMG vehicles manufactured January 26, 2007, through July 13, 2011. In the affected vehicles, a poor electrical ground connection may result in the dimming or failure of the taillights. This would reduce the vehicle's visibility, and the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions of stopping or turning.

Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the bulb holders if not previously updated and replace any corroded connectors, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be sent an interim notification in June 2014. A second letter will be mailed when parts are available, currently expected to be in August or September 2014. Owners may contact Mercedes at 1-800-367-6372, and may refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V204000.

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