Recall Roundup: Another Busy Week for GM and Others as 142,000 Vehicles Affected
By: Jeff Youngs, 9/5/2014
During the past week, various automakers issued recalls affecting more than 142,000 vehicles. General Motors (GM) accounted for the majority of the recalls; Suzuki Motor of America (Suzuki), Nissan North America (Nissan), Ford Motor Company (Ford), and Aston Martin Lagonda (Aston Martin) also reported defects. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
2014 Aston Martin DB9
2014 Aston Martin Rapide S
Aston Martin is recalling 440 model-year 2014 DB9 and Rapide S vehicles manufactured June 2013 to July 2014. Due to a faulty circuit board, the transmissions in the affected vehicles may inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver. If the transmission shifts to neutral, the driver will not be able to maintain speed or move the vehicle out of traffic.
Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected circuit boards, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Aston Martin customer service at 1-888-923-9988. Aston Martin's number for this recall is RA-07-0018; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V425000. Note: If the vehicle exhibits this problem, owners are advised to turn off the ignition and restart the car, which may allow the car to be driven out of harm's way.
2011-2013 Buick Regal
2013 Chevrolet Malibu
GM is recalling a total of 120,426 model-year 2011-2013 Buick Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with two turn signal bulbs in each front turn signal. If one of the two front turn signal bulbs burns out in either front turn signal lamp, there is no indication to the driver. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108: Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. If the driver is not aware that a turn signal is not functioning properly, the driver may continue to drive the vehicle. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other drivers may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the body control module software, free of charge. The campaign is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 12212; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V484000.
2014 Ford Focus
2014 Ford C-Max
Ford is recalling 508 model-year 2014 Focus and C-Max vehicles manufactured August 8, 2014, to August 15, 2014. The affected vehicles may have steering gears that were incorrectly assembled. The incorrectly manufactured steering gears may cause impaired steering, including the loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gears, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 8, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S18; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V514000.
GM: Various 2015 Chevrolet and GMC Vehicles
GM is recalling 22 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, Suburban LTZ, Tahoe, Tahoe LTZ, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL Denali vehicles manufactured on May 13, 2014. The affected vehicles were assembled with roof rail air bags (RRAB) that were not reinforced at the points where the bags contact the hardware used to attach the roof carrier. During deployment, the RRAB may be punctured or torn by the roof carrier hardware, reducing its performance and increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the roof carrier attaching hardware, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early September 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 14359; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V451000.
GM: Various 2014 Vehicles
GM is recalling 106 model-year 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala vehicles. Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and the steering gear and/or the lower control arm and the lower ball joint to separate. If any of the components separate, the vehicle may have a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM began to notify owners on June 27, 2014, and dealers will inspect the fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14378; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V409000.
2014 Nissan Frontier
Nissan is recalling 1,319 model-year 2014 Frontier Crew Cab vehicles manufactured June 11, 2014 to June 26, 2014. The affected vehicles were manufactured with an out-of-specification anchor nut installed on the weld nut plate where the rear seat belt anchor is attached. The seat belt anchor bolt may not be attached as designed.
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V418000.
2010-2013 Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki is recalling 19,249 model-year 2010-2013 Kizashi vehicles manufactured October 2009 through July 2012. In the affected vehicles, spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure, which could cause the fuel tank to crack, resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Suzuki is in the process of notifying owners, and dealers will replace the evaporative canister vent line on the affected vehicles with a vent line that has a filter on the end. If the canister vent line is found to be obstructed by a spider web, the fuel tank will also be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on August 12, 2014. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's number for this recall is VG; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V464000.