Recall Roundup: BMW, GM Announce Multiple Recalls; Nissan Calls Back Sentras to Fix Air Bags
By Jeff Youngs, April 27, 2015
During the past week, an approximate total of 61,000 passenger vehicles were recalled by automakers. Both General Motors and Volkswagen Group announced multiple recalls. Nissan also announced one recall. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2015 Audi A3
2015 Volkswagen Golf
2015 Volkswagen GTI
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling 6,204 model-year 2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI, and Audi A3 vehicles. Improper nickel plating of components within the fuel pump may result in the pump failing. If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle will not start, or if the engine is running, it will stop and the vehicle will stall.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace any affected fuel pumps free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298 or Audi at 1-800-253-2834, and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V229000.
2015 Audi Q3
Volkswagen is recalling 3,646 model-year 2015 Audi Q3 vehicles manufactured April 4, 2014, to November 5, 2014. If the vehicle is turned off while the sunroof is closing, the sunroof may continue to close instead of stopping. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 118: Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems.
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will update the sunroof control module software free of charge. The recall began on April 13, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 60C1; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V200000.
2004 Buick Regal
2004 Chevrolet Impala
2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
General Motors (GM) is recalling 1,207 model-year 2004 Buick Regal vehicles manufactured April 9, 2003, to June 26, 2003; 2004 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured April 8, 2003, to June 25, 2003; and 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles manufactured April 7, 2003, to June 25, 2003. In the affected vehicles, the valve cover gasket may leak. The leaking engine oil could drip onto the hot surface of the exhaust manifold, increasing the risk of a fire.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spark plug wire retainer to redirect the dripping oil. Vehicles that have a supercharged, 3.8-liter V-6 engine will also have the left valve cover gasket replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14574; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V201000.
2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V
GM is recalling 4,907 model-year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured between September 6, 2003, and June 11, 2007, currently registered, or originally sold, in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In the affected vehicles, snow or water containing road salt or other contaminants may corrode the front brake hose fitting at the caliper. Corrosion may cause the brake system to leak, which could lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front brake hose assemblies 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 15149; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V225000. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 10V-105.
2006 Nissan Sentra
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling approximately 45,000 model-year 2006 Sentra vehicles manufactured January 2, 2006, to August 26, 2006, originally sold, or currently registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity: specifically, vehicles sold, or currently registered, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida, and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V226000. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-701.