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Recall Roundup: Chrysler, Honda, Toyota Recall More Than 2 Million Vehicles Over Air Bag Concerns

Recall Roundup: Chrysler, Honda, Toyota Recall More Than 2 Million Vehicles Over Air Bag Concerns

By Jeff Youngs, February 03, 2015

During the past week, various automakers, including Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, and others, recalled a total of more than 2.8 million vehicles. Most of the recalls hinge on a problem with the air bag electronic control device. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2003 Acura MDX
2003-2004 Honda Odyssey
American Honda Motor Company (Honda) is recalling 374,177 model-year 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey vehicles manufactured February 13, 2002, to August 13, 2004, and 2003 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured February 21, 2002, to September 23, 2003. Due to electrical noise, a component in the air bag control module may fail, causing the front air bags, side air bags, and/or seat belt pre-tensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

Honda dealers will replace the supplemental restraint system electronic control unit (SRS ECU) free of charge. These parts are not currently available, but an interim repair that reduces the risk of an inadvertent deployment is available. This recall remedy was applied during earlier recall campaigns of these vehicles under safety recall 13V-412. All owners who have not had the recall repair performed under safety recall 13V-412 are strongly encouraged to have it performed and not wait for the final remedy to be deployed. The replacement ECU parts needed for the final remedy are not expected to be available until the latter part of 2015. Owners will be mailed an interim notification by late March 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JN6 (Odyssey) and JN7 (MDX). Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-412. Vehicles that had a noise filter installed as the remedy for that campaign need to have the SRS ECU replaced under this campaign. Owners contacting Honda may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V045000.


2015 Chevrolet Corvette
General Motors (GM) is recalling 43 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured September 26, 2014, to October 2, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the toe link outer ball joint on the rear suspension may not have been properly tightened during the assembly process. The toe link may loosen with vehicle use and eventually separate. A toe link separation can result in a reduction in vehicle stability and steering control.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any damaged parts 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 14857; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V031000.


2003-2004 Dodge Viper
2002-2004 Jeep Cherokee
2002-2003 Jeep Liberty
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Chrysler) is recalling 753,176 model-year 2002-2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured January 9, 2001, to March 28, 2003; 2002-2004 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 13, 2001, to May 23 2003; and 2003-2004 Dodge Viper vehicles manufactured November 1, 2001, to June 30, 2004. Due to electrical noise beyond the tolerance of the air bag electronic control module (ECM), a component in the ECM may fail, causing the front air bags, side air bags, and/or seat belt pre-tensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

Chrysler dealers will replace the air bag control module and front- and/or side-impact sensors as required, free of charge. These parts are not currently available, but an interim repair that reduces the risk of an inadvertent deployment is available. This recall remedy was applied during earlier recall campaigns of these vehicles under safety recalls 12V527 and 13V040. All owners who have not had the recall repair performed under safety recalls 12V527 or 13V040 are strongly encouraged to have it performed and not wait for the final remedy to be deployed. The replacement ECM parts needed for the final remedy are not expected to be available until the latter part of 2015. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in late March 2015 and will be mailed a follow-up notification when new air bag control modules are available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R06; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V046000.


2013 Infiniti JX35
2014 Infiniti QX60
2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 170,665 model-year 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder vehicles manufactured June 20, 2012, to November 18, 2013; 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid vehicles manufactured July 18, 2013, to November 18, 2013; 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles manufactured November 29, 2011, to June 14, 2013; 2014 Infiniti QX60 vehicles manufactured May 16, 2013, to November 18, 2013; and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles manufactured July 18, 2013, to November 18, 2013. In the affected vehicles the hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly, preventing the latching claw from fully engaging. The secondary latch may remain in the open position when the hood is closed. If the primary hood latch is released and the secondary latch fails during operation of the vehicle, it could cause the hood to open during vehicle operation, impairing the driver's vision.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable 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 15V033000.


2008-2013 Nissan Rogue
2014 Nissan Rogue Select
Nissan is recalling 468,815 model-year 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured March 7, 2007, to November 26, 2013, and 2014 Nissan Rogue Select vehicles manufactured September 23, 2013, to July 2, 2014. The affected vehicles may experience an electrical short in the harness connector due to a mixture of snow/water and salt seeping through the carpet on the driver-side floor near the harness connector.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the kick panel wiring harness connector and install a new harness connector and waterproof seal if necessary, 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 15V032000.


2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe
2003-2004 Toyota Avalon
2003-2004 Toyota Corolla
2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. (Toyota) is recalling a total of 1,006,849 vehicles, including model-year 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla vehicles manufactured December 28, 2001, to May 2, 2004; 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix vehicles manufactured January 6, 2002, to April 29, 2004; 2003-2004 Toyota Avalon vehicles manufactured June 5, 2002, to December 20, 2004; and 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe vehicles manufactured January 18, 2002, to April 27, 2004. Due to electrical noise, a component in the air bag control module may fail, causing the front air bags, side air bags, and/or seat belt pre-tensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

Toyota will notify its owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. To address the issue, dealers will replace the air bag control module free of charge. These parts are not currently available, but an interim repair is available that reduces the risk of an inadvertent deployment. This recall remedy was applied during earlier recall campaigns of these vehicles under safety recalls 13V-029 and 14V-147. All owners who have not had a repair performed under those previous recalls are strongly encouraged to have the interim repair performed and not wait for the final remedy to be deployed. The replacement ECU parts needed for the final remedy are not expected to be available until the latter part of 2015. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in late March 2015 and will be mailed a follow-up notification when new air bag control modules are available. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac owners may call 1-800-620-7668. All owners may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V043000. Note: This recall supersedes recalls 13V-029 and 14V-147. Vehicles that had a noise filter installed as the remedy for one of those campaigns need to have the air bag control module replaced under this campaign.


2011-2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
2011-2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
Porsche Cars North America (Porsche) is recalling 1,368 model-year 2011-2012 Cayenne S Hybrid and Panamera S Hybrid vehicles manufactured April 26, 2011, to August 2, 2012. The fuel-injection system may leak, and a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V016000.


Volkswagen: Various 2011-2013 Audi, Volkswagen Vehicles
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling 26,008 model-year 2011-2012 Audi S4, S5, Q7, 2012 Audi A6, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, and 2012-2013 Audi A7 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel-injection system may experience a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the injection system in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 10, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834 or Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 24AP for Audi customers and 24BK for Volkswagen customers. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V019000.


Volkswagen: Various 2014-2015 Vehicles
Volkswagen is recalling 44,658 model-year 2014-2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 28, 2014, to November 24, 2014; 2014-2015 Passat vehicles manufactured April 7, 2014, to November 18, 2014; 2015 Golf and GTI vehicles manufactured July 1, 2014, to November 20, 2014; and 2014-2015 Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles manufactured March 31, 2014, to November 27, 2014. A sealing cap at the fuel rail may fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can result in a vehicle fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails with new parts free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early February 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 24BL. Note: This recall expands and supersedes recall 14V-809 (Volkswagen recall number 24Bi) and only affects vehicles not previously repaired under that campaign.

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