Recall Roundup: Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru Issue Recalls
By Jeff Youngs,
During the past week, various automakers issued recalls affecting a total of just under 700,000 vehicles. Chrysler Group, Mitsubishi, and Nissan issued recalls of several different models, while Subaru's recall affects only a small number of Outback vehicles. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
Chrysler Group: Various 2008 Vehicles
Chrysler Group (Chrysler) is recalling a total of 291,703 model-year 2008 vehicles, including Chrysler 300 vehicles manufactured May 31, 2007, to May 12, 2008; Dodge Magnum vehicles manufactured May 23, 2007, to May 12, 2008; Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured May 24, 2007, to May 12, 2008; Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured April 3, 2007, to May 12, 2008; and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured March 21, 2007, to May 12, 2008. In the affected vehicles, the ignition key (FOBIK) may not return to the "On" position after being rotated to the "Start" position, instead sticking between the two positions. The ignition could, while the vehicle is being driven, move through the "Run" position to the "Accessory" or "Off" ignition position, turning off the engine. If the ignition stays between "Start" and "On" positions it could cause loss of certain electrical functions. If the ignition key moves into the "Off" or "Accessory" position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking.
The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P57; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V576000.
Mitsubishi: Various 2008-2011 Vehicles
Mitsubishi is recalling a total of 165,923 model-year 2008-2011 Lancer, Lancer Evolution, and Outlander; 2009-2011 Lancer Sportback and 2011 Outlander Sport vehicles. The affected vehicles, manufactured with 4B1 engines, have an engine pulley and belt arrangement for turning the alternator, the cooling fan, and the power steering pump (if equipped). These pulleys may experience unusual wear and allow for belt detachment. If the drive belt detaches, the battery may discharge, resulting in an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drive belt with a rubber belt. Drive pulleys that are excessively worn will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-009; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V562000.
2013 Nissan Altima
Nissan is recalling 220,423 model-year 2013 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured March 6, 2012, to February 28, 2013. In the affected vehicles, interference between the hood inner panel and the secondary latch lever, in combination with debris and corrosion, may cause the secondary hood latch to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while the car is in motion.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will be instructed to modify the bend angle of the hood actuation lever to eliminate potential interference with the hood inner panel. In addition, dealers will clean and lubricate the latch joint as needed. If significant corrosion is observed, the latch assembly will be replaced. The repairs will be performed 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 14V565000.
2013-2015 Ram Cargo Vans
Chrysler is recalling 18,245 model-year 2013-2015 Ram C/V Tradesman cargo vans that are equipped with two front bucket seats and no rear seating, manufactured July 25, 2012, to August 20, 2014. In the affected vehicles, road hazards such as potholes may cause the front passenger side curtain and/or seat air bags to deploy unexpectedly.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the software in the Occupant Restraint Control (ORC) module, free of charge. The recall began October 3, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P51; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V528000.
2015 Subaru Outback
Subaru is recalling 56 model-year 2015 Outback vehicles manufactured January 22, 2014, to August 18, 2014, and equipped with a Subaru accessory trailer hitch assembly. During installation, the trailer hitch mounting nuts may have been overtightened, potentially resulting in failure of the trailer hitch mounting studs. The mounting nut(s) may not provide sufficient force to remain attached to the studs or the studs themselves might break. If this were to happen while a trailer is being towed, the driver might not be able to operate the vehicle as desired or the trailer may detach from the vehicle.
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace all eight mounting nuts for the trailer hitch assembly, and will inspect all eight mounting studs for damage, free of charge. The recall began on October 7, 2014. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQN-50; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V577000.