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Recall Roundup: Chrysler Recalls Nearly 2.9M Vehicles, BMW 140K, for Defective Air Bags

Recall Roundup: Chrysler Recalls Nearly 2.9M Vehicles, BMW 140K, for Defective Air Bags

By Jeff Youngs,

Chrysler Group wrapped up 2014 with a recall affecting almost 2.9 million vehicles that may have defective air bags. During the past week, BMW of North America and American Honda Motor Co. each issued two recalls, and Hyundai Motor America one. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2014 Acura RLX, RLX Hybrid
2015 Acura RLX
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling 9,751 model-year 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 22, 2012, to January 30, 2014; 2015 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured June 4, 2014, to November 18, 2014; and 2014 Acura RLX Hybrid vehicles manufactured November 5, 2013, to July 25, 2014. An aluminum film applied to the inner reflector of the headlight may experience adhesion issues, causing the film to delaminate. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108: Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. Delamination of the aluminum film may diminish output of the headlight, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both of the headlights free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 30, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JN2; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V792000.


BMW: Various 2004-2006 3 Series, M3 Vehicles
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 140,696 model-year 2004-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi Sedans; 2004-2005 325i Sportswagons; 2004-2006 330Ci, 325Ci, 325i, and M3 Convertibles; and 2004-2006 325i, 330i, and M3 Coupe vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver-side frontal air bag free of charge. The recall began December 1, 2014 for those vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All other affected owners will be notified on, or about, February 1, 2015. Owners may contact BMW Customer Relations at 1-800-525-7417, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V348000.


Chrysler: Various 2004-2007 Vehicles
Chrysler Group (Chrysler) is recalling a total of 2,890,785 model-year 2004-2007 Dodge Ram 1500 and Durango; 2005-2007 Dodge Ram 2500, Charger, Magnum, Dakota, Chrysler 300, 300C, and SRT8; 2006-2007 Dodge Ram 3500 and Mitsubishi Raider; and 2007 Chrysler Aspen. Upon deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver-side frontal air bag inflator free of charge. Some of the vehicles included in this recall were recalled under safety recall 14V-354, and that addresses vehicles sold, or currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Owners of those vehicles were notified earlier in December 2014. Chrysler has not determined a date for notifying the remaining owners of vehicles included in this national recall campaign. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P81; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V817000. Note: This recall supersedes, in part, safety recall 14V-354 as to the driver's air bag inflators on the vehicles included in this recall.


2015 Honda Crosstour
Honda is recalling 1,252 model-year 2015 Crosstour vehicles equipped with 4-cylinder engines and manufactured October 1, 2014, to November 4, 2014; Crosstour V-6 2WD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2014, to November 13, 2014; and Crosstour V-6 4WD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2014, to November 18, 2014. The inflator tube for the side curtain air bag may have been incorrectly manufactured. If the side curtain air bag does not properly inflate, it can affect the performance of the air bag in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left and/or right side curtain air bags free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 9, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's numbers for this recall are JN0, JN1, and JN3; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V788000.


2015 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling 208 model-year 2015 Sonata vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter engines and manufactured August 29, 2014, to October 28, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been assembled with an incorrect left axle shaft, which may result in the shaft separating from the transaxle differential. If the left axle shaft separates from the transaxle, the vehicle may stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, a separated axle shaft may allow the vehicle to roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the axle shaft, as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 126; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V784000.


2014-2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door
BMW is recalling 1,928 model-year 2014-2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door and Cooper S Hardtop 2-Door vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014, to October 17, 2014. During service appointments, dealers may have inadvertently reprogrammed the transmission control unit with software that may allow drivers to exit the vehicle when the transmission is not in Park. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 114: Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention. If the driver exits the vehicle without the transmission being in Park, the vehicle could roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module with the correct software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 1, 2015. Owners can contact Mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V789000.

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