Recall Roundup: Detroit Three, Mercedes, Porsche, Toyota Issue Recalls
By Jeff Youngs, September 19, 2014
During the past week, various automakers, including the Detroit Three--Chrysler Group (Chrysler), Ford Motor Company (Ford), and General Motors (GM)--as well as Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes), Porsche Cars North America (Porsche), and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) issued recalls of vehicles dating back to the 2005 model year. Approximately 288,000 vehicles are affected. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
2013 Buick Encore
2013 Cadillac ATS
GM is recalling a total of 48,114 model-year 2013 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to March 1, 2013, and model-year 2013 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 23, 2012, to May 1, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the driver and passenger lap belt pre-tensioner cables may not lock in a retracted position, allowing the seat belts to extend when pulled upon. If the seat belts do not remain locked in the retracted position when under load, the seat occupant may not be adequately restrained in a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace both the driver's and passenger's lap belt pre-tensioners, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. GM will send an interim notification in early October 2014 and will send a second notification when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, or Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14171; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V488000.
2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo
2009 Pontiac G3
GM is recalling a total of 1,968 model-year 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3 vehicles. The vehicles may contain brake fluid that fails to protect against corrosion of the valves inside the anti-lock brake system (ABS) module, affecting the closing motion of the valves. If the ABS valve corrodes it may result in longer brake pedal travel or reduced performance.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ABS module, free of charge, in any vehicle that did not have its module replaced under a previous customer satisfaction campaign. The recall is expected to begin in mid-September 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-762-2737 (Pontiac). GM's number for this recall is 14505; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V460000.
2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala
GM is recalling 14,940 model-year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured May 7, 2014, to July 28, 2014. In the event of an accident, the center storage console may not stay latched. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact. Moreover, the storage compartment door may not remain closed in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Parts to remedy this condition are not currently available. GM will send owners an interim notification in early October 2014, and will send a second letter when parts are available. At that time dealers will replace the console storage compartment door inertia latch, free of charge. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14476; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V489000.
2015 Chrysler 200
Chrysler is recalling eight model-year 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles manufactured May 19, 2014, to June 21, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been built with a driver-side door wiring harness of an insufficient wire gauge, resulting in excessive heat, which may melt the wiring insulation. This could result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the door wiring harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P43; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V480000.
2005-2008 Ford Escape Hybrid
2006-2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Ford is recalling a total of 70,209 model-year 2005-2008 Ford Escape Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 13, 2003, to June 20, 2008, and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid vehicles manufactured June 10, 2005, to June 20, 2008. The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail, resulting in the hybrid electronics overheating. This could shut down the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the original Motor Electronics Coolant (MEC) pump with an improved brushless pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 27, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S19; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V526000.
2013-2014 Ford Escape
2013-2014 Ford Focus ST
Ford is recalling 133,227 model-year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to April 1, 2013, and equipped with 2.0-liter engines and Focus ST vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to October 14, 2013, and equipped with 2.0-liter engines. Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module (PCM). The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate or the engine to stall.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the current crimped splices with new splices, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 29, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S17; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V495000.
Mercedes-Benz: Various 2011-2012 S-Class Vehicles
Mercedes is recalling 158 model-year 2011-2012 S-Class vehicles, including the S550, S550 CGI, S63, S600 Bi-Turbo, S65 AMG, S550 4-Matic, S550 CGI 4-Matic, and S400 Hybrid models manufactured from March 3, 2011, through July 30, 2011. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS number 138: Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The tire-pressure monitoring system indicators may only illuminate for a portion of the time required by the standard and under certain conditions may not re-illuminate immediately after the vehicle is restarted as required. If all four wheel sensors in the subject vehicles are simultaneously malfunctioning or missing, the TPMS will provide an initial warning, but this warning will not automatically repeat on subsequent ignition cycles, failing to remind the driver that the system is offline. Driving unknowingly with incorrectly inflated tires may result in sudden tire failure.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the tire-pressure monitoring unit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372 and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 11V493000.
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, GLK350 4-Matic
Mercedes is recalling 218 model-year 2013 GLK350 and GLK350 4-Matic vehicles, manufactured from May 31, 2012, through August 2, 2012, for failing to conform to the requirements of FMVSS number 108: Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. The affected vehicles have voltage in the parking lamp circuit that exceeds the maximum value listed. The higher illumination level may cause glare to oncoming vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will update the software calibration number (SCN) of the subject electronic control unit, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Mercedes at 1-800-367-6372 and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 12V493000.
2015 Porsche Macan
Porsche is recalling 7 model-year 2015 Macan vehicles. The brake booster may have been damaged during installation. If the brake booster was damaged, the vacuum in the brake booster may drop when the brakes are actuated, resulting in a reduced brake force boost, increasing the risk of a crash.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the brake booster, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-545-8039. Porsche's number for this recall is AE02; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V470000.
2008-2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2008-2014 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota is recalling approximately 20,000 model-year 2008-2014 FJ Cruiser and Tacoma vehicles equipped with accessory wheels and tires installed by Toyota or dealers prior to the vehicle's first sale. The affected vehicles may list incorrect spare tire size and/or cold tire inflation information on the tire placard. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with FMVSS No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars. If the spare tire is inflated to the incorrect pressure provided on the placard, tire failure may occur.
For the involved vehicles, overlay stickers to correct the tire placard will either be mailed to owners or provided to dealers for placement over the incorrect information on the placard. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V475000.