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Recall Roundup: Ford, General Motors, and Lotus to Address Safety Concerns

Recall Roundup: Ford, General Motors, and Lotus to Address Safety Concerns

By Jeff Youngs, July 30, 2013
Last week, four new auto recalls were issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding vehicle safety concerns, but the overall number of cars, trucks, and multi-purpose vehicles going back to dealerships is relatively small. Here are the details:

2014 Chevrolet Silverado
General Motors is recalling 843 units of its redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks to fix a problem with the front passenger air bag. A welding problem may cause the air bag to partially rather than fully inflate in a collision, thereby increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

The affected Silverados were built between June 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013. The affected Sierras were built between June 4, 2013, and June 30, 2013.

To resolve the problem, Chevrolet and GMC dealers will replace the front passenger air bag module at no cost to the owner. People who bought one of these early-build trucks and have questions about the recall can contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463. The General Motors recall number is 13230, and the NHTSA recall campaign number is 13V315.

2013 Ford C-Max
Ford is requesting that 33,021 units of the 2013 Ford C-Max return to dealerships to resolve a safety concern. The affected vehicles, which were built between January 19, 2012, and June 25, 2013, and which do not have the optional panoramic sunroof, exceed a federal head injury criteria requirement. This means that an increased risk of injury to an occupant in a collision exists.

To bring the C-Max into compliance, Ford dealers will install energy absorbers between the headliner and the roof, at no charge to the vehicle owner.

The recall starts on August 19, 2013. Owners with questions may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall number is 13C02, and the NHTSA recall campaign ID number is 13V303.

2014 GMC Sierra
See details for this recall in the section above titled "2014 Chevrolet Silverado."

2011 Lotus Evora
A total of 80 Lotus Evora vehicles built between September 2010 and September 2011, and equipped with a supercharged engine and a manual gearbox, have been recalled.

In these vehicles, the engine oil cooler hose may chafe and rupture, leading to an engine oil leak or engine oil spray. If oil leaks or sprays onto the road or the rear wheels, this could lead to a loss of vehicle control. Additionally, oil loss could cause an engine failure and, if leaked or sprayed onto a hot surface, could result in a fire.

Lotus has not determined how to remedy this problem as this article is written, and has not announced when dealers will conduct the recall.

In the meantime, Evora owners who have questions may contact Lotus at 1-770-476-6564, referencing Lotus campaign number 2013/03R. The NHTSA recall campaign ID number is 13V314.

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