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Recall Roundup: Ford Recalls 1.1 Million Vehicles; Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan Also Announce Recalls

Recall Roundup: Ford Recalls 1.1 Million Vehicles; Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan Also Announce Recalls

By Jeff Youngs, June 09, 2014

During the past week, Ford Motor Company issued recalls affecting more than 1.1 million vehicles, from model years 2008-2014, including the Ford Escape, Explorer, and Taurus, and the Mercury Mariner. The Chrysler Group, Nissan North America, and Toyota Motor also issued various recalls. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


2014 Dodge Durango
2014 Jeep Cherokee
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler is recalling a total of 6,120 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014, to April 8, 2014; 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014, to April 8, 2014; 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT vehicles manufactured February 3, 2014, to April 8, 2014; and 2014 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured March 6, 2014, to April 17, 2014. When the adaptive cruise control is engaged in these vehicles and the driver presses the accelerator pedal to increase the vehicle's speed more than the cruise control system would on its own, the vehicle may continue to accelerate briefly after the accelerator pedal is released.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will re-flash the Driver Assistance System Module (DASM), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P31; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V293000.


2013-2014 Fiat 500e
Chrysler is recalling 4,141 model-year 2013-2014 Fiat 500e battery electric vehicles (BEV) manufactured September 24, 2012, through April 4, 2014. The affected vehicles have cooling plates for the Power Inverter Module (PIM) that may leak coolant into areas of the high-voltage circuitry, resulting in a short circuit that could cause the related service fuse to blow. If the service fuse blows, the vehicle would lose propulsion.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PIM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P23; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V235000.


2008-2011 Ford Escape
2008-2011 Mercury Mariner
Ford is recalling 740,878 model-year 2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured August 18, 2006, through September 11, 2010. The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input. As a result, the system could remove the Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power steering control module (PSCM) and the instrument cluster module, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the PSCM when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, the affected components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by July 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S05; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V284000.


2011-2013 Ford Explorer
Ford is recalling 179,027 model-year 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 17, 2010, through February 28, 2012. The affected vehicles may experience an intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear, which could cause a loss of the motor position sensor signal, resulting in a shutdown of the power steering assist. If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist it will require extra steering effort at lower speeds.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) software, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of motor position sensor signal when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, its steering rack assembly will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by July 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S06; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V286000.


2010-2014 Ford Taurus
Ford is recalling 183,425 model-year 2010-2014 Taurus vehicles manufactured November 24, 2008, through February 28, 2014, originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. When used in areas that employ road salt, the license plate lamp assembly may experience an electro-chemical reaction and corrosion as a result of water intrusion. This corrosion may result in a short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the license plate lamp assemblies, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S08; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V285000. Note: Under program 14R01, Ford will notify owners in non-corrosion states, and, at the customer's request, dealers will replace the license plate lamp assembly.


2014 Nissan Pathfinder
2014 Nissan Rogue
2014 Infiniti QX60
Nissan is recalling 334 model-year 2014 Pathfinder and Rogue vehicles and 2014 Infiniti QX60 vehicles. The right-side wheels of the affected vehicles may have one lug nut each that was not properly tightened. If the lug nut becomes loose from not being properly tightened, it may fall off, allowing the other lug nuts to become loose, possibly resulting in a wheel separation.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten any loose lug nuts to the correct specification, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of June 2014. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V229000.


2014 Toyota Highlander, Highlander Hybrid
Toyota is recalling approximately 50,000 model-year 2014 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid vehicles. The affected vehicles may have improper software installed in the air bag electronic control unit (ECU) for the operation of the front passenger seat belt force limiter, and as a result, the force limiter may use the restraint setting designed for small occupants, such as those weighing approximately 110 lbs., for all occupants regardless of their size. As such, some of these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." In the event of a crash, a larger front passenger seat occupant may not be properly restrained and be at an increased risk of injury.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a software update in the air bag electronic control unit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-June 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V272000.

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