Recall Roundup: Ford Recalls More than 200K Vehicles to Address Interior Door Handle, Seat Belt Issues; GM Nearly 70K for Power Steering Loss
By Jeff Youngs, February 17, 2015
During the past week, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan North America, and Toyota Motor Sales issued recalls affecting a total of 360,000 vehicles. The recalls cover a variety of vehicle systems and include models dating back to the 2006 model year. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx
2006-2007 Pontiac G6
General Motors (GM) is recalling 69,633 model-year 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured April 1, 2006, to June 30, 2006, and 2006-2007 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured April 18, 2006, to June 30, 2006. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assist that could occur at any time while driving. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 14772; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V064000. Note: This is an expansion of recall 14V-153 to cover additional vehicles built between April 1, 2006 and June 30, 2006.
2010-2013 Ford Taurus
2011-2013 Lincoln MKS
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling a total of 194,889 model-year 2010-2013 Ford Taurus vehicles manufactured December 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, and 2011-2013 Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured June 1, 2011, to October 31, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in an interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation. If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 16, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S02; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V040000.
2014 Ford Transit Connect
Ford is recalling 16,091 model-year 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles manufactured November 6, 2013, to September 20, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the upper seat belt bolts may have been improperly torqued, allowing them to loosen over time. If the seat belt anchorage fasteners loosen over time, risk of personal injury increases in the event of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the original seat belt fasteners with properly torqued fasteners free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 23, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S03; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V050000.
2008 Infiniti EX35
2009 Infiniti FX35, FX45
2009 Nissan GT-R
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 16,973 model-year 2008 Infiniti EX35 vehicles equipped with the power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel option included in the premium package, manufactured June 29, 2007, to April 25, 2008; 2009 Infiniti FX35 and FX45 vehicles manufactured October 31, 2007, to April 16, 2008; and 2009 Nissan GT-R vehicles manufactured March 14, 2007, to April 25, 2008. The steering column outer tube may not be round; this could result in extra stress being applied to the upper steering bearing. This stress may cause the bearing retainer to fracture, creating extra play in the steering wheel or a possible loss of steering.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering shaft on the Infiniti EX35, FX35, and FX45 vehicles, and will replace the steering column assembly on the Nissan GT-R vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Infiniti owners may contact customer service at 1-800-662-6200. Nissan owners may contact the GT-R hotline at 1-866-668-1487. Both may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V054000.
2015 Jaguar XJ
Jaguar Land Rover (Jaguar) is recalling 1,346 model-year 2015 Jaguar XJ vehicles manufactured July 2, 2014, to December 4, 2014. The affected vehicles may have an incorrect description of the operation of the Occupant Sensor System (OSS) in the owner's manual. Since the manual does not correspond with the actual Air Bag Status Indicator Lamp, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection.
Jaguar will notify owners and supply a supplement to add to the owner's handbook, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 13, 2015. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar's number for this recall is J050; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V037000.
2011-2012 Toyota Avalon
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. (Toyota) is recalling 51,495 model-year 2011-2012 Toyota Avalon vehicles manufactured February 9, 2010, to October 22, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the sub-woofer speaker located in the trunk may experience an intermittent electrical short, causing damage to the integrated circuit (IC), creating a short circuit between the power supply and the sub-woofer. If the wiring to the sub-woofer short circuits, it may overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will provide a remedy for the audio system free of charge. Until the remedy is available, Toyota will mail an interim notice to owners and dealers will disconnect the sub-woofer. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V047000.