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Recall Roundup: GM, Fiat Chrysler Announce Multiple Vehicle Recalls

Recall Roundup: GM, Fiat Chrysler Announce Multiple Vehicle Recalls

By Joseph Dobrian, August 24, 2015


During the past week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), GM, Honda, and Volvo issued recalls affecting approximately 228,000 vehicles in all. The FCA recalls affect 2015 model-year vehicles only; the Honda and Volvo recalls affect only 2016 model-year vehicles; the GM recalls apply to various model years. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2013-2016 Cadillac ATS
General Motors (GM) is recalling 63,665 model-year 2013-2016 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to June 25, 2015. The affected vehicles may experience the roof panel closing automatically when the non-recessed switches are pressed and the roof panel is open. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 118: Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems. Because the switch is not recessed, the roof panel switch may inadvertently be pressed, resulting in unintended auto-closure of the roof panel, increasing the risk of personal injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the roof console accessory switch trim plate free of charge. The recall began on August 19, 2015. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM’s number for this recall is 15568; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V463000. Note: This supersedes recall 15V-106.


2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
GM is recalling 59,474 model-year 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles manufactured January 4, 2010, to June 23, 2010. The affected vehicles may be equipped with an improperly routed Side-Impact Sensor (SIS) wiring harness in the driver-side front door. The misrouted wiring harness could cause an electrical short that disables the driver- side curtain air bag. A disabled driver-side roof-rail air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash that necessitates deployment of that air bag, increasing the risk of injury to the driver.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the sensor’s wiring in the driver’s door and make repairs as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 26, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 15075; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V500000.


2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala
GM is recalling 5,493 model-year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured April 15, 2013, to June 19, 2015, and equipped with front vented-heated passenger seats. Accordingly, the Automatic Occupant Sensing (AOS) system may fail to suppress the front passenger air bag if a child seat is in the front passenger seat. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection. If the front passenger air bag deploys with a child seat in the front passenger seat, it increases the risk of injury to the child.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will correct the calibration-learning error by preconditioning the empty seat, and also resetting the ECU to a seat zero-value, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 15400; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V465000.


2015 Chrysler 200
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 77,834 model-year 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicles manufactured January 7, 2014, to September 23, 2014. The affected vehicles may have a Power Distribution Center (PDC) electrical connector that may cause intermittent power failures to certain electrical components. An intermittent loss of power to electrical components could cause a vehicle to stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the C4 connector using a 12-wire split kit for 3.6-liter engines, or replace the transmission wiring harness for 2.4-liter engines, free of charge. The parts needed for the recall are currently unavailable. Owners will be notified of the recall on or around September 18, 2015, with second notifications mailed when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA’s number for this recall is R24; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V470000.


2015 Dodge Durango
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
FCA is recalling 5,485 model-year 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured June 12, 2015, to June 20, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with rear lower control arms that may have been incorrectly heat-treated. This may cause the rear lower control arm to fracture. If the rear lower control arm fractures it may result in a change in ride height, loss of rear-end stability, and reduced braking capabilities, increasing the risk of a crash.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the lower control arms, free of charge. The recall began July 29, 2015. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA’s number for this recall is R38; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V469000. Note: This supersedes recall No. 15V-407.


2016 Honda HR-V
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling 11,511 model-year 2016 HR-V vehicles manufactured January 12, 2015, to May 20, 2015. The affected vehicles may be missing the required tire placard indicating “Tire and Loading Information.” Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 lbs.) or Less. If the tire placard is missing, the driver or owner may not know at what pressure to inflate the tires, resulting in over or under tire inflation.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and apply a new label free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 18, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is JT2, or JT4; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V472000.


2015 Ram 4500, 5500
FCA is recalling 199 model-year 2015 Ram 4500 and 5500 pickup trucks manufactured January 30, 2015, to February 6, 2015. The affected vehicles may have inadequate penetration of the front upper control arm loop to spacer weld, reducing the front suspension stability. A reduction of suspension stability control could affect control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any defective upper control arms free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 19, 2015. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA’s number for this recall is R34; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V468000.


2016 Volvo XC90
Volvo Cars of North America (Volvo) is recalling 3,911 model-year 2016 Volvo XC90 vehicles manufactured January 27, 2015, to July 10, 2015. The third-row seating side curtain air bags may not fully inflate. Underinflated air bags may not fully protect third-row occupants, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will modify the D-pillar interior panels to allow full inflation of the third-row air bags. The repairs will be made free of charge to the owner. The recall is expected to begin on September 14, 2015. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-201-768-7300, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V497000.

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