Recall Roundup: GM, Ford, Toyota Announce Significant Recalls
By Jeff Youngs,
During the past week, the Detroit Three--Chrysler, Ford, and GM--as well as Mitsubishi and Toyota issued recalls affecting more than 1.9 million vehicles. These recalls include cars, crossovers, SUVs, pickup trucks, electric vehicles, and cargo vans. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V
2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V
General Motors (GM) is recalling 10,005 model-year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured October 6, 2003, to March 15, 2007, and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V vehicles manufactured June 23, 2005, to March 15, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the electrical terminals of the fuel pump module may overheat, resulting in the melting of the flange material. If the flange melts, a hole may be created, allowing the fuel pump to leak fuel, causing the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel module and fuel tank jumper harness free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14405; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V542000.
2010-2015 Cadillac SRX
2011-2012 Saab 9-4X
GM is recalling 290,241 model-year 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured April 14, 2009, to September 1, 2014, and 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X vehicles manufactured February 1, 2011, to September 13, 2011. On the affected vehicles, the jam nut in the rear suspension toe adjuster link may not be torqued to the proper specification. A loose toe adjuster link can cause the vehicle to sway or wander at highway speeds. A loose toe adjuster link may lead to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the toe adjuster link will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment and could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the torque of the left and right rear toe link adjuster lock nuts, and replace the parts if there is evidence of damage or a loose link, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early November 2014 and remedy parts, if needed, are expected to be available around the middle of November 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006 or Saab customer service at 1-800-955-9007. GM's number for this recall is 14457; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V571000.
2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice
2008-2009 Pontiac G8
GM is recalling 46,873 model-year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to December 6, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the driver may accidentally hit the ignition key with a knee, unintentionally knocking the key out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position could cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will remove the key blade from the original flip key/RKE transmitter assemblies, and cut and fit a revised key blade and housing assembly, in which the blade has been indexed by 90 degrees, to the original RKE transmitter assembly. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 14445; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V540000. Note: Until the recall has been performed, it is very important that drivers adjust their seat and steering column to allow clearance between their knee and the ignition key.
2014 Chevrolet Sonic
GM is recalling 304 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles manufactured July 28, 2014, to August 1, 2014. Due to a loss of electrical connection in the steering column, in the event of a severe crash, the driver's frontal air bag deployment may be limited to the first-stage deployment only instead of the intended first-stage and second-stage deployments. If only the first stage of the driver's frontal air bag deploys without the additional second stage, the driver has an increased risk of injury during a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will test the terminals in the IP harness clock spring coil connector and replace any loose terminals, 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 14537; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V543000.
2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark
GM is recalling 89,294 model-year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured January 17, 2012, to July 29, 2014. The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot, causing the striker to get stuck out of position, preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch. If the secondary hood latch corrodes, causing the latch to be stuck out of position, and the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the striker and latch with a new part with superior corrosion protection, 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 14456; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V593000.
2013-2014 Ford C-Max
2013-2014 Ford Fusion
2013-2014 Ford Escape
2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling a total of 746,842 vehicles, including model-year 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, circuits on the printed circuit board may short. The short circuits could cause the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags, and the seat belt pre-tensioners to not function as intended when needed, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RCM, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be sent an interim notification in mid-November 2014. A second notification will be sent when the remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S21; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V524000.
2014 Ford Focus
2014 Ford Escape
2015 Lincoln MKC
Ford is recalling a total of 301 model-year 2014 Ford Focus vehicles manufactured May 1, 2014, to May 24, 2014; 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured on June 6, 2014; and 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured June 4, 2014, to July 7, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Fuel Delivery Module (FDM) may crack between the filter body and the filter cap, possibly resulting in low fuel pressure. A reduction in fuel pressure could result in a vehicle stall.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the FDM, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S20; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V525000.
2010-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi is recalling 1,810 model-year 2010-2014 i-MiEV electric vehicles manufactured September 15, 2009, to March 25, 2014. Due to either software programming or corrosion caused by road salt, the brake vacuum pump may stop functioning. If the brake vacuum pump stops functioning, the distance needed to stop the vehicle may be lengthened, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and depending on the affected vehicle, dealers will either reprogram the brake vacuum pump controller, replace the brake vacuum pump, or do both, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-007; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V522000.
2014 Ram ProMaster Vans
Chrysler Group (Chrysler) is recalling 24,497 model-year 2014 Ram ProMaster vans manufactured July 1, 2013, to August 26, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with head restraints that exceed the maximum backset measurement limit of 55mm. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 202a: Head Restraints. If the vehicle is struck from behind, the head restraint may not properly limit the seat occupant's head movement rearward, increasing the risk of injury.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the head restraints, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P53. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V533000.
2013-2014 SRT Viper
Chrysler is recalling 1,624 model-year 2013-2014 SRT Viper vehicles manufactured November 28, 2012, to June 26, 2014. Due to inaccurate seat-position sensors, the frontal air bags may deploy with a lower velocity than designed for the actual seat position. In the event of a vehicle crash necessitating air bag deployment, an air bag that deploys at a lower velocity than designed may increase the risk of personal injury.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a metal shim on the detection plate to correct the seat position sensor accuracy, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 24, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P52; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V529000.
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling 1,787 model-year 2014 FJ Cruiser vehicles equipped with an optional "Trail Teams Ultimate Edition" package, in which the front shock absorbers and springs were replaced at vehicle processing centers. In some of these vehicles, the two bolts that secure the front lower ball joint to the steering knuckle might have been tightened with insufficient torque when the front shock absorbers and springs were replaced during the installation process. In this condition, one or both bolts could become loose during driving and fall out. If both bolts fall out, the front lower ball joint could detach from the steering knuckle, causing a loss of steering control.
Toyota will notify owners of vehicles with the optional package installed, and dealers will inspect the torque of the bolts. If the bolts are found to be loose, dealers will retighten them to the proper torque. For any missing bolts, dealers will install new ones. All work will be done free of charge to the consumer. The recall began on September 30, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V539000.
2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota is recalling approximately 690,000 model-year 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner and 4x4 vehicles manufactured September 14, 2009, to October 11, 2010. In the affected vehicles, one of the leaf springs may fracture due to stress or corrosion. While being driven, the broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components including the fuel tank, possibly puncturing the tank and causing a fuel leak.
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin November 28, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V604000.