Recall Roundup: GM Further Expands Ignition Switch Recall to Include Older Models
By Jeff Youngs, July 14, 2014
During the past week, General Motors expanded its ignition switch recall to include an additional 6.7 million older vehicles. Chrysler also announced a significant recall of more than 650,000 vehicles for a lamp wiring issue. Details for all of last week's vehicle recalls are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
2013-2014 Acura ILX, ILX Hybrid
American Honda Motor Company (Honda) is recalling 14,078 model-year 2013 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured January 16, 2012, to March 1, 2013; ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured January 12, 2012, to February 7, 2013; model-year 2014 ILX vehicles manufactured May 2, 2013, to May 31, 2014; and ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 18, 2013, to February 19, 2014. Excessive heat temperatures around the headlight bulb and reflector unit may diminish the output of the headlight and cause smoke, melting, and fire. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The diminished light output may decrease the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the excessive heat coming from around the bulb and reflector could cause the headlights to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headlights, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 28, 2014. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-862-2872. Honda's number for this recall is JE9; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V323000.
2011-2014 Dodge Durango
2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling a total of 651,130 model-year 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, through December 11, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short-circuit, after a service repair is performed.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring, and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P36; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V391000.
General Motors: Various Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac Vehicles
General Motors (GM) is recalling a total of 6,729,742 model-year 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero, 1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am, and 2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles. In these models, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. This defect can affect the safe operation of the air bag system. 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. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will provide two replacement key rings and key covers on all ignition keys, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. GM's number for this recall is 14350; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V400000.
2015 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling 2,138 model-year 2015 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 2, 2014, through May 23, 2014. A poor connection within the vehicle's wiring harness may result in a reduction of steering assist from the vehicle's motor-driven power steering system, or the inability to move the vehicle's shifter from the Park position. The reduction of power-steering assist can increase the steering effort needed, increasing the risk of a crash.
Hyundai has notified dealers to suspend sales of affected Sonata vehicles and has published recall bulletin 14-01-024 providing a service procedure to repair the affected vehicles. On June 7, 2014, Hyundai began to contact the affected retail customers. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 119; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V325000.
2004-2011 Saab 9-3 Convertible
GM is recalling 28,789 model-year 2004-2011 Saab 9-3 Convertible vehicles manufactured July 30, 2003, to February 15, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the driver's side front seat-belt retractor may break, causing the seat belt's webbing not to retract. In the event of a crash, a seat belt that has not retracted may not properly restrain the seat occupant, increasing their risk of injury.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's seat belt retractor, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Saab customer service at 1-800-955-9007. GM's number for this recall is 14222; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V318000. Note: Special Coverage 10086 will replace the passenger-side seat belt retractor if it fails, free of charge, for the life of the vehicle.
2003-2004 Subaru Baja
2004 Subaru Impreza
2003-2004 Subaru Legacy
2003-2004 Subaru Outback
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling a total of 8,557 model-year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles, as well as certain 2004 Impreza (including WRX/STI) vehicles, equipped with Takata-brand front passenger air bag inflators. Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash, this could lead to metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQL-48; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V399000.