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Recall Roundup: GM Recalls 1 Million Older Cars; Chrysler Issues Five Recalls Affecting 750K Vehicles

Recall Roundup: GM Recalls 1 Million Older Cars; Chrysler Issues Five Recalls Affecting 750K Vehicles

By Joseph Dobrian, November 02, 2015

During the past week, various automakers issued safety recalls affecting approximately 2,160,000 vehicles. General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles together account for the majority of the vehicles involved. Honda, Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai, and Toyota also issued recalls. Details for each safety recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


1997-2004 Buick Regal
2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala
1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina
1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue
1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
General Motors (GM) is recalling a total of 1,003,556 vehicles, including model-year 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue; 1997-2004 Buick Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix; 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala; and 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The affected vehicles were previously repaired under recalls 08V-118, 09V-116, and 15V-201 to address the possibility that engine oil may drip onto the hot exhaust manifold, which could result in a fire.

The remedy applied under those previous recalls did not adequately remove the safety risk. GM is finalizing an improved remedy. Vehicles that are covered by recalls 08V-118, 09V-116, or 15V-201 that have not yet received the original remedy will instead receive the improved remedy under the original recall number, once the improved remedy has been finalized. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Oldsmobile customer service at 1-800-442-6537, or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM’s number for this recall is 15757; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V701000. Note: Until the improved remedy has been applied, owners are advised to park their vehicle outside, since the fire risk exists even when the vehicle is unattended.


2012-2015 Dodge Journey
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 275,614 model-year 2012-2015 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured April 21, 2012, to April 14, 2015. In the affected vehicles, water may enter the wiring harness for the anti-lock braking system (ABS) module and leak into the module, disabling the ABS and/or the electronic stability control (ESC) system. If the ABS or ESC is disabled, a loss of vehicle stability could occur.

FCA will notify owners, and dealers will seal the ABS wiring harness to prevent water from entering and will replace the ABS module and repair the headlamp and dash wiring harness, as necessary. These repairs will be performed free of charge to the owner. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA’s number for this recall is R61; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V675000.


2008-2009 Honda Accord
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling 303,904 model-year 2008-2009 Honda Accord vehicles manufactured January 22, 2007, to June 30, 2008. In the affected vehicles, the side-impact sensor calibrations may be overly sensitive, and as a result, the side air bag inflatable curtains and/or seat air bags may unexpectedly deploy when the ignition is on and the door is slammed or there is an impact with road debris.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the air bag control unit software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 14, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is JV4; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V665000.


2016 Honda CR-V
Honda is recalling 515 model-year 2016 CR-V vehicles manufactured October 12, 2015, to October 19, 2015. The metal housing surrounding the driver’s air bag inflator in these vehicles may have been manufactured incorrectly. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver-side frontal air bag module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 4, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s number for this recall is JV9; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V714000.


2015-2016 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling 64,744 model-year 2015-2016 Sonata vehicles manufactured May 28, 2014, to August 21, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with an ABS warning light intended to warn the driver if there is a malfunction with the system. In the event of an ABS malfunction, the brake system warning light will illuminate, but the ABS warning light will not illuminate. Since the vehicles have ABS malfunction lights that do not illuminate, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135: Light Vehicle Brake Systems.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will update the ABS control unit software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 11, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 134; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V678000.


2015 Jeep Cherokee
FCA is recalling 75,574 model-year 2015 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured October 1, 2014, to June 18, 2015. The affected vehicles may have a misrouted air conditioning suction/discharge hose. If the line is misrouted, it may contact the exhaust manifold, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.

FCA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the routing of the air conditioning hose. Any hose that is misrouted will be replaced and installed correctly. This work will be performed free of charge to the owner. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA’s number for this recall is R57; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V676000.


2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2003 Jeep Liberty
FCA is recalling 284,089 model-year 2003 Jeep Liberty vehicles manufactured March 29, 2003, to July 3, 2003, and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured May 27, 2003, to May 20, 2004. Due to electrical noise beyond the tolerance of the air bag electronic control module (ECM), a component in the ECM may fail, causing the front air bags, side air bags, and/or seat belt pre-tensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag ECM and the front- and/or side-impact sensors, as necessary, free of charge. The replacement parts needed for this remedy are not expected to be available until the latter part of 2016. Owners will be mailed an interim notification by the end of December 2015 and will be mailed a follow-up notification when new air bag control modules are available. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA’s number for this recall is R60; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V673000.


2014-2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 2,618 model year 2014-2015 B-Class Electric Drive vehicles manufactured November 21, 2013, to May 26, 2015. Due to a communication error within the electric drive system, the electric powertrain unit may shut down, temporarily immobilizing the vehicle and resulting in a loss of propulsion power.

MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the electric drive system software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2015. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372 and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V655000.


2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA250, CLA250 4Matic
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250, GLA250 4Matic
2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK300
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling 857 model-year 2015 CLA250, CLA250 4Matic, GLA250, GLA250 4Matic, and 2016 SLK300 roadster vehicles manufactured July 17, 2015, to August 31, 2015. The affected vehicles have intake or exhaust camshafts whose welds may fail and possibly cause engine damage.

Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected camshafts free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2015. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372. Mercedes’ number for this recall is 2015100006; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V662000.


2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
2015-2016 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic
Mercedes is recalling 2,956 model-year 2014 S63 AMG sedans and 2015-2016 S63 AMG 4Matic sedans and coupes manufactured May 14, 2013, to September 18, 2015. In the affected vehicles, due to a software error within the engine control unit, the vehicle may stall when coasting to a stop, such as at a traffic light. The vehicle stall may be interpreted by the driver to be a planned shut-down as part of the ECO-Start function. However, the engine will not restart automatically after releasing the brake pedal, immobilizing the vehicle.

Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine control unit software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 8, 2015. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372. Mercedes’ number for this recall is 2015100003; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V652000.


2002-2005 Mini Cooper, Cooper S
BMW of North America (Mini) is recalling 86,018 model-year 2002-2005 Mini Cooper and Cooper S vehicles and 2005 Cooper and Cooper S Convertible vehicles. The affected vehicles may experience temporary or permanent loss of the electro-hydraulic steering assistance. If the vehicle experiences a loss of power-steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the electro-hydraulic power steering system, replacing the components and wiring, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 1, 2015. Owners may contact Mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V660000.


2015-2016 Ram 1500
FCA is recalling 65,760 model-year 2015-2016 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured June 17, 2015, to September 28, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been built with rear axles that were incorrectly heat-treated. If the rear axle shaft was not properly heat treated, it may fracture and a wheel separation could occur.

FCA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the axle assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA’s number for this recall is R59; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V661000.


2016 Ram 1500
FCA is recalling 253 model-year 2016 Ram 1500 trucks with a 5.7-liter engine and dual exhaust manufactured August 3, 2015, to August 10, 2015. The affected vehicles may be missing a heat shield for the spare tire. Without a heat shield, heat from the exhaust system may damage the spare tire.

FCA will notify owners, and dealers will install a spare tire heat shield if the vehicle is missing one. Vehicles that have already been sold will also have their spare tires replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge to the owner. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA’s number for this recall is R58; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V663000.


2016 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling 306 model-year 2016 Tacoma trucks manufactured August 20, 2015, to September 10, 2015. In the affected vehicles, incorrect bolts were used to install the driver’s knee air bag module. The incorrect bolts may loosen over time and affect the performance of the driver’s knee air bag.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install the correct driver’s knee air bag module mounting bolts free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by December 12, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota’s number for this recall is F0T; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V656000.
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