Recall Roundup: GM Recalls More than 686,000 Units of its Large Crossover SUVs; Ford Recalls Escape SUV Again
By Jeff Youngs,
During the past week, more than 1.4 million vehicles were recalled by the Detroit Three, Land Rover, and Volkswagen--GM accounting for more than three-quarters of a million of them. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2008-2012 Buick Enclave
2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverse
2007-2012 GMC Acadia
2007-2010 Saturn Outlook
General Motors (GM) is recalling 686,287 model-year 2008-2012 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured January 3, 2007, to February 29, 2012; 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured July 6, 2008, to February 29, 2012; 2007-2012 GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured September 15, 2006, to February 29, 2012; and 2007-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles manufactured August 17, 2006, to March 18, 2010. The affected vehicles, equipped with the power liftgate option, have gas struts that hold the power liftgate up when open. These struts may prematurely wear, and the open liftgate could suddenly fall and strike a person.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power liftgate actuator motor control unit so that the motor will prevent the rapid closing of the lift gate. The repairs will be made at no charge to the owner. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782, or Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 15240; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V415000.
2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice
2008-2009 Pontiac G8
GM is recalling 47,042 model-year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to October 22, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle at the outside of the driver seat and the front passenger seat may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle. This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking, causing the seat occupant to not be properly restrained.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seat belt tensioner assembly, which includes the steel cable, free of charge. These replacement parts reposition the tensioner cable out of the path of entry into the vehicle and uses a more flexible cable, set at a more upright angle. 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 15206; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V399000.
2008-2010 Dodge Challenger
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (Chrysler) is recalling 88,346 model-year 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger vehicles manufactured September 19, 2007, to October 29, 2010. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag. This could cause metal fragments to strike the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator free of charge. Parts to remedy the vehicles are not currently available. Interim notices will be mailed to owners beginning August 14, 2015. Owners will be sent a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R37; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V444000.
2015 Ford C-Max
2015 Ford Escape
2015 Ford Focus
Ford Motor Co. (Ford) is recalling 374,781 model-year 2015 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured April 1, 2014, to June 12, 2015; Ford Focus vehicles manufactured June 17, 2014, to June 12, 2015; and Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured April 22, 2014, to June 12, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the engine may continue to run after the key or the start/stop engine button is turned to off. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114: Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention. If the engine does not turn off as expected, someone could move the transmission shifter out of "park" and the vehicle could move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the body control module software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 20, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C06; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V436000.
2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee
Chrysler is recalling 99,436 model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 4, 2013, to February 18, 2015 and equipped with a power liftgate option. In the affected vehicles, water may enter the power liftgate control module and cause a high-resistance short circuit in the module. A short circuit in the liftgate control module may result in a fire.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will:
- inspect the power liftgate control module and connectors for corrosion;
- substitute a bolt for the threaded grommet installed to seal an attachment point used in non-power liftgate vehicles;
- cover the power liftgate control module in a foam water shield, free of charge.
The manufacturer has not provided a notification schedule yet. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R27; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V393000.
2012-2013 Land Rover LR4
Jaguar Land Rover North America (Land Rover) is recalling 492 model-year 2012-2013 Land Rover LR4 vehicles manufactured August 15, 2012, to September 18, 2012. Due to the use of an incorrect primer, the panoramic roof adhesive may not adequately secure the roof assembly. The insufficient bond may result in the panoramic roof assembly detaching from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will apply the correct primer free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 7, 2015. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover's number for this recall is P065; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V386000.
2013-2016 Land Rover Range Rover
2014-2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover is recalling 65,352 model-year 2013-2016 Range Rover vehicles manufactured July 26, 2012, to March 9, 2015, and 2014-2016 Range Rover Sport vehicles manufactured February 18, 2013, to March 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the doors may unlatch unexpectedly when closed.
Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will update the keyless entry software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 7, 2015. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover's number for this recall is P068; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V385000.
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
GM has expanded its recall of April 2, 2015, which affected model-year 2004 Buick Regal vehicles manufactured April 9, 2003, to June 26, 2003; 2004 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured April 8, 2003, to June 25, 2003; and 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles manufactured April 7, 2003, to June 25, 2003. The recall now includes an additional 49,751 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the valve cover gasket may leak. The leaking engine oil can drip onto the hot surface of the exhaust manifold, increasing the risk of a fire.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spark plug wire retainer to redirect the dripping oil. Vehicles that have a 3.8-liter V-6 supercharged engine will also have the left valve cover gasket replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall began on April 24, 2015. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737, or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14574; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V201000.
2015 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling 62 model-year 2015 VW Passat vehicles manufactured May 18, 2015, to May 21, 2015. The affected vehicles have a brake line at the left rear wheel area that may not have been properly tightened. If the brake line was not properly tightened, it may leak brake fluid, causing a reduction in braking performance, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will tighten the brake line fitting free of charge. The recall began on June 11, 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 47M3; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V373000.