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Recall Roundup: GM Recalls Nearly 2.7M Vehicles; Ford, Hyundai, Nissan Also Issue Recalls

Recall Roundup: GM Recalls Nearly 2.7M Vehicles; Ford, Hyundai, Nissan Also Issue Recalls

By Jeff Youngs, May 21, 2014
During the past week, General Motors (GM) issued a series of recalls that involve nearly 2.7 million vehicles from model years 2004-2012, and 2014. Ford, Hyundai, and Nissan also issued recalls affecting more than 700,000 vehicles from model years 2011 through 2014. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


2014 Buick Lacrosse
2014 Chevrolet Malibu
General Motors is recalling 8,208 model-year 2014 Buick Lacrosse vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014, through March 31, 2014 and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured February 7, 2014, through March 31, 2014, and equipped with 17-in. front brake rotors. The affected vehicles may have had brake rotors intended for the rear of the car accidentally installed on the front. The rear rotors, while the same diameter, are thinner and may result in a front brake pad detaching from the caliper, which in turn could cause a sudden reduction in braking, lengthening the distance required to stop the vehicle.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front brake rotors, and install the correct rotors with new brake pads, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 29, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14128; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign ID number 14V240000.


2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvette
General Motors is recalling 103,158 model-year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured March 29, 2004, through June 22, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the underhood bussed electrical center (UBEC) housing can expand and cause the headlamp low-beam relay control circuit wire to bend. If the wire is repeatedly bent, it may fracture causing a loss of low-beam headlamp illumination. The loss of low-beam headlamp illumination will decrease the driver's visibility, as well as the vehicle's conspicuity to other motorists.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the UBEC housing unit, 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 13146; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V251000. Note: Model-year 2008-2013 Chevrolet Corvettes will be covered under customer satisfaction program number 14203 for the same issue.


2014 Chevrolet Malibu
General Motors is recalling 140,067 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through May 2, 2014, and equipped with a 2.5-liter engine with the auto start/stop option. The affected vehicles may experience a complete loss of brake vacuum assist, disabling the hydraulic boost assist. As such, these vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems." If the hydraulic boost assist is disabled, slowing or stopping the vehicle will require additional brake pedal effort and a lengthened stopping distance.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic brake control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. General Motors' number for this recall is 14201; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V247000.


2014 Chevrolet Silverado
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
2014 GMC Sierra
General Motors is recalling 477 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vehicles manufactured May 23, 2013, through March 25, 2014; 2014 GMC Sierra vehicles manufactured May 25, 2013, through March 31, 2014; and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014, through March 27, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the tie rod threaded attachment may not be properly tightened to the steering gear rack. This could result in a loss of steering.

GM has notified all owners, and dealers will inspect the inner tie rods to make sure that they are correctly tightened, replacing the steering gear, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 14, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14204; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V246000. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until they have been inspected and repaired. Owners should contact GM to have their vehicles towed to the dealership.


2013-2014 Ford Escape
Ford is recalling 581,986 model-year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, through April 10, 2014. Due to an assembly misalignment between the exterior door handle and the door outer panel, the affected vehicles have doors that may be difficult to close or may possibly open while driving.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the mounting of the door handles, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 26, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S03; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V239000.


GM: Various 2004-2012 Vehicles
General Motors is recalling a total of 2,440,524 model-year 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured May 16, 2003, through October 11, 2012; 2004-2007 Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured June 25, 2003, through April 5, 2007; 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured May 26, 2004, through January 4, 2010; and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura vehicles manufactured April 24, 2006, through May 26, 2009. In the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the Body Control Module (BCM) connection may result in voltage fluctuations in the Brake Apply Sensor (BAS) circuit. These fluctuations can cause one or more of these conditions: the brake lights to illuminate without the brake pedal being pushed; the brake lights to not illuminate when the pedal is pushed; difficulty disengaging the cruise control; moving the gear shifter out of the PARK position without pushing the brake; and disablement of crash-avoidance features such as traction control, electronic stability control, and panic-braking assist features.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will attach the wiring harness to the BCM with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to both the BCM and harness connector and the BAS and harness connector, and will relearn the brake pedal home position, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-762-2737 (Pontiac), or 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). GM's number for this recall is 13036; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V252000.


2011-2014 Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai is recalling 137,500 model-year 2011-2014 Hyundai Tucson vehicles manufactured January 3, 2011, through December 23, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the air bag assembly installed in the steering wheel may come loose from its mounting. An air bag assembly that is not properly mounted may result in an increased risk of injury to the driver in the event of a crash.

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the bolts that secure the driver's air bag assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of June 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 118; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V245000.


2014 Nissan Leaf
Nissan is recalling 211 model-year 2014 Leaf vehicles manufactured February 28, 2014, through March 12, 2014. The front structural member assembly may be missing welds, which could reduce the structural integrity of the vehicle if the vehicle is involved in a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to meet the requirements of FMVSS number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection," and 305, "Electric-Powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection."

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect to see if any of the welds are missing. Any vehicle missing welds will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-June 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 and refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V192000.

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