Recall Roundup: GM Recalls Saturn VUE SUVs for Ignition Switch Defect
By Jeff Youngs, September 09, 2014
During the past week, both General Motors (GM) and BMW of North America (BMW) announced vehicle recalls. GM recalled more than 200,000 older Saturn Vue SUVs to address an ignition switch defect, while BMW recalled a handful of i3 and Mini Cooper Hardtops over defective air bag inflators. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
2014 BMW i3
2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop
BMW is recalling a total of 27 vehicles: a single model-year 2014 BMW i3 vehicle manufactured March 31, 2014, and certain 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop vehicles manufactured February 2, 2014, to May 30, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with an air bag inflator that was not assembled correctly. This could cause the air bag to not deploy properly in the event of an accident.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger-side air bag, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417, and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V422000.
2002-2004 Saturn Vue
GM is recalling 202,155 model-year 2002-2004 Saturn Vue vehicles manufactured September 11, 2001, to April 6, 2004. In the affected vehicles, it may be possible for the key to be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "Off" position. If the key can be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "Off" position, the vehicle could roll away: (a) for an automatic transmission, if the transmission is not in the "Park" position; or (b) for a manual transmission, if the parking brake is not engaged and the transmission is not in the "Reverse" position.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle to see if the key can be pulled out when the ignition is off. If it can, dealers will replace the ignition cylinder and keys, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 14506; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V490000. Note: Until a vehicle has been remedied, owners and operators are advised that when exiting, to be sure that the vehicle is in "Park," or in the case of a manual transmission, that the vehicle is in the "Reverse" position and the parking brake is engaged.