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Recall Roundup: GM, Toyota to Replace Air Bag Inflators on Older Cars; Mazda Recalls CX-5 SUV to Fix Fuel Filler Pipes

Recall Roundup: GM, Toyota to Replace Air Bag Inflators on Older Cars; Mazda Recalls CX-5 SUV to Fix Fuel Filler Pipes

By Joseph Dobrian, February 22, 2016
During the past week, approximately 790,000 vehicles were recalled by various automakers. In the majority of the cases, faulty air bags are the culprit. Mazda also announced a large recall to fix fuel filler pipes on 2014-2016 CX-5 SUVs. Manufacturers issuing recalls include Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Mazda, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Details for each vehicle recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.


2015 Chevrolet Colorado
2015 GMC Canyon
  • Number of vehicles affected: 2,988
  • Date of manufacture: January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
  • Issue: A poor electrical connection within the steering gear connector may cause a loss of power steering assist. A loss or reduction in power steering assist may increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gear pinion sensor cover assembly free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 15595
  • NHTSA recall number: 16054000

2016 Ford E-350, E-450

  • Number of vehicles affected: 75
  • Date of manufacture: November 3, 2014 to December 10, 2015
  • Issue: On vehicles equipped with a 6.8-liter engine and an optional trailer brake controller, the trailer braking system may fail, increasing the distance needed to stop the vehicle.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall began on February 15, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 16S01. This recall supersedes 15V-710. Any vehicle previously repaired under 15V-710 will need to be repaired again.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16046000


2011 Hyundai Tucson
  • Number of vehicles affected: 11,176
  • Date of manufacture: July 22, 2010 to October 31, 2010
  • Issue: The affected vehicles have a transmission fluid cooler hose that may have been improperly manufactured, resulting in a transmission fluid leak. If enough transmission fluid leaks out, the transmission may not function properly and the vehicle may stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission fluid cooler hose free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin March 25, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 139
  • NHTSA recall number: 16057000


2004-2006 Lexus GX 470
2003-2006 Lexus LX 470
2004-2006 Toyota 4Runner
2003-2006 Toyota Land Cruiser
2005-2006 Toyota Sequoia
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra
  • Number of vehicles affected: 320,409
  • Date of manufacture: June 27, 2013 to February 2, 2016
  • Issue: In vehicles equipped with side curtain-shield-air bags, the affected vehicles have an air bag control module that may be improperly programmed, causing the side curtain-shield-air bags to deploy inadvertently, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control module with one that has improved programming free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin April 2, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-271-9371.
  • Manufacturer recall number: G0C and GLB
  • NHTSA recall number: 16065000


2016 Lexus RX 350, RX 450h
  • Number of vehicles affected: 5,070
  • Date of manufacture: November 16, 2015 to December 23, 2015
  • Issue: Due to an improper weld, the gas needed to inflate the driver's knee air bag may escape from the inflator. A defective inflator may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the knee air bag assembly free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin March 27, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
  • Manufacturer recall number: GLA
  • NHTSA recall number: 16053000


2014-2016 Mazda CX-5
  • Number of vehicles affected: 268,799
  • Date of manufacture: June 27, 2013 to February 2, 2016
  • Issue: The affected vehicles have a fuel-filler pipe that may rupture in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of a fire.
  • Remedy: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will alter the attachment between the fuel filler pipe and the left rear side of the bracket of the fuel filler pipe free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin March 1, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, option 6.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 9216B
  • NHTSA recall number: 16064000


2003-2011 Saab 9-3
2010-2011 Saab 9-5
2008-2009 Saturn Astra
  • Number of vehicles affected: 179,861
  • Date of manufacture: May 31, 2002 to February 15, 2011
  • Issue: Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture, with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, possibly resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator on Saab 9-3 and 9-5 vehicles and will replace the driver's frontal air bag module on Saturn Astra vehicles free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Saab customer service at 1-800-955-9007 or Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 28810
  • NHTSA recall number: 16063000


2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
  • Number of vehicles affected: 325
  • Date of manufacture: June 18, 2015 to November 9, 2015
  • Issue: The affected vehicles are equipped with 18-in. wheels and may have incorrect sidewall height ratio information on the tire placard. If the tires are replaced using a smaller diameter tire, it can cause incorrect readings of the speedometer.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected tire placard free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in February 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 01B3
  • NHTSA recall number: 16049000

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