Recall Roundup: GM, Volkswagen Order Large Recalls
By Jeff Youngs, August 14, 2014
During the past week, approximately 350,000 vehicles were recalled by their manufacturers--the vast majority from General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen. Mitsubishi and Toyota also announced recalls involving a small number of SUVs and minivans. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
GM: Various 2005-2007 Vehicles
General Motors is recalling a total of 184,611 model-year 2005-2007 Saab 9-7X; 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL; and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Isuzu Ascender vehicles. Fluid may enter the driver's door master power window switch module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the part number on the door module and install a new door module if necessary, free of charge. Parts for the remedy are not currently available. GM will send an interim letter to owners in late August 2014. A second owner letter will be mailed when parts are available. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC), 1-800-955-9007 (Saab), and 1-800-255-6727 (Isuzu). GM's number for this recall is 14309. Owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V404000. Note: This recall provides a new remedy for all vehicles covered by recall 13V-248. Vehicles whose modules were modified but not replaced as part of the previous recall remedy must have their vehicles remedied again under this campaign.
2007-2013 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi is recalling 203 model-year 2013 Outlander vehicles equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, Mitsubishi is recalling certain 2007-2012 Outlander vehicles that received replacement 6-speed automatic transmissions during servicing. The transmissions in these vehicles have insufficient clearance between the power steering pressure tube and the converter housing of the automatic transmission. As a result of the contact, the power steering pressure tube may develop a hole and leak power steering fluid, which could result in a loss of steering assistance.
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering pressure tube and return tube, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-006; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V366000.
2014 Toyota Sienna
Toyota is recalling 263 model-year 2014 Sienna vehicles manufactured June 17, 2014, through June 24, 2014. The affected vehicles have a transmission shift control cable whose protective cable sleeve may have been damaged during assembly. This could cause the control cable to bind or separate during gear shift operation causing incorrect gear selection. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." If the transmission shift cable separates while the vehicle is being driven, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Furthermore, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, despite selecting the "PARK" position, the transmission may not be in "PARK," and a rollaway could ensue.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmission shift control cable, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in early August 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V414000.
2009 Volkswagen Routan
Volkswagen is recalling 18,526 model-year 2009 Routan vehicles. Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the "OFF" or "ACCESSORY" position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including but not limited to air bags, power steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, including the key fob, leaving only the ignition key.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will modify the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 28G1/U8; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V396000. Note: This campaign is an expansion of NHTSA Recall No. 11V-151.
2009-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen is recalling 151,389 model-year 2009-2014 Tiguan vehicles manufactured July 2007 to June 2014. In certain conditions, if winterized fuel is in use, bubbles may form in the fuel system which could result in the vehicle stalling.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle's software to increase the fuel pump pressure, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 19, 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 24AV/2W; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V441000.