Recall Roundup: Honda Recalls Nearly 5.4M Vehicles Due to Air Bag Defect
By Jeff Youngs, December 15, 2014
During the past week, a total of 5.6 million vehicles were recalled by various automakers. The largest recall was by American Honda, which is recalling nearly 5.4 million Honda and Acura brand vehicles to address an air bag defect. Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Group, Hyundai Motor America, Jaguar Land Rover North America, Porsche Cars North America, and Toyota Motor also announced recalls. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2014-2015 Dodge Journey
Chrysler Group (Chrysler) is recalling 667 model-year 2014-2015 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured October 25, 2013, to August 22, 2014. The affected vehicles may be equipped with tire placard labels that contain inaccurate seating capacity and occupant/cargo combined weight information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a correct tire placard label free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P70; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V711000.
2014 Ford F-150
2014 Ford Flex
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 113,418 model-year 2014 Ford F-150 and Flex vehicles manufactured March 1, 2014, to May 31, 2014. The affected vehicles were manufactured with a reduced clearance between the seat frame and the seat track assembly. This can cause the Occupant Classification System (OCS) to inaccurately register passenger weight and improperly suppress the passenger front air bag when the passenger seat is occupied by an adult passenger. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with FMVSS No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection. Improper suppression of the passenger air bag increases the risk of an injury to the seat occupant in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger air bag.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will widen the gap between the seat frame and seat track assembly and recalibrate the seat OCS free of charge. The recall began November 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14C10; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V710000.
2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria
2005-2011 Lincoln Town Car
2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis
Ford is recalling 36,888 model-year 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria and 2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles manufactured March 23, 2004, to August 30, 2011; and 2005-2011 Lincoln Town Car vehicles manufactured March 8, 2004, to August 30, 2011, and on which the upper intermediate shaft was serviced during the course of safety recall 13V-385. The prior repairs may not have been correctly performed. Improper servicing of the upper intermediate shaft could cause the shaft to separate, which can then result in a loss of steering control.
Ford will notify the owners of vehicles whose repair records reflect that the upper intermediate steering shaft was repaired during the course of the prior recall 13V-385. Dealers will inspect and replace the upper intermediate shaft if necessary free of charge. The recall began November 17, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S25; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V704000.
2014 Ford F-150
Ford is recalling 618 model-year 2014 F-150 vehicles manufactured March 1, 2014, to March 13, 2014. The affected vehicles may have a brake pedal position switch that is improperly adjusted. As a result, the brake lights may illuminate with a delay or not at all, presenting a safety risk. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 108: Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.
Ford has notified owners, and dealers will adjust the brake pedal position switch free of charge. The recall began on November 24, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14C09; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V709000. Note: Until the vehicle has been remedied, owners are advised not to use their cruise control system.
Honda: Various 2001-2011 Vehicles
American Honda (Honda) is recalling a total of approximately 5,394,000 model-year 2001-2007 Accord (4-cylinder); 2001-2002 Accord (V6); 2001-2005 Civic; 2002-2006 CR-V; 2003-2011 Element; 2002-2004 Odyssey; 2003-2007 Pilot; 2006 Ridgeline; 2003-2006 Acura MDX; and 2002-2003 TL/CL vehicles. When the driver's-side frontal air bag deploys in these vehicles, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture, which could cause metal fragments to strike and injure vehicle occupants.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V351000.
2011 Hyundai Equus
2009-2011 Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling 42,925 2009-2011 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured April 30, 2008, to November 21, 2010, and 2011 Hyundai Equus vehicles manufactured July 31, 2010, to November 21, 2010. Due to a circuit failure, the stop lamps in the affected vehicles may not illuminate, which would increase the risk of a rear-end crash.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will repair the stop lamp switch circuit free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-714-865-3920. Hyundai's number for this recall is 125; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V713000.
2014-2015 Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar Land Rover North America (Jaguar) is recalling 7,079 model-year 2014-2015 F-Type vehicles manufactured August 31, 2012, to October 22, 2014. In the affected vehicles the seat belt harness connector that connects the Seatbelt Tension Sensor (STS) to the Occupant Classification Sensor Control Module (OCSCM) may not have been correctly wired. The OCSCM senses whether there is an occupant in the front passenger seating position, and the STS senses whether tension on the seat belt indicates a child restraint is being used in the front passenger seating position. Both sensors provide information to the restraint control module (RCM) which informs whether the front passenger air bag should be activated, depending on whether the sensors detect the seat is occupied and/or that it is occupied by an adult passenger. Should the STS not have been wired correctly, the front passenger air bag may not be suppressed, and may remain activated, even when a child restraint is placed in the front passenger seat or a small-statured adult occupies that seat. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger air bag, a child or small-stature occupant may be at an increased risk of injury.
Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will correct the harness connector wire configuration free of charge. The recall began on December 3, 2014. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar's number for this recall is J047; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V714000.
2015 Jaguar F-Type
2015 Jaguar XF
2015 Jaguar XJ
Jaguar is recalling a total of 272 vehicles including 2015 F-Type vehicles manufactured August 25, 2014, to September 12, 2014; 2015 XF vehicles manufactured September 3, 2014, to September 12, 2014; and 2015 XJ vehicles manufactured August 21, 2014, to September 11, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) belt, Power Assisted Steering (PAS) pump pulley, and/or battery positive cable at the alternator may detach. If the battery positive cable loosens, an electrical short may result, increasing the risk of a fire. If the FEAD belt loosens or detaches, the vehicle may lose power-assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Jaguar has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the affected engine-mounted components for the proper threading and torque, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 10, 2014. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar's number for this recall is J044; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V673000.
2014-2015 Porsche 911
2014-2015 Porsche Boxster
2014-2015 Porsche Cayman
Porsche Cars North America (Porsche) is recalling 1,382 model-year 2014-2015 Porsche 911, Boxster, and Cayman vehicles manufactured May 7, 2014, to September 23, 2014. The front hood upper lock components were not manufactured to specification and may fail to securely latch the vehicle's hood during operation. A failure of the hood latching mechanism may cause the hood to suddenly open during vehicle operation, severely obstructing the driver's view through the front windshield.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the lock on the front hood, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AE04; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V698000.
2014 Toyota Camry & Camry Hybrid
2014 Toyota Avalon & Avalon Hybrid
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling 5,650 model-year 2014 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, and Avalon Hybrid vehicles equipped with 16-in. and 17-in. rims. In the affected vehicles, the left-side front suspension lower arm may have been incorrectly manufactured. As a result, the left side lower arm may not have enough clamping surface area for one of the bolts that secures the lower arm to the lower ball joint. Because of the insufficient clamping force, the lower arm may separate from the ball joint.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left side lower arm free of charge. The recall will begin around mid-December 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V715000.