Recall Roundup: Honda, Subaru Recall Nearly 4.5M Vehicles to Fix Air Bag Inflators
By Joseph Dobrian, December 28, 2015
During the past week, Honda recalled just under 4 million vehicles from the 2001-2007 model years on account of frontal air bags that might be susceptible to moisture intrusion. For a similar reason, Subaru has recalled more than 400,000 vehicles from the 2003-2008 model years. Other automakers, including Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz, issued smaller recalls. Details for each vehicle recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.
2016 GMC Canyon
General Motors (GM) is recalling 8,763 model-year 2016 Chevrolet Colorado trucks manufactured August 25, 2015, to September 24, 2015, and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured August 28, 2015, to September 24, 2015. The affected vehicles have a console compartment lid latch assembly that may fail to keep the compartment door closed in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact. If the console compartment door does not remain closed in a crash, the contents stored in the console may strike the vehicle occupants, increasing their risk of injury.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the console compartment door latch assembly free of charge. 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. GM's number for this recall is 16370. Owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administation (NHTSA) campaign number 15V807000.
Ferrari North America (Ferrari) is recalling 185 model-year 2016 California T vehicles manufactured September 8, 2015, to November 11, 2015. The affected vehicles have a low-pressure fuel line that may not connect properly to the fuel pump feed pipe. The improper low-pressure fuel line connection could result in a fuel leak in the engine compartment, which might increase the risk of a fire.
Ferrari has notified owners, and dealers will replace the low-pressure fuel line assembly free of charge. The recall began on December 14, 2015. Owners may contact Ferrari customer service at 1-201-816-2600, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V811000.
2013-2014 Ford Focus ST
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 9,017 model-year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured January 11, 2012, to April 1, 2013, and 2013-2014 Focus ST vehicles manufactured May 03, 2012, to October 14, 2013. Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module (PCM). The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate, or the engine to stall.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the current crimped splices with new splices free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 4, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S17-S1; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V813000.
2013 Ford Flex
2013 Ford Taurus
2013 Lincoln MKS
2013 Lincoln MKT
Ford is recalling 868 model-year 2013 Explorer, Explorer Police Utility, Taurus, Taurus Police Interceptor, Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may crack, allowing fuel to leak, which, in the presence of an ignition source, may result in a fire.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 13S04-S1; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V812000.
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling 3,399,384 vehicles, including: model-year 2001-2005 Honda Civic vehicles manufactured March 21, 2000, to January 20, 2005; 2001-2004 Honda Civic GX vehicles manufactured June 14, 2000, to August 19, 2004; 2003-2005 Honda Civic Hybrid vehicles manufactured February 24, 2002, to January 18, 2005; 2003-2007 Honda Accord vehicles manufactured February 21, 2002, to August 28, 2007; 2002-2004 Honda CR-V vehicles; 2002-2003 Honda Odyssey vehicles manufactured June 19, 2001, to July 12, 2003; 2003 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured September 19, 2002, to June 19, 2003; 2003 Honda Element vehicles manufactured June 25, 2002, to July 31, 2003; and 2003 Honda Pilot vehicles manufactured November 26, 2001, to August 21, 2003. The affected vehicles have a passenger-side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment, with metal fragments striking the passenger-seat occupant or other occupants, possibly causing serious injury or death.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator free of charge. The recall began on July 1, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138, and may refer to NHTSA recall number 15V370000. Honda's numbers for this recall are JS1 and JS2.
Note: Vehicles that have already received a replacement passenger air bag inflator as part of the recall remedy for an earlier campaign such as 14V353 or 14V700 (Honda recall numbers S95, JH6, JH7, JH8, JH9, JJ0, JJ1, JJ2, JJ6, JM5, and JM6) are not included in this recall. However, this recall does supersede 13V132 and 14V349.
Note: On December 18, 2015, Honda informed the NHTSA of an expansion of this recall to include certain model-year 2004 Honda CR-V vehicles in addition to additional model-year 2003 CR-V vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes-Benz) is recalling 809 model-year 2014 E350 and E350 4Matic sedans manufactured June 4, 2014, to July 9, 2014. The affected vehicles were built with a fuel feed line that has a single flare fitting instead of a double flare fitting. If the fuel feed line has the incorrect flare fitting the connection between the fuel hose and the fuel feed line might develop a leak or may completely disconnect. Leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. If the fuel feed line disconnects, the vehicle would stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will install the correct fuel line free of charge. This recall is expected to begin in early January 2016. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V792000.
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 52 model-year 2015 S550 Hybrid vehicles manufactured April 24, 2015, to June 12, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with a high-voltage onboard charger that may not have been built to specification, and as a result, the charging function for an external charging cable might not function and the onboard charger may incorrectly detect a charging cable, even while the vehicle is being driven. If the charging cable is incorrectly detected and the vehicle is stopped or moving at a very slow speed, the vehicle may unexpectedly shift to park, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will replace the onboard charger free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early January 2016. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V796000.
2003-2004 Subaru Baja
2004-2005 Subaru Impreza
2003-2008 Subaru Legacy
2003-2008 Subaru Outback
Subaru of America (Subaru) is recalling 439,649 vehicles, including: model-year 2003-2004 Subaru Baja vehicles manufactured January 22, 2003, to July 21, 2004; 2004-2005 Impreza vehicles manufactured January 28, 2003, to May 31, 2005; 2003-2008 Subaru Legacy vehicles manufactured January 22, 2003, to May 2, 2008; 2003-2008 Subaru Outback vehicles manufactured February 18, 2003, to May 5, 2008; and 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, to March 17, 2005. The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger-side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment, with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Subaru will notify their owners and General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator free of charge. The Subaru recall began on June 17, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. The Saab recall began on July 27, 2015. Owners of Saab vehicles may call 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is WQR-53. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V323000.
Note: The recall completely supersedes recall 14V-399 (WQL-48) and partially supersedes recall 14V-763 (WQP-51) in that model-year 2004 through 2005 Subaru Impreza and model-year 2005 Saab 9-2x vehicles are now only part of this campaign.
Note: On December 18, 2015 Subaru informed the NHTSA of an expansion of this recall to include certain model-year 2003-2004 Subaru Baja, 2003-2008 Subaru Legacy, and 2003-2008 Subaru Outback vehicles.
2003-2004 Subaru Legacy
2003-2004 Subaru Outback
Subaru is recalling 6,291 model-year 2003-2004 Legacy and Outback vehicles, and 2003-2005 Baja vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture, with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Subaru will notify their owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator free of charge. The recall began on January 15, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQP-51; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V763000.
Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-471. This recall has been partially superseded by 15V-323. All 2005 model-year Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles will now be repaired under recall 15V-323.