Recall Roundup: Honda, Toyota, GM Issue Recalls
By Jeff Youngs,
An issue with air bag inflators may affect more than 800,000 Toyota, Lexus, and Pontiac brand vehicles from the 2002-2004 model years, their manufacturers have announced. Also, some 2013 Honda Fit vehicles might have problems with the passenger-side driveshaft. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
2013 Honda Fit
Honda is recalling 1,038 model-year 2013 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured May 24, 2013, through July 5, 2013, and equipped with a manual transmission. The passenger-side driveshaft may break while driving due to an improper heat treatment application during manufacturing. If the driveshaft fractures and separates while driving, the vehicle will lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured driveshaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the vehicle could move unexpectedly.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the passenger-side driveshaft and replace it if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 15, 2014. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JE4; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V258000.
Toyota and GM: Various 2002-2004 Toyota, Lexus, Pontiac Vehicles
Toyota and General Motors (GM) are recalling 844,277 model-year 2002-2004 Toyota Sequoia and Lexus SC and 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Tundra, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger-side frontal air bag inflator. This inflator may produce excessive internal pressure, causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger-side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side frontal air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger-seat occupant or other occupants.
Toyota will notify owners of affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles and GM will notify owners of affected Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Toyota, Lexus, and GM dealers will replace the passenger-side air bag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. Owners may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V312000. IMPORTANT NOTE: This recall supersedes recall 13V-133 in which some vehicles were inspected and received a replacement inflator, while others were inspected but did not have their inflator replaced. All owners of vehicles that did not get an inflator replacement, or owners that do not know if they got an inflator replacement, should contact their Toyota or Lexus dealer.