Recall Roundup: Honda, Toyota Recall More Than 5.3 Million Vehicles as Takata Air Bag Recall Gains Momentum
By Jeff Youngs,
During the past week, Honda issued a recall affecting some 2.3 million vehicles, while Toyota has expanded two earlier recalls to include a total of more than 3 million vehicles--all to address faulty air bags produced by supplier Takata. Several other automakers issued recalls affecting a smaller numbers of vehicles. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2015 Cadillac ATS
2015 Cadillac CTS
General Motors (GM) is recalling 2,163 model-year 2015 Cadillac ATS and CTS vehicles. The affected vehicles have a bracket between the brake pedal assembly and the rod that actuates the brakes that may fracture during normal brake pedal operation. If the bracket fractures, the driver would not be able to apply the brakes, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any affected bracket free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 1, 2015. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15352; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V358000.
2015 Dodge Challenger
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (Chrysler) is recalling 72 model-year 2015 Dodge Challenger vehicles manufactured March 28, 2015, to April 1, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the driver's side air bag inflated curtain (SABIC) may have a loose or missing rear mounting bolt. A loose or missing SABIC rear mounting bolt may alter the air bag inflated curtain's deployment, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a side-impact or rollover crash.
Chrysler has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the vehicles, as needed, free of charge. The recall began on May 28, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R22; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V282000.
2013-2015 Fiat 500e
Chrysler is recalling 3,851 model-year 2013-2015 Fiat 500e battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) manufactured March 8, 2013, to March 7, 2015. The Electric Vehicle Control Unit (EVCU) of the affected vehicles may set a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) that may cause the transmission to unexpectedly shift to neutral. If the vehicle unexpectedly shifts to neutral, the loss of drive could increase the risk of a crash.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the EVCU free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 5, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R20; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V291000.
2001-2007 Honda Civic
2001-2007 Honda Accord
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling a total of approximately 2.3 million model-year 2003-2007 Honda Accord vehicles manufactured August 16, 2002, to August 28, 2007 and equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, and 2001-2005 Honda Civic vehicles manufactured April 25, 2000, to September 2, 2005. 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. In case of a rupture, metal fragments could strike the passenger-seat occupant or other occupants.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 13, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JS1 and JS2. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V370000.
Note: Vehicles that have already received a replacement passenger air bag inflator as part of the recall remedy for an earlier campaign such as 13V132, 14V349, 14V353, or 14V700 (Honda recall numbers S95, JH6, JH7, JH8, JH9, JJ0, JJ1, JJ2, JJ6, JM5, and JM6) are not included in this recall.
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche Cars North America (Porsche) is recalling 223 model-year 2015 918 Spyder vehicles manufactured February 25, 2014, to April 29, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the wiring harness for the left rear radiator fan may contact an engine heat insulation plate, which could cause the harness to chafe and result in an electrical short, which could increase the risk of a fire.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiring harness and secure it to a coolant tube using a tie-wrap clip, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porche's number for this recall is AF05; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V335000.
Note: The wiring harness could short and result in a fire even when the vehicle is unattended. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made.
2015 Toyota Tundra
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling 144 model-year 2015 Toyota Tundra vehicles manufactured March 11, 2015, to April 11, 2015 and equipped with Nitto Terra Grappler G2 275/60R20 116S XL tires. These vehicles have a tire placard that incorrectly states the recommended cold tire-inflation pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less. If the operator inflates the tires according to the information on the tire placard, the tires may be underinflated, increasing the risk of tire failure.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a new tire placard with the correct cold tire-inflation pressure information free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 14, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-866-405-4226. Toyota's number for this recall is SET15C; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V315000.
Toyota: Various 2002-2007 Vehicles
Toyota has revised an earlier recall to include a total of 1,973,468 vehicles. The original recall includes model-year 2004 Sequoia vehicles manufactured August 18, 2003, to August 19, 2004, and 2003-2004 Tundra vehicles manufactured March 18, 2003, to August 25, 2004. Toyota has now expanded the recall to include model-year 2002-2003 and 2005-2007 Sequoia; 2005-2006 Tundra; 2003-2007 Corolla; 2003-2007 Corolla Matrix; 2003-2007 Pontiac Vibe; and 2002-2007 Lexus SC vehicles. This is to address a safety defect in the passenger-side frontal air bag inflator, which 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, and 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 passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants.
Toyota will notify their owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. Dealers will replace the front passenger air bag, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac owners may call 1-800-762-2737. Owners may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V285000.
Note: This is an expansion of recall 15V-285 and supersedes recall 14V-312 in its entirety.
Toyota: Various 2002-2007 Vehicles
Toyota has revised an earlier recall to include a total of 1,069,055 vehicles. The original recall includes 2005-2007 Lexus SC, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Pontiac Vibe, and 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra vehicles that were originally sold, or ever registered, in Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, and American Samoa. The recall now includes model-year 2002-2004 Lexus SC and Toyota Sequoia, and 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix, Toyota Corolla, Pontiac Vibe, and Toyota Tundra vehicles, as well the vehicles covered by the May 13, 2015 notification in the portions of Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas that were not previously included. The inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants.
Toyota will notify their owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. Dealers will replace the passenger-side front air bag, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 1-800-762-2737. Owners may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V286000.
Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 15V-286 and supersedes recall 14V-655 in its entirety. For vehicles located in the U.S. states not listed above, please see Toyota recall 15V-285 which covers all other U.S. states.