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Recall Roundup: Nearly 180K Vehicles Headed Back to Mitsubishi, Chrysler Dealers

Recall Roundup: Nearly 180K Vehicles Headed Back to Mitsubishi, Chrysler Dealers

By Jeff Youngs,

During the past week, various automakers issued recalls affecting more than 180,000 vehicles. Mitsubishi and Chrysler issued two recalls apiece, the former recalling more than 130,000 vehicles while Chrysler recalled about 46,000 units. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2013 Chevrolet Malibu
General Motors (GM) is recalling 3,690 model-year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured April 10, 2012, to August 2, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the console transmission gear selection indicator may not illuminate the shift position selected. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 102: Transmission Shift Position Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect.

GM has notified owners, and dealers will replace the transmission gear selection control module free of charge. The recall began on April 20, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 12162; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V245000.


2006 Dodge Viper
2006 Jeep Liberty
2006 Jeep Wrangler
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (Chrysler) is recalling 43,750 model-year 2006 Dodge Viper and Jeep Wrangler and Liberty vehicles manufactured July 1, 2005, to July 31, 2006. In the affected vehicles, the springs within the clutch pedal position switch, which prevent the vehicle from starting unless the clutch pedal is pushed down, may break. As a result, the vehicle may not be started when the clutch pedal is pushed down or the engine may crank and start without the clutch pedal being pushed down, causing the vehicle to unexpectedly lurch.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the clutch ignition interlock switch free of charge. Parts are currently unavailable. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning in June 2015 and will receive a second notification when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R13; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V222000.


2015 Ford F-150
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 73 model-year 2015 Ford F-150 vehicles manufactured January 30, 2015, to January 31, 2015. The affected vehicles may have loose or missing underbody heat shields. A missing underbody heat shield can lead to degradation or melting of the fuel or vapor lines, increasing the risk of a fire.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle for missing underbody heat shields and fasteners, and will install the missing components as required free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 11, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S12; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V251000.


2009-2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2009-2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Motors North America (Mitsubishi) is recalling a total of 53,396 model-year 2009-2010 Mitsubishi Lancer vehicles manufactured January 12, 2009, to July 6, 2010; 2009-2010 Outlander vehicles manufactured January 12, 2009, to August 27, 2010; 2010 Lancer Sportback vehicles manufactured June 17, 2009, to June 8, 2010; and 2010 Lancer Evolution vehicles manufactured July 14, 2009, to August 4, 2010. The affected vehicles have an electronic control unit (ECU) that controls the headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers. Due to a manufacturing error, the voltage inside this ECU may be unstable. Unstable voltage could result in intermittent failure of the vehicle's headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected ECU free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-15-002; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V232000.


2009-2011 Mitsubishi Lancer
2010-2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2010-2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2009-2011 Mitsubishi Outlander
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Mitsubishi is recalling 76,958 model-year 2009-2011 Lancer vehicles manufactured March 16, 2009, to March 30, 2011; 2010-2011 Lancer Sportback vehicles manufactured June 17, 2009, to December 1, 2010; 2010-2011 Lancer Evolution vehicles manufactured July 14, 2009, to January 7, 2011; 2009-2011 Outlander vehicles manufactured February 10, 2009, to June 22, 2011; and 2011 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured August 26, 2010, to November 19, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the blower motor may fail. Failure of the blower motor may reduce the performance of the windshield defroster.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace a suspect blower motor free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-15-003; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V233000.


2015 Ram ProMaster City
Chrysler is recalling 2,408 model-year 2015 Ram ProMaster City vehicles manufactured November 6, 2014, to March 17, 2015. The affected cargo and passenger vehicles have side air bag inflatable curtains that, due to an installation issue, may not deploy properly. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 214: Side Impact Protection.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will modify the installation of side air bag inflatable curtains free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 12, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R19; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V223000.


2015 Scion tC
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling 114 model-year 2015 Scion tC vehicles manufactured December 3, 2014, to January 30, 2015 and equipped with accessory coil springs as part of an optional Release Series 9 trim package. During installation of these coil springs, the rear suspension components may not have been properly tightened. If the rear suspension components were not properly tightened, the rear suspension arms may detach, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the bolts, nuts, rear suspension arms, and rear suspension member sub assembly free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during June 2015. Owners may contact Scion customer service at 1-866-707-2466, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V228000.

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