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Recall Roundup: Nissan Recalls Leaf EV Due to Poor Cold-Weather Braking Performance

Recall Roundup: Nissan Recalls Leaf EV Due to Poor Cold-Weather Braking Performance

By Joseph Dobrian, March 15, 2016
During the past week, slightly more than 95,000 vehicles were recalled in the United States by their manufacturers, for various issues. The largest recall is from Nissan, which has recalled 46,859 Nissan Leaf EVs from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 model years over concerns about brake performance in cold temperatures. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Hyundai, Maserati, and Mercedes-Benz also issued recalls. Details for each vehicle recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.


2015 Chrysler 200
  • Number of vehicles affected: 78
  • Date of manufacture: April 7, 2014 to August 3, 2016
  • Issue: During service work, the affected vehicles may have had either the Occupant Classification Module (OCM) or the Seat Cushion Foam (SCF) of the front passenger seat replaced instead of both pieces together, which make up a complete calibrated set. If both pieces were not replaced together, the occupant detection and classification system may not be properly calibrated and the passenger air bag may improperly deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will notify owners, and dealers will install a new OCM-SCF seat service kit free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: S09
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V114000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,232
  • Date of manufacture: July 25, 2015 to December 16, 2015
  • Issue: The recall includes model-year 2016 Dodge Dart vehicles manufactured and equipped with a 2.0-liter engine and a manual transmission, plus certain 2015 Dodge Dart vehicles similarly equipped and brought in for dealer service between September 15, 2015 and January 12, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the powertrain control module that monitors the engine torque output may be missing a backup layer of software. Without that software, the control module may fail to prevent an un-commanded torque event, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will update the Engine Control Module software free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: S10
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V113000


2011-2013 Hyundai Equus
2012 Hyundai Genesis
  • Number of vehicles affected: 18,700
  • Date of manufacture: August 1, 2011 to June 12, 2012
  • Issue: The windshield wiper motor cover seal may degrade allowing corrosion on the wiper motor's circuit board. The corrosion can cause intermittent or total loss of wiper function. Inoperative wipers during inclement weather can decrease driver visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper motor cover and seal free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin April 22, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 140
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V117000


2014-2016 Maserati Quattroporte
2014-2016 Maserati Ghibli
  • Number of vehicles affected: 28,235
  • Date of manufacture: February 1, 2013 to November 30, 2015
  • Issue: The driver-side floor mat anchor may break, allowing the floor mat to move and get trapped between the accelerator pedal and the vehicle carpet. This may result in very high vehicle speeds, which could cause a crash. Note: These vehicles are equipped with a brake override system. In the event a pedal is trapped, pushing on the brake pedal will enable the driver to slow and stop and turn off the vehicle.
  • Remedy: Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver-side floor mat and possibly the accelerator pedal cover free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin April 29, 2016. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-816-2600.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 301
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V122000


2016 Mercedes-Benz C300, C300 4Matic, C450 AMG 4Matic
  • Number of vehicles affected: 53
  • Date of manufacture: December 11, 2015 to December 29, 2015
  • Issue: The affected vehicles may be equipped with a panoramic sunroof that may not be properly bonded, allowing the glass to detach and fall from the vehicle during operation.
  • Remedy: Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the bonding of the rear sunroof glass panel, replacing it as necessary, free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in late March 2016. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V087000


2013-2015 Nissan Leaf
  • Number of vehicles affected: 46,859
  • Date of manufacture: November 19, 2012 to July 31, 2015
  • Issue: During very cold temperatures, the relay inside the electronic brake booster may freeze, requiring the driver to exert more effort to slow the vehicle down. Longer distances or additional brake effort would be required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Intelligent Brake Control Unit software free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V119000

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