Recall Roundup: Nissan Recalls Popular Altima, Chrysler to Fix Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango SUVs
By Jeff Youngs,
During the past week, automakers recalled just under one million vehicles, citing various manufacturing flaws. The two largest recalls are of Nissan Altima vehicles from the 2013-2015 model years, and of Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles from the 2012-2013 model years. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2012-2013 Dodge Durango
2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Chrysler) is recalling a total of 338,216 model-year 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured September 17, 2010, to August 19, 2013, and equipped with a 3.6-, 5.7- or 6.4-liter engine, and 2012-2013 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured January 18, 2011, to August 19, 2013, and equipped with a 3.6- or 5.7-liter engine. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM. The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R09; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V115000. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-530.
2015 Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai Motor (Hyundai) is recalling 24,400 model-year 2015 Genesis vehicles manufactured February 21, 2014, to January 24, 2015. Water may leak into the rear combination lamp assemblies and cause an incorrect gear display on the instrument panel or a delay in the engagement of the selected gear when the vehicle is shifted from Park to Reverse or Drive. If the incorrect gear is being displayed, the vehicle may move in an unintended direction, increasing the risk of a crash.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will apply pads to prevent water intrusion into the combination lamp housing, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 128; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V097000.
2015 Land Rover LR4
2015 Land Rover Range Rover
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Jaguar Land Rover (Land Rover) is recalling 28 model-year 2015 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and LR4 vehicles manufactured January 6, 2015, to January 23, 2015. The affected vehicles have wheel lug nuts that may crack and detach from the wheel hub stud. If one or more of the wheel lug nuts crack or detach from the wheel hub, the remaining lug nuts may be unable to keep the wheel secured to the vehicle.
Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wheel nuts with new wheel nuts free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 17, 2015. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover's number for this recall is P056; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V092000.
2013-2015 Nissan Altima
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling approximately 625,000 model-year 2013-2015 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured March 1, 2013, to December 31, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while the vehicle is in motion.
The manufacturer has not yet provided a remedy plan or notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V116000. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-565.
2015 Toyota Yaris
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling 226 model-year 2015 Yaris vehicles manufactured September 8, 2014, to January 9, 2015. The affected vehicles may have improperly tightened rear axle bearing bolts. The improperly tightened bolts may loosen during vehicle operation and could cause the wheel to lock up, or could damage the rear brake components, reducing their effectiveness.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear axle bearing bolts, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V098000.
2015 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota is recalling 18 model-year 2015 Tacoma pickup trucks manufactured August 7, 2014, to December 22, 2014. The affected vehicles may have had their tires and wheels changed to TRD Pro accessory tires and wheels, causing the inflation information on the tire placard to be incorrect, which may result in the tire being improperly inflated.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will send a revised tire placard with correct tire size and inflation information to owners, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V099000.