Recall Roundup: Nissan Recalls Versa, Versa Note to Correct Shoe-Grabbing Center Console Trim
During the past week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Toyota issued safety recalls, affecting vehicles from the 2010 through 2016 model years. A total of 470,470 vehicles are affected, causing considerable discussion in the numerological community. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2014 Jeep Cherokee
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 158,671 model-year 2014 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 4, 2013, to July 11, 2014. Use of the front windshield wipers on dry glass may cause damage to the body control module (BCM). BCM damage may result in the failure of the windshield wipers.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a ground strap to protect the BCM from damage, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R39; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V509000.
2015 Jeep Renegade
FCA is recalling 7,810 model-year 2015 Jeep Renegade vehicles manufactured September 18, 2014, to June 25, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with radios that have software vulnerabilities that can allow third-party access to certain networked vehicle control systems. Exploitation of the software vulnerability may result in unauthorized remote modification and control of certain vehicle systems, increasing the risk of a crash.
FCA will notify and mail affected owners a USB drive that includes a software update that eliminates the vulnerability, free of charge. Optionally, owners may download the update to their own USB drive from http://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update/ or take their vehicle to an FCA dealer for immediate installation. In an effort to mitigate the effects of this security vulnerability, FCA has had the wireless service provider close the open cellular connection to the vehicle that provided unauthorized access to the vehicle network. This measure may not have been implemented on all vehicles and does not address access by other means that will be remedied by the software update. FCA has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R45. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V508000.
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling 209 model-year 2016 Mercedes-Benz E350, E400, E400 4Matic, E63 4M S AMG, E350 4Matic, E63-4M S AMG, and 2015 CLS400, CLS400 4Matic, CLS550, CLS63-4M "P" AMG, and CLS550 4Matic vehicles manufactured April 16, 2015, to April 22, 2015. The integral steel cable that secures the rubber seal to the bulkhead might have been damaged due to the supplier rework of the rubber seal. In the event the rubber seal is not properly secured around the engine compartment, it is possible for the rubber seal to temporarily stick to the hood when it is opened and then may fall into the engine bay when the hood is closed. If the rubber seal falls into the engine compartment, it may contact parts of the engine or exhaust system, increasing the risk of a fire.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rubber seal in the engine compartment free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-201-573-5339, and refer to recall number 2015080001, or to NHTSA campaign number 15V505000.
2015 Nissan Armada
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 1,554 model-year 2015 Nissan Armada vehicles manufactured April 30, 2015, to June 5, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been built with driver or front passenger seat belt assemblies that may not properly latch or that may not unlatch when the release button is pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection, and No. 209: Seat Belt Assemblies.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect both front seat belt buckle assemblies, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by early October 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V501000.
2012-2015 Nissan Versa
2014-2015 Nissan Versa Note
Nissan is recalling 298,747 model-year 2012-2015 Nissan Versa sedan vehicles manufactured June 9, 2011, to March 11, 2015, and 2014-2015 Nissan Versa Note vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to March 11, 2015. The affected vehicles have a center console trim panel that may catch the driver's shoe and delay the transition from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal, which would lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will modify the console trim panel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-October 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V507000.
2010-2015 Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling 2,530 model-year 2010-2015 Toyota 4Runner vehicles manufactured March 29, 2010, to July 30, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with accessory exhaust tips installed by Toyota or its dealers that may contact people and possibly burn them while they are standing behind the vehicle.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a redesigned exhaust tip that is smaller in diameter and is more recessed behind the bumper, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 21, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-866-405-4226. Toyota’s number for the recall is SET15D; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V515000.
2015 Toyota Prius C
Toyota is recalling 949 model-year 2015 Toyota Prius C vehicles manufactured April 20, 2015, to June 30, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may be improperly calibrated and, as a result, may fail to warn the driver that the tire pressure is low. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 138: Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the TPMS free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 22, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-866-405-4226. Toyota’s number for this recall is SET15E; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V514000.