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Recall Roundup: Nissan, Toyota Issue Recalls

Recall Roundup: Nissan, Toyota Issue Recalls

By Jeff Youngs, June 03, 2014

During the past week, both Nissan and Toyota announced recalls of various vehicles, the largest of which involving about 370,000 Toyota Siennas from the 2004-2011 model years. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.

2014 Nissan Rogue
Nissan is recalling 1,644 model-year 2014 Rogue vehicles manufactured January 10, 2014, to January 17, 2014. In the affected vehicles, an incorrect bolt may have been used to connect the intermediate shaft to the upper steering assembly. The incorrect bolts could loosen and fall out, resulting in a loss of vehicle control.

Nissan will notify owners and dealers will inspect and repair all affected vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of June 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 and refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V218000.

2014 Toyota Highlander
Toyota is recalling 231 model-year 2014 Highlander vehicles manufactured April 23, 2014, through April 29, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured improperly, causing the seat to not fully lock into the inboard seat track in the forward first, second, and third adjusting positions. Thus, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 207 "Seating Systems." If the seat does not fully lock into the inboard seat track, this could increase the risk of the seat coming out of the track and injuring the occupant in the event of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the second-row right-hand seat, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 and refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V274000.

2004-2011 Toyota Sienna
Toyota is recalling approximately 370,000 model-year 2004-2011 Sienna minivans originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The attachment cables that hold the spare tire carrier assemblies mounted under the affected vehicles may corrode due to high concentrations of road salt splashing onto the spare tire carrier. If the cable is corroded due to road salt, the spare tire may separate from the vehicle.

Toyota will send to owners an interim notification to advise them of the recall; dealers will remove the spare tire and relocate it to the luggage compartment, free of charge. Owners will be mailed a second letter when remedy parts are available and dealers will replace the spare tire carrier assembly with an improved one, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 and refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V273000. Note: 2004-2010 Siennas subject to this recall were subject to recall campaign 10V-160 initiated in 2010. Those owners are advised that they must have their vehicles remedied again under this campaign and that having the earlier recall completed did not remedy their vehicles. Additionally, model-year 1998-2003 Siennas were recalled as part of safety recall 10V-160. Owners of vehicles who have not had that remedy performed should contact their Toyota dealer to schedule a free repair.

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