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Recall Roundup: A Plethora of Automakers Issue Vehicle Recalls

Recall Roundup: A Plethora of Automakers Issue Vehicle Recalls

By Jeff Youngs,

During the past week, a total of about 64,000 vehicles were recalled, for various reasons. The recalls were issued by several manufacturers, including American Honda, BMW of North America, Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Maserati, Toyota Motor, and Volkswagen Group. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2014-2105 Acura MDX
2014-2105 Acura RLX
American Honda (Honda) is recalling a total of 43,481 model-year 2014-2015 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to August 25, 2014, and 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to November 25, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the driver and front passenger seat belt may not extend or retract in low temperatures.

Honda has notified owners, and dealers will replace the driver and front passenger seat belts free of charge. The recall began in November 2014. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's number for this recall is JK7 for the MDX and JK8 for the RLX; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V639000.


2014 BMW i8
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 223 model-year 2014 i8 vehicles manufactured from May 16, 2014, to September 16, 2014. A bolt used to attach a ground cable between the tank and the vehicle chassis may not have been properly welded during manufacturing. An inadequate weld of the bolt to the fuel tank could cause a fuel leak, which could lead to a fire.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel tank, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began in November 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V674000.


2015 BMW X3
2015 BMW X4
BMW is recalling 53 model-year 2015 X3 and X4 Sports Activity Vehicles manufactured over a two-day period in July (July 28, 2014, to July 29, 2014). The affected vehicles may have been produced with a driver's side exterior rearview mirror that was designed to meet non-U.S. market requirements. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 111: Rearview Mirrors. With these mirrors, the driver may not notice that vehicles viewed in the mirror are closer than they appear, increasing the risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's side exterior rearview mirror free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 1, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V648000.


2015 BMW X5
BMW is recalling 11 model-year 2015 X5 vehicles manufactured September 12, 2014, to September 21, 2014 and equipped with the optional rear comfort seat. The left rear seat belt attachment point in the affected vehicles may not have been sufficiently welded. In the event of a crash, the seat belt attachment could break and fail to restrain a seat occupant.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left rear seat frame free of charge. The recall began in November 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V650000.


2015 Chevrolet Colorado
2015 GMC Canyon
General Motors (GM) is recalling a total of 2,283 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured January 6, 2014, to October 1, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the driver air bag connections may have been wired incorrectly. This could reverse the deployment sequence and disrupt the deployment timing of the driver air bag. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection. If the driver air bag does not deploy as designed, risk of driver injury increases in the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the inflatable restraint sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) free of charge. The recall began on October 6, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14690; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V645000.


2014 Chrysler Town & Country
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan
2014 Jeep Wrangler
Chrysler Group (Chrysler) is recalling 10,390 model-year 2014 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured March 20, 2014, to April 22, 2014, and 2014 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured March 21, 2014, to April 22, 2014. Due to a software error, the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may fail to learn the locations of the individual sensors while the vehicle is being driven. As a result, the low-tire-pressure warning light will illuminate, despite tire pressures being within specification. Should one of the tires lose air pressure, the driver would not be notified of the change in air pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 138: Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. If the TPMS light illuminates because the sensors cannot be located, it could mask an actual low-tire-pressure condition, possibly resulting in tire failure.

Chrysler has notified owners, and dealers will reprogram the TPMS module free of charge. The recall began on October 23, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P63; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V632000.


2015 Ford Mustang
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 50 model-year 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured August 18, 2014, to October 2, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the passenger safety belt tension sensor may misclassify the size of the front passenger-seat occupant. This could cause a child-size occupant to be classified as an adult and an adult passenger to be classified as a child passenger. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection. If the tension sensor misclassifies the front passenger, improper passenger air bag deployment may occur, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a vehicle crash.

Ford has notified owners, and dealers will replace the passenger safety belt buckle free of charge. The recall began on October 24, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14C08; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V649000.


2014-2015 Maserati Quattroporte
2014-2015 Maserati Ghibli
Maserati is recalling 139 model-year 2014-2015 Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles manufactured July 23, 2014, to August 7, 2014. The fuel delivery hoses in the vehicles may have been improperly crimped. The improper crimp can cause a fuel leak, which could result in a fire.

Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the entire fuel delivery line free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-816-2600. Maserati's number for this recall is 256; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V654000.


2015 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling 142 model-year 2015 Toyota Tacoma vehicles manufactured September 2, 2014, to October 15, 2014. The affected vehicles may contain an incorrect Load Carrying Capacity Modification Label. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars. An incorrect label may result in the vehicle being overloaded.

Toyota has notified owners, and dealers will install an accurate label free of charge. The recall began December 1, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-444-1074, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V663000.


2013-2015 Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen) is recalling 7,062 model-year 2013-2015 Beetle vehicles manufactured June 13, 2013, to July 3, 2014. The glass sunroofs in the affected vehicles may break when the vehicles are operated over a hard road surface or strike a pothole. Vehicle occupants could be injured by falling glass. A sunroof break during vehicle operation also increases the risk of driver distraction.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the sunroof free of charge. VW intends to start its recall campaign on or about December 19, 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. VW's number for this recall is 60B9; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V658000.
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