Recall Roundup: Problem with Shift Selector Knob Forces Nissan Rogue SUV Recall
By Joseph Dobrian, December 14, 2015
During the past week, just under 50,000 vehicles were recalled by their manufacturers, with the 2015 Nissan Rogue accounting for about two-thirds of the total. Other recalls affect Hyundai and Subaru vehicles. Details for each vehicle recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling 10,800 model-year 2013-2015 Genesis Coupe vehicles manufactured December 28, 2011, to April 6, 2015, and equipped with manual transmissions. In the affected vehicles, if the differential and the suspension rear crossmember were not properly aligned during vehicle assembly, the bolts that secure the differential may loosen. This could allow the driveshaft to disconnect from the differential, resulting in a loss of propulsion and an increased risk of a crash.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will verify the proper assembly of the differential free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 11, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai's customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 135; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V756000.
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling 33,880 model-year 2015 Rogue vehicles manufactured February 10, 2015, to May 13, 2015. In the affected vehicles, due to a problem with the shift selector knob, it may be possible to shift out of the "Park" position without depressing the brake pedal. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114: Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention. If the shift selector can be moved out of the "Park" position while the brake pedal is not depressed, the vehicle may unexpectedly roll, increasing the risk of a crash.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the shift selector knob, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V775000.
2016 Subaru Outback
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling 3,251 model-year 2016 Legacy vehicles manufactured October 24, 2015, to November 16, 2015, and Outback vehicles manufactured October 24, 2015, to November 17, 2015. Due to the improper tightening of the securing nuts, the drive shaft may separate from the rear differential. If the drive shaft detaches from the rear differential, it may strike the fuel tank and result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Subaru has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the fastening nuts and tighten or replace them, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on December 10, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-856-488-8500. Subaru's number for this recall is WQV-57; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V794000.