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Recall Roundup: Tidal Wave of Vehicle Recalls Announced by Various Automakers

Recall Roundup: Tidal Wave of Vehicle Recalls Announced by Various Automakers

By Jeff Youngs,

During the past two weeks, more than 20 safety recalls were announced by 12 different automakers. The most active manufacturer was Ford Motor Company, which recalled more than half a million vehicles. Mazda and GM also announced large recalls. In all, nearly 1.7 million vehicles are affected, though in some cases an unspecified number of vehicles are involved. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2015 Acura TLX
American Honda (Honda) is recalling 9,391 model-year 2015 Acura TLX V-6 2WD vehicles manufactured July 14, 2014, to November 12, 2014, and certain 2015 TLX V-6 SH-AWD vehicles manufactured August 26, 2014, to November 10, 2014. The automatic transmission parking pawl may become contaminated or the park rod may become dislodged or broken. This may prevent the transmission from shifting into the Park position. If the shift indicator displays "Park" but the park lock does not engage, the vehicle may roll away.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmission if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 6, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-310-783-2000. Honda's number for this recall is JM8; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V779000.


Aston Martin: Various 2006-2014 Vehicles
Aston Martin Lagonda of North America (Aston Martin) is recalling 7,256 model-year 2006-2014 DB9, V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage, DBS, and Virage vehicles manufactured July 3, 2006, to November 5, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the electronic control module for the driver and front passenger seat heaters may fail, preventing the seat heaters from being able to be turned off. If the electronic control module fails, the seat heater could get hot enough that areas of the seat may overheat and smolder, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.

Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers will install free of charge an additional module to the circuit that can interrupt the power to the seat heaters in case the electronic control module for the seat heaters fails. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Aston Martin customer service by calling 1-888-923-9988. Aston Martin's number for this recall is RA-01-0019; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V753000.


2015 Chevrolet Silverado
2015 Chevrolet Suburban
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
2015 GMC Sierra
2015 GMC Yukon XL
General Motors (GM) is recalling 679 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and Yukon XL vehicles that are equipped with electric power steering (EPS). Due to a problem with the EPS module, the affected vehicles may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist during vehicle operation.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering assist motor kit free of charge. The recall began on November 17, 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 14743. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V719000.


2015 Dodge Challenger
Chrysler Group (Chrysler) is recalling an unspecified number of model-year 2015 Dodge Challenger vehicles manufactured June 30, 2014, to October 8, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the instrument cluster may become inoperative. This could cause the gauges to oscillate at zero and the vehicle theft alarm could remain illuminated. Thus, the affected vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101: Controls and displays.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a software enhancement free of charge. The recall began on December 15, 2014. Owners can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P74; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V749000.


2005 Dodge Ram 1500
Chrysler is recalling a total of 256,956 model-year 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks manufactured January 28, 2004, to August 3, 2005. In the affected vehicles, the rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to an undersized spline on the pinion gear. If the pinion nut loosens, the rear axle may seize and/or the driveshaft may detach resulting in a loss of vehicle control.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a retention feature to the pinion nut free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 13, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P77; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V796000.


2014-2015 Ford Fusion
2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling a total of 56,479 model-year 2014-2015 Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured July 27, 2013, to October 31, 2014; 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid vehicles manufactured February 24, 2014, to October 31, 2014; and 2015 Ford Fusion Energi vehicles manufactured July 14, 2014, to October 31, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the key may be able to be removed even while the transmission is not in Park. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 114: Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention. If the key can be removed despite the transmission not being in Park, a driver may think the vehicle is safely parked when it is not, increasing the risk of a vehicle rollaway that could endanger people and property.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 5, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14C11; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V736000.


2015 Ford Mustang
Ford is recalling 712 model-year 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured September 25, 2014, to October 9, 2014. The fuel-pressure sensor may not have been seated properly to the fuel jumper line, which may cause a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire in the presence of an ignition source.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel jumper line free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S27; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V774000.


2005-2008 Ford Mustang
2005-2006 Ford GT
Ford is recalling 462,911 model-year 2005-2008 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured August 1, 2004, to June 30, 2007, and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles manufactured February 11, 2005, to January 30, 2006. Upon deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side frontal air bag inflator free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14B09; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V802000. Note: This recall supersedes, in part, safety recall 14V-343 as to the front driver air bag inflators in 2005-2008 Ford Mustang and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles only. The driver's air bag inflators in 2004-2005 Ford Rangers originally sold, or ever registered in, certain hot and humid locations will continue to be addressed by that original recall.


2004-2005 Ford Ranger
2005-2006 Ford GT
Ford is conducting a regional recall for an unspecified number of model-year 2004-2005 Ford Ranger and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and American Samoa, as well as certain areas of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia, are included. Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in the latter part of January 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S28; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V787000. Note: This recall supersedes, in part, safety recall 14V-343 as to the front-passenger air bag inflators only. The driver's air bag inflators will continue to be addressed by that original recall.


GM: Various 2006-2009 Vehicles
GM is recalling a total of 273,182 model-year 2006-2009 Buick LaCrosse; 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, and GMC Envoy; 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL; and 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the headlamp driver module (HDM) may overheat and fail, causing the headlamps and daytime running lights to then fail and not illuminate, reducing the driver's ability to see the roadway and the vehicle's visibility.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC), 1-800-955-9007 (Saab). GM's number for this recall is 14291; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V755000.


2014-2015 Jaguar XJ
Jaguar Land Rover North America (Jaguar) is recalling 1,571 model-year 2014-2015 Jaguar XJ vehicles manufactured February 6, 2014, to July 23, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the brake line junctions under the vehicle may leak brake fluid. A brake fluid leak may reduce the vehicle's braking ability, requiring additional distance to stop the vehicle, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake line junctions, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 16, 2015. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar's number for this recall is J048; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V741000.


2003-2006 Mazda 6
2004-2005 Mazda RX-8
2004-2005 Mazda MPV
2004-005 Mazda B-Series
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling 46,404 model-year 2003-2006 Mazda 6, and model-year 2004-2005 RX-8, MPV, and B-Series vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and Guam. Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal air bag,
the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front-passenger air bag inflators free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 8114L; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V773000. Note: This recall supersedes safety recall 14V-344 as to the front-passenger air bag inflators.


2004-2008 Mazda 6
2006-2007 Mazdaspeed 6
2004-2008 Mazda RX-8
Mazda is recalling approximately 330,000 model-year 2004-2008 Mazda 6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed 6, and 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag inflators free of charge. The recall began October 17, 2014 for those vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. All other affected owners will be notified by mid-February 2015. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 7914J; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V344000. Note: This recall previously included vehicles being recalled for potential inflator ruptures on passenger frontal air bag inflators. Those inflators and vehicles are now covered by safety recall 14V-773.


Mercedes-Benz: Various 2014-2015 BlueTec Vehicles
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling a total of 4,871 model-year 2014-2015 E250 BlueTec, E250 BlueTec 4Matic, GLK250 4Matic BlueTec, and 2015 ML250 4Matic BlueTec vehicles manufactured February 28, 2014, to November 10, 2014. In the affected vehicles, oil may leak from around the chain tensioner gasket area. Leaking oil may drip onto a hot engine surface, increasing the risk of a fire; leaking oil may also constitute a road hazard for other vehicles.

Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chain tensioner gasket free of charge. The recall began on December 10, 2014. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372. Mercedes' number for this recall is 2014120002; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V762000.


2014-2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500, 3500
Mercedes is recalling 8,279 model-year 2014-2015 Sprinter 2500 and Sprinter 3500 vehicles manufactured February 28, 2014, to November 21, 2014. In the affected vehicles, oil may leak from around the chain tensioner gasket area. Leaking oil may drip onto a hot engine surface, increasing the risk of a fire; leaking oil may also constitute a road hazard for other vehicles.

Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chain tensioner gasket free of charge. The recall began on December 10, 2014. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-877-762-8267. Mercedes' number for this recall is 2014120003; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V764000.


2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 846 model-year 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door vehicles manufactured August 12, 2014, to September 2, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the driver and front passenger seatback adjustment mechanism may not be fully engaged. If the seatback adjustment mechanism is not fully engaged the seatback may fold during a rear-impact collision, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.

Mini will notify owners, and dealers will re-align and re-tighten the seatback adjustment mechanisms free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2014. Owners can contact Mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V721000.


2013-2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Mitsubishi Motors North America (Mitsubishi) is recalling 54,779 model-year 2013-2015 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured July 20, 2012, to July 23, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the front passenger seat belt lap end attachment fastener may not be torqued to specification, and the fastener may loosen with time. A loosened and weakened fastener may not be capable of withstanding the load forces associated with a vehicle crash, leaving the seat occupant insufficiently restrained and increasing the risk of injury.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the seat belt lap end attachment fastener, free of charge. The recall began on December 1, 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-714-372-6000. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-011; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V744000.


Nissan: Various 2012-2015 Nissan, Infiniti Vehicles
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling a total of 133,592 model-year 2012-2014 Nissan Juke; 2012-2013 Infiniti M56 and QX56; and 2014-2015 Infiniti Q70 (V-8 engine vehicles only), and QX80 vehicles. The fuel-pressure sensors may not have been sufficiently tightened during production. As a result, the fuel-pressure sensor may loosen with vehicle usage and cause a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could cause a vehicle fire.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will re-torque the fuel-pressure sensors free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before January 26, 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V683000.


Toyota: Various 2005-2011 Vehicles
Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota) is recalling 3,233 model-year 2010-2011 Prius and Corolla, 2009-2011 Venza, 2006-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 2005-2011 Sienna and Sequoia, 2006-2011 Tacoma 4x2 and 4x4, Camry, Highlander, Tundra 4x2 and 4x4, and 2007-2011 RAV4 and 4Runner vehicles. The affected vehicles may experience compression of the seat cushion, which may damage the seat heater wiring. Damage to the seat heater wiring could cause the wires to short, increasing the risk of the seat burning and causing personal injury to the occupant.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the heaters with copper strand heating elements and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 24, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-866-405-4226, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V743000.


2011 Toyota Camry
Toyota is recalling 56 model-year 2011 Toyota Camry vehicles manufactured March 8, 2011, to July 20, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the rubber boot on the front suspension lower arm ball joint may have been damaged during manufacturing. The damage could cause the boot to leak lubricant grease which could then cause the ball joint to wear and loosen prematurely. A loosened ball joint may separate from the knuckle and could cause a loss of vehicle control.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the ball joint free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or around December 15, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V732000.


2015 Toyota Sienna
Toyota is recalling 25,552 model-year 2015 Sienna vehicles manufactured September 2, 2014, to November 14, 2014. In the event of a crash that necessitates the deployment of the curtain shield air bag (CSA), the second-row overhead assist grips may detach. If the assist grip detaches due to CSA deployment, the grip may strike a vehicle occupant, increasing the risk of injury.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will modify the headliner near the second row overhead assist grip free of charge. The recall is expected begin on January 15, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V757000.

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