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Recall Roundup: Toyota to Fix Seat Belts on More Than One Million RAV4 SUVs; Honda Recalls New 2016 Civic

Recall Roundup: Toyota to Fix Seat Belts on More Than One Million RAV4 SUVs; Honda Recalls New 2016 Civic

By Joseph Dobrian, March 01, 2016
During the past week, automakers issued recalls for just over 1.2 million vehicles, from the 2006 through 2016 model years. The largest recall, by far, affects 1,123,752 Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 EV SUVs from the 2006-2012 and 2012-2014 model years, respectively. Honda also recalled the 2016 Civic for a potentially costly engine issue. Details for each vehicle recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.


2016 Buick Regal
  • Number of vehicles affected: 74
  • Date of manufacture: August 30, 2015 to February 12, 2016
  • Issue: The power steering-assist system may fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the electric belt drive rack-and-pinion steering gear assembly free of charge.
  • Timing: GM has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 21510
  • NHTSA recall number: 16108000


2016 Chevrolet Camaro
2016 Chevrolet Malibu
2016 Chevrolet Silverado
2016 GMC Sierra
  • Number of vehicles affected: 184
  • Date of manufacture: No dates given
  • Issue: The radio may intermittently fail to provide an audio warning when the key has been left in the ignition and the door is opened or when the driver does not fasten their seat belt.
  • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the software free of charge.
  • Timing: GM has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 15808
  • NHTSA recall number: 16084000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 42,129
  • Date of manufacture: September 22, 2015 to February 3, 2016
  • Issue: Vehicles with 2.0-liter engines with piston assemblies that may have been manufactured without a piston wrist pin circlip, or with an incorrectly installed piston wrist pin circlip. If a circlip is missing or incorrectly installed, the piston wrist pin may not be secure and may drift. This could damage the engine cylinder, causing the engine to seize, and increasing the risk of a crash or a fire.
  • Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the piston assemblies and damaged engine components, as necessary, free of charge.
  • Timing: Parts are expected to be available in the summer of 2016. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 31, 2016, and will be mailed a second notice when parts are available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.
  • Manufacturer recall number: JX9
  • NHTSA recall number: 16074000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 10,240
  • Date of manufacture: August 27, 2010 to November 11, 2010
  • Issue: A transmission fluid cooler hose may have been improperly manufactured, resulting in a transmission fluid leak. If enough transmission fluid leaks out, the transmission may not function properly and the vehicle may stop moving, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission cooler hose free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin March 30, 2016. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.
  • Manufacturer recall number: SC129
  • NHTSA recall number: 16070000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 25,706
  • Date of manufacture: March 13, 2012 to January 14, 2016
  • Issue: In vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission and ignition key (vehicles with a push-to-start button are not affected), it may be possible to remove the ignition key without the transmission being in the "Park" position. 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 key can be removed from the ignition when the transmission is not in the "Park" position, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of a crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ignition key/transmission interlock wiring connections, correcting them as necessary, free of charge.
  • The recall is expected to begin on March 1, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
  • Manufacturer recall number: G0E
  • NHTSA recall number: 16075000


2006-2012 Toyota RAV4
2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV
  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,123,752
  • Date of manufacture: July 28, 2005 to December 19, 2012 (RAV4), and July 24, 2012 to August 29, 2014 (RAV4 EV)
  • Issue: In the event of a frontal collision, the rear seat belts for the outboard seats may be cut by the seat cushion frame. A cut seat belt may not properly restrain the seat occupant, increasing their risk of injury in a crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a protector over both rear seat cushion frames free of charge.
  • Parts for the remedy are not currently available. Interim notification letters will be mailed to owners beginning March 31, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when parts are available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
  • Manufacturer recall number: G0F
  • NHTSA recall number: 16096000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,037
  • Date of manufacture: February 7, 2008 to August 28, 2008
  • Issue: The air bag control units may corrode and fail.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control unit free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16083000

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