Recall Roundup: Toyota, GM Issue Joint Recall; 2015 Corvette Subject of Two Recalls
By Jeff Youngs, October 28, 2014
During the past week, Toyota Motor and General Motors jointly issued recalls affecting nearly a quarter-million vehicles from model years 2002 to 2005. In addition, General Motors has issued two recalls affecting a total of 872 vehicles. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette
In two separate actions, General Motors (GM) announced that it is recalling certain 2015 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles to address a couple of safety concerns. The first recall involves 783 Corvettes manufactured August 20, 2014, to September 4, 2014. In the affected vehicles, only one of the rear parking brake cables may be fully seated and engaged, resulting in the parking brake only operating on one of the rear park brake drums. Without the parking brake working on both rear wheels, the vehicle may roll away if parked on a steep gradient. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 135: Light Vehicle Brake Systems.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the park brake cable installation, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14620; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V568000.
The second 2015 Corvette recall involves 89 cars manufactured August 20, 2014, to August 27, 2014. In the event of a driver frontal air bag deployment, the driver air bag module back plate may fracture, allowing the driver air bag to separate from the steering wheel. An air bag that separates from the steering wheel may increase the risk of injury to the driver in the event of a crash.
GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the driver air bag free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14594; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V570000.
Toyota, GM: Various 2002-2005 Vehicles
Toyota Motor (Toyota) and GM are jointly recalling approximately 247,000 model-year 2002-2005 Lexus SC and Toyota Sequoia, and 2003-2005 Toyota Tundra, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Pontiac Vibe vehicles that were originally sold, or are currently registered, in high absolute humidity areas of southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, and American Samoa. The inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag. In the event of such a crash, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the front passenger-seat occupant or other occupants.
Toyota will notify owners of affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles and General Motors will notify owners of affected Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Toyota, Lexus, and GM dealers will replace the passenger-side air bag inflator, free of charge. If a replacement inflator is not available, as an interim measure, the dealer will disable the front passenger air bag and advise the customer not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed. Toyota will begin its owner notification and remedy of the affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles on or around October 25, 2014. Details on GM's notification and remedy schedule are pending. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. Owners may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V655000.