Recall Roundup: Toyota, Mazda Recall Nearly 3.4 Million Vehicles
By Joseph Dobrian, October 26, 2015
Multiplicity was the theme with regard to vehicle recalls last week. During the past week, Toyota and Mazda issued multi-year, multi-vehicle recalls which, together, affect nearly 3.4 million vehicles. In both cases, the recalls are due to a lack or misapplication of lubricant on electrical contacts. Also issuing multiple recalls during the past week were General Motors and Mercedes. Details for each safety recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2014-2016 Mini Cooper, Cooper S 2-Door
2015-2016 Mini Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works 4-Door
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 6,073 model-year 2014-2016 Mini Cooper S and Mini Cooper 2-door vehicles; 2015-2016 Mini John Cooper Works and Mini Cooper S and Mini Cooper 4-door vehicles; and 2014-2015 BMW i3 vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger frontal air bag may not deploy properly in a low-speed crash. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection.
Mini and BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 20, 2015. Owners may contact Mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525 and BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417, and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V628000.
2014 Chevrolet SS
General Motors (GM) is recalling 23 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured August 14, 2013, to February 3, 2014, and Chevrolet SS vehicles manufactured August 15, 2013, to February 16, 2014. The affected vehicles received replacement seat base assemblies during repair service, but during the work, the seat-position target bracket may not have been transferred from the old seat to the new one. Without the seat-position target bracket, the air bag may deploy at a higher intensity than necessary.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and, if necessary, install a seat frame equipped with a target bracket 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 15567; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V636000.
2015 Chevrolet Suburban
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
2014-2015 GMC Sierra
GM is recalling 3,073 model-year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks manufactured January 24, 2014, to February 26, 2014; 2015 Chevrolet Suburban vehicles manufactured February 12, 2014; and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles manufactured February 6, 2014, to February 13, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the ignition lock actuator may bind, making turning the key difficult or causing the ignition to get stuck in the "Start" position. If stuck in the "Start" position, the ignition may suddenly snap back into the "Accessory" position, causing a loss of engine, steering, and braking power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. If the vehicle is in a crash, the air bags may not deploy.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition lock housing free of charge. The manufacturer 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. GM's number for this recall is 15573; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V640000.
Maserati North America (Maserati) is recalling 984 model-year 2014 Quattroporte GTS V8 vehicles manufactured October 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the battery positive cable for the alternator and starter motor may not have its insulating cap installed properly at the starter motor. Additionally, the cable may not be adequately secured in the engine bay. These factors may result in the cable shorting to ground, which could cause the wiring harness to overheat, resulting in a fire. The car also may stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle to verify that the starter motor cable has a properly installed protective cap and that the cable is adequately secured. If not, the starter motor cable assembly will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge to the consumer. The recall is expected to begin November 11, 2015. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-816-2600. Maserati's number for this recall is 279; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V686000.
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling approximately 1,368,500 model-year 1989-1998 MPV; 1990-1995 323; 1990-1998 Protege; 1992-1993 MX-3; 1993-1995 929; 1993-1997 MX-6; and 1993-1998 626 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, grease applied to the contact points inside the ignition switch may become conductive and overheat. If the ignition switch were to overheat, risk of fire would increase.
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 15, 2015. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500, option#6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8715J; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V674000.
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling 4 model-year 2015 S550 Hybrid vehicles manufactured May 13, 2013, to April 22, 2015. In the affected vehicles, after driving in electric mode, the fuel pump output may be insufficient to restart the gasoline engine.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will update the fuel system control unit software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2015. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V647000.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe
2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG
Mercedes is recalling 2,580 model-year 2015 S550 4Matic Coupe, S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe, and S65 AMG vehicles manufactured January 27, 2014, to April 2, 2015. In the affected vehicles, left-side front seat belts may have been installed on the right-side and vice versa. As a result, the installation angle may be incorrect, affecting the seat belt locking behavior. Additionally, the child-seat restraint function for the passenger seat would not be available. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection, and FMVSS No. 209: Seat Belt Assemblies.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the installation of the seat belts, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2015. Mercedes' recall number is 2015100002. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V657000.
2013-2016 Nissan Maxima
Nissan North America (Nissan) has expanded a previous recall to include a total of 46,846 vehicles, including model-year 2016 Nissan Maxima vehicles manufactured March 19, 2015, to June 2, 2015, and model-year 2013-2016 Altima 3.5 vehicles equipped with a V-6 engine manufactured March 30, 2012, to August 18, 2015. These are in addition to vehicles covered by the July 31, 2015 notification. In the affected vehicles, due to an improperly installed O-ring that may not have been seated correctly at the time of assembly, fuel may leak during a crash from the area where the fuel sending unit attaches to the fuel tank.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install a retainer ring between the fuel tank and the fuel sending unit. The recall began on September 28, 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V486000.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling approximately 2 million model-year 2009-2011 Tundra, Sequoia, Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and Scion xB; 2008-2011 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid; 2007 Camry and Camry Hybrid; 2009 Camry and Camry Hybrid; 2006-2011 RAV4; 2006-2010 Yaris; and 2009-2010 Scion xD and Pontiac Vibe vehicles. During the manufacturing of the power window master switch (PWMS), grease lubricant may have been inconsistently applied to the sliding electrical contacts. If the sliding electrical contacts are not protected by lubricant, debris and moisture that get into the switch may cause a short circuit and the switch assembly may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the switch, applying a lubricant if no abnormality is found. If abnormality is found, the PWMS circuit board will be replaced free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 20, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is C0M. Owners may also contact the NHTSA and refer to campaign number 15V689000.