Recall Roundup: Toyota RAV4, Nissan Versa, Honda Civic & Fit Recalled for Variety of Issues
By Joseph Dobrian, October 05, 2015
During the past week, a total of just over 800,000 cars and SUVs were recalled by their manufacturers, including Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. The Honda recall involves vehicles from model years 2014 and 2015, plus a very few 2003 Honda Odyssey vans. The Toyota recall involves RAV4 and RAV4 EV SUVs from model years 2009 through 2014. The Nissan Versa from model years 2007-2012 has also been recalled. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2014-2015 Honda Fit
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling 143,676 model-year 2014-2015 Civic vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014, to November 6, 2014 and 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured March 12, 2014, to May 12, 2015. The software settings that control the transmission operation may result in damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft. If the transmission drive pulley shaft is damaged, it may break, and the vehicle may lose acceleration, or the front wheels may lock up while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the transmission free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 16, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JU2 (Civic) and JU3 (Fit). Owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V574000.
Honda is recalling 17,796 model-year 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured December 6, 2013, to August 28, 2014. The affected vehicles may experience damage to the wires inside the Plug Top Ignition Coils (PTC) due to improper protection against electrical noise. If the wires become damaged, the coil may overheat and cause the engine to stall.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PTCs with a new design, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 6, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JT9; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V559000.
Honda is recalling 37 model-year 2003 Odyssey vehicles manufactured August 28, 2002, to August 30, 2002. The affected vehicles were manufactured with air bag modules, preventing them from meeting the advanced air bag safety standards. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 6, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JU0; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V563000.
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 218,019 model-year 2007-2012 Nissan Versa vehicles manufactured May 8, 2006, to November 12, 2012, that were sold or ever registered in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Road salt may corrode the front coil springs, possibly resulting in the coil springs fracturing.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front coil springs free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-November 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V573000.
2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV
Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota) is recalling 423,456 model-year 2009-2012 RAV4 vehicles manufactured October 27, 2008, to December 19, 2012 and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles manufactured July 24, 2012, to August 29, 2014. In the affected vehicles, water may drip onto the joint that connects the wiper linkage to the wiper motor. Over time, the dripping water may cause corrosion and wear at the joint, potentially resulting in the separation of the wiper linkage. Once this occurs, the wipers would not function, reducing driver visibility.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the water diverter channel. In addition, a new wiper linkage with a wiper motor crank arm will be installed. The wiper linkage will have a protective cover over the wiper linkage joint to minimize water splash and a retainer ring to prevent the wiper arm from separating from the wiper motor. The recall is expected to begin by November 16, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V577000.