Recall Roundup: Toyota, Volkswagen Each Recall More than 400K Vehicles
By Jeff Youngs,
During the past week, more than 900,000 vehicles were affected by recalls--864,500 of which were manufactured by Toyota Motor and Volkswagen Group. BMW of North America, General Motors, and Jaguar Land Rover also announced smaller recalls. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
BMW: Various 2012-2014 Vehicles
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling a total of 8,988 vehicles from model years 2012-2014, including the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i Sedan, 528i xDrive Sedan, 2013-2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, 2013-2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i, 2012-2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i, and 2014 BMW 428i Coupe and 428i xDrive Coupe. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late November 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V627000. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454.
2015 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV
General Motors (GM) is recalling 1,022 model-year 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV vehicles. The passenger-side instrument panel top cover on the affected vehicles may have been manufactured using an incorrect spacer fabric, causing a reduction of adhesion between the spacer fabric and the vinyl show surface. This reduced adhesion may result in inconsistent passenger air bag deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection. Inconsistent air bag deployment increases the risk of personal injury in the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the instrument panel top cover free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14686; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V624000.
2014 Land Rover Range Rover
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2013-2014 Land Rover LR4
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 28,037 model-year 2014 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport and 2013-2014 LR4 vehicles manufactured September 16, 2013, to June 30, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may fail to learn the locations of the individual sensors while the vehicle is being driven. As a result, the low-tire-pressure warning light will illuminate, despite the tire pressures being within specification. Should one of the tires subsequently lose air pressure, the driver would not be notified of the change in air pressure. If the TPMS light illuminates because the sensors cannot be located, it could mask an actual low-tire-pressure condition.
Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will update the Body Control Module (BCM) software free of charge. The recall began on November 6, 2014. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837, Option 9. Land Rover's number for this recall is P050; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V618000.
2006-2011 Lexus GS
2006-2011 Lexus IS
2007-2010 Lexus LS
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling a total of 422,509 model-year 2007-2010 Lexus LS vehicles manufactured May 9, 2006, to July 20, 2010; 2006-2011 Lexus GS vehicles manufactured January 6, 2005, to September 10, 2010; and 2006-2011 Lexus IS vehicles manufactured August 30, 2005, to September 10, 2010. Due to anti-corrosion plating remnants, fuel may leak from where the fuel-pressure sensor is attached to the fuel delivery pipe. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will clean and reseal the fuel-pressure sensor mounting area free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V647000.
2014 Mini Cooper
BMW is recalling 5,805 model-year 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-door vehicles manufactured January 7, 2014, to July 21, 2014. The spare wheel may have been attached under the car with a nut that is not self-locking. Vibrations from driving may cause the nut to loosen, allowing the wheel to separate from the car, possibly becoming a road hazard.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spare wheel securing nut with a self-locking nut free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014. Owners may contact Mini customer service at 1-866-275-6464 and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V619000.
2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetle
2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen) is recalling 442,000 model-year 2011-2013 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 1, 2010, to November 30, 2012, and 2012-2013 Beetle vehicles manufactured March 1, 2011, to July 31, 2013. The durability of the rear trailing arms may be reduced in vehicles whose rear trailing arms have been previously deformed by some trauma, for example as a result of a rear or side-rear impact crash. The reduced durability of the trailing arm may result in its sudden fracture, possibly causing loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install, free of charge, a sheet metal inlay on the rear axle trailing arms designed to prevent a sudden loss of control in the event of trailing arm sudden fracture. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in November 2014 and will be mailed a second letter when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V656000.