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Recall Roundup: Various Automakers Issue Year-End Recalls

Recall Roundup: Various Automakers Issue Year-End Recalls

By Jeff Youngs,

Automakers rang in the New Year the same way they closed out 2014--by announcing a laundry list of vehicle safety recalls, affecting various brands from model years as far back as 2006. During the past week, a total of more than 380,000 vehicles were recalled. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2015 Cadillac SRX
General Motors (GM) is recalling 3,155 model-year 2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles manufactured November 11, 2014, to December 3, 2014. The front driver's seat may have been built with an incorrect seat track bracket. Drivers' seats with this condition may not be properly attached to the seat track. The front outboard seat bracket may become disengaged during a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace affected seat track hook brackets free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac). GM's number for this recall is 14863; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V804000.


2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2015 GMC Sierra 1500
GM is recalling 152 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles manufactured November 24, 2014, to November 25, 2014. Due to an improper heat treatment, the rear axle shaft may fracture while the vehicle is being driven. If the rear axle shaft fractures, the rear wheel may separate from the axle shaft, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear axles, and replace any that were improperly heat-treated, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14892; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V819000.


2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD
2015 GMC Sierra HD
GM is recalling 56 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD diesel vehicles manufactured September 30, 2014, to October 21, 2014, and GMC Sierra HD diesel vehicles manufactured October 8, 2014, to October 21, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the hose clamp that secures the fuel tank vent line may not have been properly tightened during assembly. A loose hose clamp could result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the fuel tank vent line hose clamp, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14855; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V820000.


2006-2007 Dodge Dakota
2006-2007 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500
2006-2007 Mitsubishi Raider
Chrysler Group (Chrysler) is recalling 66,819 model-year 2006-2007 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, Dakota, and Mitsubishi Raider vehicles manufactured July 1, 2005, to July 31, 2006, with manual transmissions. The return springs in the clutch ignition interlock switch may break, and this could result in a no-start condition, or cause unintended movement when the ignition is cranked.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the clutch ignition interlock switch free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 13, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P80; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V795000.


2015 Dodge Dart Aero
Chrysler is recalling 1,056 model-year 2015 Dodge Dart Aero vehicles manufactured August 24, 2014, to October 28, 2014. The affected vehicles were built with a premium instrument cluster and Lowline tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The TPMS warning light may not illuminate when low tire pressure is detected. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138: Tire pressure monitoring systems.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reconfigure the vehicles from a lowline TPMS to a highline TPMS free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 13, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P76; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V800000.


GM: Various 2011-2012 Vehicles
GM is recalling a total of 83,572 model-year 2011-2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado HD, Silverado 1500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra HD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles. 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, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14696 for the original equipment, and 14912 for the service replacement parts. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V827000.


2010-2013 Kia Soul
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling 95,314 model-year 2010-2013 Kia Soul vehicles manufactured January 8, 2009, to October 2, 2013, equipped with a sun roof. A headliner plate may detach during deployment of the curtain air bag.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will install industrial adhesive strips to secure the headliner plates, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 2, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC112; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V822000.


Mercedes-Benz: Various 2015 Vehicles
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling 1,378 model-year 2015 E250 Diesel, E250 BlueTec 4Matic, E350 Sedan, E350 Sedan 4Matic, E350 Wagon 4Matic, E400 Sedan, E400 Sedan 4Matic, E63 Sedan, and E63 Wagon vehicles manufactured October 8, 2014, to October 24, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the double seat belt buckle for the middle position of the rear passenger seat could fail under loading experienced in a severe frontal crash.

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will replace the double seat belt buckle free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2015. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372. The manufacturer's number for this recall is 2014120006; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V818000.


2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 3,679 model-year 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-door vehicles manufactured December 1, 2013, to May 14, 2014. The affected vehicles do not meet the side-impact performance requirements for the rear-seat passengers. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with FMVSS No. 214: Side impact protection.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin February 18, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-831-1117, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V815000.


2015 Nissan Armada
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 194 model-year 2015 Nissan Armada vehicles manufactured September 15, 2014, to October 14, 2014. Due to interference between the parking rod and the transmission housing, the parking pawl may not fully engage. This condition may allow the vehicle to move with the shifter in the "Park" position, increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the casting date stamp on the transmission housing and replace the affected transmissions free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V803000.


2015 Porsche 918
Porsche Cars North America (Porsche) is recalling 39 model-year 2015 Porsche 918 vehicles manufactured February 25, 2014, to September 18, 2014. The front lower control arms may fracture.

Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front lower control arms free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AF01; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V816000. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until it has been remedied. Remedy parts are expected to be available at the end of February 2015.


2015 Porsche Cayenne S, Cayenne Diesel
Porsche is recalling two model-year 2015 Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne S vehicles manufactured November 26, 2014, to November 27, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, the suspension alignment on the front and rear axles may not have been performed correctly and the screw connections of the camber, toe, and caster may not have been tightened with the specified torque. If the suspension alignment was incorrectly performed, vehicle handling could be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.

Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will perform a front and rear suspension alignment, and check the screw connections for the proper torque, retightening as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification date. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche's number for this recall is AF04; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V824000.


2010-2013 Suzuki SX4
2010-2013 Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki Motor of America (Suzuki) is recalling 60,823 model-year 2010-2013 SX4 vehicles manufactured July 16, 2009, to November 1, 2012, and 2010-2013 Kizashi vehicles manufactured October 13, 2009, to October 31, 2012. The shift selector can be moved out of the "Park" position without depressing the brake pedal. If the shift selector is moved out of the "Park" position while the brake pedal is not depressed, the vehicle may unexpectedly roll.

Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shift selector assembly free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 19, 2015. Owners may contact Suzuki customer service at 1-714-996-7040. Suzuki's number for this recall is VL; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V811000.


Toyota: Various 2014-2015 Vehicles
Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota) is recalling 3,924 model-year 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, RAV4, Scion FR-S, and xB vehicles. The affected vehicles may have accessories installed by SET, such as running boards or other items, that were incorrectly installed. The accessory attaching fasteners were not tightened with the proper torque, possibly causing the accessory to detach from the vehicle.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the affected bolts free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 9, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-954-429-2000. Toyota's number for this recall is SET-14B; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V828000.


2015 Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling 25,007 model-year 2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured July 11, 2014, to November 13, 2014. Due to incorrect software within the headlight control module, the low-beam headlights may turn off when high-beam lights are turned on. As a result, the light output from the headlights may be insufficient.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the headlight control module software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 57F6; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V790000.


Volkswagen: Various 2014-2015 Vehicles
Volkswagen is recalling a total of 37,979 model-year 2014-2015 Jetta vehicles manufactured March 28, 2014, to November 24, 2014; certain 2014-2015 Passat vehicles manufactured April 7, 2014, to November 18, 2014; certain 2015 Golf and GTI vehicles manufactured July 1, 2014, to November 20, 2014; and certain 2014-2015 Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles manufactured March 31, 2014, to November 27, 2014. A sealing cap at the fuel rail may fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment--and in the presence of an ignition source, this could result in a vehicle fire.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel rails with new parts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 24Bi; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V809000.

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