During the past week, various auto manufacturers have issued recalls of approximately 3.35 million vehicles, from model years 2003 to 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation. Nearly 2.2 million of those vehicles were made by GM and nearly one million were made by Nissan. Details are below.
GM: Various Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn Vehicles
General Motors (GM) has now recalled a total of 2,190,934 vehicles with ignition switches that are overly sensitive to the weight of extra items on the ignition key ring?which could in some circumstances cause the ignition to fall out of the run position. The recall affects model-year 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky vehicles. In these models, the weight on the key ring and/or road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash. Until the ignition repair is performed, GM recommends that operators of these vehicles use the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring--not even the key fob. Owners should remove the fob and all other keys and decorations.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. An interim notification was issued to owners of 2007 and earlier models on March 10, 2014, informing them of the safety defect. Owners of 2008-and-later vehicles will be mailed an interim letter on April 21, 2014. All affected owners will receive another letter once parts are available. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737 or Saturn at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for the initial recall is 13454 and 14063 for the expansion. GM's recall number for the vehicles that may have received the replacement parts is 14092. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V047000.
2014 Cadillac ELR
General Motors is also recalling 656 model-year 2014 Cadillac ELR electric cars manufactured September 26, 2013, through February 14, 2014, and not equipped with adaptive cruise control. In these vehicles, the electronic stability control (ESC) system software may inhibit certain ESC diagnostics, preventing the system from alerting the driver that the ESC system is partially or fully disabled. If the driver is not alerted to an ESC malfunction they may continue driving with a disabled ESC system, which may result in loss of directional control.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 17, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14087; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V144000.
Nissan: Various 2013-2014 Nissan, 2014 Infiniti Vehicles
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling a total of 989,701 model-year 2013-2014 Nissan Altima, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Pathfinder, and Nissan Sentra vehicles; model-year 2013 Nissan NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 vehicles; and model-year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty when it is occupied by an adult. If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger air bag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger air bag to deploy during a crash where deployment is warranted could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-April 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Owners may refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V138000.
2011-2012 Dodge Charger
Chrysler Group (Chrysler) is recalling 43,452 model-year 2011-2012 Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured May 20, 2010, through November 8, 2011, and equipped with halogen headlamps. In the affected vehicles, a sub-harness for the headlights may overheat and cause the low-beam headlights to go out, reducing driver visibility.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headlamp jumper harnesses and bulbs, or the headlamp assemblies, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contract Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number associated with this recall is P08; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V101000.
2011-2014 Ford E-Series Vans
Landi Renzo is recalling 343 model-year 2011-2014 Ford E-150, E-250, and E-350 vehicles modified January 2, 2011, through February 24, 2014, to operate on compressed natural gas (CNG). In the affected vehicles, the left and right rear brackets that support the rear CNG cylinder may fail, allowing the cylinder to dislodge from the vehicle. This could result in a CNG leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Landi Renzo USA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the side arm brackets, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on March 27, 2014. Owners may contact Landi Renzo USA at 1-855-526-3400, and may refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14097000.
2014 Honda Civic LX
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling 9,816 model-year 2014 Honda Civic LX vehicles manufactured November 26, 2013, through January 21, 2014. In the affected vehicles, during mounting of the tires, the tire bead may have gotten pinched between the assembly equipment and the steel wheel rims, resulting in damage to the tire. This could cause the tire to lose air.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any damaged tire, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 28, 2014. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JD8; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V109000.
2014 Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche is recalling 209 model-year 2014 911 GT3 vehicles manufactured October 19, 2013, through January 16, 2014. In the affected vehicles, a piston connecting rod may come loose and damage the engine crankcase, which in turn could allow engine oil to leak onto hot components in the engine bay, creating a fire hazard.
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will install a new engine with improved piston connecting rod connections, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche at 1-800-545-8039. Porsche's number for this recall is AE01; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V090000. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the engine has been replaced.
2003-2004 Toyota Avalon
Toyota Motor Co. (Toyota) is recalling 119,140 model-year 2003-2004 Avalon vehicles manufactured June 5, 2002, through December 20, 2004. In these vehicles, the supplemental restraint system (SRS) circuits are susceptible to internal shorting. The electrical short may create an abnormal current flow and increased heat, which could damage the circuits. This could result in an inadvertent deployment of the front air bags and/or seat belt pre-tensioners.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a noise filter between the air bag control module and the wire harness, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 and may refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V147000.