Chrysler recalls 25,000 units over brake issues

From Chrylser:

Chrysler Group is recalling approximately 25,250 SUVs to improve pedal feel during certain aggressive braking maneuvers.

A supplier raised with the Company a concern about the performance of a component that accommodates Ready Alert Braking, a Chrysler Group safety system that primes brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop. Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulation, but pedal feel was not consistent with customer expectations.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

An investigation discovered brake-fluid flow was being restricted too much. A software update optimizes flow and restores appropriate pedal feel.

Affected are certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from model years 2012 and 2013 – approximately 18,700 in the U.S., 825 in Canada, 530 in Mexico and 5,200 outside the NAFTA region.

Chrysler Group will notify affected customers when to schedule service. Repair costs will be borne by the Company.

Customers who remain concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.

Nissan Recalls 2012-2014 Frontier vehicles

From the National Traffic Safety Administration:

Report Receipt Date: FEB 12, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V052000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13,535
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

SUMMARY

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2012 through 2014 Frontier vehicles manufactured from November 28, 2012, through December 17, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a circuit breaker may have been installed incorrectly causing the main wire harness connected to the circuit breaker to face outward, potentially contacting a metal bolt located on the A-pillar.

CONSEQUENCE

The bolt may wear through the wire harness covering, resulting in an electrical short which could cause a fire.

REMEDY

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the circuit breaker orientation. If the circuit breaker orientation is incorrect, dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early March 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTES

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Chrysler issues recall affecting 1.2 million trucks

Chrysler issues recall affecting 1.2 million trucks

From Chrysler:

Chrysler Group LLC will conduct three recalls affecting approximately 1.2 million trucks, though as many as 726,000 may not need repair.

The campaigns target an estimated 453,000 vehicles with steering-system tie rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or steering-system service.

Chrysler Group is casting the net wider than necessary to identify those vehicles that require repair. Any found to have suspect tie-rod assemblies will have those components replaced at no cost to customers.

One recall will inspect an estimated 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks to find approximately 116,000 repaired with tie-rod assemblies that could become misaligned. This condition could lead to component fracture and steering loss.

Two additional campaigns are being conducted to capture those vehicles known to have tie-rod assemblies linked to previous recalls. They comprise 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4×4 Mega Cabs; plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4×4 chassis cabs.

Chrysler Group is aware of six accidents and two injuries involving model-year 2008-2012 2500 and 3500 trucks and one additional accident with no injuries involving the remaining models.

Affected customers will be notified by mail next month with instructions for making service appointments.

Work could begin as early as January. Customers who own affected 4500 and 5500 models may bring their vehicles to Chrysler Group dealers for interim service because replacement parts may not be available until late 2014.

Interim service would involve component inspections and, if necessary, realignment.

Approximately 968,000 vehicles of the total number affected are in the U.S.; 157,000 are in Canada; 37,100 in Mexico and 18,000 are outside the NAFTA region.

Customers who are concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.

Statement by American Honda Regarding SRS Control Unit Recall: 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey; 2003 Acura MDX

American Honda will recall approximately 318,000 Honda Odyssey vehicles from the 2003-2004 model years

Statement by American Honda Regarding SRS Control Unit

Approximately 374,000 Honda and Acura vehicles affected in the United States
The SRS airbag system will be repaired, free of charge
No crashes have been reported related to this issue

American Honda will recall approximately 318,000 Honda Odyssey vehicles from the 2003-2004 model years and approximately 56,000 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2003 model year in the U.S. to address potential malfunctions of the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbag system in these vehicles due to electrical interference. To prevent malfunction, an electrical noise filter will be installed adjacent to the SRS control unit, free of charge.

Honda has received a small but increasing number of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment in these vehicles, which are equipped with SRS control units that contain computer chips similar to those used in airbag system control units installed in other manufacturers’ vehicles that were recalled in the last year. No crashes have been reported to Honda related to this issue.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will be sent in late-Oct. 2013, and, at that time, owners of vehicles from the affected model years will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.

270,000 Hyundai, Kia models recalled in cold-weather states because of rust

270,000 Hyundai, Kia models recalled in cold-weather states because of rust

Reuters reports that Hyundai is recalling 240,000 older-model Sonata and Azera sedans because of possible corrosion that can affect rear wheel alignment, especially for those who live in cold-weather states.

Reuters said the recall involves model year 2006 to 2010 Sonata sedans made from March 1, 2005 to Jan. 21, 2010, and model year 2006 to 2011 Azera sedans made from Sept. 27, 2005 to Nov. 22, 2010.

20,300 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2013 models were also included, in addition to 9,345 Kia Sorento crossovers, 2013 models, because of issues with the right front axle.

The Santa Fe and Sorento models with front-wheel drive and 2.4-liter engines were the only models affected by the recall. Reuters said that the front right axle driveshaft may develop a crack, which could cause a separation of the shaft.

States included in the recall are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

No accidents or injures have been reported because of this issue.

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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Tacoma Vehicles

Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Tacoma Vehicles

From Toyota:

TORRANCE, CA August 7, 2013
– Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 342,000 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vehicles, produced from 2004 to 2011.

In the involved vehicles, screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor within the seat belt assembly for the driver and front passenger can become loose over time due to repeatedly and forcefully closing the access door. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor, which can affect retractor and pre-tensioner performance.

Owners of vehicles subject to this recall will receive a notification by first class mail.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota to pay out $1.63 billion following 2009 accelerator recall

Toyota to pay out $1.63 billion following 2009 recall of unintended acceleration

Business Week reports that U.S. District Judge James V. Selna signed off on a $1.63 billion settlement late least week to resolve economic-loss allegations brought by Toyota drivers after a recall of more than 10 million vehicles in 2009 and 2010 for unintended acceleration problems.

A lawyer for Toyota said in the story that their focus is getting the maximum amount to customers, and those who submitted claims are getting 100 percent of their claims in the settlement.

Individuals will receive payments from $9.74 to $10,000, Business Week said.

Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits caused by the unintended acceleration will be handled separately.

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Chrysler recalls 2013 Ram pickup trucks, 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler recalls 2013 Ram pickup trucks, 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Though Chrysler had announced recalls on the 2013 Ram and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, no accidents, injuries or deaths related to the affected vehicles have been reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


From Chrysler:

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 4×4 trucks manufactured June 26, 2012, through February 5, 2013. Due to a software issue with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) module, the ESC system may be disabled when the vehicle is started.

CONSEQUENCE:
A disabled ESC system may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ESC module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N37.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2014, non-SRT trimmed, Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 14, 2013, through March 20, 2013 equipped with premium headlamps. In the affected vehicles, when switching between daytime running lights and parking lights, electrical spikes may cause the parking lamps to turn off. Without properly functioning parking lamps these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, “Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.”

CONSEQUENCE:
Without parking lamps, the vehicle may not be as visible to other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the Central Body Controller software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N42.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks manufactured January 22, 2013, through March 8, 2013. An incorrect bolt may have been used to attach the track bar to the frame.

CONSEQUENCE:
The incorrect attaching bolt may break or fall out, resulting in the vehicle suddenly pulling to one side, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the track bar fasteners, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N41.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Chrysler Group and NHTSA Resolve Recall Request

Chrysler Group and NHTSA Resolve Recall Request

From Chrysler:

Chrysler Group LLC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have resolved their differences with respect to NHTSA’s request to recall 1993-2004 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Jeep Liberty vehicles.

As a result of the agreement, Chrysler Group will conduct a voluntary campaign with respect to the vehicles in question that, in addition to a visual inspection of the vehicle will, if necessary, provide an upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.

Chrysler Group’s analysis of the data confirms that these vehicles are not defective and are among the safest in the peer group. Nonetheless, Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles.

Chrysler Group regards safety as a paramount concern and does not compromise on the safety of our customers and their families.

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Chrysler recalls 486,700 of these units for roll away risk

Chrysler has issued a recall for 486,700 of the 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2006-2010 of the Jeep Commander.

Below are the official details from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Report Receipt Date: MAY 07, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V175000

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, POWER TRAIN
Vehicle Model Year(s) Make Model: 2006-2010 JEEP COMMANDER, 2005-2010 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured February 11, 2004, through March 9, 2010; and 2006-2010 Jeep Commander vehicles manufactured January 31, 2005, through March 10, 2010. A transfer case electrical failure may result in an unintentional shifting of the transfer case into the neutral position.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the vehicle shifts into neutral, it may roll away increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the final drive controller which governs the transfer case, with new software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N23.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.