The Basics: General Motors has issued a recall for the 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 and GMC Sierra 2500/3500, along with the Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle, to fix a problem with the brake pedal.
The Problem: Durability testing engineers first noticed an issue in November when three brake pedal assemblies had become loose or noisy. A subsequent investigation found that the pivot bolt nuts had loosened over time, as the bolt threads were not long enough to engage the locking segment of the nut.
“If the brake pedal becomes loose or inoperative, the driver may be unable to stop the vehicle by using the brake pedal,” the recall documents warn. “Additionally, a loose pedal may also interfere with the accelerator pedal. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.”
The inquiry found similar reports of loose pedals in the field, however GM claims to be unaware of any accidents or injuries associated with the defect.
The Fix: Service technicians will install new pivot nuts with thread-lock adhesive to prevent loosening.
The Basics: Subaru has recalled approximately 77,000 Tribeca crossovers model years 2006-2014 to fix a faulty hood latch.
The Problem: The latch lock and redundant safety system can malfunction, allowing the hood to open unexpectedly while driving. The safety hook can become seized, while the hood release lever sometimes sticks in the open position.
“If the hood unexpectedly opens while driving, it may interfere with the driver’s visibility, increasing the risk of a crash,” the recall documents warn.
Subaru says it didn’t know about this issue until it became aware of a related lawsuit in September. The company investigated a second complaint in October and eventually decided to conduct a safety recall.
The Fix: The campaign will be handled in two phases. Initially, vehicles will be inspected and receive lubrication or replacement of the latch systems. The second phase involves complete replacement of certain components with revised parts that aim to prevent malfunction.
The Basics: Toyota is recalling 1,124,000 RAV4 SUVs due to a seatbelt problem. It impacts 2006-2012 RAV4 and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV models.
The Problem: The automaker says the issue is that the lap-shoulder seatbelts in both second-row outboard seats could fail in the event of a crash. Toyota says in the event of a very severe frontal crash, the lap belt webbing could contact a portion of the metal seat cushion frame, become cut, and separate. Obviously, if the seatbelt gets cut, it may not properly restrain the occupant, which could increase the risk of injury.
The Fix: Owners of the involved vehicles will receive notification by first class mail. Toyota dealers will add resin covers to the metal seat cushion frame at no cost.