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Saturday 25 March 2017
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Recall Roundup: Nissan, VW, Ford, Chevrolet

Recall Roundup: Nissan, VW, Ford, Chevrolet

nissan

SUMMARY:

Nissan North America, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2016 Nissan Maxima vehicles manufactured March 19, 2015, to June 2, 2015. In the affected vehicles, due to an improperly installed o-ring that may not have been seated correctly at the time of assembly, fuel may leak during a crash from the area where the fuel sending unit attaches to the fuel tank.

CONSEQUENCE:

If fuel leaks from between the fuel sending unit and the tank, it may increase the risk of a fire in the event of a crash.

REMEDY:

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service 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.

vw

SUMMARY:

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan, 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta, 2011-2014 Golf and GTI, and 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver’s frontal air bag.

CONSEQUENCE:

A loss of electrical connection to the driver’s frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.

REMEDY:

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.

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.

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INVESTIGATION:

Some models of Ford sedans are being scrutinized by U.S. regulators for the second time since 2008 after continuing reports that headlights suddenly turn off, leading motorists to veer off roadways and sometimes crash.

The defect investigation focuses on more than 500,000 model year 2003-2005 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice posted to its website Friday. The agency acted after receiving a petition from the North Carolina Consumers Council last year.

The agency said it had received 605 consumer complaints indicating failures of both low-beam headlights while driving. Drivers reported hitting objects they couldn’t see including, in one case, a deer. There have been at least 15 crashes and one injury.

Some consumers reported activating their high beam lights by holding the “flash to pass” levers mounted on the steering column, the agency said. Those lights would go out if the lever was released.

“We will cooperate with NHTSA on this investigation, as we always do,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an e-mailed statement.

NHTSA previously investigated the safety flaw in 2008 and 2009, closing the probe without finding enough evidence of a defect. Ford had only received about 300 complaints at the time of that investigation but the company has since received more than 3,000 similar reports from car owners.

Chevrolet

SUMMARY:

General Motors is recalling 73,424 Chevrolet Cobalts for misrouted wiring that can prevent a driver’s side airbag from deploying during a crash.

The recall covers 2010 Cobalts — 59,474 in the U.S. and 13,950 in Canada.

Affected vehicles were built with improper side impact sensor wire routing in the driver’s side front door, GM said in an emailed statement. The misrouted wire can be chafed by contact with the driver’s side window being rolled up and down.

CONSEQUENCE:

The driver’s side roof rail airbag can fail to deploy if the window is down and the wire short circuits, GM said in the statement. If the window is rolled back up and the engine restarted, the circuit will reconnect. However, the short circuit can reoccur if the window is rolled down again.

NOTES:

GM is aware of one crash resulting in injury that may be linked to the defect. The seriousness of this injury is not yet clear.

Photo Credit: Nissan