Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2,200 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore vehicles; only Encore crossovers manufactured from Nov. 27, 2014, to Feb. 24, 2015, and Trax crossovers manufactured from Nov. 18, 2014, to Feb. 17, 2015, are affected.
The Problem: The steering column assembly housing could contact the power-steering circuit board, causing the circuit board to wear. If this happens, drivers may experience a sudden loss of electric power-steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. The automaker is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities associated with this recall.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the steering column assembly for free.
What Owners Should Do: General Motors has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.
U.S. safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation into 2013-15 models of the Nissan Versa and Versa Note after complaints that drivers were having difficulty moving their feet quickly from the accelerator to brake pedals. Nissan estimates that 360,000 vehicles could be affected.
The Problem: Two dozen complaints have been logged with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a trim panel covering carpet to the right of the accelerator interferes with free movement of a driver’s right foot.
The Fix: A preliminary investigation is short of a safety recall but may lead to one.
What Owners Should Do: Nissan said it is analyzing “to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect” and that it is cooperating with safety regulators.
U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into an estimated 30,000 Volkswagen sedans for a potential electrical defect that could affect the performance of the driver’s-side airbag and other parts.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into the affected VW Passat and CC sedans from the 2012 model year after receiving nine consumer complaints alleging failure of the steering column control module, affecting the airbag and other steering wheel-mounted components, NHTSA said in documents posted online.
If a vehicle with a failed control module is involved in an accident, the driver’s-side airbag might not deploy properly, the documents said.
A VW spokesman said in an email that the automaker was cooperating with the NHTSA investigation.
A preliminary investigation is the first step in a process that can lead to a recall if regulators determine that a manufacturer needs to address a safety issue.