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Recall Roundup: GM, VW, Ford, Toyota

Recall Roundup: GM, VW, Ford, Toyota
  • Vehicles Affected: Approximately 25,000 model-year 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sedans manufactured between July 11 and Nov. 13, 2014
  • The Problem: A software glitch could cause the low-beam headlights to turn off when the high-beam headlights are engaged. The light output from the headlights may be insufficient, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • The Fix: Dealers will update the headlight control module software for free.
  • What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will begin notifying owners in January. Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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  • Vehicles Affected: About 84,000 GM trucks from the 2011-12 model year, including certain Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche pickup trucks and Tahoe and Suburban SUVs; GMC Sierra pickup trucks and Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs; and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs and Escalade EXT pickup trucks. Certain 2007-14 models from that group with previous repairs may also need this recall because of defective replacement parts.
  • The Problem: If the cabin is warm, a faulty ignition lock actuator could cause the key to stick in the Start position when you turn the car on. (That’s past the Off, Accessory and Run positions.) If you drive with the key stuck in Start and the cabin temperature falls or you hit a bump, the key could release from the Start position and rotate all the way past Run into the Accessory position. That would turn off the car, disabling important systems like power steering and airbags.
  • The Fix: The actuator is too large, spokesman Alan Adler told us, and a warm cabin may cause the piece to expand even more. GM dealers (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing if needed. Adler told us GM expects fewer than 500 cars to need the repairs.
  • What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 for more info.

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  • Vehicles Affected: Ford is recalling about 9,000 model-year 2014 Ford Escape and model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC compact crossovers. In a separate recall, Ford is also recalling approximately 11,000 model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC crossovers.
  • The Problem: For the first recall, Ford says an issue with the nickel-plating on the fuel pump could cause the pump to seize. If this happens, the car may not start or may stall while driving, which could increase the risk of a crash. In the second recall, the MKC is being recalled to move the push-button start’s location. Because the button is close to other controls, drivers have inadvertently shut off the engine while driving, which turned off the restraint system. This could increase the risk of injury in a crash.
  • The Fix: Ford and Lincoln dealers will replace the fuel delivery module for the first recall. For the second MKC recall, dealers will replace the gearshift module with one that has the push-button in a different location and reprogram the power train control module.
  • What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

 

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  • Vehicles Affected: Approximately 25,000 model-year 2015 Toyota Sienna minivans manufactured Sept. 2 through Nov. 14, 2014
  • The Problem: If the curtain-side airbags deploy, the second-row overhead assist handles may detach, possibly injuring the minivan’s occupants. Toyota is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall.
  • The Fix: Dealers will inspect and modify the headliner near the second-row overhead assist handles for free.
  • What Owners Should Do: Toyota will begin notifying owners on Jan. 15. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.