Vehicles Affected: Approximately 50,000 model-year 2011-13 Chevrolet Volt vehicles.
The Problem: According to General Motors, if drivers of the affected vehicles inadvertently leave the car in the On position, the high-voltage battery will drain and the gas engine will begin to run. If it runs for a long period in an enclosed space, such as a garage, carbon monoxide could build up, creating a dangerous environment. GM said it is aware of two related injuries due to carbon monoxide build up.
The Fix: Dealers will implement a software update that will limit the amount of time a vehicle can be left idling in the On or Run position for free.
What Owners Should Do: GM had not yet announced an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 for more information.
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 130 model-year 2014-15 Honda Accord sedans and model-year 2015 CR-V crossovers; only vehicles with the four-cylinder engine are affected.
The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the connecting rod bolts in the engine block may have been improperly torqued, which could cause engine damage and stalling, increasing the risk of an accident. “No crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue, which was discovered through a warranty claim review process,” Honda said in a statement.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the engine short block for free.
What Owners Should Do: Honda will begin notifying owners later this month. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or visit www.recalls.honda.com for more information.
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 24,400 model-year 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedans manufactured from Feb. 21, 2014, to Jan. 24, 2015.
The Problem: Water may leak into the rear combination lamp assemblies and cause an incorrect gear to display on the instrument panel or cause a delay in engaging the selected gear when shifting from Park to Reverse or Drive. If an incorrect gear is displayed, the vehicle may move in an unintended direction, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will apply pads to prevent water from leaking into the lamp housing for free.
What Owners Should Do: Hyundai has not yet released an owner notification schedule; owners can call Hyundai at 855-671-3059 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236.
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 625,000 model-year 2013-15 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured March 1, 2013, to December 31, 2014. This is an expansion of a previous recall and the number of vehicles affected could change. “Nissan is continuing to investigate the number of vehicles involved and will update the affected population when final numbers are available,” the automaker said in a statement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Problem: In these vehicles, the secondary hood latch could remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: According to NHTSA, the manufacturer has not yet provided a remedy plan.
What Owners Should Do: Nissan has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.