Recall Roundup: Nissan Leaf; Chevy Malibu, Colorado; GMC Canyon; Hyundai Genesis, Equus

2015 Nissan LEAF

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The Basics: Nissan is recalling 46,859 Nissan Leaf cars to fix the brakes.

The Issue: The recall involves the 2013 to 2015 Nissan Leaf vehicles. The Leaf may have brake trouble in extremely cold weather. Nissan told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the computer in the electronic brake booster needs to be reprogrammed. The brake will work in very cold weather, but it may take a lot more brake effort.

Notes: Nissan says it previously told owners as part of a service campaign, but now it is upgrading the issue to a full recall.

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The Basics: In yet another airbag-related case, General Motors has issued a stop-sales order and recalled about 1,750 new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups, and Chevrolet Malibu sedans because of potentially defective airbags. 

The Problem: The biggest thing to note here is that this is not related to the Takata airbag recall, which involves airbags that can explode with too much force and send shrapnel flying. In this case, the airbag may not fill completely and as quickly as designed, which could lead to injuries in the event of crash.

“Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the second stage of the driver frontal airbag may not deploy properly in certain high-speed crashes,” GM said in a notice to dealers.

Notes: No injuries have been reported in connection with the airbags. Spokesman Tom Wilkinson said the recall should not have a significant effect on sales of GM’s popular midsize pickups because the stop-sales order won’t be in effect for long. U.S. law prohibits dealers from selling vehicles involved in a recall without fixing them first.


The Basics: Hyundai is preparing to recall 2012 Genesis and  2011-2013 Equus sedans to address a problem with the windshield wipers.

The Problem: Some wiper motors were manufactured with a cover seal that is prone to degradation over time. Water can eventually enter the internal components, corroding the motor’s printed circuit board. In some cases, the motor becomes intermittently or permanently disabled.

“If the windshield wipers become inoperative during inclement weather, driver visibility could be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash,” the company notes.

The defective motor seals were used in 18,700 vehicles in the US market. An early sign of potential trouble emerged almost immediately in October 2010 with the first field failure, though the second incident was not logged for three more years. Hyundai initially believed the issue had limited effect on wiper operation, however a deeper investigation eventually raised safety concerns and led to the recall.

Notes: The company claims to be unaware of any accidents or injuries associated with the defect.

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