Recall Roundup: Subaru, Kia, Suzuki, GM

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 198,900 model-year 2008-11 Subaru Impreza, 2008-14 WRX and STI, and 2009-13 Forester vehicles currently or formerly registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Only vehicles fixed under a previous recall are affected; Subaru has determined that the prior remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers.

The Problem: Road salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, corroding the lines. This could result in brake fluid leakage, affecting the car’s ability to stop and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will rustproof the affected areas with anticorrosion wax for free.

What Owners Should Do: Subaru will begin notifying owners on Jan. 26. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

KIA

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 95,000 model-year 2010-13 versions of the Kia Soul built between Jan. 8, 2009, and Oct. 2, 2013; only models equipped with a sunroof are affected.

The Problem: A headliner plate may detach during side curtain airbag deployment and possibly injure the vehicle occupants.

The Fix: Dealers will install industrial adhesive strips to secure the headliner plates for free.

What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners on Feb. 2. Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 60,000 model-year 2010-13 versions of the Suzuki SX4 hatchback and Kizashi sedan; only SX4s built between July 16, 2009, and Nov. 1, 2012, and Kizashis built Oct. 13, 2009, to Oct. 31, 2012, are affected.

The Problem: The shifter can be moved out of the Park position without depressing the brake pedal. This could cause the vehicle to roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the shift selector assembly for free.

What Owners Should Do: Suzuki will begin notifying owners on Jan. 19. Owners can call Suzuki at 714-996-7040 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.

Photo Credit: Subaru
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