Monday, March 30, 2015

RECALL MONDAYS: Chevy, Mercedes-Benz And Toyota Are In The Hot Seat



1. MANUFACTURER: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.
 
NO. OF AFFECTED CUSTOMERS:

SUMMARY: 30,141
 
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain model year 2015 CLS 400 and CLS 400 4matic, 2012-2015 CLS 550 and CLS 550 4matic, 2012-2013 CLS 63, 2014 CLS 63, and 2014-2015 CLS 63P. The affected vehicles have LED tail lights that may not light on the sides, reducing the rear side visibility of the vehicle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."


CONSEQUENCE:
Reduced rear side marker illumination may prevent other drivers from seeing the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the lighting controller software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2015030005.

 
MANUFACTURER: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing  
 
NO. OF AFFECTED VEHICLES: 110,085
SUMMARY:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Rav4 vehicles. A component of the electric power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. Over time, this damage may result in failure of the electric power steering system.
CONSEQUENCE:
An unexpected loss of power steering increases the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the serial number of the EPS ECU or steering column assembly. If the number is within the affected range, the EPS ECU will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

3.Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

NO. Of AFFECTED CUSTOMERS: 50,236

SUMMARY:

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Volt vehicles manufactured August 25, 2010, to June 26, 2013. If the driver exits the vehicle without turning off the electrical system, the battery may drain low enough that the gasoline engine will automatically start itself to recharge the electric battery.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the engine runs for an extended period of time in an enclosed space, there may be a build up of carbon monoxide, increasing the risk of personal injury.
REMEDY:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine management software to limit the time that the stationary vehicle can be left in the ON position, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14617.

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