Monday, July 13, 2015

Recall Mondays: GM, Jeep, Hummer And Land Rover Are In The Hot Seat




1. MANUFACTURER: General Motors LLC

NO. OF AFFECTED CUSTOMERS: 50,598     
SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) notified the agency on April 2, 2015, that they are is recalling certain model year 2004 Buick Regal vehicles manufactured April 9, 2003, to June 26, 2003, 2004 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured April 8, 2003, to June 25, 2003, and 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles manufactured April 7, 2003, to June 25, 2003. On May 18, 2015, GM expanded the recall to cover an additional 49,751 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the valve cover gasket may leak.
CONSEQUENCE:
The leaking engine oil can drip onto the hot surface of the exhaust manifold, increasing the risk of a fire.


REMEDY:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spark plug wire retainer to redirect the dripping oil. Vehicles that have a 3.8L V6 supercharged engine will also have the left valve cover gasket replaced. These repairs will be done free of charge. The recall began on April 24, 2015. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14574.


2. MANUFACTURER: Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC

NO. OF AFFECTED CUSTOMERS: 60,532

SUMMARY:

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Land Rover) is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Range Rover vehicles manufactured July 26, 2012, to March 9, 2015, and 2014-2016 Range Rover Sport vehicles manufactured February 18, 2013, to March 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the doors may unlatch unexpectedly when closed.
CONSEQUENCE:
If a vehicle door unlatches, the distraction may increase the risk of a crash and/or a vehicle occupant may fall out of the vehicle if they are not wearing a seatbelt, increasing their risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will update the keyless entry software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 7, 2015. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover's number for this recall is P068.



3. MANUFACTURER: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

NO. OF AFFECTED CUSTOMERS: 99,436
SUMMARY:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 4, 2013, to February 18, 2015 and equipped with a Power Liftgate option. In the affected vehicles, water may enter the Power Liftgate Control Module and cause a high resistance short circuit in the module.
CONSEQUENCE:
A short circuit in the liftgate control module may result in a fire.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the power liftgate control module and connectors for corrosion, substitute a bolt for the threaded grommet installed to seal an attachment point used in non-power liftgate vehicles and cover the power liftgate control module in a foam water shield, free of charge. The manufacturer has not provided a recall schedule yet. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R27.




4. MANUFACTURER: General Motors LLC

NO. OF AFFECTED CUTOMERS: 47,042
     
SUMMARY:

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured October 15, 2010, to October 22, 2013, and 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured July 25, 2007, to February 18, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cables that connect the seat belts to the vehicle at the outside of the driver seat and the front passenger seat may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle. This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the cable breaks, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury.
REMEDY:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seat belt tensioner assembly which includes the steel cable, free of charge. These replacement parts reposition the tensioner cable out of the path of entry into the vehicle and uses a more flexible cable, set at a more upright angle. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 15206.



5. MANUFACTURER: General Motors LLC

NO. OF AFFECTED CUSTOMERS: 686,787
     
SUMMARY:

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured January 3, 2007, to February 29, 2012, 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured July 6, 2008, to February 29, 2012, 2007-2012 GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured September 15, 2006, to February 29, 2012, and 2007-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles manufactured August 17, 2006, to March 18, 2010. The affected vehicles, equipped with the power liftgate option, have gas struts that hold the power liftgate up when open. These struts may prematurely wear and the open liftgate may suddenly fall.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the open liftgate unexpectedly falls, it may strike a person, increasing their risk of injury.
REMEDY:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power liftgate actuator motor control unit so that the motor will prevent the rapid closing of the lift gate, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782, and Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000. GM's number for this recall is 15240.



6. MANUFACTURER: General Motors LLC

NO. OF AFFECTED CUSTOMERS: 164,993
     
SUMMARY:

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Hummer H3 vehicles manufactured February 5, 2005, to May 24, 2010, and 2009-2010 Hummer H3T vehicles manufactured May 21, 2008, to May 24, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the connector module that controls the blower motor speed for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system may overheat.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the blower motor connector module overheats, it can increase the risk of a fire.
REMEDY:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace part of the blower motor connector and harness, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hummer customer service at 1-800-732-5493. GM's number for this recall is 15042.

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