Domestic Safety Recall Updates August 4, 2014 Part 1 of 2

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nhtsaHere are the latest safety recalls according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). All of the domestic safety recalls for this week belong to the General Motors Corporation and over a half-million vehicles are expected for inclusion. Take a look and make sure that your car or truck isn’t on the latest list of recalls and stay logged onto for all of the latest news. We will bring you weekly updates as released by the NHTSA as well as unscheduled updates and breaking automotive trends.

Remember to look inside the driver door jamb to find the date of manufacture (month/year) of most vehicles. This will help you to determine whether or not your vehicle is included in a safety recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V440000 

General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14453

sparkVehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured from May 7, 2014 through May 26, 2014. Approximately 1,919 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

Cause: The bolts which secure a major component of the front suspension, the front lower control arms, to the body of the car may not have been tightened to the correct specifications.

Concern: Over a period of time, the bolts could fall completely or partially away from the vehicle allowing the lower control arm/s to separate from the steering knuckle. This condition could result in decreased steering control and increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: GM will notify owners by mail with specific instructions for having the affected vehicles repaired, free of charge. This recall campaign began on August 1, 2014 and owners may contact Chevrolet customer care at 1-800-222-1020.

NOTE: Owners are instructed NOT TO DRIVE THE CAR until the condition has been repaired. If you feel that you own or frequently operate a vehicle affected by the condition of this recall and the date of manufacture falls into the parameters mentioned above, then call your local Chevrolet dealer IMMEDIATELY to arrange for free towing and vehicle repair.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V447000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14271

srxVehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2012 Buick LaCrosse, Buick Regal, and Chevrolet Camaro vehicles, as well as certain 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain vehicles, equipped with power height adjustable driver and passenger seats. Approximately 414,333 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The bolt which secures the height adjuster underneath the driver and/or passenger front seat may fall out possibly causing the seat to drop suddenly to its lowest position.

Concern: In the worst case scenario, the distraction created by the sudden repositioning of the driver could affect his/her control of the vehicle. This could increase the rick of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: GM will notify vehicle owners by mail with instructions for having the seat height adjuster shoulder-bolt/s replaced, free of charge. No timetable has been released for beginning this recall campaign, however you may contact GM customer care through a representative of your respective car line.1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC).

NOTE: This could be a bolt that is easily replaced or it could be a real bear to replace, depending upon the exact location. The safest bet for you (as a driver of an affected vehicle) is to set the level of the seat as close to the lowest setting as possible, then call GM and encourage them politely.


S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.