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

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nhtsaHere are two more recalls from General Motors. GM is an automaker that has changed its strategy of operation as it pertains to safety recalls. GM now chooses to err on the side of safety in all production, assembly, and sales matters that effect consumers and their well-being. Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (on most vehicles) for the manufacturing date (Month/Year) to determine if your vehicle is included in one or more of these safety recalls. Log on to regularly for the latest safety recall news and updates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V375000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14295

SSVehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2014 Chevrolet Caprice vehicles manufactured June 7, 2013, to May 29, 2014 and 2014 Chevrolet SS vehicles manufactured September 13, 2013 to March 4, 2014. Approximately 4,794 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The windshield wiper motor may be equipped with faulty gears. The teeth on these particular gears tend to strip and leave the gears inoperable.

Concern: If the windshield wipers fail to function properly during periods of rain, snow, sleet, or other inclement weather it could reduce the visibility of the driver and place the vehicle and vehicle occupants at an increased risk of injury due to a motor vehicle crash.

2013 Ford FlexCorrection: General Motors will notify owners by mail with specific instructions for having the windshield wiper motor replaced, free of charge. This recall campaign is expected to begin in early August 2014 and vehicle owners may contact Chevrolet customer care at 1-800-222-1020.

NOTE: Carefully watch weather reports and avoid areas of stormy weather if you own or regularly operate one of these vehicles (until it is repaired). The only other thing that you can do is prepare some method of manually working the windshield wipers in an emergency situation. Since the gear is stripped, the wiper arms should move freely with a little help.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V377000 

stingray red2General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14302
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Chevrolet Corvette vehicles manufactured February 12, 2014 to March 14, 2014. Approximately 1,939 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the provisions of this recall.

Cause: A faulty weld on one or both rear shock absorbers could break resulting in separation of the shock absorber tube from the shock absorber clevis bracket.

Concern: In the event of a broken rear shock absorber, there could be a sudden change in vehicle handling that may increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash, especially at high speeds or during strenuous driving maneuvers.

broke rear shockCorrection: General Motors will notify owners by mail with specific instructions for having the rear shock absorbers replaced, free of charge. Although GM has not yet released a schedule for this campaign as of yet, vehicle owners may contact GM customer care at 1-800-222-1020.

NOTE: If you own or operate a ‘Vette that falls under the coverage of this recall campaign, avoid driving in a manner that could place your passengers, fellow motorists, or yourself at a greater risk of being injured in a motor vehicle crash by reducing vehicle speed and aggressive driving maneuvers until necessary repairs are completed.

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.