Import Safety Recall Updates August 4, 2014 Part 2 of 3

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nhtsaProving that cars from other countries are certainly not immune to the long arm of the law, particularly the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more import auto safety recalls this week than recalls for domestic vehicles. Several million Hyundai vehicles top the list which also features a Mitsubishi SUV and a Suzuki car. Log in to often for the latest updates from the NHTSA to see if your car, truck, or van is covered by any manufacturer’s safety recall campaigns.

Remember to check inside of the driver door jamb for the manufacturing date (Month/Year) on most vehicles. Check the date of manufacture to see if it matches the dates listed on the recall reports listed below.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V363000 

veronaSuzuki Recall Campaign Number: XC

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2004-2006 Suzuki Verona vehicles manufactured from June 2003 to October 2005. Approximately 25,899 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Heat generated from electrical current within the Daytime Running Lamp (DLR) Module could melt the housing and create a small fire in the dash.

Concern: A small electrical fire in the plastic dash could rapidly evolve into a vehicle fire if not properly attended to.

fireCorrection: Suzuki will notify owners with specific instructions for having the faulty DRL modules replaced, free of charge. No schedule for this recall campaign has been provided by the manufacturer, as of this writing. Owners of affected vehicles may contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934.

NOTE: On a neighborly note, I would suggest that no vehicle falling under the inclusion of this recall be left unattended inside of a building structure, particularly an inhabited one. A fire that could start in the vehicle would easily spread to the building, so park outside until this condition is repaired.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V365000
Mitsubishi Recall Campaign Number: SR-14-005.

outlanderVehicles Affected: Certain 2007 and 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander vehicles.

Cause: The affected vehicles were repaired with replacement transfer case assemblies whose oil seal may come out of position during normal daily operation.

Concern: If the transfer case oil seal were to become dislodged, a significant amount of transfer case fluid would be leaked. This loss of fluid could result in the transmission overheating and/or becoming inoperable. This could lead to an increased risk of a motor vehicle accident with injuries to vehicle occupants and bystanders.

sealCorrection: Mitsubishi Motors will notify owners with specific instructions for having the affected transfer cases replaced, free of charge. This recall began on July 30, 2014 and vehicle owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820.

NOTE: If you own one of these vehicles, pay close attention to the transmission and transfer case area. If you observe fluid leaking out, then check the levels of the transmission and the transfer case and refill with factory recommended fluid to the correct level. If fluid is “running” out then call your local Mitsubishi dealer to arrange for a tow truck that can bring your vehicle safely to a repair facility without causing excessive amounts of damage to major components.

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.