May 2014: Latest Safety Recalls

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NHTSAKorean automaker Hyundai was in the news over the past weekend, as they announced a major recall of their top-selling Tucson SUV. We have official notification information, with all of the pertinent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reference numbers, to get you on the right track for repair of your Hyundai Tucson. Additionally, we have found a few miscellaneous import safety recalls that were scattered in with this week’s mail. So, without further ado here are the particulars, as well as some helpful notes that just may make your world a safer place. Remember to look inside of the driver’s door jamb (on most vehicles) for the manufacturing date (month and year).


NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V245000

Hyundai TucsonHyundai Recall Number: 118

Vehicles Affected: Hyundai Tucson vehicles manufactured between January 3, 2011 and December 23, 2013 (approximately 137,500 vehicles).


Cause: The steering wheel mounted airbag assembly may come loose from the steering wheel due to loose or missing bolts.


Consequence: If the airbag is not mounted properly, in the event of deployment, it will put the driver at greater risk of injury. The airbag could also fail to deploy properly if not attached securely to the steering wheel.


Correction: Hyundai Motor Company will notify owners by mail with further instruction regarding repair. Most of the repairs, which have already been performed, involved only a tightening of the involved bolts to factory specifications. This will be handled by your local Hyundai retailer at no charge to you. The recall will officially begin around the end of June, 2014.


NOTES: Obviously, crash avoidance should be practiced whether you have an airbag issue, or not. If your vehicle was manufactured in the time period given above, take special care to avoid an accident or tighten the bolts on the airbag for yourself. If you believe that you own a vehicle that is affected by this condition and you do not receive a recall notification, please contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V163000

LandLand rover Rover Recall Number: P042

Vehicles Affected: 2014 model Land Rover Range Rover vehicles manufactured between May 7, 2013 and October 10, 2013 (approximately 5,238 vehicles).


Cause: The turn signal indicator may fail to flash at double speed when front turn signal bulb failure occurs. This is a violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, under sub-section “Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.”


Consequence: Should the turn signal bulb fail, the absence of any type of driver warning could result in a prolonged usage under less than legal circumstances. Failure to alert fellow motorists of your intention to make a turn could result in an accident or a traffic ticket.


Correction: Land Rover will notify owners whose vehicles are affected by this condition with further instructions. Your local Land Rover dealer will update the vehicle software at no charge. Land rover expects to officially begin the recall on May 27, 2014.


NOTE: If you feel that your vehicle is affected by this condition and do not receive notification from Land Rover, you may contact your local Land Rover retailer for more information. A simple “walk-around” bulb check (daily or weekly) can save you a big headache in the future. Never rely on vehicle warning systems alone. Always check your lighting, tire inflation, and fluids regularly.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V192000

LEAFVehicles Affected: 2014 Nissan LEAF vehicle manufactured between February 28, 2014 and March 12, 2014 (approximately 211 vehicles).


Cause: The structural integrity of the vehicle may be compromised due to the absence of certain welds. These vehicles fail to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 208, under the sub-section entitled “Occupant Crash Protection” and number 305, under “Electric-Powered Vehicles Electrolyte-Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection.”


Consequence: The missing welds could adversely affect the structural integrity of the vehicle in a motor vehicle crash, resulting in a greater risk of injury for vehicle occupants.


Correction: Vehicle owners will be notified by mail with instruction regarding vehicle inspection and repair, if necessary. If it is determined that a vehicle is missing welds, they will be added free of charge. The recall is expected to officially begin in mid-June, 2014.


NOTE: If you feel that you are the owner of a LEAF that is affected by this condition, you may contact Nissan directly at 1-800-641-7261 or take your vehicle in to your local Nissan dealership to schedule an inspection.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V202000

BMWVehicles Affected: 2014 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicles produced from December 12, 2013 through March 10, 2014 (approximately 6,400 vehicles).


Cause: Child safety locks on vehicles equipped with the “Soft Close Automatic” option may disengage due to discrepancies in component manufacturing tolerances.


Consequences: Child safety locks can disengage allowing rear seat occupants to unexpectedly open the rear doors and potentially exit the vehicle (whether or not it is in motion). This could lead to an increased risk of injury, especially where small children are concerned.


Correction: BMW will notify owners with the necessary information to have dealers inspect and replace door latch assemblies as required, free of charge. Repairs are expected to officially begin in May, 2014.


NOTES: If you feel that you own one of the affected BMWs listed above, you may contact BMW customer service directly at 1-800-525-7417. Meanwhile, do not leave small children unattended in the back seat of your affected BMW until repairs are successfully performed.

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.