NHTSA Recall Update – September 21, 2015

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This week brings us a pair of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalls that total over 100,000-units.

You can visit the NHTSA website and enter your vehicle’s identification number to check and see if your ride is currently under a recall. Log onto BestRide.com for all of the latest major safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to find the production date (Month/Year) of your vehicle. This information can help you to determine whether or not your ride is under an NHTSA safety recall.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V519000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14291

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2005 Buick LaCrosse vehicles manufactured from May 31, 2004 through June 27, 2005, and 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles manufactured from April 12, 2006 through April 25, 2007. Approximately 159,584 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the headlamp driver module (HDM) may overheat and fail, causing the headlamps and daytime running lights to not illuminate.

Concern: Headlamps that do not illuminate reduce the driver’s ability to see the roadway and reduce the vehicle’s visibility to oncoming vehicles, both of which increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: GM will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers that will replace the HDM, free of charge. Interim notices will be mailed to owners on September 2, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V534000
Chrysler Recall Number: R47

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014-2015 Ram 1500 Quad Cab trucks manufactured from August 26, 2013 through August 8, 2015. Approximately 188,047 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The affected vehicles are equipped with side air bag inflatable curtains (SABIC) that may not fully overlap the C-pillars in the event of a vehicle crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 226, “Ejection Mitigation.”

Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash, if a SABIC does not inflate as intended, there is an increased risk of injury to the rear seat occupant.

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers who will inspect the right and left side air bag inflatable curtains (SABIC) for proper orientation and a foil patch will be installed on both sides of the headliner. One or both of the air bag inflatable curtains (SABIC) will be replaced if necessary. The recall is expected to begin on September 18, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

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.