NHTSA Safety Recall Update – February 27, 2015

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This week’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) update yields a couple of very noteworthy items. The first involves a popular SUV with an accidental airbag deployment problem that could render the driver ineffective and result in a motor vehicle crash, the second doesn’t quite meet the criteria for minimum units that I set earlier this year (100,000) but what it lacks in numbers, it more than makes up for in severity. It involves erupting front brake flex hoses on a heavy luxury SUV. Visit BestRide.com for the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and literally millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs in every price range.

Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to locate the production date (Month/Year) of your vehicle. This information could help you to more accurately determine whether your vehicle is currently under a NHTSA safety recall campaign.


2014 Jeep Cherokee
Entry Price: $22,995
Price as tested: $36,120

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V041000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: R05

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee vehicles manufactured from January 1, 2013 through November 19, 2014. Approximately 167,749 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the parameters of this safety recall.

Cause: The affected vehicles may experience unintended side curtain and seat air bag deployment during vehicle operation.

Concern: If the air bags deploy unexpectedly during vehicle operation, it can increase the risk of personal injury and increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners with detailed instructions for contacting dealers that will re-flash the occupant restraint control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 26, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: While protecting yourself from these phantom, inadvertent airbag deployments may be impossible, do your best not to panic if the condition exhibits itself while driving. Check with your local independent repair facility or Jeep dealership to see if it is possible to disable the airbag system until the condition is rectified. Always wear your safety belts.

Holland & Holland Range Rover

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V039000
Land Rover Recall Campaign Number: P054

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2006-2012 Land Rover Range Rover vehicles manufactured from April 15, 2005 through September 4, 2012. Approximately 74,648 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this safety recall campaign.

Cause: One or both of the flexible front brake hoses may rupture causing loss of brake fluid.

Concern: If one or both of the flexible brake hoses fails, braking efficiency could be seriously hindered or disabled, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Land Rover will notify owners with detailed instruction for contacting qualified dealers that will replace the left and right front brake hoses, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 13, 2015. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837.

NOTE: If you own (or regularly operate) a vehicle that is included in this recall, then have the front flex hoses inspected at your earliest convenience. Should one or both of the flex hoses rupture, you will feel a brake pedal abnormality. Try to remain calm and slowly bring the vehicle to a stop; be prepared to gradually apply the parking brake, if necessary. If the hose/s are ruptured, do not attempt to drive the vehicle. Call the dealership for a tow truck.

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.