NHTSA Safety Recall Update – March 19, 2015

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As usual there is no shortage of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recall campaigns. This week calls a Korean automaker into question and puts the pressure on an American manufacturer that has been a mainstay in the NHTSA crosshairs. The Kia accounts for the majority of units, recalling over 200,000 while General Motors must address only about a tenth of that number. Remember to log onto BestRide.com frequently because we are constantly updating NHTSA safety recalls, blogging about automotive news and views, and delivering millions of listings for top-quality new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Check inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) on your vehicle to attain the production date (Month/Year). This information will aid you in determining whether or not your vehicle is currently under a NHTSA safety recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V123000
Kia Recall Campaign Number: SC116

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014-2015 Kia Soul and Kia Soul Electric vehicles manufactured from July 21, 2013 through January 8, 2015. Approximately 208,858 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this safety recall campaign.

Cause: A section of the accelerator pedal may bend and fracture while in use.

Concern: If the vehicle has a bent or broken accelerator pedal, the driver may have difficulty accelerating the vehicle, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Kia will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers that will add a supporting rubber underneath the pedal stopper, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 24, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.

NOTE: Gentle on the gas if you own a vehicle  affected by the conditions of this recall. Drive carefully and always wear your safety belt.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V113000
GM Recall Campaign Number: 15135

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2015 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles manufactured from February 4, 2015 through February 9, 2015. Approximately 1,733 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the parameters of this recall campaign.

Cause: The left-rear or right-rear parking brake cable brackets may not have been properly fastened during the assembly process. As a result, the fastening bolts may back out completely, causing the parking brake bracket to separate and the parking brake not to hold the vehicle in place. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, “Light Vehicle Brake Systems.”

Concern: If the parking brake bracket separates, the parking brake may not hold the vehicle, increasing the risk of a vehicle roll away and a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: GM will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers who will inspect the left-rear and right-rear parking brake brackets bolts, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is included in this safety recall campaign, please park on a flat surface and make certain that the shifter is in “PARK” for an automatic transmission or “R” on cars equipped with a manual transmission.


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.