NHTSA Safety Recall Update – March 31, 2015

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Here are some more automobile safety recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This week have a Toyota and a General Motors vehicle. Unfortunately for Toyota and Lexus owners, this week’s recall includes over 110,000 units while the GM recall campaign covers only approximately 50,000. Log onto BestRide.com frequently as we are constantly updating our website with the latest in safety recalls, automotive news and views, and millions of listings, from all over the continental U.S.,as well as 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). Obtaining this information will aid you in determining whether or not your ride is currently under a manufacturer’s safety recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V144000 

Toyota Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2015 Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Highlander, and Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Toyota Rav4 vehicles. Approximately 110,085 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: A component of the electric power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. Over time, this damage may result in failure of the electric power steering system.

Concern: Any unexpected loss of power steering assist could increases the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Toyota will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers who will inspect the serial number of the EPS ECU or steering column assembly. If the number is within the affected range, the EPS ECU will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V145000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14617

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2013 Chevrolet Volt vehicles manufactured from August 25, 2010 through June 26, 2013. Approximately 50,236 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: If the driver exits the vehicle without turning off the electrical system, the battery may drain low enough that the gasoline engine will automatically start itself to recharge the electric battery.

Concern: If the engine runs for an extended period of time in an enclosed space, there may be a build up of carbon monoxide, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Correction: GM will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers that will update the engine management software to limit the time that the stationary vehicle can be left in the ON position, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

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.