NHTSA Safety Recalls for Ford and Toyota

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nhtsaHere are this week’s two top contenders in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall campaign contest. Fords and Toyotas combine in this safety recall update, brought to you by BestRide.com, for nearly one-and-a-half-million vehicles. Visit BestRide.com every day, early and often, as they provide you with the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of new and used vehicle listings absolutely free!

Remember to check inside the driver door jamb (most vehicles) for the vehicle production date (Month/Year). This information can help you to determine whether or not your vehicle is currently under a NHTSA recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V597000 

Ford Recall Campaign Number: 14S21

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 & 2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured from January 19, 2012 through November 21, 2013, Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured from February 3, 2012 through August 24, 2013, Ford Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011 through November 1, 2013, and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured from April 25, 2012 through September 30, 2013. Approximately 746,842 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, circuits on the printed circuit board may short, electrically.

Concern: Electrical short circuits could cause the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags, and/or safety belt pre-tensioners to fail when needed, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Ford will notify owners with specific instructions for having selected dealers replace the RCM, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be sent an interim notification letter in mid-November 2014. A second notification will be sent when the remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

NOTE: Owners of listed vehicles should pay particular attention to warning lights and be prepared to replace fuses as necessary until Ford rectifies this situation.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V604000
Toyota recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner and 4×4 vehicles manufactured from September 14, 2009 through October 11, 2010. Approximately 690,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the parameters of this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, one of the leaf springs may fracture due to stress or corrosion.

While being driven, the broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components including the fuel tank, possibly puncturing the tank and causing a fuel leak.

Concern: If the fuel tank leaks fuel from being punctured, there is a dramatically increased risk of a fire.

Correction: The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin November 28, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate one of the vehicles listed in this recall campaign it would pay dividends to have the rear leaf springs inspected by a professional. If the leaf springs are visibly defective, then strongly suggest to Toyota that they provide you with a feasible substitute vehicle until arrangements can be made to repair yours. The life you save may be your own.

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.