NHTSA Safety Recalls – March 16, 2015

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This week’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety recall update includes two entries that total nearly a million vehicles. A Japanese sedan with a hood release issue is the top offender while a pair of all-American sport utility vehicles pulls up the bottom. Remember to log onto BestRide.com for the latest safety recalls from the NHTSA along with automotive news and views and millions of listings on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

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

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V116000

Nissan Recall Campaign Number: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-565.

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2015 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured from March 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. Approximately 625,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.

Concern: If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: The manufacturer has not yet provided a remedy plan or notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTE: If your hood opens while operating the vehicle DO NOT PANIC; apply the brakes until the vehicle comes safely to a stop, get out and attempt to remove the hood from your field of vision. Proceed with caution.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V115000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: R09

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured from September 17, 2010 through August 19, 2013 and equipped with a 3.6, 5.7 or 6.4 liter engine, and 2012-2013 Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 18, 2011 through August 19, 2013 and equipped with a 3.6 or 5.7 liter engine. Approximately 338,216 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this safety recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning.

Concern: A vehicle stall could increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Chrysler will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers that will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM. The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NOTE: Chrysler’s number for this recall is R09. Note: 14V-530.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

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