Safety Recall Update – February 1, 2016

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Safety Recall UpdateMonday brings us another batch of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalls. This week, the list of major (over 100,000-units) safety recalls includes well over 1-million units.

How can you determine if your vehicle is under a current NHTSA recall? Grab your vehicle identification number (VIN) and enter it into the NHTSA website. The VIN can be most easily read if you are standing on the outside of the vehicle and looking through the lower left (driver) corner of the windshield. The VIN is stamped (or etched) onto a small metal plate.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V029000
Nissan Recall Campaign Number: See Note Below

2015 Nissan AltimaVehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2015 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured from March 6, 2012 through December 31, 2014. Approximately 846,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.


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


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 vehicle crash.


These vehicles may have been included in a previous recall, however the previous remedy plan may not have been performed consistently to remove the safety risk. To correct this issue, Nissan will re-notify all affected owners and dealers will replace the hood latch with a new one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-February. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

Note: This recall supersedes recalls 14V-565 and 15V-116.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V036000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 16S03 (See Note Below)

2006 Ford Ranger 01Vehicles Affected: Certain 2004-2006 Ford Ranger vehicles manufactured from March 24, 2003 through May 4, 2006.

Approximately 361,692 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.


Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.


In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.


Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 7, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

Note: This recall supersedes 14V-343 and applies only to Ford Rangers manufactured in North America.

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.