Safety Recall Update – November 2, 2015

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2011 Toyota TundraIf you find your vehicle under a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall you have options. If the condition for which your vehicle has been recalled is not what you would consider a safety issue, then you may opt to wait patiently for your manufacturer’s recall notification letter. However, if your vehicle is hampered by a condition that makes it potentially unsafe, you might want to consider contacting your local dealership for a more speedy solution. Your friendly service advisor should be able to search the manufacturer’s data base and tell you whether your vehicle is under an NHTSA recall and help you to resolve the situation, free of charge. If you can’t get answers at your neighborhood dealership, just log onto the NHTSA website and enter your vehicle identification number and take your notification letter along with you on your second trip. provides you with the latest major (over 100,000-units) safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and millions of listings for new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. You can also download an app for your phone so that you can keep track of all your favorite vehicles, anywhere.

Don’t forget to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to find the production date (Month/Year) of your ride. You will also need the vehicle identification number. You can read it by looking through the windshield (from the outside) in the lower corner of the driver’s side. This information will help you to determine whether or not your vehicle is currently under a NHTSA safety recall.


1997 Mazda MX-6NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V674000
Mazda Recall Campaign Number: 8715J

Vehicles Affected: Certain 1989-1998 Mazda MPV, 1990-1995 323, 1990-1998 Mazda Protege, 1992-1993 Mazda MX-3, 1993-1995 Mazda 929, 1993-1997 Mazda MX-6, and 1993-1998 Mazda 626 vehicles. Approximately 1,368,500 vehicles are 4expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: In the affected vehicles, grease applied to the contact points inside the ignition switch may become conductive and overheat.

Concern: If the ignition switch overheats there would be an increased risk of a fire.

Correction: Mazda will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers that will replace the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 15, 2015. Owners may contact Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800-222-5500, option#6.


2010-Pontiac-VibeNHTSA Campaign Number: 15V689000
Toyota Recall Campaign Number: C0M

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2009-2011 Toyota Tundra, Sequoia, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Scion xB, 2008-2011 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, 2007 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2009 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4, 2006-2010 Toyota Yaris, and 2009-2010 Scion xD and Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Approximately 2,000,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: During the manufacturing of the Power Window Master Switch (PWMS), grease lubricant may have been inconsistently applied to the sliding electrical contacts.

Concern: If the sliding electrical contacts are not protected by lubricant, debris and moisture that get into the switch may cause a short circuit and the switch assembly may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire.

Correction: Toyota will notify owners with detailed instructions for contacting qualified dealers who will inspect the switch, applying a lubricant if no abnormality is found. If abnormality is found, the PWMS circuit board will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 20, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

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.