Safety Recall Update Part 1/3

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You know it — the beginning of the work week brings on the latest safety recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) brought to you by Totaling over a quarter-of-a-million vehicles, this recall update includes imported and domestic vehicles with no “DO NOT DRIVE” recommendations. Remember to check inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to find the production date (Month/Year). This can help you determine if your vehicle is being recalled by the manufacturer, or other aftermarket assembler (as we see today).

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V429000 


Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 & 2014 Toyota Tundra vehicles modified by Gulf  States Toyota Distributors as part of certain vehicle packages to be equipped with a combination of non-Toyota-brand 20-inch alloy wheels and chrome plated lug nuts. The approximate number of vehicles expected for inclusion under the provisions of this recall campaign are 16,249.

Cause: The chrome coating on the affected lug nuts could flake or otherwise give way at the point of contact, causing the wheel lug nuts to loosen.

Concern: If the wheel lug nuts become excessively loose, the wheel could separate itself from the hub of the vehicle dramatically increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash and placing vehicle occupants at a much higher degree of risk.

Correction: Gulf States Toyota Distributors will notify owners by mail with specific instructions regarding proper wheel lug nut/stud replacement, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin in August 2014 and vehicle owners may contact Gulf States Toyota customer service at 1-800-444-1074.

NOTE: Responsible drivers must always be sensitive to abnormal noises and vibrations in the vehicle. If you own or regularly operate one of these affected vehicles and you have felt or heard anything out of the ordinary, please have your wheel lug nuts checked and torqued to spec. if necessary (then get in touch with Gulf States Toyota). The life you save may very well be your own.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V393000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 14510


Vehicles Affected: Certain 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010 through November 30, 2013, 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011 through November 30, 2013, and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011 through November 30, 2013. Approximately 83,250 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the terms of this recall campaign.

Cause: The constant velocity (CV) axle cir-clip, used to prevent the axle from sliding off the transmission link-shaft, could become dislodged and allow the cv-axle to disengage from the transmission. This condition is typically caused by an improperly installed cir-clip.

Concern: Should the axle become disengaged from the transmission, engine power will no longer be transmitted to the front wheels resulting in a total lack of vehicle mobility and potentially increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash. Additionally, if the cv-axle is dislodged from the transmission, placing the shift lever in the “PARK” position will mean nothing. This could result in a vehicle “rollaway” condition if the parking brake is not used. A vehicle rollaway places vehicle occupants, exiting passengers, and bystanders at an increased risk of serious bodily injury.

Correction: Ford will notify owners with specific instructions for inspecting said vehicles and repairing them as necessary, free of charge. This recall was set to begin August 4, 2014. If you are the owner of an affected vehicle you may contact Ford customer care at 1-800-392-3673.

NOTE: Please use your parking brake every time that you park. The vast majority of vehicle rollaway deaths and injuries could be prevented if drivers would just use the parking brake responsibly. If you own a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall, then park on a flat surface whenever possible (until  it is repaired) and always use the parking brake.


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.