SAFETY RECALL UPDATES – August 11, 2014 – Part 1 of 3

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The National highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the latest safety recalls from various automakers. General Motors leads the way recalling over 184,000 vehicles, with Volkswagen looking to repair over 150,000. You can count on for the latest in safety recall updates from the NHTSA. Log on often to keep up to date on the latest auto news, historical pieces, and safety recall updates from

Remember to check inside your driver door jamb for your manufacturing date (Month/Year) on most vehicles. This will help you determine if your vehicle is being recalled, or not.  

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V40400


General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14309
Vehicles Affected:  Certain 2005-2007 SAAB 9-7x vehicles, 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL vehicles, and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Isuzu Ascender vehicles. Approximately 184,611 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the provisions of this recall campaign.

Cause: The introduction of unwanted fluid, such as snow and/or salty water, could contact the driver door master power window/door lock module and enter the case. This moisture could short the circuit board of the module and cause the windows and door locks to operate intermittently or to become inoperative. The electrical short could also cause the module to overheat and emit odor, smoke, and/or fire.

Concern: An electrical fire in the module could easily become a fully involved vehicle fire if left unattended.

Correction: GM will notify owners by mail with specific instructions for having the driver door module replaced if necessary, free of charge. Since parts are not currently available to carry out this recall, vehicle owners will receive an interim letter in late August 2014 (which will warn of the condition) followed by a second letter when parts are made available. Vehicle owners can contact their respective GM customer service outlets at  1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC), 1-800-955-9007 (SAAB), and 1-800-255-6727 (Isuzu).

NOTE: General Motors recommends that vehicles affected by the conditions of this recall be parked outside until the repairs can be performed. A vehicle fire that erupts inside of a garage or dwelling place can quickly evolve into a much more dangerous scenario and the automaker asks that vehicle owners be mindful of this. Vehicles previously repaired under recall 13V-248 must be rechecked again under this recall.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V414000 


Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Toyota Sienna vehicles manufactured from June 17, 2014 through June 24, 2014. Approximately 263 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the conditions of this recall.

Cause: The protective plastic sleeve of the shifter control cable may have been damaged during assembly. This condition could place the shifter cable at an increased risk of early failure including a binding condition or fraying of the inner steel braided cable. In this condition these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 102 under sub-section “Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect.”

Concern: If the transmission shifter cable becomes detached from the transmission or shifter, it will fail in allowing the driver to effectively select transmission function. Additionally, if the shifter is placed into the “PARK” position and the transmission remains in any other position, the vehicle is more likely to roll away unexpectedly. A “rollaway” vehicle, whether it is under power or not, will place vehicle occupants, exiting passengers, and bystanders at a higher degree of risk from a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Toyota will contact owners by mail with instructions for having the shifter cable inspected and replaced, free of charge if necessary. This recall campaign is underway since August 2014 and vehicle owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

NOTE: One way to avoid a “rollaway vehicle” scenario is to use your vehicle parking brake regularly. You will help to keep your rear brakes adjusted and the life you save just 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.