SAFETY RECALL UPDATES – November 30, 2014

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In an LS460, the neighbors will see you coming. Lexus photo
This week’s safety recall updates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are relevant both in number and in severity. Only two manufacturers made the cut (over 100,000-units) but — boy-howdy — they really made the cut! Between the two of them, nearly one-million units are expected for repair. Log onto frequently for all of the latest updates from the NHTSA, as well as the latest automotive news and views, and millions of new and used car, truck, van, and SUV listings.

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

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V647000
Toyota Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2007-2010 Lexus LS vehicles manufactured from May 9, 2006 through July 20, 2010, 2006-2011 Lexus GS vehicles manufactured from January 6, 2005 through September 10, 2010, and 2006-2011 Lexus IS vehicles manufactured from August 30, 2005 through September 10, 2010. Approximately 422,509 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Due to anti-corrosion plating remnants, fuel may leak from where the fuel pressure sensor is attached to the fuel delivery pipe.

Concern: A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Correction: Toyota will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers that will clean and reseal the fuel pressure sensor mounting area, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

NOTE: Avoid parking affected vehicles indoors, especially in inhabited structures, until the condition is rectified. Vehicle fires can easily spread and become structure fires in these conditions.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V656000
Volkswagen Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles manufactured from March 1, 2010 through November 30, 2012 and 2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetle vehicles manufactured from March 1, 2011 through July 31, 2013. Approximately 442,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The durability of rear trailing arms which have been previously deformed (and straightened) has been called into question. They are suspected of possessing less strength due to the previous levels of stress.

Concern: The reduced durability of the trailing arm may result in its sudden fracture, possibly causing loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Volkswagen will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers who will install a sheet metal inlay on the rear axle trailing arms designed to prevent a sudden loss of control in the event of trailing arm sudden fracture, free of charge. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in November 2014 and will be mailed a second letter when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is included in this recall campaign, avoid aggressive driving maneuvers until the problem is rectified and always wear your safety belts.

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.