Safety Recall Updates, Part 1 of 4

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This week’s safety recall update include cars from two continents. Europe is represented by the British born sports car called Jaguar, while the entire big-three from Detroit (Chrysler, Ford, and GM) show up for the Americans. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working diligently with automakers to help provide consumers with safer automobiles. Log on to frequently for the latest safety recall updates from the NHTSA, as well as the latest automotive news and views, and millions of great new and used car bargains at the click of your mouse.

Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most cars and trucks) to find your vehicles production date (Month/Year). This information will help to determine if your vehicle is included in a recall campaign.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V389000 

Jaguar Recall Campaign Number: J041

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2015 Jaguar XK (XKR and XKR-S) vehicles manufactured from August 24, 2012 through June 10, 2014, and equipped with a 5.0-liter engine. Approximately 144 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: This vehicle fails to comply with federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110 under “Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars” because the tire placard which accompanies the spare tire has incorrect information. It identifies the correct inflation pressure for the spare tire as “none” and this is unacceptable.

Concern: The spare tire may be over or under inflated because the recommended tire pressure is not provided on the placard. If the spare tire and wheel were to be installed on the vehicle in an under or over inflated state the risk of a blow-out will increase along with a greater chance of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Jaguar will notify owners with specific instructions for attaching a placard label that has the correct information, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin on August 30, 2014. Vehicle owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827.

NOTE: When searching for the correct rate of inflation for any given tire/wheel combination you can search the owner’s manual, the door jambs, or spare tire placards. Personally, I like to get it right from the “horse’s mouth.” The maximum inflation rate should be stamped in the sidewall of any tire sold on a car that is imported into the U.S.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V390000
Jaguar recall Campaign Number: J042

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 & 2014 Jaguar XF (XFR-S) vehicles manufactured from July 2, 2013 through April 11, 2014. Approximately 81 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.
Cause: Under rigorous driving conditions the “attenuator” in the power steering system may collapse and restrict the flow of power steering fluid. This restriction could cause a loss of power steering assist.

Concern: A sudden increase in the amount of effort required by the driver to manipulate the vehicle could place vehicle occupants and bystanders at an increased risk of injury from a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Jaguar will contact owners with detailed instructions for having the power steering hose (which contains the attenuator) replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 29, 2014. Vehicle owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827.

NOTE: If you own or regularly operate a Jaguar that is affected by this recall, drive in a non-aggressive manner and have the defective part replaced, as soon as possible. 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.