Safety Recall Updates

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It is “slim pickings” in this week’s safety recall update, with only two models tagged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One of the vehicles in question is manufactured in Sweden and you have probably never even heard of it. It is a supercar known as the Koenigsegg Agera and it takes the cake by listing the potential number of vehicles as “1.” The other is a vast departure from anything exclusive. It involves yet another General Motors vehicle with yet another ignition switch malfunction and covers over 200-thousand Saturn SUVs. Log onto frequently for the latest safety recall updates, breaking automotive news and views, and millions of great deals on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) for the production date (Month/Year) of your ride. This will help you to determine if your vehicle is being currently recalled.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V437000 

Koenigsegg Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicle/s Affected: One 2013 Koenigsegg Agera supercar that was manufactured in December 2012. There is only 1 vehicle scheduled for recall under this campaign.

Cause: The BF1 Systems Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) may not illuminate the TPMS malfunction indicator lamp when the vehicle is restarted. Failure to provide the driver with an appropriate low tire pressure warning violates the conditions set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 138 under “Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.”

Concern: The concern is that the driver may continue to operate the vehicle with low tire pressure because he/she has not been notified of the condition. Operating any vehicle with low tire pressure is risky but a high-performance vehicle like the Agera could be especially vulnerable due to the higher speed and RPM levels achieved.
Correction: Koenigsegg Automotive has already alerted the owner and the dealer has installed updated TPMS software, free of charge. The recall officially began and ended on July 9, 2014. Your Koenigsegg U.S. dealer can be reached at 1-212-594-6200.

NOTE:  Driving is a privilege, not a chore and must be taken seriously. This includes maintaining all vehicle systems (particularly when they pertain to safety). Operating a supercar, such as the Agera, dictates that all systems are checked off as regularly as every time that you drive. Seriously, this car packs a wallop with 927-hp and a cockpit that resembles a combat jet fighter, I am glad that someone is looking out for the “little things.”

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V490000
General Motors Recall Campaign Number: 14506

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2002-2004 Saturn Vue vehicles manufactured from September 11, 2001 through April 6, 2004. Approximately 202,155 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: It could be possible, in certain affected vehicles, for the ignition key to be removed from the cylinder with the cylinder not in the “OFF” position.

Concern: Turning the ignition cylinder to the OFF position enables certain safety features to be effective. For instance the automatic transmission shifter must be in the “PARK” position before the ignition cylinder can be placed in the OFF position while the manual transmission must be placed in the “B” position (shifter in reverse gear with the emergency brake activated) before the ignition can be turned OFF, depending upon your choice of transmission options. If the key is removed incorrectly and the car is not properly secured, the risk of the car being involved in a “rollaway” incident is much greater. Rollaway incidents can be extremely harmful to vehicle occupants, exiting passengers, and bystanders as well.

Correction: GM will notify owners with specific instructions regarding ignition cylinder inspection with part replacements as necessary, free of charge. GM/Saturn has not yet released a notification schedule for this recall campaign and you may contact Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6300.

NOTE: Always apply your parking brake when leaving your vehicle unattended. If you own or regularly operate a Vue that is included under the conditions of this recall, then make sure that you place the shifter in PARK and set the parking brake before exiting the vehicle (automatic transmission) or place the shifter in REVERSE with the parking brake set (manual transmission).

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.