To keep our readers informed and safe, we wanted to share more July and August recalls and alerts announced by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI). If you think your vehicle needs to be inspected, bring your car to your local dealership right away.
Important Car Safety Recalls July/August 2013, Continued
Toyota Seat Belt Failure Recalls; Recall schedule to be determined
Approximate number of vehicles recalled: 342,451
Reason for recall: Seatbelt failure. Loosening of screws over time affecting the function of seatbelts; may lead to catastrophic injury in the event of an accident.
• 2005-2010 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured September 14, 2004 through March 29, 2010
• 2011 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured July 1, 2010 through September 7, 2011.
Owners may call: Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. Reference NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V337000.
Ford Child Safety Lock Defect, Expected to begin August 5, 2013
Approximate number of vehicles recalled: 12,569
Reason for recall: Auto defect in child safety locks. Locks may unexpectedly switch to inactive mode, posing threat of harm if a child opens the door during operation. Parents should check to ensure locks are active until vehicles are serviced.
• 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured November 29, 2012 through December 12, 2012
Owners may call: Ford at 1-866-436-7332, reference safety recall no. 13S07 or NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V270000
Michelin Defective Tire Recall, Expected to begin late July 2013
Approximate number of vehicles recalled: 100,000
Reason for recall: Defective tires. Perforation in sidewall may cause tires to lose air pressure potentially leading to tire failure.
• For a detailed list of affected models, please click here.
Owners may call: Michelin at 1-855-851-4951, reference NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13T006000.
Ford Head Injury Safety Recall, Expected to begin on August 19, 2013
Approximate number of vehicles recalled: 33,021
Reason for recall: Failure to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 201 – “Occupant Protection in Interior Impact.” This standard applies to requirements for the reduction of head injuries to vehicle occupants.
• C-Max hybrid vehicles
Owners may call: Ford at 1-866-436-7332, reference safety recall no. 13C02 or NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V303000
2014 Nissan Versa Recalls for Safety Defects, Expected to begin on August 12, 2013
Reason(s) for recall: 1. Manufacturing defect. Reduction in strength of rear seat latch bolts. 2. Missing or incorrectly torque bolts in lower body. This may affect integrity of vehicle, specifically during rear impact accidents.
• 2014 Nissan Versa Note vehicles manufactured between April and July 2013
Owners may call: Nissan at 1-800-647-7261, reference NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V326000 and/or NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V324000
Chrysler ECS Recall, Expected to begin sometime in August 2013
Approximate number of vehicles recalled: 45,961
Reason for recall: Software defect in Defect affects Electronic Stability Control (ESC) module. ESC module may disable upon starting the vehicle, potentially resulting in loss of directional control and increasing risk of accidents.
• RAM 1500 4×4 trucks manufactured June 26, 2012 through February 5, 2013
Owners may call: Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753, reference safety recall no. N37 or NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
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