Chrysler, GM, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota Announce Auto Recalls By Tod Aronovitz | 05/14/13 | 0 Comment

Miami-area drivers may find their vehicle among the many auto recalls issued recently by Chrysler, GM, Mercedes, and Toyota. Here is a news round-up for the convenience of our readers.

Chrysler 2006-2010 Jeep Commanders and 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokees

Chrysler is recalling 469,000 SUVs worldwide as a result of electrical signal failure that may cause an unintentional gear shift to neutral, increasing the potential for a crash.

The Chrysler auto recalls include:

  • 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokees manufactured February 11, 2004, through March 9, 2010
  • 2006-2010 Jeep Commanders manufactured January 31, 2005, through March 10, 2010

Chrysler reportedly is aware of 26 accidents related to the gearshift problem, resulting in two injuries but no fatalities. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install new software in the final drive controller which governs the transfer case, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N23.

2013 Ram 1550 Pick-Up Trucks

Chrysler is also recalling 532 model year 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks in the United States and Canada, one-third of which are in dealer inventories, manufactured June 25 through December 12, 2012. The dealer will inspect and possibly replace windshield defrosting and defogging components if the coolant bypass valve does not allow coolant to flow into the heater core.

If not repaired, this issue could result in a possible buildup of moisture or ice that limits a driver’s ability to see, increasing the risk of a crash. Owners will be notified, and dealers will replace the suspect coolant valves along with an updated calibration, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N25.

2008-2102 Right-Hand-Drive Jeep Wranglers

Used mostly for rural mail delivery in the United States, about 5,330 right-hand-drive 2008-2012 Jeep Wranglers, manufactured February 1, 2007, through October 10, 2011, are being recalled. A potential broken electrical circuit in the airbag clockspring wiring assembly in these vehicles could lead to non-deployment of the driver-side frontal airbag, increasing the risk of driver injury.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the clockspring and add a steering wheel dust shield, free of charge. The recall begins May 2013. This recall supersedes NHTSA recall 11V-528. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is M31.

Owners may also contact 1-800-247-9753 for more information on any of the Chrysler recalls.

2012-13 Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal; Chevrolet Malibu Eco 2013

General Motors is recalling almost 43,000 model year 2012 and 2013 Buick LaCrosse and Regal vehicles, and model year 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles equipped with eAssist. The Generator Control Module (GCM) may not function properly in these vehicles, causing a gradual loss of battery charge and dimming of the malfunction indicator light.

If the vehicle continues to be driven, the engine may stall and/or the vehicle may not start, and there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke, and possibly a fire in the trunk.

GM will notify owners and dealers will test the GCM and replace it, as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. GM’s recall campaign number is 13136.

Mercedes-Benz 2013 GL350 BlueTEC, GL450 4MATIC, GL550 4MATIC and GL63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling model year 2013 GL350 BlueTEC, GL450 4MATIC, GL550 4MATIC, and GL63 AMG vehicles manufactured May 15, 2012, through October 4, 2012. The second row seat belt anchor fitting bolts may not be properly secured, resulting in an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners and dealers will check, and tighten the bolts of the seat belt anchor fittings, as necessary, free of charge. The recall begins May 2013. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

Toyota 2007-2013 FJ Cruisers Equipped with Toyota Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kits

More than 11,000 model year 2007-2013 FJ Cruiser vehicles manufactured January 25, 2006 through February 23, 2013 and equipped with Toyota Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kits mounted to the front bumper, are being recalled by Toyota Motor Corporation.

With a combination of the upper beam headlamps plus the auxiliary lamps exceeding the maximum light output allowed for upper beams, these assemblies don’t conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and may cause increased glare for oncoming traffic, increasing the chance of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the 55 watt bulbs with 35 watt bulbs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late May 2013. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov for more information on any of the above recalls.

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