February 2013 Automobile Recalls

Toyota Recalls

Toyota is recalling a number of 2006-2012 Lexus IS250 and IS350 vehicles manufactured between August 23, 2005, and October 5, 2011. They are also recalling a number of 2010-2012 Lexus IS250C and IS350C vehicles that were manufactured between April 10, 2009, and October 6, 2011. Lastly, they are recalling a number of 2008-2011 Lexus IS-F vehicles that were manufactured between December 14, 2007, and July 10, 2011. Apparently, the nuts that fasten the wiper arms may be insufficiently torqued so that if the wiper arms are restricted by an external load, one or both of the wipers may become inoperative. If this happens, this can reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash. Toyota will notify owners of the recall and Lexus dealers will install new wiper arm nuts free of charge. The recall will begin shortly and owners may contact Toyota at (800) 331-4331.

Toyota is recalling a number of 2003-2004 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles and 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe vehicles. The supplemental restraint system (SRS) circuits may short internally and this may create an abnormal current flow and increased heat which can damage the circuits. This could result in an inadvertent deployment of the front airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners. Inadvertent deployment of the airbags or the seat belt pretensioners can increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash. Toyota will notify their owners, and General Motors will notify theirs. Dealers will install a supplemental harness containing an electrical filter between the airbag control module and its wire harness free of charge. A notification schedule has not been provided by Toyota or GM. For more information, Toyota owners may call (800) 331-4331 and Pontiac owners may call (800) 620-7668.

Chrysler Recalls

Chrysler is recalling a number of 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles manufactured between October 30, 2012, and November 2, 2012. These vehicles may have a gas tank that has a broken control valve in the fuel tank assembly. A broken control valve in the fuel tank assembly may lead to an engine stall or fuel leakage. An engine stall while driving may contribute to a vehicle crash. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, may result in a fire. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tank assembly and replace any affected control valves free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at (800) 247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N02.

General Motors Recalls

General Motors is recalling a number of 2013 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles, manufactured between December 6, 2011, and January 15, 2013. One or more rear suspension bolts may not have been tightened to the specified torque and this can lead to sudden changes in vehicle handling. Sudden changes in vehicle handling may increase the risk of a crash. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and retighten the bolts as necessary free of charge. Owner notifications have already begun and will be completed shortly. Owners may contact General Motors at (800) 521-7300. This is General Motors recall number 13008.

General Motors is recalling a number of 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals. If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver’s risk of injury. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil free of charge. The safety recall began on February 13, 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at (800) 521-7300. This is General Motors recall number 12261 and is an expansion of NHTSA recall 12V-522.

BMW Recalls

BMW is recalling a number of 2011 1-Series vehicles manufactured between August 17, 2011, and December, 19, 2011. Due to an insufficient sealing of the drivetrain housing assembly, there may be a lack of grease lubrication on the gear shaft that transfers power from the electric motor to the transmission. Over time, the connection between the electric motor and the transmission may wear, possibly resulting in a sudden loss of vehicle propulsion. This could increase the risk of a vehicle crash. BMW will notify owners by telephone, and dealers will inspect the drivetrain connection and update the sealing system. Any worn electric motor gearing will be replaced. The recall begins this month and owners may call BMW at (800) 525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

Mitsubishi Recalls

Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling a number of 2012 i-MiEV electric vehicles manufactured between December 2, 2011, and September 7, 2012. The brake system vacuum pump may fail, causing the vacuum pump to be inoperable. If this happens, it will reduce available brake power which would result in lengthened stopping distances, which may increase the risk of a vehicle crash. Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected vacuum pumps free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi at (888) 648-7820. Mitsubisihi’s campaign recall number is SR-13-001.

Triumph Recalls

Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling a number of 2011-2012 Daytona 675 and Street Triple motorcycles as well as 2012 Thunderbird and Thunderbird Storm motorcycles. The wheels were assembled with bearings of an unknown quality. Wheel bearings of poor quality could fail unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a motorcycle crash. Triumph will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected bearings free of charge. Owners may contact Triumph at (678) 854-2010 for more information.

Rolls Royce Recalls

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is recalling a number of 2013 Phantom vehicles manufactured between November 2, 2012, and January 18, 2013. The fuel filler necks may be missing the anti-misfueling devices. The devices prevent misfueling and discharge static electricity. Without the anti-misfueling device, there is an increased risk of fire from static electricity. Rolls-Royce is presently contacting all affected owners. Dealers will inspect the gas tank and replace any affected fuel filler necks free of charge. The recall began earlier this month and owners may contact Rolls-Royce at (877) 877-3735.