General Motors is ordering a number of vehicles to dealers to fix problems with the air bags and headlights. Meanwhile, Chrysler is calling back the 200 for a stalling issue and Subaru is looking into a leak affecting the Legacy and Outback. Find out if your vehicle is involved in this edition of the Recall Roundup.
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Automaker: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Affected Models: 2015 Chrysler 200
Vehicles Involved: 77,834
Problem: Models built from January 7, 2014, to September 23, 2014 may have an electrical connector that was damaged by the supplier during post-production validation tests. The connector may cause intermittent power failures to certain components, which could cause either the engine to stall or the transmission to go into neutral.
Solution: FCA will begin notifying owners on Sept. 18 about the recall, with a second notice being sent out sometime after alerting owners that parts are available. Dealers will repair the issue with the electrical connector. If you have any questions, you can contact FCA’s customer service line at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall number R24.
Automaker: General Motors
Affected Models: 2005 Buick LaCrosse, 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix
Vehicles Involved: 159,584
Problem: The headlight module could cause the low-beams to work intermittently, or stop working permanently. This is an expansion of earlier recall, which affects a number of GM’s midsize SUVs.
Solution: GM is working on a permanent fix for this issue. In the meantime, dealers will replace the headlight module with a new example of the same part. If your Buick is affected you can contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. Pontiac owners can contact Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737.
Affected Models: 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
Vehicles Involved: 58,474
Problem: The wiring harness for the side-impact sensor may be not properly routed around the driver’s door, which could cause an electric short that would prevent the driver’s side-impact air bag from deploying.
Solution: Dealers will inspect the sensor wiring and make repairs if there is evidence of a short. If you have any questions, can call Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and ask about recall number 15075.
Affected Models: 2014–2015 Chevrolet Impala
Vehicles Involved: 5,493
Problem: Models with ventilated front seats that were built between April 15, 2013 and June 19, 2015 have a problem with the system that deactivates the air bag on the passenger side when a child is sitting in the front passenger seat. If the air bag deploys while a child is present, it could increase the chance of injury.
Solution: Dealers will recalibrate the seat sensor and reset the electronic control module. At the time of this writing, GM hasn’t announced a date when the recall will begin. Owners with questions can call Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 and ask about recall number 15400.
Affected Models: 2015–2016 Subaru Legacy, Outback
Vehicles Involved: 2,983
Problem: Models built from July 3, 2015 to July 27, 2015 may have a fire risk. During production, the seal cap in the propeller shaft yoke may have been deformed, which could cause transmission fluid to leak onto the exhaust pipe, increasing the risk of a fire.
Solution: Dealers will replace propeller shaft. If you have any questions, you can call Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783 and ask about recall number WQU-56.
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