A few major recalls have occurred in the last two weeks, which include an issue with the air conditioning on the Acura MDX, a software issue with the Toyota Prius V and a problem with the power liftgate on a few crossovers built by General Motors. Find out if your vehicle is affected in this week’s Recall Roundup.
Recall information for your vehicle can also be accessed by visiting www.safercar.gov, or you can log onto myCARFAX, which will keep you up to date with recall alerts on your specific vehicle. You can also make sure your vehicle is up to date by visiting our Recall page.
Affected Models: 2014–2015 Acura MDX
Vehicles Involved: 106,439
Problem: Vehicles built between April 23, 2013 and December 16, 2014 may have bolts on the air conditioning compressor clutch drive that did not get the proper anti-corrosion coating. This makes it more likely for the bolts to break and cause the air conditioning pulley to fall out and become a hazard on the road.
Solution: Starting on July 31, dealers will replace the bolts and inspect the air conditioning clutch plate. If necessary, dealers will replace the plate. If you have any questions, you can contact Acura client relations online or at 1-800-382-2238 and ask about recall number JQ7.
Automaker: General Motors
Affected Models: 2009–2012 Buick Enclave, 2009–2012 Chevrolet Traverse, 2007–2012 GMC Acadia, 2007–2010 Saturn Outlook
Vehicles Involved: 686,287
Problem: Vehicles equipped with the power liftgate option may have gas struts that are prone to wear prematurely. This could cause the liftgate to fall, possibly striking a person underneath. There is a system called Prop Rod Recovery that is designed to prevent something like this from happening, but the software for this system isn’t properly calibrated to handle this scenario.
Solution: Dealers will update the software for the power liftgate actuator motor control unit. For more information, Buick owners can contact online or call 1-800-521-7300, and Chevrolet owners can contact Chevrolet customer service online or at 1-800-222-1020. GMC owners can contact GMC customer service online or at 1-800-462-8782, and Saturn owners can contact Saturn customer service online or at 1-800-553-6000. Ask for recall number 15240.
Affected Models: 2012–2014 Toyota Prius V
Vehicles Involved: 109,000
Problem: Software settings for the motor/generator control ECU and hybrid control ECU could cause high heat to develop around some of the transistors and cause them to fail. In most cases the vehicle should warn the driver about the problem, but in some cases the system will shut down unexpectedly when the vehicle is in motion, causing it to stop.
Solution: Toyota will notify owners about the problem and provide instructions on how to schedule repairs with their dealer. Dealers will update the software for both ECUs. If you have questions, you can contact Toyota customer service online or at 1-800-331-4331. You can also check the recall status of your particular vehicle by visiting Toyota.com/recall and entering the vehicle identification number (VIN).
Check out the myCARFAX smartphone app if you want to be kept up to date when a recall has been announced on your vehicle. This app will notify you about open recalls on your vehicle. You can also use the app to track your vehicle’s service history, receive alerts for upcoming service and find trusted repair shops. You can download myCARFAX for free through Google Play or the iTunes store.