Vehicle recall list explodes for September and October

It’s not Halloween Hoodoo, but it might as well be when it comes to the most recent batch of vehicle recalls posted by the NHTSA, and some of them are very serious.  Here is a list, but I do encourage you to go to NHTSA.gov regularly to check the latest ones.  Stay tuned, the month is still young.

Of most concern, I think, is the recall of 268,655 Honda CR-Vs from the 2002 to 2006 model years.  The driver’s side window switch may fail or melt causing a fire.  The manufacturer says to park the small SUV outside until recall repair is performed.  Date, they say, is on or about November 2, but I encourage you to call them at 800-999-1009 since they aren’t saying what you should drive until then.

About 44,000 Dodge Dakota and Dodge Ram 1500 for model years 2009-10 have been recalled for a problem with a rear axle pinion nut that may loosen due to a lack of adhesive.  The recall is expected to begin in November, and owners may contact Chrysler at 800-247-9753.

A small number (2,400) 2012 Nissan Frontier, X-Terra and Pathfinders have been recalled for a problem with front wheel hubs.  More on this on the NHTSA website, or check with your dealer to see if the problem applies to your truck.

Fifth-wheel travel trailers (2012) from Heartland/Bighorn Chevy Silverado have been recalled because the LP hose and wire hanger mounted under the slide-out can can come in contact with the tire causing a possible LP leak and fire.  Contact Heartland at 888-262-5992 to find out what they want you to do.

Starcraft AR-ONE units for 2012-13 have a recall for replacement of an incorrect label for tire rim specs.  This could cause the wrong size rim to be installed.  Contact the dealer for a correct spec label. 

There are also current recalls for the 2011 Mini-Clubman and 2013 Mercedes SL Class and 2013 BMWs. if that’s your other vehicle, so check it out at nhtsa.gov. 

Remember, if you are not the original owner of any recalled vehicles or products you will NOT receive a recall notice from the manufacturer and it becomes your responsibility to contact the dealer.   Ignoring a recall can cost lives and money.