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GM, Honda and Mazda Issue Recalls

May 5, 2014

The recalls keep coming, with General Motors still in the forefront.

GM is recalling 51,640 SUVs from the 2014 model year because of a defective software that could result in inaccurate fuel gauge readings. On its website, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that the software in the engine control module in some 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs may not register accurate fuel levels. The agency said that inaccurate readings could result in the stalling of the vehicle’s engines or the emptying of its tanks, increasing the risk of crashes.

In a letter, GM told the NHTSA that the fuel gauge reading could be inaccurate by about one-quarter of a tank. The automaker will address the problem by reprogramming the engine control modules of the vehicles.

Just last week, GM issued two other recalls. The first one involved the 2013 Cadillac SRX. The crossover was said to suffer a three- to four- second acceleration lag due to a calibration problem in its transmission control module. Even the shortest delay in acceleration could put the driver at risk for a crash.

The automaker will also address the issue through reprogramming, this time working on the transmission control module. The 50,571 affected SRX crossovers will be fixed under warranty.

The other recall involves some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks, and will start on May 19. The problem with these vehicles is that the fuel pipe nuts on the sides of the diesel fuel transfer pump may not be properly torqued. Loose connections could possibly result in a leak, which could potentially start a fire should there be an ignition source.

Only 51 vehicles are affected, and these will be inspected and fixed under warranty.

Honda and Mazda are two other auto manufacturers which has recently issued a recall. Honda is recalling some Odyssey minivans from the 2014 model year while Mazda is recalling Mazda6 sedans from the same model year.

The Honda Odyssey is being recalled due to a potentially damaged airbag shorting terminal. It was said that the installation of the passenger’s side curtain airbag could have compromised the terminal, which is the electrical connector that causes the non-deployment of the airbag prior to its installation in the vehicle. If the said connector is indeed damaged, it is possible that the side curtain airbag may not deploy in a crash.

Honda will begin telling owners when to bring their vehicles to dealers for repairs this month and will replace the damaged shorting terminal for free. There are 24,889 Honda Odyssey minivans affected, all of which were produced between October 2, 2013 and December 16, 2013.

As for the Mazda6, the problem concerns the fuel tank. If the fuel tank is filled beyond its capacity, gasoline could flow into the charcoal canister which is a component of the evaporative emissions system. This outflow could result in a leakage from the canister’s vent, and the leak could in turn cause a fire.

Mazda will address the problem by inspecting the charcoal canister of affected cars and replacing it if necessary. Dealers will also add an adapter to the shut-off valve.

There are 19,000 affected Mazda6 sedans, all of them made between October 25, 2012 and May 9, 2013.

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