Automotive recalls seem to be something akin to a virus these days … they’re going around and everyone seems to be catching them. This week it’s Nissan and GM who are churning out letters … a lot of letters … to people who have bought their products.
Nissan is recalling over 500,000 vehicles … some for a brake problem … some for a petrol gauge problem … and some for both.
The brake problem is caused by a brake pin that … in very basic terms … tends to fall out of whatever it’s holding together and the result is that you have no brakes. It seems that all the vehicles affected by this recall are located in the United States.
The fuel gauge problem affects vehicles in both the United States and in other parts of the world and involves Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra models produced between January and March 2006 and October 2007 and January 2008. It seems that vehicles with high odometer readings experience a problem with the fuel gauge reading more than what’s actually in the tank.
General Motors has to recall around 1.3 million vehicles sold in Canada, the United States and Mexico. The vehicles to be recalled included 2005 to 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts and 2007 to 2010 Pontiac G5s. These vehicles could develop a faulty power-steering motor that could affect the vehicles handling at low speeds.
Here in Australia Hyundai have issued recall notices for 2.4-litre iLoad and iMax vehicles manufactured between April 28 and June 30 2009 due to a faulty throttle cable. A missing sleeve may mean that the accelerator is harder to depress than normal.
The recall of Hyundai vehicles is almost nothing compared to the big numbers for Nissan and GM … there are only 539 vehicles in Australia affected by this recall notice.