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Recalls: Nissan NV vans for shifter cables, Chevy vans for gas leaks

The transmission may not shift into park on some 2012-2013 Nissan models; on Chevrolet Express models with CNG, gas could leak inside the vehicle.

By Exhaust Notes Mar 25, 2013 7:33AM
Nissan is recalling 18,880 NV vans to fix shifter cables that could cause the transmission to not engage park, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Certain 2012-2013 NV models have a shifter mounted on the steering-wheel column that is susceptible to road vibrations and could knock the shifter cable out of position, Nissan said. The NV is a new high-top commercial van introduced in 2011.

A lock clip was installed incorrectly on certain vehicles, and as a result, the shifter may not match the actual selected gear. That means a rollaway is possible. Nissan said it discovered the problem through a warranty claim in December, but no injuries or related accidents have been reported.

Nissan dealers will "inspect and reposition the clip" starting April 8. Owners can call 1-800-647-7261 for more details.

Also among commercial vans, Chevrolet is recalling 48 Express CNGs, vans converted to run on compressed natural gas. A vent pipe, which normally expels excess gas pressure to the outside air, could instead expel the gas into the passenger compartment, which could cause some obvious problems.

Only 2011 models equipped with four CNG tanks are included. Impco Automotive, which is responsible for retrofitting GM's vans to run on CNG, will fix the pressure-relief device and vent pipe at the end of March. Owners can call GM at 1-800-521-7300.

[Source: Nissan]
17Comments
Mar 26, 2013 7:06AM
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If I'm reading the article correctly, the people who did the CNG conversion are at fault, not GM.
Mar 25, 2013 10:21AM
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Leave it to GM. While others have recalls for things like switches and latches, GM has them for lethal issues like gassing it's drivers, Steering wheels falling off, brake pads missing, brake lines getting rubbed through and explosions.
  I 'll keep my Toyota and in the event it accelerates by itself, I can just use the emergency brake, turn the key off or shift into neutral. GM is a disgrace to the auto industry and has slapped all US tax payers right in the face by borrowing money that they will never repay!

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