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Recalls: Acura, Suzuki, Chrysler, Infiniti

More bolt problems affect Acura and Suzuki; Chrysler suffers from transmission fractures; the steering system on the new Infiniti Q50 is prone to failure.

By Exhaust Notes Dec 16, 2013 9:58AM
Honda is having more problems tightening its bolts, as evidenced by a second recall for another 2014 Acura model, the company said today.

The 2014 Acura RLX, the company's flagship sedan that was redesigned this year, has one or several bolts on the rear suspension that may come loose and fall out, which could cause part of the suspension to become misaligned. The eight bolts may not have been tightened properly on up to 7,387 cars in the U.S. No related accidents or injuries have been reported, Honda said. Dealers will begin repairs early next month. Owners can visit www.recalls.acura.co​m or call 1-800-382-2238 for more information.  

On Friday, Honda recalled 19,197 Acura MDX SUVs, also from 2014, for driveshafts that can detach from each other. Bolts from universal joint bolts can loosen and fall out, which can cause "excessive noise and possibly damage the vehicle."

Chrysler is recalling 5,663 cars for transmission shafts that can fracture. The 2013 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Ram 1500 have 8-speed automatic transmissions that can fail due to a faulty forging process at the factory. Only those cars built in a certain range with all-wheel-drive and V6 engines are affected, for a total of 4,194 in the U.S., Chrysler said. There have been no reported accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Dealers will replace the transmission assembly — specifically, the output shaft — at a date to be determined. Owners can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 for more information.

On Wednesday Chrysler recalled 522 cars, including the 2013 Chrysler 200, 2013 Dodge Avenger, 2014 Jeep Compass and the 2014 Jeep Patriot, for engines that can lose oil pressure or have their main bearings fail.

Suzuki is recalling 142 cars for bolts that can fall out of the transmission. On certain 2013 SX4 models with the continuously variable transmission, the bolts securing the drive plate to the torque converter can loosen, cause noises and potentially get caught between the plate and the engine block, causing the engine to stall.

Between May and October, Suzuki received 22 complaints in Japan of cars making strange noises during startup. The bolt problems may have been due to a "change in workers" at the factory during an earlier time.

Dealers — those that remained open for service after the company pulled out of the U.S. market last year — will tighten the bolts starting this month. Owners can call Suzuki at 1-800-572-1490.

Nissan is recalling 23 Infiniti Q50 sedans for steering failures. The 2014 Q50 has an optional industry-first "drive by wire" steering system that is completely electronic and uses a mechanical linkage only as a backup. However, after making a software update on a small batch of cars, Nissan found that in below-freezing temperatures the steering-wheel actuators may not receive any electrical current to turn the wheels and may also disable the mechanical backup for brief periods. Nissan found the problem on a car in Canada in early November.

Nissan, which delayed the Q50's launch by one month to fix last-minute problems, has already contacted the 23 owners by phone and fixed the steering with a software update. Owners were told not to drive their cars; their vehicles were towed and dealers provided a loaner during the repairs.

[Source: Chrysler; Honda; NHTSA (Suzuki/Nissan)]
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Dec 23, 2013 2:45PM
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I think we all owe a note of thanks to the manufactures and the dot for finding and correcting these faults before someone gets hurt or killed...it does show that there is some good in at least one government office...design and assembly faults do occur...Thanks for keeping us safe and the companies honest...move on to the next story...
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remember Chrysler had some **** recall they could have easily fought and won.

1.6 million jeeps over 7 years old recalled because of aftermarket tow hitches


again I think turdyoda just didnt want to be in the lead again and paid someone off


Dec 17, 2013 5:54AM
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Fireman,

  Any chance that you might ever grow up and stop trying to create arguments on here? I don't care about recalls, and you doing the childish "ha ha" about Japanese cars when Chrysler has way more recalls that any other automaker in 2013 makes you look like an azz. Of course, if that's your goal, then well done!

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