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Ford, Nissan, Suzuki and Chrysler announce recalls
Ford, Nissan, Suzuki and Chrysler are all recalling thousands of vehicles due to safety concerns. Read on: Manufacturer: Ford Vehicle model(s): 2011 F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis vehicles made between Feb.1, 2010 and July 1, 2011; 2012 F-53 AND F-59 stripped chassis vehicles made from May 10, 2011 to Oct. 25, 2011. Number of units recalled: 13,239 The problem: The ‘PRNDL’ cable can break at the attachment to the transmission control selector arm assembly mounted on the steering column. If this happens, the ‘PRNDL’ display on the instrument panel will remain in first gear regardless of the gear the driver selected. An incorrect gear indication in the instrument panel may prevent the driver from knowing which gear they are in, increasing the risk of a crash. The remedy: Ford will notify owners of the recall and dealers will replace the transmission selector arm assembly and the ‘PRNDL’ cable assembly for free. The safety recall is to begin around March 2. Ford's recall number is 12S27. For information: Call the company’s customer assistance center at (866) 436-7332. Manufacturer: Ford Vehicle model(s): 569 Number of units recalled: 2012 Expedition and Lincoln Navigators made from Nov. 19, 2011 through Dec. 2, 2011. The problem: Inadequate welds on the head restraint support brackets on the second row, right hand seat may not hold adequately in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The remedy: Ford will contact vehicle owners and dealers will replace the head restraints as necessary for free. The safety recall is to begin around Feb. 20. For information: Call Ford's company’s customer assistance center at (866) 436-7332. Manufacturer: Nissan Vehicle model(s): 2012 Versa vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission and were made from June, 2011 through Jan. 13, 2012. Number of units recalled: 36,608 The problem: The vehicles may shift out of Park without having the brake pedal depressed because of an interference between the shifter rod and shift knob. This increases the risk of getting into a crash and injuring a nearby pedestrian. The remedy: The company will notify vehicle owners and dealers will inspect and replace the shifter knob or shifter assembly as needed at no cost. Nissan's safety recall is to begin around Feb. 20. For information: Vehicle owners can contact the company’s customer assistance center at (800) 647-7261. Manufacturer: Suzuki Vehicle model(s): 2012 AN400, AN650 and DL650 scooters and motorcycles made before Dec. 17, 2011 Number of units recalled: 1,396 The problem: The lever-mounted brake light actuating switch(es) may fail. In the AN400 and AN650, this problem will prevent the scooters from starting. In all the affected models, failure of the brake light switches may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when when the scooter or motorcycle is braking. This increases the risk of a crash with the vehicle following behind. The remedy: Suzuki will reach out the vehicle owners while distributors will replace the brake light actuating switch for free. The recall is to begin around Feb. 13. For information: Call the company’s customer assistance center at (714) 996-7040. Manufacturer: Chrysler Vehicle model(s): 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger police vehicles Number of units recalled: 9,688 The problem: The low beam lamp in some of the affected vehicles could fail because of an overheated bulb harness connector. Other vehicles may experience a loss in ABS/ESC system function due to an overheated power distribution center. The problem could cause a loss of visibility and/or braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash. The remedy: Chrysler will notify vehicle owners while dealers will replace the headlamp jumper harnesses and relocate the ABS/ESC system fuse with the power distribution center, at no cost. The safety recall is to begin during the month of March. For information: Call Chrysler at (800) 853-1403. Information about these and other recalls are available by calling the National Highway Traffic safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or go online to www.safercar.gov.