Several U.S. and off-shore-based automakers have announced recalls this week for issues affecting the transmission, head restraints and brake lights.
The U.S. arm of Nissan Motor Co. is recalling some 2012 Versa models over issues with the transmission that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says could cause collisions or be a threat to pedestrians.
A bulletin from the NHTSA says that in some new Versas a driver may be able to shift out of park without pushing down on the brake pedal. If the car is parked on a steep enough grade, the car could roll and possibly hit other cars, property or pedestrians, causing damage and/or injuries.
The vehicles in question have an automatic transmission and were assembled between June 9, 2011 and Jan. 13, 2012. The recall affects 36,608 vehicles.
The problem was detected by a Nissan dealer in November. The condition is a violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, which is designed to “decrease the likelihood that a vehicle is stolen or accidentally set in motion.”
According to the Japan-based automaker, recall notices will be sent out by Feb. 20. Affected owners will be able to take their vehicles to a local dealership and have it inspected. The shifter assembly or the shifter knob will be replaced without cost as needed.
A defect was discovered in some 2012 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs in November. Only 569 vehicles are affected in the small-scale recall.
The issue with the vehicles is a defective weld in the head restraint bracket of the right-hand seat in the second row. The problem could lead to possible passenger neck injuries in the case of a collision.
The affected vehicles were made between Nov. 19 and Dec. 2, 2011. The recall is expected to start around Feb. 20. If needed, dealers will replace the head restraint at no charge.
Suzuki is is recalling nearly 1,400 2012 AN400, AN650 and DL650 scooters and motorcycles over possibly faulty lever-mounted brake light actuating switches. The issue could prevent the brake light from illuminating, increasing the risk of a crash. In some cases, the manufacturer continued, the issue may prevent the bike from restarting.
The bikes in question were made before Dec. 17, 2011. The Suzuki recall will begin around Feb. 13. First detected in Japan, there have been no consumer complaints over the issue in the U.S. as of yet.
Contact the NHTSA
Any who think they may be affected in any of the above recalls can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236.