Recalls, Recalls Everywhere, Over a Million Cars Taken Off the Streets

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General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda and Nissan all have announced recalls with units totaling in over a million.

General Motors is recalling over 640,000 pickup trucks worldwide because a high-tech seat belt can set a vehicle's carpeting on fire. GM says it uses a small explosion to move a piston that tightens the belts before a crash. The explosion can release hot gas through an opening in a bracket, possibly setting the carpet on fire. The company reported two fires but no injuries.

The recall covers certain 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks. Also included are some 2020 Silverado 2500 and 3500 models, as well as Sierra 2500 3500 heavy-duty pickups. All have carpet as a floor covering, and most are in North America.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost 700,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause the engines to stall. The company says silicon deposits on the contact points of fuel pump relays can cut off the electrical current and cause engines to stall or fail to start.

The recall covers certain 2011 through 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos. Most are in North America.

The company is finalizing the repairs and will notify owners when it’s time to take their SUVs to dealers.

Mazda is recalling 117,000 U.S. vehicles to replace potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators, adding to the previous 270,000 vehicles. The Takata airbags utilized ammonium nitrate to create an explosion that led to inflation. When it is exposed to high heat and humidity, the chemical can burn too fast and blow apart a metal canister.

The action covers vehicles recalled from 2013 to 2017 that received Takata replacement inflators because parts from other manufacturers were not available. Vehicles included are 2007 to 2012 CX-7 and CX-9 SUVs, and 2003 through 2012 Mazda6 sedan, according to The Associated Press. Other models covered are 2004 and 2005 MPV minivans, 2004 RX-8 sports cars, and 2006 and 2007 Mazdaspeed6 sedans, the AP said.

"In certain vehicles, the driver and/or front passenger airbag inflator supplied by Takata could deploy abnormally in the event of a crash," Mazda said on its website.

The recall is expected to begin Dec. 18, 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, the NHTSA said. Owners may also call the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

Nissan is recalling over 450,000 vehicles worldwide because a brake fluid leak could cause them to catch fire. Nissan says an antilock brake actuator pump can leak fluid onto a circuit board, causing electrical shorts and fires. Because of the fire risk, the company is urging owners to park the vehicles outdoors and away from structures if the antilock brake light comes on for more than 10 seconds.

The recall, detailed in documents posted Friday by the U.S. government, covers the Nissan Murano SUV from 2015 through 2018, and Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018. Also included are Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 through 2019. Most are in the U.S. and Canada.

A fire in a 2016 Maxima touched off the first recall. About 120,000 U.S. vehicles were recalled in 2016, and Nissan issued a recall for 215,000 in 2018. It’s Nissan’s third recall for the same problem, and the company keeps expanding the number of affected models.

Dealers now will replace the pumps on all of the vehicles. Notices telling owners of the safety risk will be sent Dec. 2. Parts are available for vehicles with illuminated antilock brake lights.

“Nissan Group is committed to the safety, security and satisfaction of our customers and their passengers,” the statement said.

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