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Toyota Recalls 112,500 Models Including RAV4 EV, Camry

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/12/2015 Karla Sanchez

2015 Toyota Camry XLE© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota Camry XLE

Several automakers have issued recalls, with Toyota issuing one for several of its models including the RAV4 EV and Camry. The new 2015 Genesis sedan has also been recalled for an issue with the light assembly, while Chevrolet has recalled newer Cruze models since they can potentially roll away. Honda voluntarily recalled a small amount of Accords and CR-Vs.

2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV; 2014-2015 Toyota RAV4; 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV

The Problem: Components in the propulsion system in certain RAV4 EVs may cause the vehicle to shift to neutral due to a software issue. This could also trigger a “Check EV System” warning message on the instrument panel as well as the malfunction indicator lamp. If the vehicle shifts into neutral, there will be complete loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash. As for the other vehicles, a circuit board for the electric power steering may have been damaged during assembly and can result in the loss of power steering assist. Although drivers can still steer manually, the loss of power means increased steering effort at low speeds, also increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Owners will receive a letter from Toyota by first class mail. Dealers will pair the electric vehicle traction motor assembly on the RAV4 EVs, and inspect the steering column assembly on the other vehicles. If those vehicles are affected, dealers will replace the power steering electronic control unit.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 112,500 Toyota vehicles have been recalled, with 2500 of those being 2012-2014 RAV4 EVs. The other 110,000 cars are split among the 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Toyota RAV4s.

2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan

2015 Hyundai Genesis© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Genesis

The Problem: In certain 2015 Genesis sedans, water could leak into the rear light assembly and cause an incorrect gear display on the instrument panel or delay in the engagement of a selected gear. If the incorrect gear is displayed, the vehicle may move in an unintended direction, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will apply pads on affected vehicles, which will help prevent water intrusion into the lamp housing. They will do this free of charge, and owners can call Hyundai at 1-855-671-3059 for more information. The recall number is 128.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 24,400 2015 Genesis sedans manufactured between February 21, 2014 to January 24, 2015 are affected.

2015 Chevrolet Cruze

2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ

The Problem:Certain 2015 Cruze sedans may be equipped with improperly fastened parking brake cable brackets. This could cause the parking brake bracket to separate, which means the brake won’t be able to hold the vehicle in place, increasing the risk of a rollaway and a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left-rear and right-rear parking brake bracket bolts and tighten them if necessary. All this will be done free of charge to the owner. The recall is expected to begin this month.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 1733 2015 Cruze vehicles manufactured between February 4, 2015 and February 9, 2015 are included in this recall.

2014-2015 Honda Accord; 2015 Honda CR-V

2015 Honda Accord Sport© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Accord Sport

The Problem: Honda has voluntarily recalled certain 2014- 2015 Honda Accords with the four-cylinder engine as well as 2015 Honda CR-V models. The automaker says that some of these models may have been equipped with improperly torqued bolts during engine assembly. If the connecting rod bolt comes loose, it could damage the engine and cause it to stall, which could potentially lead to a crash. Honda says no injuries or crashes have been related to the issue.

The Fix: Mailed notifications will be sent later this month, but Honda can also be reached at (800) 999-1009. Owners can then take their vehicles to their dealer, which will replace the engine short block for free.

Number of Vehicles Affected: A total of 137 2014-2015 four-cylinder Honda Accords and 2015 CR-Vs are affected by this recall.

Source: NHTSA, Honda, Toyota

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