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Recalls: Chevrolet Aveo Lights Can Overheat, Nissan Leaf Missing Welds

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/21/2014 Alex Nishimoto

More recalls have been announced in the wake of U.S. transportation director Anthony Foxx's warning to automakers that failure to quickly notify NHTSA of potential safety issues will have consequences. General Motors is recalling certain 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveos for daytime running light (DRL) systems that could melt, while Nissan is recalling a handful of Leaf EVs for being improperly welded together.

Chevrolet Aveo

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The Problem: Models equipped with daytime running lights can have excessive heat generated by the DRL module, which could melt the unit and potentially lead to a fire.

The Fix: GM is still coming up with a solution for the problem and has not issued a timeline for notifying owners of affected vehicle, but owners can call Chevy at 1-800-222-1020 referencing the campaign number 14236 for more details.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The recall covers approximately 218,000 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveo models equipped with DRL systems.

Nissan Leaf

The Problem: The front structural member assembly on certain 2014 Leaf models may be missing welds, which could reduce structural integrity in a crash and increase the risk of injury.

The Fix: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect vehicles to see if any welds are missing. If it's discovered that welds are needed, the repairs will be conducted free of charge. The recall is expected to be carried out by mid-June. Owners can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 for more info.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The recall affects 211 model-year 2014 Nissan Leaf EVs built between February 28, 2014 and March 12, 2014.

Source: NHTSA


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