Product recalls or recall notices announced recently. Details are available in most cases at www.cpsc.gov and other websites or telephone numbers.
Hyundai, Kia cars
Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are recalling almost 1.9 million vehicles to fix problems with air bags and brake light switches. The switch recall covers almost 1.7 million vehicles, most of the automakers’ model lineups from the 2007 through 2011 model years.
In addition, Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling about 194,000 Elantra compacts from 2011 to 2013 to fix an air bag problem.
A faulty switch can stop the brake lights from illuminating when drivers press on the pedal, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Also, the cruise control may not turn off when a driver steps on the brake, push-to-start buttons may not work, and a feature that stops the driver from shifting out of park without a foot on the brake may fail.
Hyundai and Kia said that there haven’t been any crashes or injuries due to the problem.
Hyundai models affected by the brake light switch recall include the 2007-09 Accent and Tucson, 2007-10 Elantra, 2011 Sonata, 2007-11 Santa Fe, 2008-09 Veracruz and 2010-11 Genesis Coupe. Kia models include the 2007-10 Rondo and Sportage, 2011 Optima, 2007-11 Sorento, 2010-11 Soul and 2007 Sedona.
Hyundai and Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the switches free of charge. Kia will send notifications in May, while Hyundai expects to send them in June after enough replacement parts are shipped to dealers.
In the Elantra air bag recall, a support bracket can come loose when the side air bags are inflated and cause injuries. Dealers will install industrial adhesive strips to keep the brackets in place at no cost to the owners. Hyundai will notify owners during the second quarter of this year.
Honda is recalling nearly 205,000 minivans and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with the automatic shifters.
The recall includes the Honda CR-V small SUV and Odyssey minivan from the 2012 and 2013 model years. Also covered is the 2013 Acura RDX SUV.
Honda says the device that stops drivers from shifting out of park without a foot on the brake may not work properly. The problem occurs in below-freezing temperatures.
The company says no complaints, crashes or injuries have been reported due to the problem. It was discovered during an internal investigation.
Honda will notify owners in mid-May and will make repairs free of charge.
Nissan, Infiniti SUVs
Nissan is recalling more than 19,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs because a brake part can fail and make it harder for the driver to stop the car.
The recall affects Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX SUVs from the 2013 model year.
The automaker says an iron brake caliper part wasn’t made properly and can crack or fail. If that happens, the brake calipers can move and hit the wheel. That can reduce braking power and increase the risk of a crash. Nissan said Friday it has no reports of crashes or injuries.
The SUVs were made Dec. 3, 2012, through Jan. 29, 2013.
Nissan will notify owners starting in May. Dealers will inspect the SUVs and replace the parts free of charge if needed.
About 3,400 Can-Am Commander side-by-side off-road vehicles made by BRP Mexico S.A. de C.V. The 2011 models include Can-Am Commander 800 and 1000, Can-Am Commander XT 800R and 1000, and Can-Am Commander X 1000. The 2012 models include Can-Am Commander 800 and 1000, Can-Am Commander XT 800 and 1000, Can-Am Commander X 1000, and Can-Am Commander Limited 1000.
Improper assembly of the steering column to the rack-and-pinion can result in a loss of control. There have been three reports of a loss of steering control, but no injuries.
Details: 888-638-5397 or www.canamoffroad.com and click on “Recall Information” under the Owner Center.
About 9,600 Columbia Omni-Heat men’s and women’s electric heated jackets. They are polyester and have the Columbia name printed on the front upper left side. The jackets have two battery packs located in inner pouches. The recall includes the following men’s jackets: Circuit Breaker II Jacket with model number SM7051, Electro AMP Jacket with model number SM7061, Electro Interchange Jacket with model number SM7886, and Electric Big Game Interchange Jacket with model number HM7198. The recall also includes the following women’s jackets: Circuit Breaker II Jacket with model number SL7022, Electro AMP Jacket with model number SL7021 and Electro Interchange Jacket with model number SL7885.
The heated inner wrist cuff can overheat, posing a burn hazard. No incidents were reported in the U.S. The firm received reports of one incident in Europe and one in Canada. No injuries were reported.
Details: 866-201-9073 or www.Columbia.com.