Recall Alerts: Chevrolet Captiva for Power Steering Pump; Toyota Tundra for Inaccurate Load Label
Chevrolet is recalling 3150 rental-only Captiva crossovers over concerns of a glitch between its engine and power steering pump. Vehicles labeled as a 2011 or 2012 model year and assembled between October 9, 2009 and April 21, 2011 are believed to be the ones affected. Driving in manual mode and in first gear causes the Captiva's engine and power steering pump to run at a faster speed than normal. A faster pump speed creates heat that's transferred to the power steering fluid resulting in high fluid temperatures; if it stays that hot, it can melt the plastic reservoir and leak out, potentially starting a fire if there's an ignition source nearby. GM will remedy the situation by notifying the fleet owners who are the sole customers for the Captiva, which is a rebadged version of the now-defunct Saturn Vue. Chevy will evaluate the power steering fluid cooler and replace it free of charge with an improved version if necessary. An advisory letter and instructions will be sent next month, with the recall expected to begin in March, 2012. The reason for the delay in replacing the defective pump is that GM is waiting for more parts to become available and estimate March of 2012 as when enough pumps will be available. For more information, contact Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438 and reference recall number 11333. Toyota is also bringing back 502 Tundras to switch out a load carrying capacity sticker that includes the wrong numbers on it. An inaccurate label may lead to trucks getting overloaded which can result in tires failing and increasing the risk of an accident. Toyota will notify owners of the Tundras affected and swap out the inaccurate labels for one with the correct information on it. Owners of those Tundras affected have the option to let the dealership replace the label free of charge or do it themselves. The recall is expected to begin in Feburary, 2012. Concerned owners may contact Toyota at (800) 444-1074 or the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration at (888) 327- 4236. For more information about either recall, contact The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration at (888) 327-4236 or (800) 424-9153. Source: NHTSA
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