Nissan, Mazda & Jeep join recall season
For what seemed like ages, there was no rain. But then when it finally rains, it pours. And we aren’t even talking about the stormy local weather. Nissan, Mazda and Jeep have joined the runaway recall bandwagon, while GM and Hyundai have managed to keep their noses clean in the UAE.
Nissan is recalling thousands of American-built models in the GCC for two specific problems. The first ‘voluntary’ recall involves the 2008-2010 Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 models, as well as additional Quest and Titan models in the United States. There were three incidents, two in the GCC itself, where pins in the brake pedal assemblies became partially disengaged. The recall affects 15,670 vehicles in this region. Another recall is for faulty fuel gauges in the 2005-2008 Armada, Pathfinder and Xterra models, as well as the Frontier and Titan pickups in the States. The gauge shows more fuel than what is really in the tank. About 32,000 vehicles are affected in the GCC, and owners have to go the dealer for a free fix.
Meanwhile, Chrysler Middle East will recall about 600 of the 2008 Jeep Wrangler automatic models to repair potential defects in their gearboxes. The free ‘service check’ will test the automatic transmission ?uid which in some of the vehicles may overheat under extreme driving conditions, causing the ?uid to boil over. If there is a defect, some ‘minor re-programming of the relevant module’ will be done in an hour, with no parts replaced.
Also, Mazda has some recall going in the States for bum-burning seat heaters in the CX-9, though it is unclear if GCC-spec models are equipped with seat heaters in the first place. In the event of a failure in extreme cold, the heating system may burn the seat cushion surface, with a slight possibility of smoke or fire.
And GM and Hyundai have both released statements saying that major recalls for various US-spec Pontiac models as well as the US-built Hyundai Sonata do not apply here, as Pontiac hasn’t been sold here in a decade, and the Sonata comes here from Korea.