Serious Recalls for Chevy/GMC Trucks, Subaru Tribeca, VW Toureg Hybrid

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Recalled Chevrolet and GMC trucks need repairs. Getty

 

I’m talking to you about recalls for Subaru Tribeca, Chevy Trucks, and VW Toureg Hybrids. All of these have serious implications so if you find your vehicle is affected by the recall, you should get in line for the repairs right away. If you're not sure about recalls, it's time to brush up on recalled vehicles.

Subaru Tribeca

Subaru has recalled some number of its Tribeca model for a faulty hood latch, or at least a poorly lubricated latch as the recall literature seems to read.

It affects an estimated 77,000 2006 to 2014 Tribecas, so there are potentially a lot of cars on the road that could be suffering from this faulty latch. A bad latch can go in two directions. It either won’t open, or won’t stay closed. One is a serious nuisance, the other a serious safety concern. Unfortunately the recalled Tribeca risks suffering from a latch that won’t stay closed, causing the hood to open unexpectedly while driving. If you’ve ever tried to peek through an open hood to see something in front of your car or truck, you know how hard it can be to see anything. Now imagine trying to do this while the car is going 50 miles per hour. You can see how this can be super dangerous! The NHTSA recall paperwork says the recall will happen in two phases. From what I’ve read, the first phase will involve lubricating the existing latch to see if that keeps the latch working properly. If that doesn’t work, a new latch will be installed.

The 2nd phase of the recall involves installing an updated hood latch system. I’m not sure where individual vehicles will fall in this phased recall, but this is something you definitely want to look into if you drive an ’06-’14 Subaru Tribeca. A hood opening up at speed is nothing to take lightly, check your car now.

 

Chevrolet / GMC Trucks

General Motors has issued a pretty serious recall for a number of their 2015 - 2016 trucks. In this case, the recall is for a brake pedal that may come loose or disconnect completely. Obviously this can be a very serious issue if you’re driving down the road. The affected models included Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, and the Chevy Tahoe Police Pursuit vehicle. If the brake malfunctions in the manner the recall is describing, a pedal pivot nut will works its way loose and can cause the vehicle to lose all ability to brake via the pedal. It also mentions that the loose brake pedal can cause the gas pedal to malfunction, too. These are both very serious safety concerns. Look ma, no brakes! For some reason it seems even more worrisome that there are entire fleets of police pursuit trucks that could be suffering from the same issue. If your truck is recalled, the manufacturer has ordered that the pivot nut be inspected and, if found to be loose, tightened. They will also add some thread adhesive to the assembly to be sure it doesn’t rattle itself loose again. It’s an easy fix that should only take a few minutes at the dealer service department.

Skipping this one would not be wise! Learn more from the NHTSA.

 

Volkswagen Toureg Hybrid

If you drive a VW Toureg Hybrid manufactured between 2011 and 2015, you should read this. It’s a funny example of wording that, in my opinion, could cause people to ignore this recall when it could actually be quite serious. The official NHTSA recall subject is “Insufficient Drainage on Hybrid Battery Tray.” One read of this headline may have you yawning. So what if your battery tray isn’t draining sufficiently, right? You car was made to drive in all weather, so I’m sure it won’t do any damage for something to be a little wet, you’re thinking. You’d normally be right, but this is a hybrid, and hybrids have serious amounts of electricity being generated, stored and used. The recall goes on to state that the water that doesn’t drain from the battery tray can cause a short, and that this short could result in a fire!

How’s that for serious? Volkswagen will install a little drain in your battery tray free of charge. Easy fix for a potentially disastrous problem! More research here at NHTSA.