by Bob Beranek
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The following notices from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation can reflect directly or indirectly on the installation of the windshield or other automotive glass parts. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the details, print this notice for reference and inform your customers of the recall if they have not already received notice.

•  Chevrolet Malibu 2014

Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through November 5, 2013. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control in these vehicles may intermittently become inoperable when the vehicle is started, preventing the windshield defroster from working. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, “Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems.”

Consequence:
The inability to turn on the windshield defroster may decrease the driver’s visibility thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
GM will notify owners and dealers will update the electronic climate control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 6, 2013. Owners may contact GM at 800/521-7300. GM’s recall campaign number is 13380.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888/327-4236 (TTY 800/424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

• Toyota Avalon 2013
•  Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2013
• Toyota Camry 2013-2014
•  Toyota Camry Hybrid 2013-2014
•  Toyota Corolla 2014

Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. (Toyota) is recalling certain model-year 2013-2014 Camry and Camry HV, model-year 2013 Avalon and Avalon HV and model-year 2014 Corolla vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the windshield wiper switch assembly may short circuit. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, No. 104, “Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems.”

Consequence:
A short circuit could cause inoperative windshield wipers, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper switch assembly, free of charge. The recall began on November 8, 2013. Owners may contact Toyota at 800/331-4331.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888/327-4236 (TTY 800/424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

• Porsche 911 Carrera 2014
• Porsche Boxster 2014
• Porsche Cayman 2014

Manufacturer: Porsche Cars North America Inc.

Summary:
Porsche Cars North America Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain model year 2014 Boxster, Boxster S, Cayman, Cayman S and 911 Carrera (S, Cabriolet, S Cabriolet, 4, 4S, 4 Cabriolet, 4s Cabriolet) vehicles manufactured September 2, 2013, through September 23, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the passenger seats may be equipped with defective wiring harnesses resulting in intermittent contact with the harness plug.

Consequence:
The intermittent plug may cause the passenger seat frontal and knee airbags to be deactivated. In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment, this may increase the risk of injury to the front passenger.

Remedy:
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late November 2013. Owners may contact Porsche at 770/290-3500. Porsche’s recall number is AD04.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888/327-4236 (TTY 800/424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Comments (2)

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  2. daniel said on 12-12-2013

    Thank you, Bob.

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