This recall is for aftermarket replacement rear window glass produced by Vitro Automotriz. Certain rear window glass may not have been properly tempered. If the window breaks, the glass may separate into large pieces instead of very small ones.
Note: This is a voluntary recall that is not being conducted under the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Glass that breaks in to large pieces could create a risk of injury.
The company will notify consumers by mail and instruct them to inspect the designation code marked on the rear window glass. Products affected by this recall have the designation “DOT 287” along with the lettering “VMR” (Replacement Market) and a date code that is before July 2019. This information is printed on the bottom corner of the glass. Consumers should contact Vitro's customer service at 1-412-995-6457 or email@example.com to arrange for replacement of the glass.
On certain vehicles that had rear axle reinforcement brackets installed as part of safety recall 2010-284, the brackets may not have been installed properly, which could limit the effectiveness of the recall service repair in addressing the safety defect. Safety recall 2010-284 was conducted to address the risk that the combined effects of corrosion and stress can lead to a complete fracture of the axle. If the rear axle fractures, and the reinforcement brackets were not installed properly, vehicle handling may be adversely affected, increasing the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the rear axle reinforcement brackets that were installed as part of recall 2010-284. If one or both brackets are found improperly installed, the dealer will replace the rear axle.
On certain vehicles, the subframe may not have been properly e-coated during the manufacturing process. As a result, the subframe of vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in areas of heavy road salt usage during winter months (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador), may rust over time, resulting in reduced durability of the front lower control arm rear attaching brackets and body mount attachments at the rear of the front subframe. A separation of a front lower control arm rear attaching bracket may result in a lower control arm separation. A separation of both front subframe rear body mounts may result in diminished vehicle directional control. Either condition could result in reduced steering control, which may lead to a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury. Correction: Dealers will inspect the front lower control arm rear attaching brackets and body mount attachments at the rear of the front subframe. If the front lower control arm rear attaching brackets are not cracked, perforated, or exhibiting significant metal loss, and if the front subframe at the rear body mount locations are not cracked with metal separation aft of the rear body mount, and if the front subframe is not cracked or perforated in the area between the rear body mount and the front lower control arm rear attaching bracket, the vehicle will be returned to its owner and the owner will be notified when to return for installation of reinforcement brackets.
On certain vehicles registered and operated in areas where road salt is used on the roadways during winter months for extended time periods (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland-Labrador), the rear axle may corrode and fracture. If the rear axle fractures, vehicle handling may be adversely affected, creating the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will install rear axle reinforcement brackets.
On certain vehicles, the speed control deactivation switch may overheat, smoke, or burn, potentially resulting in an underhood fire. The condition may occur either when the vehicle is parked or when it is in operation. Correction: Dealers will install a new switch or fused wiring harness. Note: This is an expansion of recall 2005028 (05S28) for vehicles not previously included in the campaign.
Certain vehicles do not comply with the requirements of CMVSS 120. The Standard specifies that for vehicles other than passenger cars, the label information shall display after each GAWR, the size designation and, if applicable, the type designation of rims. This information was inadvertently omitted from the compliance label affixed to the affected vehicles. Correction: Since this does not pose any safety risk, no corrective action is required.
On certain vehicles, the 2nd and 3rd row bench seat-to-floor latches do not meet FMVSS 225 load requirements and can release under load. Correction: Dealer will replace the seat latches on the 2nd and 3rd row seats.
In certain vehicles, water and other contaminants (dirt, salt, etc.) can enter into the right rear passenger compartment due to a missing body sealer condition. This could cause a short circuit in the electrical connector at the rear wire harness. A short circuit can lead to malfunctions of the rear lighting system, reverse park-aid system, or trailer tow electrical system. A sustained short circuit can result in melted connectors, and potentially lead to a fire. Correction: dealers will inspect the electrical connector and surrounding area for absence of body sealing and corrosion. If corrosion is present, dealers will service the body gaps, repair corroded connectors, and apply a protective patch to the connector assembly and body gap. If corrosion is not present but body sealer is missing, dealers will service the body gaps and apply a protective patch to the connector assembly and body gap.
On certain vehicles, if the auxiliary air-conditioning blower motor stops turning while in the medium-low blower speed setting, there is the potential that the resistor may become hot and smoke. The motor could potentially catch on fire. Correction: Dealers will install a jumper wire that will ensure that the medium-low blower speed setting is protected by the thermal limiter.
On certain vehicles contaminants such as water, salt, and windshield washer solution can enter the wiper motor cover assembly through pinholes on the exterior of the cover that are used in the molding process. In addition, on certain of the vehicles built between February and August 2000, a switch located in the plastic cover of the wiper motor gear case could malfunction and overheat. Either of these conditions could potentially result in loss of intermittent wiper function, loss of wiper park function, complete loss of wiper function, smoke, or, potentially, ignition of the plastic cover material. Contaminant entry could also result in unintended wiper motor operation. Switch malfunction is most likely to occur when the intermittent setting of the wipers is being used, or when snow or ice obstructs the blades from returning to the "parked" position at the bottom of the windshield. Loss of visibility while driving increases the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will install a new wiper cover with improved sealing and water resistance.
Certain passenger and sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans equipped with seat belts supplied by TRW. It is possible that the driver's and/or front passenger's outboard seat belt buckle may not fully latch. In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. Correction: Dealers will inspect the front outboard seat belt buckles and if the buckle fails the inspection process, it will be replaced.
On certain vehicles equipped with adjustable pedal option, the driver floor mat could interfere with the accelerator pedal. This can result in a stuck throttle, increasing the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace both front driver and passenger side floor mats in the vehicle.
On certain vehicles, a restraint control module (RCM) or a side or front crash sensor may have been assembled with one or more of the screws that mount the circuit board in the housing missing. If some or all of the screws are missing, the performance of the occupant restrains could be affected. In some cases, less than the intended level of occupant restraint could be available in the event of a crash. Correction: Dealers will inspect the RCM or crash sensors and, if necessary, replace them.
Certain vehicles do not comply with the requirements of CMVSS 118 - Power-operated windows, power-operated partitions and power-operated roof panels. If the key is placed in the "accessory" position and remains there for more than 70 seconds, the vehicle delayed accessory relay remains active when the ignition switch is moved to the "off" position, and the vehicle front door is opened. Under this condition, all accessories connected to the accessory relay, including the power windows, remain operable. Correction: Dealers will reconfigure the vehicle front end electronic module.
On certain vehicles, the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may not recognize certain system faults that could result in an air bag or seat pre-tensioner unexpectedly activating during the self-test sequence at vehicle start-up. Unexpected activation of an air bag could potentially result in personal injury. Correction: Restraint Control Module will be replaced.
Certain vehicles may have been built with a fuel line end form that is not formed to the correct print dimensions. This could result in a lower than specified pull apart force for the installed fuel line connection. There is a remote possibility that in a crash situation, the connection may separate resulting in fuel leakage. Correction: A redundant fuel line clip will be installed on the fuel supply and return line connections at the rear of the chassis fuel line bundle.
On certain vehicles, the windshield and liftgate glass was installed using an incorrect urethane without the appropriate primer. This could potentially result in an adhesive bond rather than the intended molecular bond. An adhesive bond is subject to deterioration over time. If the bond deteriorates, it could potentially provide less than the intended level of glass retention in the event of a vehicle crash. Correction: Windshield and liftgate glass will be replaced using the appropriate urethane installation kit.