Recall Central: Audi R8 Spyder and Chevrolet Impala Could Catch Fire, Buick LaCrosse Has Bad ESP

2011-2012 Audi R8 Spyder

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a heat shield in the R8 Spyder’s engine bay could rub against a fuel line, eventually causing it to leak fuel. If fuel spilled on an ignition source, like a hot exhaust component, it could start a fire. Audi is unaware of any fires or injuries resulting from the problem.

The Fix: Dealers will examine the fuel line for damage and replace it if necessary. Dealers also cannot sell any affected R8 Spyders until they have completed the recall work.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 920 2011-2012 Audi R8 Spyders

2012 Chevrolet Impala

The Problem: The upper power steering hose on some cars may have been incorrectly routed, allowing it to contact a heat shield for the catalytic converter. If so, the hose could melt and allow power-steering fluid to leak. In addition to reducing power-steering effectiveness, NHTSA warns this could start a fire in the engine compartment. The issue was discovered when a 2012 Impala experienced a “thermal event” during General Motors testing.

The Fix: Dealerships will inspect the hose and, if it is misrouted, reposition the hose and apply a protective shield. Chevrolet estimates about one percent of the recalled cars will need the hose to be replaced.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 10,344 2012 Chevrolet Impalas

2012 Buick LaCrosse

The Problem: The LaCrosse’s electronic stability control system, called StabiliTrak in GM parlance, was incorrectly calibrated and may not be able to detect a malfunctioning sensor. As a result, the ESP warning light would not illuminate if a sensor failed. NHTSA warns that a malfunctioning sensor could confuse StabiliTrak and cause “sudden changes in vehicle handling and deceleration,” which could lead to a crash.

The Fix: GM dealers will reprogram the Electronic Brake Control Module, which will correct the issue.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 4077 2012 Buick LaCrosses

Source: NHTSA

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