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Recalls: Audi, Infiniti, Nissan, and Pontiac vehicles

Consumer Reports News: October 26, 2009 04:24 PM

A few recalls have been announced recently that affect the Audi A3 and Audi TT and Roadster, Infiniti M35 and M45, Nissan Cube, Murano, and Rogue, and Pontiac Vibe. If your vehicle is listed here, the manufacturer will contact you with information about what to do, or you can use one of the numbers we list below to contact the manufacturer yourself.

2006-2010 Audi A3, 2008-2010 Audi TT and TT Roadster

Volkswagen is recalling certain Audi A3, TT and TT Roadsters manufactured between September 29, 2005 and August 26, 2009 due to a problem with the fuel tank cover. The closing force of the spring of the fuel tank ventilation valve isn’t adequate to hold the valve closed under extreme driving conditions. This could cause fuel to leak and a vehicle fire could occur.

Owners will be notified of the problem and dealers will replace the fuel tank ventilation value free of charge. Questions regarding the recall can be answered by calling 1-800-253-2834.

2008-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45, 2009 Nissan Cube and Nissan Murano and 2008 Nissan Rogue

Nissan is recalling some 2008-2010 Infiniti and Nissan vehicles sold or registered in certain states due to a problem with the nut used to secure the sensor-transmitter of the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The nut may corrode and crack after being in contact with heavy concentrations of road salt. If this occurs the nut may come out of the sensor transmitter and the tire-pressure light may illuminate. If the owner ignores the light and the vehicle continues to operate, the tire will quickly lose air pressure and could result in a flat increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall only affects models sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The dealer will replace the TPMS nut free of charge. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 and Infiniti at 1-800-662-6200.

2008-2009 Nissan Rogue

Nissan is recalling certain 2008-2009 Nissan Rogue vehicles due to a screw in the steering gear cover that could loosen and fall out. This could result in loss of steering control and an increased risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect to see if the screw is loose and tighten it if necessary. They will also install a cover plate to prevent he screw from coming out. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 for more information.

2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe

General Motors is recalling certain 2009-2010 Vibe models equipped with the 1.8-liter engine and sold or registered in cold-weather states.

When driving in certain conditions in extremely low temperatures, the intake manifold suction port for the brake vacuum can become locked due to freezing condensation. This could lead to longer stopping distances and a possible crash.

The recall only affects models sold or registered in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Dealers will modify the brake vacuum line free of charge. Owners may contact Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668.

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