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More than 95,000 vehicles recalled by General Motors for malfunctioning camera system
 
The 2021 Cadillac XT5 is among the vehicles recalled by GM for a malfunctioning camera system.  Photo source: Cadillac
General Motors has issued a recall for more than 95,000 vehicles for faulty operation of the Surround Vision camera system.

The vehicles affected by this recall are the 2020 – 2021 Cadillac XT5, the 2020 – 2021 Cadillac XT6, and the 2020 – 2021 GMC Acadia SUVs. Only vehicles with the Surround Vision camera system are included in this recall.

In some of these vehicles, a cable may not have been properly attached, and could cause a range of problems, from flickering images, to complete failure to display an image.

If this happens, it could increase the chances a driver could hit other vehicles, property, or people, causing injuries and damage.

GM plans to contact vehicle owners about the recall, beginning in early November, to have the repairs made free of charge, at a Cadillac or GMC dealership.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Cadillac customer service at 800-458-8006 or GMC customer service at 800-462-8782 and reference recall number N222378380.

Read more at MotorSafety.org: General Motors recalls vehicles with defective rearview cameras

Also at Consumer Reports: Cadillac and GMC SUVs Recalled to Fix Backup Cameras

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


~ Park Outside Alert ~
Kia issues recall for Sorento and Sportage SUVs, adding to a recall for the same problem in a recall from the previous month
 
Kia has discovered that the Sorento and Sportage SUVs share a dangerous defect with other vehicles recalled a month earlier.
Photo source: Kia
Kia has issued a recall of over 70,000 Sorento and Sportage SUVs for a potentially dangerous fire risk.

The vehicles included in this recall are the 2016 - 2022 Sorento, the 2021 - 2022 Sorento Hybrid, the 2022 - 2023 Sorento Plug-in Hybrid, and the 2017 - 2022 Sportage SUV. Only vehicles with a tow hitch package installed at the factory or at a Kia delaership are included in the recall.

Due to possible damage to the circuit boards inside the tow hitch harness module, these units could short circuit, and potentially catch on fire, even when the vehicle is parked and turned off. This could cause damage to anything near the vehicle, including buldings and other structures, potentially causing injuries or deaths to people as well.

Although there is no permanent fix for this problem, Kia expects to begin contacting vehicle owners by mid-November, to apprise them of the situation, and so they can eventually have repairs made, free of charge, at a Kia dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and reference recall number SC249.

Read more at The Car Connection: Kia expands tow hitch fire recall to Sorento and Sportage SUVs

Also at Consumer Reports: More Kia SUVs Recalled. Owners Should Park Their Vehicle Outside Due to Fire Risk.

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Faulty window control software that can cause pinched fingers prompts Tesla to issue a recall for more than 1,000,000 vehicles
 
Tesla's 2021 Model Y is among the vehicles with faulty electric window software.  Photo source: Tesla
Tesla is issuing recall notices for just under 1.1 million vehicles for a software issue that could potentially cause windows to inadvertently pinch someone's fingers.

The vehicles included in this recall are the 2017 - 2022 Tesla Model 3 sedan, the 2021 - 2022 Tesla Model S sedan, the 2021 - 2022 Tesla Model X SUV, and the 2020 - 2021 Tesla Model Y SUV.

Under current standards (FMVSS 118, Section 5), vehicles are required to include an automatic window reversal systems to ensure body parts or other items don't get pinched by a closing window. The software in the affected Tesla vehicles may not fully ensure this system works properly.

Tesla plans to contact vehicle owners about the recall, via mail, by mid-November, and push out an over-the-air software update to correct the problem.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Tesla customer service at 877-798-3752 and reference recall number SB-22-00-013.

Read more at NPR: Over 1 million Teslas are recalled because the windows can pinch fingers

Also at Consumer Reports: Tesla Recalls Over a Million Vehicles to Fix Faulty Window Software

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Ferrari recalls more than 23,000 vehicles, covering every model sold in the U.S. in the past 17 years
 
Almost every Ferrari sold in the U.S. since 2005, including the 2022 Ferrari F8 Spider, has a potentially dangerous brake system problem. Photo source: Ferrari
Ferrari has issued a recall for more than 23,000 vehicles, which potentially affects almost every vehicle sold in the United States over the past 17 years.

While the fix is pretty straightforward: replacing a potentially defective brake fluid reservoir cap, along with a software update for the "Low Brake Fluid" warning, the repercussions could be quite dangerous.

The defective caps could allow for a vacuum leak and could also allow brake fluid to leak out. The result could be partial or full loss of braking, which could increase the chances of a collision and potential injuries.

Starting back from the 2005 models, the following vehicles are included in the recall: the 2005 – 2009 Ferrari 430, the 2005 – 2011 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, the 2009 – 2017 Ferrari California, the 2010 – 2011 Ferrari 612, the 2012 – 2016 Ferrari FF, the 2013 – 2017 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, the 2013 – 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, the 2015 – 2017 Ferrari California T, the 2016 Ferrari F60 America, the 2017 Ferrari F12 TDF, the 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, the 2017 – 2020 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, the 2018 – 2020 Ferrari GTC4 T, the 2018 – 2022 Ferrari Portofino, the 2018 – 2022 Ferrari 812, the 2019 – 2020 Ferrari 488 Pista, the 2020 – 2022 Ferrari F8 Spider, the 2020 – 2022 Ferrari F8 Tributo, and the 2021 – 2022 Ferrari Roma.

Ferrari expects to begin contacting vehicle owners by the end of September, so they can have the repairs made, free of charge, at a Ferrari dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Ferrari customer service at 877-933-7727 and reference recall # RC 80.

Read more at Car Buzz: Ferrari Recalls Nearly Every Model Made Since 2005

Also: read the official NHTSA recall notice: Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-536 (PDF file)

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


~ Stop-Sale and Park Outside Alert ~
Hyundai and Kia issue recall & stop-sale order for fire risk in over 280,000 SUVs
 
The 2020 - 2022 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride have tow hitch packages which can short circuit and catch on fire. Photo source: Kia
Hyundai and sister company Kia have issued a critical recall and stop-sale order for more than 280,000 SUVs.

The vehicles that are included in this recall are the 20020 - 2022 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride SUVs, with about 87% of the vehicles being the Hyundai models.

A problem with the tow hitch harness module's circuit board, when moisture and/or debris build up on it, could cause a short circuit, which in turn could cause it to catch on fire. This could cause injuries or death, as well as property damage.

The short circuit could happen even if the vehicle is off, and Hyundai and Kia are warning owners of these vehicles to park them outside and away from any structures or flammable objects.

Hyundai and Kia should start contacting vehicle owners in mid-October, so they can have their vehicle inspected and possibly remove the fuse from the tow hitch module, to reduce the risk of a fire, and when the final fix is ready, vehicle owners will be able to have the repair made, free of charge, at their respective Hyundai or Kia dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 and reference recall number 235, or Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and reference recall number SC247.

Read more at cars.com: Stop-Sale Issued for Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride Over Tow Hitch Fire Threat

Also at Consumer Reports: Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride SUVs Are Recalled for Trailer Hitch Fire Risk

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Hyundai recalls almost 123,000 Palisade SUVs for winshield wiper motor problem
 
The windshield wiper motors can fail in 2020 - 2021 Hyundai Palisades. Photo source: Hyundai
Hyundai Motors has issued a recall for just under 123,000 of their 2020 - 2021 Palisade SUVs.

The windshield wiper motors on these vehicles can fail intermittantly (or altogether) under certain circumstances, which could create a potentially dangerous situation, if a driver's visiblity is decreased - especially in inclement weather. Such a situation could lead to a collision and potential injuries.

Although a solution for this problem has not yet been finalized, Hyundai should start contacting vehicle owners by mid-October, and eventually, vehicle owners will be able to have repairs made, free of charge, at a Hyundai dealership.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 and reference recall number 233.

Read more at cars.com: Nearly 123,000 Hyundai Palisades Recalled for Windshield Wipers

Also read the NHTSA recall notice: Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-627

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Kia recalls more than 28,000 vehicles for potential risk of a rollaway situation
 
The 2016 Kia Sedona and Sorento could be at risk of an unintended rollaway situation. Photo source: Kia
Just over 28,000 Sedona minivans and Sorento SUVs have been recalled by Kia.
All of the affected vehicles in this recall are 2016 models.

A manuafactuing error in the locking shift lever could create a situation whereby the lever does not lock, as intended, after it is moved into the Park position. This can occur even if the vehicle is not running.

If this occurs, and the vehicle inadvertently rolls on its own, it could cause a collision and potential injuries.

Kia should start contacting vehicle owners in early October, so they can have their vehicle inspected, and any necessary repairs made, free of charge, at a Kia dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and reference recall number SC246.

Read more at Kelley Blue Book: Recall Alert: Kia Sorento, Sedona

Also at Consumer Reports: 2016 Kia Sedona and Kia Sorento Are Recalled for Rollaway Crash Risk

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


More than 188,000 Subaru Impreza sedans & wagons recalled for headlight problems
 
Some Subaru vehicles, like this 2019 Impreza, may have substandard headlight illumination. Photo source: Subaru
Subaru has initiated a recall of just under 190,000 of their 2017 - 2019 Impreza sedans and wagons, for substandard headlight illumination.

Due to a manufacturing defect, the headlight reflectors may not reflect light the way they were intended to.

A decreased amount of light can decrease visibility for the driver and could increase the chance of a collision.

Subaru expects to begin contacting vehicle owners by mid-October, so they can have the replacement repairs made, free of charge, at a Subaru dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614 and reference recall # WRG-22.

Read more at autoevolution: Subaru Impreza Recalled Over Headlamp Issue, Almost 190,000 Units Affected

Also at Consumer Reports: Subaru Impreza Compact Cars Recalled Because of Faulty Headlight Reflectors

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Daimler recalls Mercedes-Benz Metris vans for load weight rating problem
 
A 2016 - 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris van like this one could have a tire failure if overloaded. Photo source: Consumer Reports
Daimler vans has issued a recall of more than 24,000 Metris vans from the 2016 - 2018 model years.

The rating for the maximum weight load was calculated incorrectly, which could cause the vehicle to be loaded beyond a safe capacity. If this happens, the tires could fail, which could cause a collision and injuries.

Mercedes-Benz should start mailing notifications about the recall to affected vehicle owners by the end of July, and when a solution is finalized, they can have the problem remedied at no cost to the vehicle owners.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Daimler Vans (DVUSA) customer service at 877-762-8267 and reference recall number VS2LASTRE.

Read more at USA Today: Nissan, Ford among vehicle recalls last week - (scroll down to Mercedes-Benz)

Also at NHTSA: Incorrect Tire Load Weight Capacity/FMVSS 110

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Mercedes-Benz recalls 3 electric vehicle models for detaching tow ring
 
The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 is one of 3 models they have recalled for a tow ring that can become detached. Photo source: Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz has recalled just over 2,500 vehicles for a problem with the tow ring assembly.

The vehicles affected by this issue are the 2022 AMG EQS53, EQS 450, and EQS 580.

The ring assemblies used in these vehicles might have an insufficient thread depth, and could allow the ring to detach from the vehicle if it was being towed.

Mercedes-Benz expects to begin contacting vehicle owners by the end of August, so they can have repairs made, free of charge, at a Mercedes-Benz dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Mercedes-Benz customer service at 800-367-6372.

Read more at USA Today: Nissan, Ford among vehicle recalls last week - (scroll down to Mercedes-Benz)

Also at NHTSA: Vehicle May Detach from Tow Vehicle

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Mitsubishi recalls more than 56,000 Outlanders for rear view camera failures
 
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has a rear view camera that could fail. Photo source: Mitsubishi Motors
Mitsubishi Motors has recalled just over 56,000 of the 2022 Outlander SUVs due to backup cameras that could fail.

Due to a software problem, the image from the rear view camera could fail to display, which could increase the chances of a collision.

Mitsubishi should start mailing notifications about the recall to affected vehicle owners by the beginning of August, to have the problem fixed at no cost to the vehicle owners.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Mitsubishi Motors customer service at 888-648-7820 and reference recall number SR-22-003.

Read more at Car Complaints: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER BACKUP CAMERA PROBLEMS CAUSE RECALL


Also at NHTSA: Inoperable Rearview Camera Display/FMVSS 111

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Nissan is recalling over 180,000 pickup trucks due to rollaway risk
 
2020 - 2022 Nissan Frontier and Titan pickup trucks could be at risk of a rollaway event. Photo source: Nissan
More than 180,000 vehicles have been recalled by Nissan for a transmission problem, which may allow the vehicle to roll away.

The 2020 - 2022 Nissan Frontier and Titan pickup trucks are the vehicles affected by this problem.

Nissan said that vehicle owners should use the parking brake every time they park, until a solution can be found for the component called the parking pawl, which is the part that could malfunction and not allow a vehicle shifted into Park to stay in place.

If the vehicle rolls, it could collide with people or other property, causing injuries or property damage.

Nissan expects to begin contacting vehicle owners by mid to late July, to inform them of the recall and the details, and they will also send a second letter when the solution is finalized, so they can have repairs made, free of charge, at a Nissan dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Nissan customer service at 800-867-7669 and reference recall numbers R22A2 and R22A3.

Read more at Consumer Reports: Nissan Recall: Frontier and Titan Owners Should Use Parking Brake Whenever They Park Their Pickup

Also at NHTSA: Unsecured Transmission May Cause Rollaway

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Ford recalls more than 63,000 vehicles for improperly installed windshields
 
The windshield of a 2022 Bronco or Ranger could become detached in a collision. Photo source: Ford
Ford has recalled more than 63,000 Bronco SUVs and Ranger pickup trucks. The vehicles in this recall group are all 2022 models.

When the windshields were installed, they may have been improperly bonded to the vehicle, and the windshield could become detached if the vehicle is in a collision.

Ford began contacting vehicle owners by mail in mid July, to have the problem corrected, free of charge, at a Ford dealership.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and can reference recall number 22C12.

Read more at USA Today: Nissan, Ford among vehicle recalls last week - (scroll down to Ford)

Also at NHTSA: Inadequate Front Windshield Bonding/FMVSS 212

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Hyundai adds another vehicle model to a previous seatbelt component recall
 
The Hyundai Venue is the latest vehicle to be added to Hyundai's seatbelt pretensioner recall. Photo source: Hyundai
Adding another vehicle model to a previous recall we reported on, Hyundai has now included the 2020 - 2022 Venue compact SUV to the previous list of vehicles. More than 72,000 of these vehicles are affected.

The defective component in these vehicles is the seatbelt pretensioner, which uses a small explosive charge that allows the seatbelt to instantly tighten up in the event of a collision.

In some cases, these pretensioners may explode when deployed, and the resulting fragments can strike vehicle occupants and cause injuries. There are already reported cases of injuries from the defective components covered by this recall.

Hyundai will begin contacting vehicle owners near the end of August, to have their vehicles fixed free of charge at a Hyundai dealership.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 and reference recall number 231.

Read more at NHTSA: Seat Belt Pretensioners May Explode

Also at Kelley Blue Book: Recall Alert: Hyundai Venue Seatbelt Pretensioners

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Honda recalls Gold Wing GL1800 motorcycles for potential engine stall
 
Some 2020 - 2022 Honda GL1800 Gold Wings could experience an engine stall. Photo source: Honda
Honda of America has recalled over 1,700 of their 2020 - 2022 GL1800 Gold Wing motorcycles, due to a software problem in the Engine Control Unit.

This error could negatively impact engine performance to the point where the motorcycle experiences an engine stall, which could increase the chances of a crash.

Honda will begin contacting vehicle owners by mail in mid to late August, to have the problem corrected free of charge at a Honda dealership.

For more information, affected Gold Wing owners may call American Honda Motor customer service at 866-784-1870 and can reference NHTSA campaign number 22V449000.

Read more at USA Today: Nissan, Ford among vehicle recalls last week - (scroll down to Honda)

Also at NHTSA: Engine Stall From Ignition Timing Software Error

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Ford recalls nearly 2,700 new 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks
 
Ford has recalled 2,666 F-150 Lightning pickup trucks for a faulty low tire pressure light. Photo source: Ford
Ford has issued a recall for 2,666 of their all new 2022 F-150 Lightning pickup trucks for a faulty low tire pressure light. The affected vehicles have 20" or 22" all season tires.

The tire pressure monitoring system light might not light up and alert the driver of low tire pressure in one or more tires.

Low tire pressure under a certain point would reduce the vehicle's handling, and could lead to loss of control or a crash.

Ford expects to begin contacting vehicle owners in mid July, so they can have repairs made, free of charge, at a Ford dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 22C15.

Read more at USA Today: Nissan, Ford among vehicle recalls last week - (scroll down to Ford)

Also at Consumer Affairs: Ford recalls F-150 BEVs with all season tires

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Hyundai issues a recall for vehicles fixed under a previous recall
 
A 2017 or 2018 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid hatchback like this one may not have been properly repaired under a previous recall. Photo source: Hyundai
Hyundai is issuing a recall for more than 10,000 vehicles that might not have been properly repaired when they were previously recalled.

The 2017 and 2018 Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid hatchbacks were originally recallled because of a defect with the Power Relay Assembly, which is located under the rear seat. It is possible for this component to overheat and might also catch on fire, which could have a range of bad outcomes, from vehicle damage, to a collision, to injuries or deaths.

Hyundai will begin contacting vehicle owners by mail in late August, to have the problem corrected free of charge at a Hyundai dealership.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 and can reference recall number 232.

Read more at USA Today: Nissan, Ford among vehicle recalls last week - (scroll down to Hyundai)

Also at Consumer Reports: Hyundai Recalls Cars for Fire Risk After Improper Repairs

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Some Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators are recalled for sub-standard engine rails
 
Ford has recalled some 2022 Explorers and Lincoln Aviators for improperly heat-treated engine rails. Photo source: Lincoln
Ford has issued a recall of about 1,000 vehicles, with engine rails that were not properly heat-treated, which could reduce structural integrity, and increase the chances of a crash and injuries.

The affected vehicles are the 2022 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.

Ford should start contacting vehicle owners by mail on August 1st, so they can have repairs made, free of charge, at a Ford dealership.

Additionally, because the vehicle's overall structual integrity may have been compromised, vehicle owners will also have the option of Ford replacing or buying back the vehicle.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 22C13.

Read more at USA Today: Nissan, Ford among vehicle recalls last week - (scroll down to Ford)

Also at NHTSA: Engine Rails Improperly Heat-Treated/FMVSS 208

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Older Audi A4 and A8 vehicles recalled for potentially dangerous air bags
 
The 1998 Audi A8 is among a number of recalled vehicles with Non-Azide air bag inflators. Photo source: Kelley Blue Book
Volkswagen Group of America has added more than 28,000 vehicles to an earlier recall of vehicles equipped with potentially dangerous Non-Azide air bag inflators.

These air bag systems can absorb moisture, making the chemical unstable that causes the air bags to inflate. The airbags can under inflate or even explode with too much force. Either situation can increase the chances of injuries.

The vehicles that have been added to the recall group are the 1997 - 1998 Audi A4 and the 1998 Audi A8.

Audi is not mailing additional notifications to affected vehicle owners, but has stated that vehicle owners can call Audi customer service at 800-253-2834 and reference the original recall number, 20V056, or NHTSA campaign number 22V471, and have an Audi dealership check their vehicle, and have this problem fixed free of cost.

Read more at USA Today: Nissan, Ford among vehicle recalls last week - (scroll down to Audi)

Also at Yahoo: Owners of Older Audis Should Check Twice for Airbag Recall

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Buick Regal braking problems prompt a recall of almost 24,000 vehicles
 
The 2020 Buick Regal is among the vehicles being recalled for braking problems. Photo source: Buick
Buick (via GM) is recalling just under 24,000 vehicles from their 2018 - 2020 line of Regal sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons.

Due to a software problem, the electronic brake control module may not funtion properly. If this happens, and the power brake assist doesn't do its job, proper braking ability may be compromised, increasing the possiblity of a collision and injuries.

Buick will begin contacting vehicle owners in mid August, to have their vehicles repaired free of charge at a Buick dealership.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may call Buick customer service at 800-521-7300 and can reference NHTSA campaign number 22V465000.

Read more at GM Authority: Buick Regal Recalled For Loss Of Power Brake Assist

Also at Consumer Reports: Buick Regal Recalled for Brake Issues

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Mercedes-Benz recalls SUVs for air bag wiring problem
 
This 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS580 is an example of the vehicles that may have air bag wiring problems. Photo source: Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz has issued no fewer than 18 recalls for their GLS line of SUVs, since the redesigned 2020 models came out.

One of the latest recalls, that currently affects just under 100 units of the 2020 GLS450 and GLS580, is for a problem with the front air bag wiring harness.

It is possible that the air bag might not deploy properly when it's activated, which could increase the chances of injury during a collision.

Mercedes-Benz will start mailing notifications to affected vehicle owners at the end of August, to have this problem fixed at no cost to the vehicle owners.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Mercedes-Benz customer service at 800-367-6372 and reference recall number 22V466000.

Read more at autoevolution.com: Mercedes-Benz Recalls Certain GLS SUVs Over Safety Concern

Also at AboutAutomobile.com: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS580 Frontal Airbag Safety Recall #22V466000

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


More than 31,000 trucks recalled by Toyota for reverse camera problem
 
The 2022 Toyota Tundra has a potential reverse camera problem. Photo source: Toyota
A recall was issued by Toyota for over 31,000 of their 2022 Tundra and Tundra Hybrid trucks.

These vehicles have both front and rear cameras, and a software problem can cause the front camera image to be displayed when the vehicle is put in reverse.

In this situation, when the driver is (possibly unware they are) seeing the wrong image, it could increase the chance of a collision, and possible injuries.

Toyota will begin contacting vehicle owners near the end of July, to have their vehicle repaired free of charge at a Toyota dealership.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may call Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331 and reference recall number 22TA07.

Read more at The Car Connection: 2022 Toyota Tundra recalled for crossed wires

Also at Consumer Reports: 2022 Toyota Tundra Recalled Because Incorrect Image May Appear When Reversing

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Toyota recalls two EV models for potentially detaching wheels
 
The 2023 Subaru Solterra and Toyota BZ4X are being recalled for a wheel safety issue. Photo source: Subaru
Toyota has issued a recall for the 2023 Subaru Solterra (Subaru has been part of the Toyota Motor group since early 2020) and for the 2023 Toyota BZ4X.

More than 600 vehicles so far are part of this recall group for a problem with the hub bolts on the wheels.

Those bolts can potentially loosen up and could cause a wheel to become detached from the vehicle while in motion, which could cause a crash.

Toyota and Subaru are advising vehicle owners who have already received their vehicles not to drive these vehicles until they are repaired.

Toyota began contacting vehicle owners near the end of June with details about the recall, and there will be a second letter sent once a fix for the problem has been finalized, so those vehicle owners can have their vehicles repaired free of cost, at a respective Toyota or Subaru dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331 and reference recall number 22TA06.

Read more at Consumer Affairs: Toyota recalls Subaru Solterra and Toyota BZ4X vehicles

Also at U.S. News: 2023 Subaru Solterra Recalls

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Fire risk prompts Ford to recall over 100,000 hybrid vehicles
 
Ford has recalled a number of vehicles, like the 2022 Maverick Hybrid, for a potential fire risk. Photo source: Ford
Ford has issued a recall of over 100,000 vehicles equipped with their 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain.

A manufacturing problem could lead to an engine failure, which in turn could lead to a fire under the hood.

The affected vehicles include the 2020 - 2022 Ford Escape hybrid & plug-in hybrid, the 2020 - 2022 Lincoln Corsair hybrid & plug-in hybrid, and the 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid.

Ford expects to begin contacting vehicle owners by early August, so they can have repairs made, free of charge, at a Ford dealership.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 22S47.

Read more at The Verge via MSN: Ford recalls more than 100,000 Mavericks, Escapes, and Corsairs over fire risk

Also at Consumer Reports: Ford Escape, Ford Maverick, and Lincoln Corsair Are Recalled for a Fire Risk

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Hyundai recalls 239,000 vehicles for exploding seat belt pretensioner
 
Hyundai Motors has recalled 239,000 vehicles for a defective and potentially dangerous seat belt pretensioner system.

Vehicles like the 2022 Hyundai Elantra could have a dangerous seat belt pretensioner. Photo source: Hyundai
The Hyundai vehicles affected by this problem are the 2019 - 2022 Accent, the 2021 - 2022 Elantra Hybrid, and the 2021 - 2023 Elantra.

When the vehicle senses a collision, the pretensioner system uses a small explosive charge to engage the system that causes the seat belts to tighten. Because of this defect, that explosion could send out shrapnel like fragments that could cause injuries to people in the vehicle.

Hyundai should be contacting vehicle owners starting in mid July, with details about the recall, and to have these vehicles repaired, free of cost, at a Hyundai dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 and reference recall number 229.

Read more at Consumer Reports: Hyundai Accent and Elantra Recalled for Seat Belt Issue That's Injured 3 People

Also at NHTSA: Seat Belt Pretensioners May Explode

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


More than 2,700 SUVs recalled by Kia for instrument display screen problem
 
The instrument cluster display on a 2022 Kia Telluride could suddenly go blank. Photo source: Kia
Kia has recalled a batch of more than 2,700 of its 2022 Telluride SUVs for a problem with a display screen that contains the vehicle's instrument cluster.

Incorrect application of the adheive that is used for this device could interfere with electrical connections and cause the display to go blank.

Without the ability to see vehicle speed and other critical information, it could increase the chance of a collision.

Kia will begin contacting vehicle owners via mail, beginning in mid July, with details of the recall, and for having their vehicle repaired free of charge at a Kia dealership.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may call Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and reference recall number SC237.

Read more at Carscoops: 2022 Kia Telluride's Instrument Cluster Could Go Blank

Also at NHTSA: Blank Instrument Cluster Display Screen/FMVSS 101

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Fire risk prompts Ford to recall more than 39,000 Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators
 
2016 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators could be at risk of catching on fire. Photo source: Ford
Ford is advising owners of the 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator to park their vehicles outside and away from any structures or anything flammable.

More than 39,000 of these vehicles, that were built from December of 2020 through April of 2021, have been identified as being within the group that is prone to this particular problem.

It has been discovered that a fire can start in the engine compartment of these vehicles, although at the time of this recall being issued, the exact cause is still unknown.

A number of fires have been documented starting in these vehicles, both while being driven, as well as when they are parked and turned off.

Ford should be contacting vehicle owners starting in the latter part of May, to provide them with information they have up to this point. Owners will be subsequently contacted when a solution to the problem is available, and to have these vehicles repaired, free of cost, at a Ford / Lincoln dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 22S36.

Read more at Consumer Reports: Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator Recalled for Fire Risk

Also at NHTSA: Engine Compartment Fire

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Over 310,000 F-Series trucks are recalled by Ford for potentially defective driver's airbag
 
Some Ford pickup trucks, like this 2016 F-450 Super Duty, may have a defective driver's side airbag. Source: Ford
A safety recall has been issued by Ford for just over 310,000 of their 2016 F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty pickup trucks.

The steering assembly, containing a cable called the clock spring, could get contaminated with dust that collects in there, which could interrupt elctrical connections and cause the driver's side airbag to fail to deploy, as well as other malfunctions in the airbag warning light, horn, and steering wheel switches.

Ford will begin contacting vehicle owners via mail, beginning in early July, with details of the recall, and for having their truck repaired free of charge at a Ford dealership.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 22S35.

Read more at Consumer Reports: Ford F-Series Super Duty Pickup Trucks Recalled Because Airbag May Not Deploy

Also at NHTSA: Driver's Air Bag May Not Deploy

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Mustang Mach-E recall issued by Ford for potentially dangerous acceleration / deceleration problem
 
While not a large recall in terms of numbers, and not even the only recall they've issued this week, because of the potential severity of the issue, and the fact that it could pose a significant risk to other vehicles on the road, we wanted to highlight this recall for just under 500 of Ford's Mustang Mach-E electric crossover vehicles.

A software problem could cause a hazardous situation for almost 500 of Ford's 2021 Mustang Mach-E. Photo source: Ford
A software error for a sensor in the powertrain control module may cause the affected vehicles to perform abnormally, including a loss of drive power, unintended acceleration, or unintended deceleration.

A vehicle unexpectedly speeding up or slowing down could cause a collision and injuries.

A software update for these vehicles is expected to correct the problem.

Ford will begin to mail notifications to affected vehicle owners starting at the end of May, and should already be starting to push an over-the-air (OTA) software update to these vehicles by that time, at no cost to vehicle owners.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Ford customer service line at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 22S29.

Read more at autoevolution: Ford Recalls Mustang Mach-E Over Software Issue, 464 Units Affected

Also at NHTSA: Software Error May Cause Unintended Acceleration

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Mitsubishi recalls almost 3,000 Outlanders for seat belt mechanism defect
 
Some 2022 Mitsubishi Outlanders could have defective seat belt mechanisms. Source: Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi has issued a recall for just under 3,000 of its 2022 Outlander SUVs.

A defect in the manufactuing of the Automatic Locking Retractor system for some of the passenger seat belts may create a situation where the seat belt is not fully secure, especially in instances where a child's car seat is used.

If not fully secured and retracted when the seat belt is clipped into place, it could increase the chances for injuries.

Mitsubishi will contact vehicle owners via mail, near the end of June, with details of the recall, and for having their Outlander repaired free of charge at a Mitsubishi dealership.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may call Mitsubishi Motors customer service at 888-648-7820 and reference recall number SR-22-002.

Read more at Car Complaints: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER RECALL ISSUED FOR SEAT BELT PROBLEMS

Also at NHTSA: Seat Belt Locking Retractor Malfunction/FMVSS 208

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Hyundai and Kia recall new electric vehicles for potentially hazardous parking brake system
 
The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 and it's cousin, the Kia EV6, have a potentially unsafe parking brake hazard. Photo source: Hyundai
On May 11th, Hyundai and Kia recalled just under 20,000 vehicles for a problem with the electronic Shifter Control Unit for the parking brake system.

Because electric vehicles don't have traditional transmissions, whereby the vehicle can be placed "out of gear" to deny motion, parking and braking are all electronically controlled.

A software error in these vehicles could cause the parking brake to become disengaged, possibly allowing the vehicle to roll freely, and creating the chance that a collision or injuries could happen.

The vehicles affected by this problem are the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 and the Kia EV6.

Hyundai and Kia should be contacting vehicle owners between late May to mid July, and they will provide owners of affected vehicles with a software update, free of charge, at the vehicle owner's respective dealership, which is said to correct the problem.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 and reference NHTSA's recall number 228, or Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and reference recall number SC236.

Read more at CNET: Hyundai and Kia Are Recalling Nearly 20,000 Ioniq 5 and EV6 Models

Also at NHTSA: Hyundai: Vehicle Rollaway from Software Error and Kia: Vehicle Rollaway from Software Error

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Tesla issues a recall of nearly 130,000 vehicles for overheating of infotainment system's CPU
 
The 2022 Tesla Model S could have a computer chip that is prone to overheating while in fast-charge mode. Source: Tesla
Tesla is issuing a recall for almost 130,000 vehicles, which includes the 2021 - 2022 Model S & Model X, and the 2022 Model 3 & Model Y.

The fast charging system in these vehicles can cause the CPU for the infotainment system to overheat. This could result in the center display malfunctioning, including failing to display or display "lag" of gear selection, rear camera image, warning lights, and windshield visiblity controls.

Failure to view some or all of these items could increase the chance of a collision.

Tesla will begin to contact affected vehicle owners July 1st, and Tesla will push an over-the-air (OTA) software update to these vehicles, to improve the CPU's temperature management, at no cost to vehicle owners.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may call Tesla customer service at 877-798-3752 and reference recall number SB-22-00-009.

Read more at Consumer Reports: Tesla Issues Recall for Potential Infotainment Screen Failures

Also at NHTSA: Overheating May Cause Center Display Malfunction

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Mercedes-Benz issues "Stop Drive" campaign for nearly 300,000 vehicles
 
On May 12th, Mercedes-Benz USA issued an announcement for a Stop Drive Recall Campaign for more than 292,000 vehicles, due to a potentially unsafe braking situation. Mercedes-Benz recommends drivers immediately cease driving these vehicles.

The Mercedes-Benz GL class is among the vehicles with potential braking problems. Photo source: Wikipedia
The vehicles in this recall group include 2006 - 2012 ML, GL and R-Class Vehicles.

A rubber sleeve for the brake booster housing can allow moisture to enter and collect, causing "advanced corrosion in the joint area of its housing", according to their announcement.

This corrosion could lead to decreased braking capability, and in severe cases, failure of the braking system, which would increase the chances of a collision and possible injuries.

Once again, Mercedes-Benz recommends drivers immediately cease driving these vehicles, and immediately contact Mercedes-Benz for information about having the affected vehicle repaired.

Mercedes-Benz will provide owners of affected vehicles with repairs, free of cost, at a Mercedes-Benz dealership, as well as complimentary towing.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Mercedes-Benz Recall Resolution line at 888-548-8514 and reference NHTSA's recall number 22V-315.

Read more at Reuters: Mercedes-Benz issues 'do not drive' recall for 292,000 U.S. vehicles

Also at Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz USA Announces Voluntary Stop Drive Recall Campaign for Certain Model Year 2006-2012 ML, GL and R-Class Vehicles

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


New Rivian electric trucks being recalled for airbag sensor problem
 
Some Rivian R1T electric trucks have a faulty front passenger airbag sensor. Photo source: Rivian
Electric truck maker Rivian has recalled 502 of its 2022 R1T pickup trucks.

A sensor that is built into the front seat is supposed to deactivate when a child or a car seat is in that seat, but it has been shown to not be working properly.

If the airbag delpoys at full force when a child is in the seat, it could increase the chances of an injury.

From the statement by Rivian:
"Rivian has determined that on certain R1T vehicles, the front passenger seat may not deactivate the front passenger airbag as required if a child seat or child is in that seat. In the event of a crash which deploys the front passenger airbag, a seat with this improper calibration may increase the risk of injury for any child or child seat occupant sitting in the seat. We are contacting those with affected Rivian vehicles, and they will receive a passenger seat replacement free of charge at a Rivian service center. In the meantime, infants and children should not be placed in the front passenger seat of affected Rivian vehicles until a front passenger seat replacement is complete."

Rivian expects to begin contacting vehicle owners by the beginning of July, so they can have repairs made, free of charge, at a Rivian dealership.

Until the repair has been completed, Rivian is recommending that children or car seats not be placed in the front passenger seat.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Rivian customer service at 888-748-4261 and reference recall number FSAM-651.

Read more at InsideEVs: UPDATE: Rivian Recalls 502 R1T Trucks For Airbag "Child" Sensor Issue

Read NHTSA's Recall Report: Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-319

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Hyundai RE-recalls over 200,000 Sonatas after first fix contains a faulty part
 
A 2014 Hyundai Sonata like this one could have a leaky fuel line.
Source: AutoBlog
A recall fix for a group of Hyundai Sonatas contains a faulty part, and has left vehicle owners with a potential fuel leak problem.

More than 215,000 Hyundai Sonata sedans are being recalled, because the fix that was applied for the low-pressure fuel hose could still allow that hose to leak, potentially leading to a fire, property damage, and injuries.

Hyundai now has a low-pressure fuel hose that should fix the problem and not be prone to leaks.

Hyundai will contact vehicle owners, beginning in July, to have their Sonata repaired free of charge at a Hyundai dealership.


Affected owners may also call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 and reference recall number 227.

Read more at Consumer Reports: Hyundai Sonata Sedans Are Recalled Again to Address Fuel Leaks and Engine Fires

Read about the original recall at WTOP News: Hyundai joins Kia in another recall to prevent engine fires

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Almost 700,000 Chevy and GMC SUVs recalled for failing windshield wipers
 
Windshield wipers could suddenly fail on vehicles like this 2015 Chevy Equinox. Source: Chevrolet
Just under 700,000 SUVs have been recalled by General Motors for parts in the windshield wipers that could cause them to fail without warning. GM stated to NHTSA: "The ball joints in the windshield wiper module may corrode, causing one or both windshield wipers to fail."

If the windshield wipers fail to function, a driver's visibility could be decreased, which could increase the chances of a collision.

The vehicles included in this recall are the 2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.

GM will begin to contact affected vehicle owners in early May, so vehicle owners will be able to have this repair performed for free, at a GM or Chevrolet dealership.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may also call Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 800-462-8782 and reference recall number N212352530.

Read more at Kelley Blue Book: Recall Alert: Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain

Also at Consumer Reports: Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs Recalled Due to Potential Wiper Failure

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Over 63,000 Hyundai and Genesis vehicles recalled for faulty emergency trunk release
 
Hyundai Motor America has recalled over 63,000 vehicles because of faulty parts in the inside emergency trunk release mechanism.

The 2019 Genesis G70 is among a number of vehicles that could have a faulty inner trunk latch. Photo source: Genesis
The affected vehicles include the 2019 Genesis G70, and the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and Sonata Hybrid.

This is important because if the trunk were to close with someone inside and the release lever failed to work, it could increases the chances of injury or death for the person trapped inside.

Hyundai plans to begin contacting vehicle owners starting in mid to late May, so they can have their vehicles repaired, free of cost, at a Hyundai dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Hyundai customer service line at 855-371-9460 and reference recall number 221/010G.

Read more at autoevolution: Hyundai Sonata and Genesis G70 Recalled Because the Trunk Emergency Release May Fail

Also read the recall notice at NHTSA: Trunk Emergency Release May Fail/FMVSS 401

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Excessively bright headlights cause GMC to recall more than 740,000 Terrain SUVs
 
Excessively bright headlights in some GMC Terrain SUVs could pose a hazard for other vehicles on the road. Source: GMC
GMC is is working to fix a problem that has prompteed them to recall more than 740,000 Terrain SUVs, produced for the 2010 - 2017 model years.

Excessively bright headlights, reported to be potentially three times brighter than federal standards allow for, could create a potential hazard for oncoming drivers, or even drivers in front of the Terrain SUV (via the rear-view mirror), where the increased glare from those headlights could impair the vision of other drivers, increasing the chances for collisions to happen.

Both of GMC's objections to NHTSA about this issue don't seem logical, or helpful to GMC's own arguments. Their claim that not many owners have complained to GMC about these headlights is somewhat nonsensical, because those Terrain owners are not the ones who would suffer the effects of overly bright headlights. Their other claim that these low-beam headlights are pointed too high for them to be a problem for other drivers would mean that they would also be pointed too high to properly do the job they were designed for, which is to illuminate the road surface.

GMC will begin to contact affected vehicle owners about the recall in late April, so that when a remedy has been created, vehicle owners will be able to have the repair performed for free at a GMC dealership. As of early April, a solution has not been developed.

For more information, affected vehicle owners may also call GMC customer service at 800-462-8782 and reference recall number N222363740.

Read more at Kelley Blue Book: Recall Alert: GMC Terrain Headlights Are Too Bright

Also at Consumer Reports: GMC Terrain Recalled Due to Headlight Glare Concerns

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Potentially risky oil leak has Ford recalling more than 345,000 vehicles
 
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is among the vehicle with a defective oil separator housing.  Photo source: Ford
More than 345,000 vehicles have been recalled by Ford for a defect that could cause multiple problems.

The vehicles included in this recall are the 2020 - 2022 Escape and the 2021 - 2022 Bronco sport, that have the 1.5 liter engine.

A defective engine oil separator housing could crack and then leak oil. This could reduce braking capability, increasing the chances of a collision. The oil leaking from this part could also catch fire, leading to possible injuries and property damage.

Ford plans to start contacting vehicle owners by mid April, so they can take their vehicle to a Ford dealership for the repairs to be made, free of charge.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 22S21.

Read more at Driving: Ford recalls 737,000 U.S. vehicles over software and fire-risk issues

Also at Cars.com: Ford Escape, Bronco Sport Recalled for Potential Oil Leak

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Problems with twin tubochargers prompts Audi to issue recall for more than 26,000 vehicles
 
The 2017 Audi RS7 is among the vehicles with turbochargers that could fail. Photo source: Audi
A recall for more than 26,000 vehicles has been issued by Audi.

The vehicles involved in the recall include the 2013 - 2017 A8, RS7, S6, S7, and S8 models. All of the affected vehicles are equipped with the 4.0 liter twin turbocharged engines.

The oil strainer being used in these vehicles can become clogged up and eventually cause the turbocharger system to malfunction or fail altogether.

If the turbocharger malfunctions or fails, it could cause the vehicle to suddenly lose power or stall. If this happens while the vehicle is in motion, it could increase the chances of a collision.

Audi plans to begin contacting vehicle owners by mid to late May, so they can have the repairs made, free of charge, at an Audi dealership.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Audi customer service at 800-253-2834 and reference recall number 21H7.

Read more at HT Auto: Audi recalls over 26,000 cars in US over turbocharger failure

Also at Consumer Reports: Audi Recalls Sedans for a Stalling Problem After an Investigation

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Fire risk has Volkswagen Group recalling nearly 118,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide
 
The 2021 Audi Q3 is one of the plug-in hybrid vehicles at risk of catching on fire.  Photo source: Audi
Volkswagen Group is beginning the process to organize a recall of roughly 118,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles worldwide.

The vehicles to be included in this recall are: The 2019 - 2022 Volkswagen Arteon, Golf, Passat, and Tiguan (and possibly the new Multivan T7); the 2021 Audi A3 and Q3; the 2021 plug-in hybrids from Seat and Skoda (sold overseas).

The high voltage batteries in these models are not sufficiently insulated, and if parts of the battery become overheated, there is a risk of a fire starting, even after the vehicle has been turned off. This could pose a danger to people or structures near the vehicle.

Further information, such as a permanent fix, or a date they will begin contacting customers, is not yet available, but as with most recalls, they will contact vehicle owners to let them know their vehicle is part of this recall class, and advise them of a potential date when their vehicle can be taken to a VW or Audi dealership, so the repairs can be made, free of charge.

For more information, vehicle owners can call VW customer service at 800-822-8987 or Audi customer service at 800-822-2834.

Read more at Auto News Europe: VW Group to recall more than 100,000 plug-in hybrids on fire risk

Also at Electric Cars Report: Volkswagen to recall over 110,000 PHEVs due to fire risk

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


10,000 vehicles recalled by Volkswagen for defects in rear suspension parts
 
The 2022 VW Tiguan is included in the recall for defective rear suspension knuckles. Photo source: VW
A recall for roughly 10,000 vehicles has been issued by Volkswagen of America for defective parts in the rear suspension.

The part where the upper and lower suspension components attach to, as well as the wheel support assembly, called the rear suspension knuckle, has been found to have production defects that could cause it to crack or break.

If this were to happen while the vehicle was in motion, the instability could increase the chances of a collision.

The affected vehicles include the 2021 Tiguan LWV, the the 2022 Tiguan and Taos SUV.

Volkswagen plans to begin contacting vehicle owners starting in mid to late May, so they can have their vehicles repaired, free of cost, at a Volkswagen dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Volkswagen customer service line at 800-893-5298 and reference recall number 42L8.

Read more at HT Auto: Volkswagen recalls more than 10,000 vehicles over production issue

Also at CNET Roadshow: Volkswagen Taos and Tiguan Recalled for Rear Suspension Issue

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Multiple problems plague backup cameras on some Ford Mustangs
 
The 2017 Mustang is among the models with defective rear camera systems. Photo source: J.D. Power
Two different problems have prompted Ford to recall over 330,000 Mustangs.

The affected vehicles include nearly all 2015 - 2017 models.

2015 Mustangs can have improperly soldered circuit boards for the rear camera, and 2015 - 2017 Mustangs have wiring harnesses that were installed in such a way, that opening and closing the trunk can damage them over time.

The defects can cause images to be distorted or fail to display altogether, which could increase the chances of a collision.

By the time Ford received thousands of warranty claims for the backup camera system, Ford started to realize how widespread the problems could be.

Ford plans to begin contacting vehicle owners by early March, to have the affected systems repaired, free of cost, at a Ford dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Ford customer service line at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 22S06.

Read more at Consumer Reports: 2015-2017 Ford Mustangs Recalled for Faulty Backup Camera

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Fire Alert: Nearly 20,000 Pacifica hybrid minivans recalled for risk of catching on fire as owners are warned: park outside & do not plug-in
 
Plugging in a 2017 or 2018 Pacifica hybrid miinivan could lead to a vehicle fire. Photo source: Chrysler
Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler and other related brands, is recalling almost 20,000 Pacifica hybrid minivans.

The vehicles affected by this recall are the 2017 - 2018 Pacifica hybrid minivan.

A number of these vehicles have already been reported as having caught on fire, due to a problem of which the cause is still unknown to the company at this time.

Although Stellantis is still working on creating a fix to remedy this problem, they plan to begin contacting vehicle owners, once a fix has been finalized, so vehicle owners can have their vehicles repaired, free of cost, at a Chrysler dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Chrysler customer service line at 800-853-1403 and reference recall number Z11.

Read more at Detroit Free Press: Stellantis recalls some Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for fire risk

Also at Consumer Reports: Don't Plug In Pacifica Hybrids Due to Fire Risk, Chrysler Says

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Spontaneous fire risk leaves Hyundai & Kia telling owners to park their vehicles outside
 
Kia and Hyundai have had a number of recalls in the past few years related to various fire risks. The latest recall adds close to 500,000 more vehicles to that growing number.

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV is among the vehicles at risk of catching on fire.  Photo source: Hyundai
The vehicles incuded in this latest recall include: the 2014 - 2015 Hyundai Tucson SUV, the 2016 - 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, the 2017 - 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL SUV, the 2014 - 2016 Kia Sportage SUV, and the 2016 - 2018 Kia K900 sedan.

The cause of the fire risk for this recall is due to a faulty component in the anti-lock braking system called the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit.

This faulty part can potentially short circuit and possibly catch on fire. This could even happen spontaneously when the vehicle is parked and turned off. This is why Hyundai and Kia have both warned owners of these vehicles to park outside and away from buildings or anything that could catch fire.

In communications with NHTSA, Hyundai and Kia stated that a driver may see signs of something wrong, which could include include an illuminated ABS warning light on the dashboard, a burning or melting smell, or possibly smoke coming from the engine compartment.

We want to stress, however, that this is only a possibility, and a vehicle could catch on fire without someone noticing any of these signs beforehand, or even being anywhere near the vehicle if it happens.

Hyundai & Kia plan to start contacting vehicle owners by March, so the repairs can be made, free of charge, at a respective Hyundai or Kia dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 and reference recall number 218, or Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and reference recall number SC227.

Read more at CNN Business: Hyundai and Kia tell owners of nearly 500,000 vehicles to park outside due to fire risk

Also at Consumer Reports: Hyundai, Kia Say Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk Should Be Parked Outside

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Tesla recalls several vehicle models that can just "roll through" a stop sign
 
Tesla's "Full Self-driving" feature has been a source of controversy among many people in the auto safety community and around the country, and one of the latest recalls by Tesla highlights why these concerns are justified, according to a number of safety advocates.
 
Tesla Models S, X, 3, and Y are all included in the recall for this potentially hazardous problem. Photo source: Tesla
 
Tesla has just issued a recall for more than 53,000 vehicles for a software problem that could allow some Tesla vehicles to just "roll through" a stop sign, when they should be coming to a complete stop.

Vehicles affected by this problem include the 2016 - 2022 Model S sedan & Model X SUV, the 2017 - 2022 Model 3 sedan, and the 2020 - 2022 Model Y SUV.

In what seems to be a conscious decision on the part of programmers at Tesla, a function contained within the "Full Self-driving" mode actually allows some vehicles, in certain circumstances, to "roll through" a stop sign without coming to a complete stop, which could increase the the potential for a collision, and possible injuries.

Tesla has updated the firmware for the affected vehicles, and will begin rolling it out to vehicles, starting in February, in an over the air update, and they project that all affected vehicle owners will be notified of the situation by the end of March.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Tesla customer service line at 877-798-3752 and reference recall number SB-22-00-001.

Read more at ABC 11 News: Teslas recalled because self-driving software tells them to roll through stop signs

Also at Consumer Reports: Tesla Recalls 'Full Self-Driving' Because Vehicles Can Roll Through Stop Signs

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Another software glitch causes Tesla to recall more than 800,000 vehicles
 
More than 817,000 vehicles have been included in a safety rcall announced by Tesla at the beginning of February.

The Tesla Model X is among the vehicles that have potentially faulty seatbelt warning chimes. Photo source: Tesla
A software glitch that appears in a particular series of circumstances prevents the seatbelt warning sound from executing if an occupant hasn't fastened their seatbelt.

Vehicles affected by this glitch include the 2017 - 2022 Tesla Model 3 sedan, the 2020 - 2022 Tesla Model Y SUV, and the 2021 - 2022 Tesla Model S sedans & Model X SUV.

If the warning chime fails to sound, a person in a vehicle that forgets to fasten their seatbelt faces a greater risk of injuries if a collision occuers.

Tesla has already implemented a fix for the problem, and have started rolling it out to vehicles in an over the air update, which will continue until all affected vehicles have been updated.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Tesla customer service line at 877-798-3752 and reference recall number SB-22-00-002.

Read more at CBS SF Bay Area: Tesla Recalls 817,000 Vehicles Due To Seat Belt Alert Issue; Fix Through Software Update

Also at Consumer Reports: Tesla Sends a Software Update to Fix Seat-Belt Chime Recall

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Over 400,000 vehicles recalled by Kia for new airbag problem
 
The 2018 Kia Soul is among the models included in this latest recall. Photo source: MotorTrend
A new airbag problem that doesn't have Takata's fingerprints on it, has prompted Kia to issua a recall for more than 400,000 vehicles.

The affected vehicles include the 2017 Forte Koup, the 2017 - 2018 Forte sedan, the 2017 - 2019 Sedona Minivan, Soul EV, and Soul hatchback.

The problem in this case is due to an electrical problem caused by a computer chip coming into contact with the cover for the airbag control unit.

This could cause a malfunction, resulting in the airbag system not deploying in a collision, greatly increasing the chances of injuries.

Kia plans to begin contacting vehicle owners by the latter part of March, to have the affected airbag units replaced, free of cost, at a Kia dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Kia customer service line at 800-333-4542 and reference recall number SC226.
 
 
Read more at The Car Connection: Kia recalls more than 410,000 cars for faulty airbag sensor

Also at Consumer Reports: Kia Sedona, Soul, and Forte Cars and Minivans Are Recalled for Airbags That Might Not Deploy

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Nissan recalls nearly 689,000 vehicles for fire safety risk
 
Vehicles like this 2014 Nissan Rogue are being recalled for fire risk.
Photo source: Edmunds
A fire risk that was discovered has prompted Nissan to recall nearly 689,000 of their 2014 - 2016 Rogue SUVs.

The design of an electrical connector and the tape that secures it, located near the floor on the driver's side, is the cause of this potentially dangerous problem.

Mositure could get into that connector and corrode over time. It could fail, short out, or even catch fire, which could increase the chance for serious vehicle damage and injuries.

Nissan is working toward having a fix for the problem by this coming spring, and they should begin contacting vehicle owners starting in March, to have their vehicle repaired at a Nissan dealership, free of cost, once that fix is available.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Nissan customer service line at 800-867-7669 and reference recall number R21B9.

Read more at Consumer Reports: Nissan Rogue Recalled for Fire Risk and Electrical Issues

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Ford recalls nearly 200,000 vehicles for brake related safety issues
 
Ford has issued a recall for nearly 200,000 vehicles for safety problems related to the braking system.

Ford vehicles, like this 2015 Fusion, are experiencing braking system safety problems.  Photo source: Ford
The vehicles affected by this recall are the 2014 - 2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, as well as a number of 2015 Mustangs.

The problem at hand is the brake pedal bumper, which comes into contact with a switch that tells the vehicle that the brake pedal has been pressed down, which in turn lights up the brake lights, and also allows the car to be shifted into Park. High humidity and/or temperatures could cause this part to fall off.

If the brake lights stay on when the vehicle isn't actually braking, it could confuse other drivers and increase the chance of a collision and/or injuries.

If the vehicle was placed into Park without the brake pedal actually being pressed down, it could allow the vehicle to roll, which could lead to a collision and/or injuries.

Ford plans to start contacting vehicle owners by early March, so they can have repairs made, free of charge, at a Ford dealership.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 22S02.

Read more at Consumer Reports: Ford, Lincoln Recall Cars for Faulty Brake Lights, Rollaway Risk

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


More than 2,600 Mustang Mach-E EVs and Maverick pickup trucks recalled for rear seat belt safety issue
 
The 2021 & 2022 Mustang Mach-E may have rear seat belt problems. Photo source: Ford
Ford recently issued a recall affecting some 2,600 plus Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles and Maverick pickup trucks.

The Mach-E EVs are 2021 - 2022 models and the Maverick pickups are all 2022 models.

During manufacture and assembly, the bolt holes on the floor for the rear seat belts may have been slightly too big for the bolts that were used to secure them.

This allows for the potential of the seat belt breaking loose under tension, and if this were to occur during a collision, it could increase the chances of injuries.

Ford should begin contacting vehicle owners starting in early January, to have their vehicle repaired, free of cost, at a Ford dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Ford customer service line at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 21C36.

Read more at Auto Evolution: Ford Recalls Mustang Mach-E and Maverick Over Rear Seat Belt Issues

Also at Ford Authority: 2021-2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Recalled Over Rear Seat Assembly Safety Issue

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Tesla issues dual recalls for more than 475,000 vehicles
 
Tesla Model 3 sedans may have cable wiring problems with the rear camera.  Photo source: Tesla
Tesla has issued dual recall notices for more than 350,000 of their 2017 - 2020 Model 3 sedans and over 119,000 of their 2014 - 2021 Model S sedans.

The Model 3 has a backup camera cable that could suffer damage and even break over time, and cause intermittant problems with the image being displayed, or no image display at all. This could create a less safe than normal situation when drivers are in reverse.

The Model S sedans have frunk (front trunk) latches that may have been improperly installed, and could lead to a situation where the hood could open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the chances of a collision and injuries.

Tesla plans to start contacting vehicle owners by February, so they can have repairs made, free of charge, at a Tesla dealership.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Tesla customer service at 877-798-3752 and reference recall number SB-21-17-008 for the camera problem on the Model 3 and reference recall number SB-21-11-003 for the frunk latch problem on the Model S.

Read and watch more at Reuters: Tesla recalls almost half a million electric cars over safety issues

Also at GM Authority: Tesla Issues Massive Recall For Model 3, Model S For Rearview Camera, Frunk

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Ford recalls almost 185,000 vehicles for potentially dangerous problem with underside of the vehicle
 
Some 2021 & 2022 Ford F-150's may have dangerously loose parts. Photo source: Ford
Almost 185,000 2021 - 2022 F-150 pickup trucks have been recalled by Ford for potentially loose insulator parts on the underside of the vehicle.

Insulator panels that help manage heat and noise could come loose from the vehicle, and in doing so, come into contact with the vehicle's driveshaft, potentially causing it to fracture.

If this happened while the vehicle is in motion, a number of consequences could happen, including loss of control by the driver, which could increase the chances of a collision or injuries.

So far as Ford has indicated, only certain F-150 Crew Cab configurations with a 145-inch wheelbase are being recalled.

Ford will begin contacting vehicle owners by mid January, so they can have repairs made, free of charge, at a Ford dealership.

Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 21S56.

Read more at Michigan Radio: Ford recalls nearly 185,000 F-150s for defect that can cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle

Also at Consumer Reports: Ford F-150 Trucks Recalled Because Loose Underbody Panels Could Damage the Driveshaft

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Honda recalls almost 725,000 vehicles due to risk of hoods opening while vehicle is moving
 
Hoods could unexpectedly fly open on some Honda vehicles, like this 2019 Passport. Photo source: Honda
Honda has issued a recall for more than 724,000 vehicles, due to a risk of the hood suddenly opening while the vehicle is in motion.

Due to insufficient design and manufacturing for parts of the hood latching components, as well as the gap between the vehicle's grille and the hood, over time, parts could weaken to the point where the hood flies open while someone is driving the vehicle, increasing the chances of a collision and injuries.

The vehicles affected by this recall are the 2016 - 2019 Pilot SUV, the 2017 - 2020 Ridgeline pickup truck, and the 2019 Passport SUV.

Honda will notify affected vehicle owners, beginning in mid January, so they can have their vehicle repaired free of charge at an authorized Honda dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Honda customer service at 888-234-2138 and reference recall number PBV.

Read more at MLive: Honda recalls 723K vehicles because hoods can open while driving

Also at Consumer Reports: Honda Recalls SUVs, Trucks Because Their Hoods Could Open While Driving

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Tesla issues recall for almost 12,000 vehicles for automatic braking glitch
 
Tesla vehicles like this Model X may have suffered from a "phantom braking" glitch.  Photo source: Tesla
Tesla has issued a recall notice for almost 12,000 vehicles built between 2017 through the present, from their Model 3, S, X and Y lineups.

A software problem with the automatic emergency braking system in some of these vehicles could create a situation known as "phantom braking".

The crux of the issue is a glitch between 2 chips in the system that could cause, according to Tesla, "negative object velocity detections when other vehicles are present", which is a very technical way of saying that the vehicle falsely senses a collision may be imminent, so it engages the automatic emergency braking system.

If the automatic emergency braking system engages unexpectedly when other vehicles are near, it increases the chances for a collision and potential injuries.

Tesla began rolling out an over-the-air software update in mid-October, which Tesla says fixes the problem. They said that by October 29th, all but 17 of the affected vehicles have had the software update applied.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Tesla customer service line at 877-798-3752.

Read more at CNBC: Tesla recalls nearly 12,000 U.S. vehicles over software communication error

Also at Consumer Reports: Tesla Remotely Recalls Full Self-Driving Software for 'Phantom Braking' Problem

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Nearly 200,000 more vehicles recalled by Volvo in 2nd airbag recall this month
 
Airbag inflators could rupture and explode in some Volvo vehicles, like this 2004 V70 wagon. Photo source: Volvo
On the heels of a similar recall from earlier this month, Volvo is recalling almost 200,000 of their 2001 - 2007 V70 and XC70 wagons in the U.S., and more than 300,000 worldwide.

Similar to the millions of recalled airbag units from Takata, these units, made with parts from two other companies, AutoLiv and ZF, have been discovered to have potentially dangerous defects in their manufacturing.

Over time, humidity and moisture can cause the propellant in these units to degrade, and in some cases, explode and send shrapnel into the vehicle compartment when activated, possibly leading to injury or death.

Volvo plans to begin contacting vehicle owners by mid December, to have the affected airbag units replaced, free of cost, at a Volvo dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Volvo customer service line at 800-458-1552 and reference recall number R10136.

Read more at Automotive News: Volvo recalls more older models after death linked to airbag rupture

Also at Consumer Reports: Volvo Recalls Almost 200,000 Wagons for Faulty Airbag Inflators

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Volvo recalls hundreds of thousands of older sedans for faulty, potentially exploding airbag inflators
 
2003 Volvo S60 T SE 2.0 Rear
Some older sedans, like this 2003 Volvo S60, are being recalled for potentially deadly airbag inflators.
Photo source: Vauxford, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Volvo has announced a recall of almost 260,000 vehicles in the U.S. (and over 460,000 worldwide) for defective, and potentially deadly airbag inflators.

These airbag units are similar to the millions of recalled units from Takata, but in these models, they were made by two other companies, AutoLiv and ZF.

The affected models in this recall are Volvo's 2001 - 2009 S60 sedan, and the 2001 - 2006 S80 sedan.

Over time, humidity and moisture can cause these units to degrade, and in some cases, explode and send shrapnel into the vehicle compartment when activated.

Volvo plans to begin contacting vehicle owners by the end of November, to have the affected airbags replaced, free of cost, at a Volvo dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Volvo customer service line at 800-458-1552 and reference recall number R10125.

Read more at ConsumerAffairs: Volvo plans to recall 460,000 cars over potentially deadly airbag safety issue

Also at Consumer Reports: Volvo Recalls Almost 260,000 S60 and S80 Sedans for Faulty Airbags

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Ram ProMaster vans recalled for faulty seatbelt latching systems
 
Vehicles like this 2021 Ram ProMaster City van have potentially faulty (child) seatbelt latching systems. Photo source: Ram Trucks
Announced in September, Stellantis (the parent company of Fiat, Chrysler, and Ram) has recalled more than 8,000 of their 2021 RAM ProMaster and ProMaster City cargo vans.

At issue is a defective latching system for the rear seats, which is the recommended location for the placement of child car seats.

The ALR (automatic locking retractor) is the part of the system that locks when a passenger pulls out the seatbelt and latches it into its connector.

In these faulty units, the locking system is not holding the seatbelt securely, and the seatbelt is able to move, which increases the chances of injury to a passenger.

Stellantis will notify affected vehicle owners, beginning in late October, so they can have their vehicle repaired free of charge at a Ram authorized dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403 and reference recall number Y61.

Read more at MotorSafety.org: Stellantis recalls RAM vans with unsecured child car seats

Also at ConsumerAffairs: Chrysler recalls Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vehicles

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Improperly bonded sunroofs and windshields prompt Ford to recall thousands of their new Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles
 
Ford Mustang Mach-E. Photo source: Ford
In mid September, Ford issued a recall affecting all of thier Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles produced from late February of 2020 through mid July of 2021.

Documentation shows the windshields of those 17,692 vehicles, 13,544 of which also have a panoramic glass roof panel, may have been improperly bonded to the vehicle.

In addition to this leading to the potential for water leakage or excessive wind noise through those pieces of glass, more seriously is the potential for either of those pieces of glass to become detached from the vehicle while it's in motion, increasing the possiblility for crashes and injuries, both to the affected vehicle, and to other vehicles on the road.

Ford plans to begin contacting vehicle owners near the end of October, to have their vehicle repaired, free of cost, at a Ford dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the Ford customer service line at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 21S42 for the roof glass, and recall number 21C22 for the windshield.

Read more at Car and Driver: Ford Mustang Mach-E Recalled for Windshield and Sunroof Issues

Also at Consumer Reports: Ford Mustang Mach-Es Are Recalled Because of Roof and Windshield Problems

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


"Do Not Drive" recall issued for 2021 Subaru Impreza sedans & hatchbacks
 
Some 2021 Subaru Impreza sedans & hatchbacks could have a dangerous faulty weld. Photo source: Subaru
A critical "Do Not Drive" recall has been issued by Subaru of America for certain 2021 Impreza sedans and hatchbacks.

The initial recall includes 802 vbehicles, for a faulty weld in the vehicle's lower control arm, which is part of the assembly that connects your front wheels to your car.

If this weld breaks while the vehicle is in motion, it could cause a loss of control and create a high probablilty of a crash.

Subaru is still assessing vehicle lot numbers to determine which vehicles are part of the specific batch with the defective welds.

Subaru will notify affected vehicle owners, once they work out a recall schedule, so they can have their vehicle repaired free of charge at a Subaru dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614.

Read more at Torque News: Subaru Issues A Do Not Drive Recall Notice On New Subaru Impreza Models

Also at The Auto Channel: SUBARU OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES RECALL OF SELECT M.Y. 2021 SUBARU IMPREZAS

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Ford issues seatbelt recall of over 16,400 F-150 SuperCabs
 
Certain Ford F-150 SuperCab pickup trucks could have improperly installed seatbelts. Photo source: Ford
Ford has issued a recall of over 16,400 F-150 SuperCab pickup trucks.

Some of the front seatbelts in certain 2021 SuperCab models may be routed incorrectly, which could increase the chances of injury during a collision.

Ford says that the Regular Cab and Crew Cab body styles have a different front-seat belt assembly and are not affected by this issue.

Ford plans to begin contacting vehicle owners near the end of September to have their vehicle's seatbelts checked, and if needed, repaired free of cost at a Ford dealership.

Vehicle owners can call the Ford customer service line at 866-327-4236 and reference recall number 21C20 for more information.

See more at NBC channel 5, DFW, Texas: 16,000 New Ford F-150 Pickups Recalled Over Seat Belt Issue: NHTSA

Also at Consumer Reports: Ford Recalls F-150 Pickup Trucks Because Front Seat Belts May Be Improperly Installed

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


VW issues recall for its brand new 2022 Taos due to potential fuel line leak
 
The 2022 VW Taos is at risk of catching fire from a fuel line leak.
Photo source: Volkswagen
Volkswagen has issued a recall for nearly 17,000 of its 2022 VW Taos SUVs.

An abnormailty in the manufacturing process for a fuel line connected to the engine could lead to a fuel leak, which in turn could lead to a stall, a collision, or even a vehicle fire.

Volkswagen has provided a few different possibilities for the causes of this fuel line and connector problem, but the bottom line to be aware of is, fuel leaks are dangerous, especially near the heat of a running engine.

Volkswagen plans to begin contacting Taos owners by Mid-October so their vehicle can be repaired, free of charge, at a Volkswagen dealership.

In the meantime, Volkwagen recommends that if you detect an odor of fuel inside the vehicle cabin, contact your VW dealership or Volkswagen customer service immediately.

Vehicle Owners can call Volkswagen customer service at 800-893-5298 and reference recall number 20DB.

Read more at Torque News: The Littlest VW SUV Could Be The Biggest New-Model Deathtrap

Also at Consumer Reports: Volkswagen Recalling Taos SUVs for a Potential Fuel Leak

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Continuing problems with potential fires causes GM to add every Chevy Bolt ever made to the battery pack recall list
 
The latest models of the Chevy Bolt are now included in the battery pack recall issued by GM. Photo source: Chevrolet
Earlier in 2021, GM recalled almost 69,000 2017 - 2019 Chevy Bolt all electric vehicles.

A pair of defects in the battery packs in some of these vehicles could allow them to catch fire, even when the vehicle is not powered on.

Now GM has added all remaining Bolt EVs to the recall, including the newest 2020 - 2022 models.

GM is strongly recommending the following three things:
  • "Customers should, whether or not they received the current software update, set their vehicle to the 90 percent state of charge limitation using Hilltop Reserve mode (2017 and 2018 model years) or Target Charge Level mode (2019-2022 model years). If customers are unable to successfully make these changes, or do not feel comfortable making these changes, we are asking them to visit their dealer to have these adjustments completed."
  • "Recharge the battery after each use and not wait until the battery is almost run down (deep discharge mode) before charging it back up."
  • "Customers should continue to park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and not leave their vehicles charging overnight."
Once vehicle owners are contacted by Chevrolet/GM, they should bring in their Bolt to be checked, and have their battery packs replaced if needed, free of cost, at a Chevrolet dealership.

Any Chevy Bolt owner who may be affected by this issue can visit Chevy's recall page or call the Chevrolet EV Concierge phone line at 833-382-4389 and reference recall number N212343880 for more information.

Read more at USA Today: GM expands recall to all Chevy Bolt electric vehicles for fire risk

Also at Consumer Reports: GM Recalls All Chevrolet Bolts Due to Fire Concerns

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


More than 200,000 Ram trucks recalled in North America for defective side airbags
 
Several models of Ram pickup trucks are experiencing the same problem that caused GM to issue a huge recall last month.

The 2019 Ram 2500 is one of the models that may have defective side curtain airbags. Photo source: Ram Trucks
The airbags in question for this recall may have been exposed to moisture at the manufacturing plant, before they were installed into vehicles.

Airbags with this particular defect could rupture and send shrapnel into the truck's cabin, even if the vehicle is not involved in an event that would cause the side airbags to deploy.

The trucks involved in this recall include: the 2015 - 2019 Ram 1500, the 2015 - 2020 Ram 2500 and 3500, and the 2019 - 2020 Ram Classic.

Ram's parent company, Stellantis, will notify affected vehicle owners, once replacement airbags are available, so they can have their vehicle repaired free of charge, at a Chrysler / Dodge / Ram dealership.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Ram customer service at 800-853-1403.

Read more at ABC News: Ram pickups recalled; faulty side air bags can hurl shrapnel

Also at Consumer Reports: Ram Recalls Faulty Side-Curtain Airbags

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Fauly fuel pumps cause Subaru to recall more than 165,000 vehicles
 
For the second time in as many years, Subaru has issued a recall for fuel pumps on some of its vehicles.

The 2018 Subaru Outback is one of several models being recalled for defective fuel pumps. Photo source: Subaru
Subaru issued a recall in July for a number of its vehicles with a fuel pump that has caused similar problems for other vehicles as well.

The vehicles involved in this recall include: the 2019 - 2020 Subaru Ascent SUV, the 2018 - 2019 Subaru BRZ coupe, the 2018 Subaru Forester SUV, the 2018 - 2020 Subaru Impreza sedan & hatchback, the 2018 - 2020 Subaru Outback wagon, the 2018 - 2019 Subaru WRX sedan, as well as a jointly developed "cousin" of the BRZ, the 2018 - 2019 Toyota 86 coupe.

Due to manufacturing imperfections, Subaru stated, "Over time, the impeller may become deformed enough to interfere with the body of the fuel pump, potentially causing the low pressure fuel pump to become inoperative."

If the fuel pump fails, it could cause a vehicle's engine to stall, and even increase the potential for a crash.

Subaru plans to start notifying vechicle owners starting in September, so they can have their vehicle repaired at a Subaru dealership, free of charge.

For more information, vehicle owners can call Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614.

Read more at Consumer Reports: Subaru Recalls More Than 165,000 Cars and SUVs to Fix Stalling Engines

Also at AutoBlog: Subaru recalls 165,000 vehicles for a potentially defective fuel pump

See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
 


Ford issues three separate vehicle recalls in one press release
 
On July 16th, Ford issued a notification of recalls for three separate vehicles, widely sold across North America.

The 2020 - 2021 Lincoln Aviator has a wiring harness that could short circuit and catch fire. Photo source: Ford
The vehicles affected by these recalls are:
  • The 2020 - 2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty
  • The 2013 - 2017 Ford Explorer
  • The 2020 - 2021 Lincoln Aviator
  •  
    There are nearly 35,000 Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles with 6.7-liter engines being recalled for a potentially faulty weld in the rear axle housing spring seat interface, which could lead to vibration or shaking, or possibly a disconnected driveshaft, which could lead to the possibility of a crash.

    More than 774,000 Ford Explorer SUVs have a safety recall involving "a seized cross-axis ball joint that may cause a fractured rear suspension toe link," Ford stated. Drivers could experience problems ranging from clunking noises, to vehicle handling problems, to a fracture in components of the rear wheel, which could lead to a crash.

    Additionally, roughly 41,000 Lincoln Aviator SUVs with 3.0-liter gas engines are part of a recall for a battery cable wiring harness that is not secured properly, and over a period of time, could wear through and short circuit, ptentially leading to a fire.

    Each of these recalls will be repaired, free of charge, at a respective Ford / Lincoln dealership.

    Vehicle Owners can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 or 800-392-3673 and reference recall number 21S31 for the F-350 recall, 21S32 for the Explorer recall, or 21S34 for the Aviator recall.

    Read more at Ford.com: FORD MOTOR COMPANY PROVIDES DETAILS ON THREE SAFETY RECALLS IN NORTH AMERICA

    Also at Consumer Reports: Ford F-350 Super Duty power train, Ford Explorer suspension problems, and Lincoln Aviator battery wiring.

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Incidents of fires in already repaired vehicles prompts NHTSA & Chevy to urge Bolt owners to park outside
     
    The all electric Chevy Bolt has had problems with fire risk in some models, like this one from 2018. Photo source: Chevrolet
    Late last year, GM recalled almost 69,000 2017 - 2019 Chevy Bolt all electric vehicles.

    The battery packs in some of these vehicles had a defect that could allow them to catch fire, even when the vehicle is not powered on.

    Now that many of these vehicles have been repaired and are back on the road, new incidents have been reported of repaired vehicles catching on fire.

    NHTSA and Chevrolet/GM are strongly recommending that ALL 2017 - 2019 Chevy Bolt owners park their vehicles outside and away from any structures until these vehicles can be verified as to whether additional remedies are needed for their vehicle to be safe.

    If your vehicle is part of the recall group and hasn't had the recall fix yet, you should still have it repaired, which is free of charge, at a Chevrolet dealership.

    Any Chevy Bolt owner who may be affected by this issue can visit Chevy's recall page or call the Chevrolet EV Concierge phone line at 833-382-4389 for more information.

    Read more at The Wall Street Journal: GM Tells Chevy Bolt Owners to Park It Outside After Two Electric-Car Fires (subscription may be required to read the entire article)

    Also at Consumer Reports: Chevrolet Bolt EVs Should Be Parked Outdoors Due to Fire Risk, Government Agency Warns

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Passenger side airbag glitch promts Audi to recall over 153,000 vehicles
     
    Audi is adding more vehicles to an earlier recall, which now encompasses just over 153,000 vehicles, including some vehicles that may have been previously serviced for the same problem.

    Passenger side airbags may fail to activate in some vehicles, like this 2017 Audi A3 Cabriolet. Photo source: Audi Morton Grove
    At issue is an unknown glitch glitch which can cause the front passenger side airbag to become deactivated when someone is sitting in that seat.

    Many vehicles these days, including models from Audi, have sensors to tell the airbag system which seats have passengers sitting in them, so that if the vehicle is in a collision, only the necessary airbags are deployed.

    A light on the console indicates PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF when no one is sitting in that seat. Due to this glitch, the passenger side airbag may not be operational, and this indicator light may come on, even when someone is seated there.

    If the airbag did not deploy during a collision, a passenger's injuries could be much greater.

    The vehicles affected by this recall are: the 2015 - 2019 A3 Cabriolet; the 2015 - 2020 S3 & A3 Sedan; the 2016 - 2018 A3 E-Tron; the 2017 - 2020 RS3 Sedan.

    Audi is still trying to determine what is causing this problem. An earlier solution for some Audi models didn't remedy the situation, so it's possible there may be more than one component involved in causing this issue.

    Audi's parent company, Volkswagen Group of America, will contact affected vehicle owners by May 21st to let them know about the problem, and then again once a premanent solution is devised, so they can have their vehicle repaired, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Audi customer service at 800-253-2834 and reference recall number 69BY.

    Read more at Consumer Reports: Audi A3 Recalled Because Passenger Airbag Could Be Deactivated

    Also at Car and Driver: Audi Recalls A3, S3 over Passenger Airbag System Shutoffs

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Kia recalls almost 300,000 vehicles for more engine fire problems
     
    Kia vehicles have been plagued with numerous problems over the last handful of years, that have led to recalls for potential engine fires.

    The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid is one of a number of models that have been plagued with engine fire problems. Photo source: Kia
    This latest recall involves engines that can stall and/or catch fire.

    The roughly 295,000 vehicles included in this recall are: the 2011 - 2013 Optima Hybrid, the 2012 Sportage SUV, the 2012 - 2013 Sorento SUV, the 2012 - 2015 Forte & Forte Koup, and the 2014 - 2015 Soul SUV.

    The engines in some of these vehicles could have fuel or oil leaks which, in addition to being dangerous for the roads and the environment, could also lead to the subsequent problems of stalling or catching fire.

    Kia will begin contacting vehicle owners, so they can have repairs made free of charge at a Kia dealership.

    Vehicle owners wanting more information can call Kia customer service at 800-333-4542.

    Read more at USA Today: Kia recall issued to fix Sorento, Forte, Optima, Soul vehicles that could catch fire

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Ford's new Bronco Sport recalled for control arm problems
     
    Bronco Sport.
    Photo source: Ford
    In February, Ford launched a recall for a group of just over 100 of their new 2021 Bronco Sport SUVs.

    All of the affected vehicles were built on December 9th of 2020.

    It's estimated that an incorrect lower control arm was installed on roughly half of the vehicles being recalled, which could cause vehicle instablility and increase the chance of a rollover crash with a load on the roof.

    Ford should begin contacting affected vehicle owners starting in April, so they can have their vehicle repaired, free of charge, at a Ford dealership.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 21S03.

    Read more at Detroit Free Press: 106 Ford Bronco Sport SUVs get second recall, this time for rollover risk

    Also at CNET Roadshow: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport recalled for the second time

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    GM is recalling nearly 285,000 more vehicles for potentially explosive Takata airbags
     
    GM has launched a recall in February to add an additional 284,645 vehicles to the ever growing list affected by potentially dangerous Takata airbags.

    The 2012 Chevy Avalanche is one of the latest models to be recalled for potentially explosive Takata airbags.
    Photo source: Chevrolet
    The vehicles affected by this latest recall include the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, & Escalade EXT; the Chevy Avalanche, Chevy Silverado 1500 (LD) & Silverado 2500/3500 (HD), Chevy Suburban, and Chevy Tahoe; the GMC Sierra 1500 (LD) & Sierra 2500/3500 (HD), and the GMC Yukon & Yukon XL.

    These particular models have airbag systems with front airbag inflators containing PSAN (phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate) propellant.

    When exposed to various temperature and humidity conditions, over time, the chemicals can degrade and cause an unstable, and often explosive release, when the airbags are deployed.

    Fragments from the propellant casing can fly into the vehicle cabin, like shrapnel from a grenade, potentially causing injury or even death.

    GM will begin notifying vechicle owners beginning in March, so they can have their vehicle repaired at a corresponding dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Cadillac customer service at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 800-462-8782, and reference recall number N212328770.

    Read more at Consumer Affairs: GM recalls 284,00 vehicles with faulty airbag inflators

    Also, Read the NHTSA recall report: Part 573 Safety Recall Report - 21V-051 (PDF)

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Mercedes-Benz recalls almost 1.3 million vehicles for Emergency Locator glitch
     
    Announced in February, and expected to begin in April, Mercedes-Benz is recalling 1,292,258 vehicles for a problem with their eCall emergency call & locator system.

    A faulty module could give inaccurate location information, in well over a dozen Mercedes-Benz models, including the 2018 CLA 250.
    Photo source: Mercedes-Benz of SA
    The vehicles affected include 2016 - 2021 models from the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, G-Class, GLA-Class, GLB-Class, GLC-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, GT-Class, S-Class, SL-Class, and SLC-Class of vehicles.

    A glitch in the module may cause a vehicle involved in a crash to provide inaccurate location information. An excerpt from documentation explaining the issue, provided to NHTSA, explains it as follows: “If there is a drop of the power supply to the communications module during a crash, the automatic eCall system may register the location of the vehicle’s last ignition cycle, rather than its location at the time the eCall system is activated.”

    Depending on the model, a corrective update for the affected eCall module could be performed "over the air" or at a dealership.

    Mercedes-Benz will begin contacting affected vehicle owners, so they can have their vehicle repaired, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Mercedes-Benz USA customer service at 877-762-8267. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 21V05800.

    Read more at Bloomberg Business: Mercedes-Benz Recalls Over 1 Million Cars Over Tech Error

    Also at Consumer Reports: Mercedes-Benz Recalls Nearly 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Potential Problem With eCall Emergency Locator

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Tesla is recalling almost 135,000 vehicles for problems arising from failing control units
     
    Tesla Model S SAO 2016 9184
    A faulty graphics processor could lead to display and other safety problems in some Tesla vehicles, like this 2016 Model S.
    Photo source: Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    Tesla has initiated a recall, under pressure from NHTSA, for almost 135,000 of their 2012 - 2018 Model S and 2016 - 2018 Model X vehicles.

    The problems are arising from failures in the cars' MCUs (Media Control Units), which control the vehicle's touch screen, as well as other functionality such as turn signal lights, and the windshield defroster.

    If some of these functions are not working properly, it could increase the chances of a crash.

    Tesla had sought to characterize the failures of the MCU in these vehicles as a "normal wear" item, such as tires or brakes, but NHTSA does not agree that a computer unit should be classified in that way.

    Tesla is already notifying vechicle owners, so that beginning in March, they can have their vehicle repaired at a Tesla dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Tesla customer service at 877-798-3752.

    Read more at Reuters: Tesla to recall 135,000 U.S. vehicles under pressure from auto safety regulators

    Also at NBC Bay Area: Tesla Recalls Up to 134K Models S and X Over Touchscreen Issue: Report

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Subaru recalls brand new Imprezas and Outbacks for potentially dangerous shifter cable problem
     
    The 2021 Impreza, shown here, and the 2021 Outback are the two models involved in this shifter nut recall. Photo source: Kelly Blue Book
    Subaru is issuing a recall for the new 2021 models of its' Impreza and Outback vehicels, for a potential problem with the shifter in the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

    In these vehicles, there is a nut for the shifter lever cable, that may not have been properly tightened during assembly.

    If the cable comes loose and the shifter lever fails to work properly, it could cause a dangerous situation, with risk of injuries or death.

    Subaru has not specified how many of the vehicles from its' plant in Lafayette, Indiana are affected, but all of these vehicles were made for sale in North America.

    Subaru expects that vehicle owners should begin receiving notifications by email or postal mail in February, so they can have their vehicles repaired at a Subaru dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also contact Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614. While Subaru's recall number is not current;y available, NHTSA's recall number is 21V024.

    Read more at Torque News: Subaru’s First Recall of 2021 - Outback And Impreza Loose Shifter Cable Nut

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Brake light problem prompts Nissan to recall over 350,000 Pathfinder SUVs
     
    A brake light switch problem could cause the brake lights to stay on in vehicles like this 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. Photo source: kbb.com
    Nissan is issuing a recall for roughly 354,000 Pathfinder SUVs (267,000 in the U.S.), for a problem that can cause break lights to constantly stay on, even when not in use.

    Some previously repaired Patherfinders are again being recalled for this issue.

    A worn replay in the brake light switch can become stuck, causing them to remain in the on position. The problem can also cause the brake-shift interlock to malfunction, which could allow someone to move the shifter handle out of the Park position, without first pressing on the brake pedal.

    2013 - 2015 Pathfinders are included in the recall for this problem.

    Nissan will start notifying vechicle owners in March, so they can have their vehicle repaired at a Nissan dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Nissan customer service at 800-867-7669 and reference recall number PC786.

    Read more at Business Standard: Nissan recalls over 354,000 Pathfinder SUVs for brake light problem

    Also at Consumer Reports: Nissan Pathfinder Recalled Due to a Problem That Can Keep the Brake Lights On

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Ford issuing more Takata airbag recalls to include an additional 3 million vehicles
     
    The 2010 Ford Fusion is one of the models included in this latest airbag recall.
    Photo source: Autoblog
    After finally being denied a petition filed with NHTSA back in 2017, Ford is issuing a recall for roughly 3 million vehicles in North America, that covers vehicles that use a similar model of Takata airbag to those that have caused dozens of deaths and injuries over more than a decade.

    While many of these same vehicles have already been recalled for their passenger side airbags, this recall involves the driver side inflator units.

    Vehicles included in this latest recall include: the 2006 - 2012 Ford Fusion, the 2007 - 2010 Ford Edge, the 2007 - 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2006 - 2012 Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, and the 2007 - 2010 Lincoln MKX. A group of related Mazda vehicles being recalled include the 2007 - 2009 B-Series pickup trucks.

    Ford will begin contacting affected vehicle owners when replacement parts become available, so they can have their vehicle repaired at a Ford dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332.

    Read more at CNN Business: Ford will recall 3 million vehicles for airbag problems, after losing fight with safety regulator

    Also at BW Businessworld: Ford To Recall 3 Million Vehicles For Air Bags At $610 Million Cost

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Takata airbags continue to be a problem for auto manufactures, as GM prepares to recall almost 6 million trucks & SUVs
     
    After four years of back and forth between General Motors and NHTSA, GM has agreed to abide by NHTSA's decision to recall 5.9 million vehicles to replace potentially dangerous airbags manufactured by Takata.

    Trucks & SUVs like this 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 are the latest vehicles to be recalled by GM, to replace Takata airbags. Photo source: dealer.com
    Including GM manufactured SUVs and trucks built and sold abroad, the total number of vehicles in this particular recall is actually around 7 million.

    Although none of the deaths that have occurred so far, as a result of defective Takata airbags, has occurred in a vehicle manufactured by GM, the risk of potential injury or death warrants these airbag replacements.

    The propellant degradation at the root of this problem is a concern for many, in this case, because the vehicles being recalled are between 6 - 13 years old now.

    The vehicles included in this recall are: the 2007 to 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup trucks, the 2007 - 2014 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs, the 2007 to 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup trucks, the 2007 to 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks, the 2007 to 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, the 2007 to 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks, and the 2007 to 2014 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs.

    Although GM has not laid out a timetable for contacting customers or making the actual repairs yet, vehicle owners wanting more information can call Cadillac customer service at 800-333-4223, Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 888-988-7267.

    Read more at Consumer Reports: GM Recalls 5.9 Million Trucks, SUVs for Faulty Takata Airbags

    Also at CNBC: GM will recall 5.9 million vehicles for air bag issue

    Also at ABC News: GM to recall 7M vehicles globally to replace Takata air bags

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    38,000 Mustangs recalled by Ford for potentially dangerous brake pedal problem
     
    Some 2020 Ford Mustangs may have breaking brake pedal brackets. Photo source: Motor Authority
    Ford has issued a recall for some 38,000 new 2020 Mustangs with 10-speed automatic transmissions.

    Certain Mustangs include a brake pedal bracket, that for a time was produced with a different manufacturing process.

    The strength of these brackets may not hold up to use in certain situations, and the assembly could fracture, causing braking to not work as designed, thereby increasing the chances of a crash.

    Ford has been looking into this matter since last year, which has now led them to issue this official recall.

    Ford will begin contacting affected Mustang owners in November, so they can have their vehicle repaired at a Ford dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 20S52.

    Read more at Consumer Reports: Ford Mustangs Recalled Due to Brake Concerns

    Also at Autoblog: Ford recalls 2020 Mustangs because brake pedal might break

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Recall expansion announced, as more fire risks continue to plague Hyundai and Kia vehicles
     
    Two separate recalls have been announced by Hyundai and Kia, this time affecting almost 600,000 vehicles.

    The 2014 Kia Sorento is among the vehicles at risk of catching on fire due to a brake fluid leak. Photo source: Edmunds
    The affected vehicles in these latest recall notices are: the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV, built from June of 2013 - May of 2015; the Kia Optima sedan, built from June of 2013 - October of 2015; and the Kia Sorento SUV, built from June of 2013 - December of 2014.

    Each of the affected vehicles has defective components that are part of the braking system, which could leak brake fluid, and in turn, start a fire in the engine compartment.

    Drivers could notice smoke from under the hood, or possibly smells of something burning or melting. Vehicle owners are advised to park these vehicles outside until they have been repaired, because they may catch fire while parked and unattended, and could burn down a garage, home, or other building, causing a serious risk of burns or death.

    Hyundai and Kia will start notifying vechicle owners via postal mail starting in mid-October, so they can have their vehicle repaired at a Hyundai or Kia dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151 and reference recall number 20V520, or Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and reference recall number 20V519.

    Read more at Consumer Reports: Hyundai and Kia Issue More Fire-Related Recalls

    Also at Car and Driver: Hyundai and Kia Recalling 591,000 Vehicles for Fire Hazard

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Ford issues EV recall due to overheating batteries and fires
     
    The new Ford Kuga is the subject of a battery recall, after only being available for sale for a few months. Photo source: Carbuyer
    Ford Motor's UK division has issued a recall of more than 26,000 plug-in hybrids for a problem that has led to overheating batteries, and in some cases, fires.

    The Ford Kuga is the UK sibling of the Ford Escape PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).

    This is the first year the Kuga is available for sale, and they have been snapped up at a fairly brisk pace.

    A problem in the charging system with the batteries looks to be the cause of these problems. Ford is recommending that vehicle owners do not charge their vehicle until it is repaired, and place the vehicle in EV Auto mode, so the vehicle can operate off of gas.

    While the overheating can occur while the vehicle is charging, Ford has said that is could also happen just while "the vehicle is parked and unattended..."

    Ford is contacting Kuga owners via postal mail, so they can have their vehicle repaired at a Ford dealership, free of charge.

    Read more at AM Online: Ford suspends Kuga plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales after battery fires

    Also at Ford Authority: Ford Kuga PHEV Sales Stopped After Overheating Batteries Cause Fires

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Volvo issues recall of more than 2 million vehicles dating as far back as 2006
     
    The 2006 Volvo S60 is one of the several models of vehicles included in this recall. Photo source: Carfax.com
    Volvo has issued a sweeping recall of some 2.1 million vehicles around the world, sold over the last decade and a half.

    The vehicles included in this recall are the 2006 - 2019 S60, S60CC, S60L, S80, S80L, V60, V60CC, V70, XC60, and XC70.

    The front seatbelts are anchored to the vehicle by a steel cable, and Volvo has discovered that under certain conditions, that cable could become worn and reduce the ability of the seat belts to function properly, thereby increasing the chances of injuries.

    Volvo will contact vehicle owners by mail, so they can bring their vehicles to be repaired at a Volvo dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also contact Volvo customer service at 800-458-1552 and refernce recall # R10029.

    Read more at AM Online: Largest ever recall of 2.1m Volvo cars built between 2006 and 2019

    Also at Consumer Reports: Volvos Recalled for Potential Seat Belt Problem

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Honda issues a group of recalls affecting over 600,000 family focused vehicles
     
    On August 4th, four different recalls were issued by Honda, to correct a number of potentially hazardous problems.

    The 2019 Passport is one of the vehicles included in the latest batch of recalls issued by Honda. Photo source: Wikipedia
    The following vehicles are affected by some or all of the recall notices issued by Honda: the 2018 - 2020 Odyssey; the 2019 - 2020 Passport; and the 2019 - 2021 Pilot.

    There are two separate recalls that affect the backup cameras. One recall is for software that controls the display of the camera, which can malfunction and cause the display to be delayed, so that it's not in real-time, or not actually displaying at all in some cases. Either of these situations could increase the chances of a collision.

    The other camera related recall is for defective rear camera assemblies, which could cause the image to be distorted or possibly not to display at all, which could also be hazardous and increase the chance of a collision.

    Another recall involves software for the front display cluster of digital gauges. The malfunctions can cause various items not to display, such as the engine oil light, gear selector position, or the speedometer, all of which could potentially cause hazardous situations, depending on the vehicle's state of operation when the digital gauges fail to display.

    The fourth recall of the group currently only affects the 2018 - 2020 Odessey door handle cable in the sliding door. Water can get into these cables for the door latches, and in freezing temperatures, prevent the door from latching properly. If the door came open while the vehicle is in motion, it could increase the chance of people or objects coming out of the vehicle, with potentially serious injuries as a result.

    Honda plans to start contacting vechicle owners, regarding the specific recalls that affect their vehicle, by the last week of September, so they can have their vehicle repaired at a Honda dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also contact Honda customer service at 888-234-2138 and refernce recall # Y7Y for the camera, and recall # T89 for the digital instrument panel. As of August 12th, a recall number for the Odyssey's door handle cable was not available from Honda.

    Read more at Car and Driver: Honda Recalls 600,000-Plus Odyssey Vans, Pilot and Passport SUVs

    Also at Amo Mama: Honda Recalls 608,000 Vans and SUVs Because of Faulty Software

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls roughly 1 million vehicles for dangerous plastic emblem
     
    The 2010 Dodge Nitro is one of the models that could have a potentially dangerous plastic emblem on the steering wheel. Photo source: Cars.com
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling almost a million vehicles in the U.S. and another 200,000 plus in the rest of North America.

    The affected vehicles are 2007 - 2011 Dodge Nitro SUVs and the 2008 - 2010 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.

    These vehicles have a plastic emblem on the steering wheel, which is also the cover for the driver's airbag, that is held on by some clips. The clips can loosen over time, and if the airbag deploys, the emblem and clips could fly at the driver with force, causing injury or death.

    These airbag covers on the steering wheel need to be replaced with a cover that uses a newer type of clips, which should remedy the problem.

    Fiat Chrysler should start notifying vechicle owners in August, so they can have this problem fixed at an FCA dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403.

    Read more at Torque News: Fiat Chrysler Recalling 1.2 Million Older Vehicles

    Also at Consumer Reports: Dodge and Chrysler Recall Vehicles to Fix Airbag Covers

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Almost 267,000 Prius Hybrids recalled by Toyota for possible software and inverter problems
    The Toyota Prius has been a popular car among buyers of electric and hybrid vehicles. However, just like their gasoline counterparts, hybrid and electric vehicles can have their share of problems as well.

    The 2014 Prius is among the models with this troubling software problems.
    A problem has been uncovered by Toyota that prompted them to issue a recall almost 267,000 of the 2013 - 2015 Prius and 2014 - 2017 Prius V Hybrids.

    Within the intricate software systems for vehicles like these, is a system called Failsafe Driving Mode. There have been incidences of a software glitch occuring that doesn't allow the vehicle to transfer into this mode when needed, and the vehicle can experience problems such as power loss and stalling, which could increase the chances of a crash.

    These problems could lead to a failure of the vehicle's inverter as well.

    Toyota has stated that they are aiming to begin contacting owners of these vehicles by August, so they can have any necessary repairs performed, free of charge, at a Toyota dealership.

    Toyota Prius owners may be able to obtain some information (although Toyota doesn't guarantee it) prior to being contacted, by going to Toyota.com/recall and providing either their license plate or VIN number.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also contact Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331.

    Read more at Newsweek: Toyota Recall: Prius Cars Recalled Over Stalling Trouble and Power Failure

    Also at Consumer Reports: Toyota Prius and Prius V Models Are Recalled Because They May Lose Power and Stall

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Repeated door latch problems cause Ford to recall more than 2,100,000 vehicles
     
    The first half of 2020 has seen many recalls issued to re-repair vehicles that were originally repaired in earlier safety recalls.

    A 2015 Ford Mustang like this one could unexpectedly experience a door suddenly opening while in motion. Photo source: Automo Blog
    Ford is now a member of that group, having to issue a recall for more than 2.1 million vehicles - many of which were recalled once before, or even twice in some cases, for the same problem.

    The door latches on a number of vehicles have been failing, in what Ford characterizes as "exposure to extreme temperatures".

    In these cases, the latch can then fail to secure properly when the vehicle door is closed. In some instances, the door can then come open again while the vehicle is in motion, creating a hazardous situation, and the potential for a collision with another vehicle or other objects.

    The wide range of vehicles that are a part of this recall include: the 2011 - 2014 Ford Fiesta sedan and hatchback; the 2012 - 2015 Ford Focus sedans and hatchbacks; the 2013 - 2014 Ford Fusion sedan; the 2013 - 2014 Lincoln MKZ sedan; the 2013 - 2015 Ford Escape SUV; the 2013 - 2015 Ford C-MAX wagon; the 2014 - 2016 Ford Transit Connect van; the 2015 Ford Mustang coupe and convertible; the 2015 Lincoln MKC SUV.

    Ford will soon start notifying vechicle owners, although a specific date has not been specified, so they can have the door latch repaired at a Ford dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 20S30.

    Read more at MarketWatch: Ford recalls 2.1 million cars because their doors can open while the vehicles are moving — it's the third recall for the same problem

    Also at Consumer Reports: Ford and Lincoln Recall Over 2 Million Vehicles to Fix Door Latches

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Recurring hood latch problem leads to recall of millions of Nissan Altimas
    The 2015 Nissan Altima is one of the model years included in this recall for faulty hood latches. Photo source: CarGurus
    In an expansion of an earlier recall, there are now roughly 1.8 million Nissan Altimas with potentially defective hood latches.

    This recall includes 2013 - 2018 Nissan Altima sedans, many of which have been previously repaired for the same problem.

    The hood latches can become corroded and then fail to properly latch securely.

    It's possible for the hood to fly open while the vehicle is in motion, blocking the driver's view of the road, and causing the very real possibility of a crash.

    Although a permanent solution hasn't been developed, Nissan expects to start notifying vehicle owners by the beginning of August, so that their vehicles can be repaired, free of charge, at a Nissan dealership.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also contact Nissan customer service at 800-647-7261.

    Read more at Car and Driver: Nissan Recalls 1.8 Million Altima Sedans for Faulty Hood Latch

    Also at Consumer Reports: Nissan Expands Altima Recall Because of Hoods That Could Open Unexpectedly

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Defective fuel pumps could lead to stalling in Hondas and Acuras
     
    A recall of more than 136,000 vehicles has been initiated by Honda.

    Honda is recalling vehicles like this 2019 Accord for defective fuel pumps. Photo source: Honda
    Defects in the fuel pumps of a number of Honda and Acura models are causing them to fail, which could potentially cause a vehicle to experience a loss of power, or stall while being driven, and increase the chances of loss of control or a crash.

    The Acura models involved in this recall are: the 2018 - 2019 NSX; the 2019 RDX, RLX, and RLX Sport Hybrid.

    The Honda models involved in this recall are: the 2018 - 2019 Accord, Civic Hatchback, Civic Type R, and HR-V; the 2019 Fit; the 2019 - 2020 Insight.

    Honda expects that vehicle owners will start receiving notices by the end of July, to have the fuel pump replaced, free of charge, at a Honda dealership.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also contact Honda customer service at 888-234-2138.

    Read more at Consumer Reports: Acuras and Hondas Recalled for Stall Risk

    Also at Car and Driver: Honda, Acura Recalling Nearly 140,000 2018–2019 Vehicles for Fuel-Pump Problem

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Corroding components lead to a recall by Mitsubishi
     
    Mitsubishi initiated a recall in May, for over 141,000 vehicles in the U.S., and almost 82,000 more in Canada.

    A number of Mitsubishi vehicles could have dangerous, corroding suspension parts, like this 2010 Outlander.
    This recall stems from certain vehicles that have front suspension parts that can become corroded and rust, caused by salt water, or more specifically road salts that are used by a number of states during their cold winters.

    The corrosion and rusting can cause these suspension parts to come apart, which could lead to loss of vehicle control, and potentially a crash.

    The vehicles involved in this recall include: the 2008 - 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer and 2010 Lancer Sportback; the 2008 - 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2011 - 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

    Mitsubishi expects that vehicle owners should begin receiving notifications by mid-July, so they can have their vehicles repaired at a Mitsubishi dealership, free of charge.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also contact Mitsubishi customer service at 888-648-7820 and reference recall number SR-20-003.

    Read more at CTV News: Suspension rust problem forces Mitsubishi to recall vehicles in Canada, U.S.

    Also at Consumer Reports: Mitsubishi Recalls Cars and SUVs in Northeast and Midwest States for Suspension Problems

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Defective fuel pumps have Subaru recalling 200,000 vehicles
     
    Subaru has a handful of models with defective fuel pumps, like this 2019 Legacy. Photo source: KBB
    Subaru is recalling roughly 2000,000 vehicles for faulty low pressure fuel pumps, which could cause a vehicle to stall, increasing the chances of a crash.

    The 2019 models included in this recall are: Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, and Outback.

    Drivers couild notice a warning light on the dashboard, but this is not certain in every instance.

    Subaru will soon begin contacting vehicle owners, so they can have their vehicles repaired, free of charge, at a Subaru dealership.

    Read more at WBZ Channel 4, Boston: Subaru Recall: Fuel Pumps Could Fail In Over 200,000 Vehicles

    Also at Express: Car recall issued to almost 200,000 popular Subaru cars because of simple fuel pump glitch

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    ABS warning light failures have PACCAR recalling 455,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt semi trucks
     
    We all know the saying, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall", but it's also true that the bigger they are, the longer it takes them to stop.

    An ABS warning light failure could spell big trouble for a big rig like this Kenworth T370. Photo source: Heavy Duty Trucking
    Semi truck drivers depend on having good, properly working brakes as much, or more, than just about anyone else on the road.

    The latest recall affecting a huge number of semi trucks, is due to a problem that could prevent the ABS warning light from lighting up when the ABS system is not working.

    With that system not funtioning, when the driver thinks that it is, it could increase the possibility of a crash. In some of these trucks, this defect could actually cause unrelated lights to inadvertantly illuminate.

    The following models are included in the more than 455,000 vehicles being recalled by PACCAR, the company that owns Kenworth Truck Co. and Peterbilt Motors: the 2008 - 2019 Peterbilt 330, 335, 337, 340, 348, 365, 367, 384, 386, 387, 388, 389, 567, 579, and 587; the 2008 - 2020 Kenworth T170, T270, T370, T660, T680, T800, T880, and W900.

    PACCAR expects to begin contacting affected truck owners by mid-June, so they can have their rigs repaired, free of charge.

    For more information, affected Kenworth & Peterbilt owners may also call Kenworth customer service at 425-828-5888 and reference recall number 20KWB, or Peterbilt customer service at 940-591-4220 and reference recall number 20PBC.

    Read more at CDL Life: More than 450,000 Kenworths and Peterbilts recalled for warning light defect that could increase crash risk

    Also at Yahoo Finance: PACCAR Recalls 12 Years Of Trucks For Warning Light Failures

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Potential rollaway situation prompts Ford to recall over 55,000 new vehicles
    A potential rollaway hazard could exist on some new Ford vehicles, like this 2020 Ford Ranger.
    Trucks and SUVs are more popular than ever, and with that popularity has also come problems.

    Ford has seen more than their fair share of recalls, and this latest recall affects more than 55,000 F-150 and Ranger pickup trucks, as well as Expedition SUVs with the Police Package option, all built in early 2020.

    A small clip, that is part of the shifter assembly for the transmission, could have been installed improperly. If the clip comes loose, it could create a situation where the vehicle may not be in park, when it appears to be, and in some cases, may even allow the driver to remove the key from the ignition.

    If the vehicle is not actually in park, and the brake is not applied, the vehicle could unexpectedly start to roll, increasing the possibility of a crash and/or injuries.

    Ford expects to start notifying vehicle owners by the end of April, so that their vehicles can be repaired, free of charge, at a Ford dealership.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 20S18.

    Read more at WCVB News Channel 5, Massachusetts: More than 55,000 Ford vehicles recalled due to gear shifting issue

    Also at Consumer Reports: New Ford F-150, Ranger Trucks Recalled Due to Shifter Problem

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Backup camera software problems cause Fiat Chrysler to recall more than 318,000 vehicles
     
    Backup cameras have become an important part of the overall safety system in the newer vehicles we drive these days.

    Software problems are plauging the backup cameras in vehicles like this 2019 Jeep Wrangler. Photo source: Autoblog
    Vehicle owners are becoming accustomed to being able to trust what they see in these cameras, and now, a certain problem in some vehicles may jeopardize that confidence until it is fixed.

    More than 318,000 vehicles outfitted with 8.4-inch or 12-inch displays are being recalled by Fiat Chrysler for a software glitch that can allow the last image in the backup camera to remain on the display for an extended period of time, after the car has been shifted out of reverse.

    If a driver looked at that image while driving, it could startle or distract the driver, and increase the chance of a crash.

    The list of vehicles affected by this problem includes: the 2019 Dodge Challenger coupe; the 2019 - 2020 Chrysler Pacifica minivan; the 2019 - 2020 Dodge Durango SUV, Ram 1500, Ram 2500, & Ram 3500 pickup truck; the 2019 - 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Jeep Renegade SUV; the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and Jeep Cherokee.

    Fiat Chrysler will start notifying vechicle owners near the end of May, so they can have the affected software updated, free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403 and reference recall number W30-W37.

    Read more at MSN Autos: Over 300,000 Jeep, Ram and Dodge vehicles recalled for glitchy backup cameras

    Also at Consumer Reports: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram Models Recalled Due to Rearview Display Issues

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Nissan recalls more than 216,000 vehicles for, yet again... Takata airbags
    2020 has not yet seen the end of the Takata airbag recalls, including models like this 2015 Nissan NV cargo van. Source: nissan-infiniti.com
    This latest recall may not seems like a large number compared to the more tham 41 million vehicles that have already been recalled for potentially defective Takata airbags, but, yet again, another recall, this time from Nissan-Infinity for some 216,000 plus vehicles, adds to the overall total of these potentially lethally exploding airbags.

    Perhaps the automotive industry should just recall every vehicle that was ever outfitted with a Takata airbag.

    Like the recalls that have come before, the propellant that is used to deploy the airbags can, over time and under certain environmental conditions, become unstable and cause the airbags to erupt from their housing with such force, that shrapnel from the canisters can fly out into the passenger compartment, potentially injuring or killing the people in that vehicle.

    The vehicles involved in this recall include: the 2011 - 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV; the 2012 - 2017 Nissan NV cargo van; the 2013 - 2015 Nissan Armada SUV; and the 2013 - 2015 Nissan Titan pickup truck.

    Nissan expects to start notifying vehicle owners by the end of May, so that they can schedule appointments to have their vehicles repaired, free of charge, at Nissan and Infinity dealerships.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also contact Nissan customer service at 800-867-7669 or Infiniti customer service at 800-662-6200.

    Read more at ABC Action News Channel 6, Philadelphia: Nissan recalls over 250K vehicles to replace Takata air bags

    Also at Consumer Reports: 216,678 Nissan and Infiniti Vehicles Recalled for Dangerous Takata Airbags

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Faulty door latches have Ford recalling 268,000 vehicles in North America
    Faulty door latches on more than a quarter million vehicles include cars like this 2015 Ford Fusion. Source: Cars.com
     
    In late March, Ford issued a recall for roughly 268,000 vehicles, mostly in the U.S. and Canada.

    Very warm weather, which seems to be more and more common for much of the U.S. during the summer, can cause certain door latches to crack and fail.

    The affected vehicles include the 2014 - 2015 Ford Fiesta, the 2014 - 2016 Ford Fusion sedan, and the 2014 - 2016 Lincoln MKZ sedan.

    Problems arising from these faulty door latches include the car door(s) not being able to properly close, or even a door opening while the vehicle is in motion, which could potentially lead to a crash or injuries.

    Ford will contact vehicle owners so they can have their vehicles repaired, free of charge, at a Ford dealership.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 20S15.

    Read more at WWMT Channel 3: Ford Motor Co. issues recalls for North America, Canada

    Also at Consumer Reports: Ford Recalls Almost 250,000 Cars Because Doors Could Open While Driving

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    More than 35,000 Peterbilt semi trucks being recalled for fire risk
    A fire risk recall affects more than 35,000 semi trucks, like this Peterbilt 579. Source: Peterbilt
    Industrial manufacturer PACCAR Inc. is recalling more than 35,000 Peterbilt semi trucks for a potential fire risk.

    Included in the recall are 2015 - 2020 Peterbilt tractor models 365, 389, 567, and 579.

    At issue is a cable for certain left-hand jumper terminals, that was made to long for the space that it's in, which could allow it to rub back and forth on the left front suspension spring, and wear away the protective insulation, which could cause a short circuit, and potentially catch on fire.

    PACCAR expects to begin contacting affected owners at the beginning of May, so they can have the affected cable replaced, free of charge.

    For more information, affected owners may also call PACCAR customer service at 940-591-4220 and reference recall number 20PBA.

    Read more at CDLLife: 35,000 Peterbilts recalled for defect that could cause truck to catch fire

    Also at Truckers News: Two recalls issued for Peterbilts

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Over 700,000 vehicles are recalled by Volvo for brake system problems
     
    The emergency braking on vehicles like the 2020 Volvo S60 could suddenly engage without warning. Source: Automoblog
    On March 13th, Volvo issued a recall for roughly 736,000 vehicles produced in 2019 and 2020.

    The following models are included in the recall: XC40, XC60, & XC90 crossovers and SUVs; S60, V60, V60CC, S90, V90 & V90CC sedans and wagons.

    The problem stems from the Automatic Emergency Brake system, with sensors and software algorithms that decide when the vehicle may need to preemptively apply braking on the driver's behalf. It has been found to not function properly on occasion.

    In a statement, Volvo indicated that "...the autobrake support system may not function as intended in certain situations and temperatures. This means that the AEB support system may not automatically brake the car as intended".

    Volvo maintains that "...the regular brake system in these cars is not affected, meaning that the cars are safe to use."

    When a fix has been finalized, affected veicle owners will be contacted by Volvo to have their vehicle repaired at a Volvo dealership, free of charge.

    Read more at MSN Money: Volvo recalls 736,000 cars for autobrake issues

    Also at Malay Mail: Volvo recalls 736,000 cars for autobrake issues

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Fuel line problem prompts Hyundai to recall over 200,000 Sonatas
     
    In Early March, Hyundai Motors stated that it is issuing a recall for nearly 207,000 2013 - 2014 Sonata sedans.

    A 2014 Hyundai Sonata like this one could have cracked fuel lines.
    Source: AutoBlog
    Over time, the heat in the engine compartment can cause fuel lines connected to the fuel pump to crack.

    If a cracked fuel line leaks fuel, it can potentially lead to a fire, and subsequent injuries or deaths.

    Hyundai now recommends that vehicles are parked outside until the recall repair can be performed.

    Hyundai is hoping to begin the official recall period by the end of April, although, as of mid-March, they have not yet finalized a solution.

    Vehicle owners will be contacted to have their Sonata repaired, free of charge, at a Hyundai dealership.

    Affected owners may also call Hyundai customer service at 855-371-9460 and reference recall number 189.

    Read more at WTOP News: Hyundai joins Kia in another recall to prevent engine fires

    Also at Consumer Reports: Hyundai Sonatas Recalled for Fuel Leak and Fire Risk

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Potential fuel line leaks in Kia minivans spur manufacturer recall
     
    Fuel line cracks are a potential problem in some 2011 - 2012 Kia Sedona minivans. Source: KBB
    Roughly 51,000 Kia Sedona minvans in the U.S. and an additional 3,000 of these 2011 and 2012 models in Canada are being recalled.

    Fuel lines that connect to the fuel pump can develop cracks, over time, from being exposed to the ongoing heat in the engine compartment.

    Fuel from these cracked fuel lines could leak and catch on fire. Injuries or deaths could result from such a fire.

    The recall period is expected to begin by mid-April, once Kia has replacement parts figured out. Affected vehicle owners will be able to have their vehicles repaired for free, once they are notified by mail.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also call Kia customer service at 888-327-4236 and reference recall number SC188.

    Read more at Consumer Reports: Kia Sedona Minivan Is Recalled Due to a Fire Risk

    Also at auto123: KIA CANADA RECALLING AROUND 3,000 SEDONAS DUE TO POSSIBLE FUEL LEAK

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Almost 3 dozen vehicle models being recalled by Toyota and Lexus for faulty fuel pumps
     
    More than 1.1 million vehicles are being added to an earlier recall of almost 700,000 others by Toyota and Lexus.
    Many vehicles, including the 2014 Lexus LS 460, are included in this fuel pump recall. Source: Lexus
    A defective fuel pump, that resides inside the fuel tank, can fail without warning, which could increase the chance of a crash if it happens while the vehicle is on the road.

    There are no replacement fuel pumps for these vehicles, as of the beginning of March. Toyota and Lexus engineers are still working on a replacement solution.

    The full list of known vehicles is as follows:
  • 2013 - 2015 Lexus LS 460 sedans
  • 2013 - 2014 Lexus GS 350 sedans
  • 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUVs; Lexus IS-F sedans
  • 2014 - 2015 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser; Lexus GX 460 and LX 570 SUVs
  • 2014 - 2015 Lexus IS350 sedans
  • 2015 Lexus NX 200t SUVs and RC 350 coupes
  • 2017 Lexus IS 200t sedans and RC 200t coupes
  • 2017 - 2019 Toyota Sienna minivans; Lexus RX 350 SUVs
  • 2018 Lexus GS 300 sedans
  • 2018 - 2019 Toyota Avalon, Camry, and Corolla; Lexus ES 350, GS 350, IS 300, IS 350, LS 500, and LS500h
  • 2018 - 2019 Toyota Highlander and Sequoia SUVs and Tacoma and Tundra trucks
  • 2018 - 2019 Lexus LC 500, LC 500h, RC 300, and RC350 coupes and RX 350L SUVs
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    Toyota expects to begin contacting vehicle owners by mid-March, and when a repair solution is finally available, affected vehicle owners will be contacted, so that their vehicles can be repaired, free of charge, at Toyota and Lexus dealerships.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331 and reference recall numbers 20TB02 and 20TA02, or Lexus customer service at 800-255-3987 and reference recall numbers 20LB01 and 20LA01.

    Read more at Auto Blog: Toyota adds more than 1.1 million vehicles to previous fuel pump recall

    Also at Consumer Reports: Toyota and Lexus Recall Cars That Can Stall Abruptly While Driving

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Overly bright headlights cause Ford to recall more than 200,000 F-150 pickup trucks
     
    When LED headlights were first proposed by auto makers, many thought they just wouldn't be bright enough to replace traditional headlights.

    Some of the newest Ford F-150 pickup truck have headlights that are bright enough to make it difficult for oncoming drivers to see clearly. Source: Ford
    Now, just the opposite is true, and Ford is recalling just over 217,000 F-150 pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada for headlights that can be bright enough to cause problems for oncoming drivers.

    F-150s with LED headlights for the 2018 - 2020 model years have an anomoly in the software that controls them, so that when a driver manually switches on the low beams, the daytime running lights stay on, and the combination of both sets of lights being lit at the same time can create a situation where an oncoming driver's vision is impared, which increases the chance of a crash.

    Eventually, Ford will contact affected vehicle owners to have the software updated to fix the problem, free of charge, at a Ford dealership. As of early March, a solution has not been finalized.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners may also call Ford customer service at 800-392-3673 and reference recall number 20C03.

    Read more at PowerNation: Ford Is Recalling 217,000 F-150s For Headlights That Are Too Bright

    Also at Consumer Reports: Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks Recalled Because Their Headlights Are Too Bright

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Risk of fire prompts Kia to recall over 228,000 vehicles
     
    A 2009 Kia Sedona like this one could be at risk of catching on fire.
    In a move mirroring its' sister company, Hyundai, Kia has issued a recall of more than 228,000 vehicles that are at risk of catching on fire.

    This recall covers Sedona minivans from 2006 - 2010 and Sorento SUVs from 2007 - 2009.

    This safety risk arises due to the design of the housing for the Antilock Brake System (ABS) electronics, which can allow moisture inside. The moisture could cause the electronics to short circuit. This could cause a fire, and potentially cause injuries, death, and/or property damage.

    Kia plans to begin contacting vehicle owners in April, and Kia dealerships will repair these vehicles free of charge.

    For questions and additional information, affected owners can call Kia customer service at 800-333-4542 and reference recall number SC186.

    Read more at Market Watch: Kia recalls more than 200,000 vehicles over electrical problem that can cause fires

    Also at Consumer Reports: Kia Sedona Minivans and Sorento SUVs Are Recalled Due to a Fire Risk

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Over 200,000 vehicles recalled by Ford for suspension problems
     
    The 2017 Taurus SHO is part of Ford's latest recall, for suspension problems.
    Some 211,000 vehicles, along with several thousand from abroad, are being recalled by Ford.

    Part of the rear suspension called the toe link could fracture under certain conditions. This could lead to loss of vehicle control and a potential crash.

    Included in this recall are the Ford Flex, Taurus police car, Taurus SHO, and Lincoln MKT from 2013 - 2018.

    Ford will begin contacting vehicle owners in March, so they can bring their vehicles to Ford dealership to be repaired at no cost to the owners.

    Read more at WGN Channel 9, Chicago: Ford recalls over 240K vehicles to fix suspension problem

    Also at Car and Driver: Ford Recalls Flex, Lincoln MKT over Suspension Flaws

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Power steering problems prompt Tesla to recall roughly 15,000 Model X SUVs
    The Tesla Model X from 2016 could have corroded bolts in the power steering system.
    An issue with some of the bolts used in almost 15,000 units of the Tesla model X, built before mid-October of 2016, has prompted a recall by Tesla.

    The bolts are in the power steering system, and under certain conditions, notably in areas where road salts are used, these bolts can become corroded and potentially fail.

    The power steering system could stop working, and while the vehicle could still be steered, it would be more difficult, and that, combined with the surprise to the driver of what is happening, could increase the chances of an accident.

    Tesla, in acknowledging this situation, has stated that affected vehicle owners will be contacted to have their vehicles repaired, free of charge. Att he time of this writing, Tesla is still waiting on the new supply of upgraded bolts to perform the repairs.

    Read more at Reuters: Tesla recalls 15,000 Model X SUVs for power steering issue in North America

    Also at Consumer Reports: Tesla Recalls Model X for Steering Issue

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Hyundai Motor America recalls close to a half million vehicles for potential short circuit and fire hazard
    The 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring wagon is among the vehicles Hyundai has recalled for potential short circuiting.
    The 2006 - 2011 Hyundai Elantra sedan and 2007 - 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring wagon are the subject of a recall for just over 429,000 vehicles from Hyundai Motor America.

    Due to a faulty Antilock Braking System (ABS) module that can allow moisture inside it, the potential exists that "...an electrical short in the ABS unit may cause an electrical fire, even when the car is turned off, increasing risk of an injury," according to Hyundai's statement to NHTSA.

    The fact that this can occur, even when the vehicle is off, makes it dangerous to park it inside a garage or next to any flammable structure or objects.

    A spokesperson for Hyundai also stated that "When the vehicle is on, short circuits are preceded by other noticeable symptoms..." such as the ABS dashboard light coming on, or unusal noises.

    Hyundai expects to begin contacting vehicle owners beginning in April, and a Hyundai dealership will repair these vehicles at no cost to the owners.

    Affected owners may also call Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460 and reference recall number 188.

    Read more at Consumer Reports: Hyundai Elantras Recalled for Fire Risk

    Also at Automotive News: Hyundai recalls nearly 430,000 U.S. vehicles over possible short circuit

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Improper control arm welds cause Chrysler to recall just over 3000 of their 2020 Jeep Wranglers
    2020 Jeep Wranglers like this one may have had the lower control arm bracket welded incorrectly.
    Due to a lower control arm bracket weld on the left side that may have been welded out of position, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced a recall of 2020 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited vehicles. 3005 Jeeps are affected by this recall.

    FCA has confirmed that affected vehicles could have that control arm separate from the vehicle, which could increase the chance of a crash, or injury from debris, if the control arm were to strike the ground while the vehicle was in motion.

    Fiat Chrysler expects to begin contacting vehicle owners in mid-March. Repairs will be performed at no cost to the owners.

    Vehicle owners may also contact Fiat Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403 and reference recall number W01.

    Read more at Mopar Insiders: FCA Recalls 3,005 2020 Jeep Wrangler Models For Control Arm Weld Issues

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    GM re-recalling Silverado & Sierra pickups a second time for brake failure problems
    Pickup trucks like this 2019 GMC Sierra are being recalled to fix an earlier "fix".
    General Motors is starting off 2020 on a bit of a bumpy road, it would seem.

    GM finds itself having to recall a significant number of 2019 Chevy Sliverados, GMC Sierras, and a smaller number of Cadillac CT6s beause a fix for an earlier recall has caused new problems for some vehicle owners.

    Near the end of 2019, GM issued a recall for these vehicles, due to a software error that could potentially disable the antilock brake systems and electronic stability control.

    As it turns out, the software update designed to correct those errors could actually cause failure of the electronic braking system. In cases so far, this failure seems to happen when someone uses the OnStar app to start the vehicle.

    Vehicle owners were able to start having their vehicles repaired in mid-January, free of charge, to correct this latest problem.

    Read more at Detroit Free Press: GM recall causes brake failure in potentially thousands of pickups

    Also at Car and Driver: GM Recalling Silverado, Sierra for Second Time for Brake-Failure Issue

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Vehicles that are even older than previously seen are added to the Takata airbag recall list
    Check your VIN number here to see if your older Honda, Acura or Isuzu has been recalled for potentially unsafe Takata airbags.
    Recently, Honda Motors has identified more than 1.5 million vehicles that it has added to its' list of recalled vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata airbags.

    What makes this group significant is that the majority of these models are older than most previously known vehicles, with some being sold back in the late 1990's.

    Like some other recalled vehicles with non-Azide Takata airbags, when these airbags malfunction, they can either underinflate, which may not protect passengers well enough, or the propellant canisters can explode too forcefully and send metal fragments into the vehicle's passenger compartment, which could injure or kill people in the vehicle at the time.

    The vehicles in this latest batch include: 1997 - 1998 Acura 2.2CL coupes, 1998 - 1999 Acura 2.3CL coupes, 1997 - 1999 Acura 3.0CL coupes, 2001 Acura 3.2CL coupes, 2001 Acura MDX SUVs, 1998 - 2000 Acura 3.5RL sedans, 1999 - 2000 Acura 3.2TL sedans, 1998 - 2000 Honda Accord sedans and coupes, 1998 - 2000 Honda Civic sedans, 1998 - 2000 Honda Odyssey minivans, 1996 -2000 Honda Civic coupes, 1997 - 2000 Honda CR-V SUVs, 1997 - 1998 Honda EV Plus hatchbacks, and 1998 - 1999 Isuzu Oasis minivans.

    Although the recall is expected to begin with customers being contacted in early March, vehicle owners will still have to wait for an unknown period of time before replacement parts are actually avaialble for their particular vehicle, at which time they will receive another letter with information about scheduling the repair for their vehicle, which will be performed free of charge at a Honda dealership.

    Affected vehicle owners may also call Honda/Acura customer service at 888-234-2138 or Isuzu customer service at 866-441-9638 for more information.

    Read more at Consumer Reports: Honda and Acura Recall Over 1.5 Million Cars for an Airbag Problem

    Also at Cnet RoadShow: Takata airbag issue lands at Honda again, 1.5 million cars recalled

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Nissan hopes this group of 346,000 vehicles is the last batch of Takata airbags it has to replace
    Nissan is looking to put Takata airbag recalls in the past, with this current round of repairs for various models, including the Nissan Versa.
    Nissan has just announced a recall of roughly 346,000 vehicles in which it will replace "temporary" airbags that were installed to replace originally faulty Takata airbags.

    The "temporary" airbags essentially, are the same type of Takata airbags that are part of the millions that have been recalled over the last several years, just newer, so that the unstable propellant used in them will not have had as long a time to degrade as in the airbags they were replacing.

    This time, these vehicle will receive airbags of a newer generation, that should be free of defects.

    The following vehicles are included in this group: the 2001 - 2003 Maxima, 2002 - 2004 Pathfinder, 2002 - 2006 Sentra, and the 2007 - 2011 Versa hatchback and sedan from Nissan, as well as the 2001 - 2004 I30 and I35, 2002 - 2003 QX4, 2003 - 2008 FX35 and FX45, an the 2006 - 2010 M35 and M45 from Infinity.

    Nissan will contact vehicle owners, who will be able to have the repairs performed for free at their respective Nissan and Infinity dealerships.

    For more information, vehicle owners may also call Nissan customer service at 888-737-9511 or Infiniti customer service at 888-810-3715.

    Read more at ABC News channel 7, New York: Nissan recalls nearly 346,000 vehicles to replace Takata air bag inflators

    Also at Consumer Reports: Nissan and Infiniti Recall More Than 300,000 Vehicles to Replace Defective Airbags

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Almost ¾ of a million vehicles recalled by Mercedes for sunroof defect
    Could the glass roof panel of this 2008 Mercedes CLK suddenly fly off while in motion?
    Daimler AG's, Mercedes-Benz division is recalling roughly 745,000 vehicles for a potentially dangerous sunroof situation.

    The vehicles at issue are: 2001 - 2007 C-Class coupes, sedans, and wagons; 2003 - 2009 CLK-Class coupes; 2003 - 2009 E-Class sedans and wagons; 2006 - 2011 CLS-Class sedans.

    The bonding adhesive that "glues" the glass sunroof panel to the sunroof frame can degrade over time, and potentially allow the glass panel to come off the frame while the vehicle is in motion.

    This could cause a hazardous situation, especially for vehicles behind that one, and increase the potential for a crash or vehicle damage.

    Vehicle owners should start being contacted in mid-February, and will be able to have the defect fixed for free at a Mercedes dealership.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners can call Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372 and reference NHTSA campaign number 19V918.

    Read more at Live Mint: Mercedes-Benz recalls 745,000 cars for faulty sunroofs

    Also at Consumer Reports: Mercedes-Benz Recalls Cars for Sunroofs That Could Detach

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Ford decides best way to fix recall for carpet fire risk is with metal tape
    Metal duct tape appears to be the solution to fix the carpet fire risk in Ford Super Duty pickup trucks.
    Following up on a previously reported recall of over a half million Ford Super Duty pickup trucks, Ford has announced they have a fix for it....   tape.

    The recall in question is for a carpet fire risk, due to sealbelt pretensioners potentially causing sparks when engaged.

    The carpet and insulation in question appear to be in an area that is not visible, so Ford is choosing use use a particular metal ducting tape, popular with the air conditioning repair industry, to cover the areas that could be exposed to any sparks.

    Obviously, for most consumers, a preferable solution would be one in which the seatbelt pretensioners no longer cause any sparks.

    For more information, affected vehicle owners can call Ford customer service at 800-392-3673 and reference recall number 19S52.

    Read more (with pitures) at Motor 1: Ford Super Duty Recall Solution Is To Use Some Tape On It

    Also at Consumer Reports: Ford Recalls Super Duty SuperCrew Trucks Due to Fire Risk

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Hydraulic control units for brakes leads Ford to recall over 600,000 vehicles
    A mild mannered Mercury Milan like this 2008 model may have braking problems.
    A potentially defective hydraulic control unit for the braking systems of some 2006 - 2010 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, and Mercury Milan sedans has prompted for to issue a recall of just over 600,000 of these vehicles.

    At issue is a situation where some of these units can stick open and make the driver have to push the pedal down farther and harder in order for the brakes to engage.

    The extra required effort, which would be unexpected to the driver, could increse the chance of a crash.

    Ford will begin contacting affected vehicle owners in mid-January of 2020, who will be able to have the problem repaired free of charge at a Ford dealership.

    For more information, vehicle owners may call Ford customer service at 800-392-3673 and reference recall number 19S54.

    Read more at Yahoo Finance: Ford Recalls More Than 600,000 Vehicles Over Hydraulic Defect

    Also at Consumer Reports: Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury Sedans Recalled for Faulty Brakes

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Dual recalls from GM affect more than 900,000 vehicles
    Some 2019 Cadillac CT6 sedans, along with other vehicles, could have faulty brake system software.
    General Motors has rolled out two recalls that together, affect over 900,000 vehicles, most of which are lolcated in the United States.

    The first recall is for 2019 models, including: Cadillac CT6 sedans, Chevy Silverado 1500 pickups, and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups.

    At issue is the service brake system notification software, which could malfunction and disable the anti-lock brake system or the electronic stability control. In certain circumstances, that could lead to a crash. The instrument cluster alert light would also not activate.

    The other recall affects 2019 and 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups.

    These trucks could have rings on the battery's positive cable that were made with too much glue, and could catch fire, which could lead to a crash and/or injuries.

    GM dealerships will repair affected vehicles free of charge.

    Read more at Automotive News: GM issues two recalls for more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide for brake, battery problems

    Watch the report at MSN: General Motors announces worldwide recall of over 900K vehicles

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    More vehicles with Takata airbags recalled, for a different problem
    Non-Azide inflators, different from the more than 41 million already recalled vehicles with Takata airbags, are responsible for this latest recall.
    A newer series of Takata airbags are having similar, disastrous problems, like so many millions of other vehicles that have alreay been recalled over the last several years.

    This time, a different type of inflator, called a Non-Azide inflator, is experiencing defective behavior.

    The manufacturing defect is allowing them to absorb moisture, and this can lead to a situation when the inflators deploy, that they either underinflate, or explode and send metal fragments into the vehicle compartment (like the millions of other previously recalled Takata airbags).

    In either case, the malfunctioning airbags can lead to injuries, and even deaths.

    The airbag systems that contain these Non-Azide airbag inflators, that were made by Takata between 1995 - 1999, can be found in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Toyota.

    Read more at People Magazine: 1.4 Million Cars — Including Toyotas, BMWs — Recalled Over Exploding Airbags Shooting Shrapnel

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Potentially hazardous brake fluid leak could exist in more than 394,000 Nissan vehicles
    The 2016 Nissan Maxima is one of the vehicles that can have a hazardous brake fluid leak.
    Beginning in December, Nissan Motors will begin contacting vehicle owners for a dangerous potential brake fluid leak, that could lead to a vehicle catching on fire.

    The vehicles affected by the recall are: the 2015 to 2018 Nissan Murano SUV, the 2016 to 2018 Nissan Maxima sedan, and the 2017 to 2019 Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs.

    A faulty seal in a pump for the Anti-lock brake system may allow fluid to leak onto a circuit board, and could catch fire.

    Affected owners should be aware "...if the ABS warning light remains illuminated for more than 10 seconds after engine start up, owners are advised to park the vehicle outdoors away from other vehicles or structures and to not drive the vehicle."

    Vehicle owners will be able to have their vehicles repaired free of charge at their respective Nissan or Infinity dealerships.

    For more information, vehicle owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669 and reference recall number 19V807000.

    Read more at NPR: Nissan Is Recalling Nearly 400,000 Vehicles Over Potential Fire Hazard

    Also read NHTSA's letter to Nissan: Brake Fluid Can Leak Into ABS Pump and Ignite

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    More than 168,000 F-150 pickups recalled by Ford for battery cable fastener
    The 2019 Ford F-150 pickup is one of the models that could have a potentially dangerous battery cable fastener.
    By the end of November, Ford expects to begin contacting owners of 2019 and 2020 F-150 pickup trucks regarding a potential problem with the vehicle's battery cable.

    A fastener that connects the cable to the battery may not be secured properly and could become loose.

    In certain instances, engines could stall, and smoke, sparks, and/or shorting could occur, including the possibility of a fire starting.

    Vehicle owners will be able to bring their affected truck to a Ford dealership and have the problem corrected free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners may contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and reference recall number 19S40.

    Read more at the Houston Chronicle: Ford recalls F-150s; loose cable can cause stalling or fires

    Also at Consumer Reports: Ford Recalls F-150 Pickup Trucks for Battery Problem

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Subaru issues two engine related safety recalls
     
    Not too long after Subaru's Forester recall, the company has issued two more recalls for engine related problems.

    The 2018 Subaru impreza is one of the vehicles included in these two safety recalls.
    About 205,000 vehicles are affected by a defect in the positive crankcase ventilation valve. The valve can literally fall apart, and debris from the valve can get into the engine, causing a loss of power.

    The 2017 - 2019 Impreza and the 2018 Crossrek are the vehicles subject to this recall.

    Subaru is also recalling 466,000 2017 - 2019 Impreza sedans and hatchbacks and 2018 - 2019 Crosstrek SUVs for a problem with the engine's computer. In some cases, the computer could keep supplying power to the ignition coil after the engine is shut off, which could blow out the fuse and cause a short circuit. If this happened while someone was driving the vehicle, it could increase the possiblity of a crash.

    Vehicle owners are expected to begin being contacted by Subaru, starting in December, to have their vehicle repaired at a Subaru dealership, free of charge.

    Subaru owners may also contact Subaru customer service at (844) 373-6614 for more information.

    Read more at Torque News: Subaru Hit With Another Huge Recall Affecting New Crosstrek And Impreza Models

    Also at KDKA Channel 2 Pittsburgh, PA: Subaru Recalls Cars, SUVs Due To Engine Control, Debris Trouble

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    More than 366,000 Subaru Foresters being recalled for airbag problems
    The airbag could become deactivated in some Subaru Foresters, like this 2018 model.
    An airbag problem that, at least this time, has nothing to do with Takata, has prompted Subaru to recall more than 366,000 of its' popular Forester SUVs, manufactured between 2015 - 2018.

    In models with heated seats, there is a deficiency in one of the electrical connections, which could come loose and deactivate the airbag, whether or not a passenger is in the seat.

    If the vehicle was involved in a crash, there would be a higher chance of a passenger sustaining greater injuries.

    Starting November 29th, Subaru will begin notifying affected vehicle owners, so they may have their vehicle repaired, free of charge, at a Subaru dealership.

    For more information, Forester owners may contact Subaru's customer service at (844) 373-6614 and reference recall # WUM-98.

    Read more at WCAX Channel 3: Subaru recalls some Foresters due to airbag issue

    Also at Consumer Reports: Subaru Forester SUVs Recalled for Airbag Deactivation Risk

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Backup camera display settings have BMW recalling most of the vehicles they've built since 2018
    The 2019 BMW 540i is one of the vehicles included in this backup camera display recall.
    In late November of 2019, BMW expects to begin a recall that will cover almost every vehicle they've built since 2018, which even includes two Rolls-Royce models, and the Toyota Supra.

    At issue are the software settings for the vehicles' backup cameras. Currently, drivers are able to adjust brightness and contrast in such a way that the image would no longer be visible, and the vehicle may retain those settings, even after the vehicle is shut off, then started and put into reverse again.

    Fortuantely, the fix will be fairly easy for BMW dealerships to fix, free of charge, for vehicle owners. A software update will take care of the problem.

    The following list of vehicles built between 2018 - 2020 is extensive: BMW 330i, 530e, 530i, 540d, 540i, 640i, 740le, 740li, 745le, 750li, 840i, M340i, M5, M550i, M850i, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, Z4; Rolls-Royce Cullinan & Phantom; Toyota Supra.

    For more information, vehicle owners may also call BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417, Rolls-Royce customer service at (877) 877-3735, or Toyota customer service at (888) 270-9371.

    Read more at Consumers Reports: BMW Is Recalling More Than 250,000 Vehicles Due to Back-Over Concerns

    Also at Motor1: BMW Recalls Nearly All Of Its Vehicles Built Since 2018

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Ford issues two separate recalls on the same day
    One of the two recalls just issued by Ford are for F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks.
    On October 2nd, Ford Motor Company issued two separate recalls.

    The first recall involves their 2019 F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks.

    A manufacturing flaw may lead to a fractured axle shaft. If the vehicle is in two-wheel drive, the vehicle could experience "a loss of motive power" which could lead to a crash. If the vehicle is parked, without the parking brake being applied, the vehicle could experience "unintended vehicle movement" which could also lead to a crash.

    Almost 32,000 vehicles are affected by this recall. Ford's reference number is 19S31.

    The second recall involves the 2020 Ford Explorer SUV.

    In some Explorers, an improperly secured wiring harness could come into contact with the air-conditioning pulley. If the wiring harness is damaged, it could lead to a short circuit and even a potential fire.

    Over 10,000 vehicles are affected by this recall. Ford's reference number is 19S32.

    For both of these recalls, owners will be notified and vehicles will be repaired free of charge. For more information, vehicle owners may also call Ford customer service at (800) 392-3673 and reference the appropriate recall number.

    Read more at Blackburn News: Ford issues recalls for two popular models

    Also at Ford Motor Company: FORD MOTOR COMPANY ISSUES TWO SAFETY RECALLS, AMENDS A PREVIOUS RECALL

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    GM issues a re-recall for Camaro flip-style key fobs
    Key fobs for Camaros, like this 2013 model, are being recalled for a second time.
    GM and its' Chevrolet division are recalling well over 10,000 flip-style key/fob combos for a second time.

    This key was already recalled, but dealerships continued to sell these as replacement parts well after the recall had already been in effect.

    This recall affects the 2010 - 2015 (5th generation) Chevy Camaro.

    The flip-key/fob units will be replaced with a redesigned model, free of charge, at Chevrolet dealerships.

    For more information, Camaro owners may call GM customer service at (586) 596-1733 or Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 and reference recall # N192223230.

    Read more at Jalopnik: GM Kept Selling Replacement Keys It Already Recalled, Has To Recall Them Again

    Also at Consumers Reports: GM Kept Selling Defective Key Years After Recalling It

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Fuel tank fire risk has Chevy recalling 2019 - 2019 Equinox SUVs
    A 2019 Chevrolet Equinox like this one could be at risk of a fuel tank fire.
    Chevrolet is recalling roughly 300 Equinox SUVs from the 2019 and 2020 model years.

    Due to an imperfection in the manufacturing of the fuel tanks on some all-wheel-drive models, there is the chance that fuel could leak out from the improperly sealed seam.

    If this were to happen while an ignition source was present, such as high heat or a spark, it could potentially start a fire.

    GM will notify owners of the affected vehicles, and a Chevrolet dealership will replace the fuel tank for free.

    For more information, Equinox owners may call GM customer service at (586) 596-1733 or Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 and reference recall # N192271870.

    Read more at GM Authority: 2019-2020 Chevrolet Equinox Recalled Over Fire Risk

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Faulty backup cameras prompt Nissan to recall close to 1.3 million vehicles
    The 2018 Nissan Rogue is one of many models that may have faulty backup camera software.
    A fault in the way some setting are managed in the backup camera software has prompted Nissan to recall between 1.2 and 1.3 million 2018 & 2019 Nissan and Infinity vehicles.

    The Infinity models involved in this recall include: Q50, Q60, Q70, Q70L, QX30, QX50, QX60, and QX80.

    The Nissan models involved in this recall include: GT-R, Kicks, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Note, NV, NV200, NV200 Taxi, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, Titan, and Versa.

    A software update will fix this problem, and will be performed free of charge at Nissan and Infinity dealerships.

    Vehicle owners should be notified by Nissan between late October and early November.

    For more information, vehicle owners may also call Infiniti customer service at 800-662-6200 or Nissan customer service at 800-867-7669 and reference recall # 19S29.

    Read more at New York Post: Nissan recalls 1.3 million vehicles over faulty backup cameras

    Also at Consumers Reports: More Than 1.2 Million Infiniti and Nissan Cars, SUVs, and Trucks Recalled

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Improper suspension welds cause GM to add another 100,000 Chevy Trax SUVs to earlier recall
    Improper welding could cause steering problems in some SUVs like this 2017 Chevy Trax.
    Adding to an earlier recall from April of 2019, GM now has a total of just over 206,000 2015 - 2019 Chevy Trax SUVs.

    The recall is focused on improper welds used to assemble the lower control arms, which are part of the vehicle's suspension.

    If the welds fail, the vehicle could have steering problems, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

    As of September 20th, vehicle owners have not yet been officially notified, but once they are, Chevrolet dealerships will inspect and fix affected vehicles free of charge.

    For additional information, Chevy Trax owners may call Chevrolet's customer service at 800-222-1020 and reference recall numbers A182202370 and A192261870.

    Read more at NBC Chicago Channel 5: GM Recalls Chevrolet Small SUVs; Suspension Welds Can Break

    Also at Consumer Reports: Chevrolet Trax SUVs Are Recalled Due to a Faulty Suspension Part

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    More than 177,000 Chevy Malibus recalled for fuel injector software bug
    2018 Chevy Malibus like this one could suddenly stall or fail to start due to a serious software problem.
    Although dealers were notified in the beginning of September, as of September 20th, customers have not yet been officially notified by Chevrolet or GM about this latest recall affecting over 177,000 2018 Malibu sedans.

    The problem with these vehicles is a software bug in the Engine Control Module, that in turn, controls the fuel injectors in these 1.5 liter engines.

    If the data in the ECM becomes corrupted, the fuel injectors could be disabled. If the vehicle was in operation, the engine would stall, thereby increasing the chance of a crash.

    Once Chevrolet has finalized a fix, affected Malibu owners will be notified, and will be able to have their vehicle fixed free of charge at a Chevrolet dealership.

    For more information, vehicle owners may contact GM's customer service at 800-630-2438 and reference recall number N192221960.

    Read more at Cnet Roadshow: 2018 Chevy Malibu recalled for software bug that may kill fuel injectors

    Also at Consumers Reports: Chevrolet Malibu Recalled for Engine Problems

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    More than 338,000 Explorers recalled by Ford for sharp edges on power seat frames
    The seat frame on a 2017 Ford Explorer like this one could cut you.
    On Friday, September 13th, Ford announced a recall of 338,332 Explorer SUVs, for what it described as an "improperly coined seat-frame edge", or to put it more plainly, a seat edge where the material was not ground down until it was smooth enough.

    All of the affected vehicles are 2017 models, with powered seats. The area in question is on the side of the seat frame near the center console.

    Ford will use a special tape to fix the affected area, free of charge, when owners bring their vehicle to a Ford dealership, once they've been notified by the company.

    For more information, vehicle owners may contact Ford at 800-392-3673 and reference recall number 19S29.

    Read more at Jalopnik: Ford Recalls 340,000 Explorers Because People Keep Injuring Their Hands On Sharp Seat Frames

    Also at Consumer Reports: Ford Explorer Recalled for Sharp Edges on Seats

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Chrysler adds 693,000 Ram pickups to earlier recall for tailgates that could suddenly open
    The power locking tailgate on some trucks, like this 2014 Ram 1500, could open without warning.
    Adding to an earlier recall, which began in May of 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled another batch of over 693,000 pickup trucks, because the power locking tailgates can unexpectedly open when the vehicle is in operation.

    A tab in the latching system can break, which could lead to the tailgate opening without warning.

    The affected vehicles include various 2013 - 2018 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, & 3500 pickup trucks.

    Vehicle owners that are included in this latest recall should start receiving notices around mid October, and can have their vehicle repaired free of charge at a Chrysler/Dodge dealership.

    Read more at Automotive News: FCA adds 693,000 Rams to tailgate recall

    Also at WBIW Channel 13: Ram adds 693,000 pickups to recall list

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Feds pressure over braking problems prompts GM to recall 3.77 million SUVs and pickup trucks
    Design inefficiencies can cause vehicles like this 2017 GMC Yukon to experience braking problems.
    With multiple crashes and injuries already reported, pressure from the federal government has GM finally issuing a recall for approximately 3,770,000 vehicles.

    The vacuum pump in the power assist brake system installed in some vehicles can lose efficiency, thereby increasing stopping distances, and potentially lead to a crash and injuries.

    The vehicles affected by this recall include: the 2014 - 2018 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 & 3500 pickup trucks; the 2015 - 2017 Cadillac Escalade SUV; and the 2015 - 2018 GMC Yukon, Chevy Suburban & Tahoe SUVs.

    In part of the statement based on their investigation, NHTSA said that "vehicles may experience brake boost failure, which would require increased brake pedal effort, leading to a hard brake pedal feel, and potentially increased stopping distance."

    Vehicle owners will start to be notified in September, and Cadillac, Chevrolet, & GM dealerships will fix respective owners' vehicles free of charge.

    Read more at WBIW Channel 13: GM recalls nearly 3.8M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Ford recalling over 550,000 vehicles for seat back stability problem
    Some owners of Ford vehicles, like this 2019 F-150 pickup, will soon receive recall notices from Ford.
    Beginning October 7th, Ford will begin notifying owners of more than 550,000 vehicles regarding a potential problem with the sturdiness and stability of the seat backs in those vehicles.

    The affected vehicles include: the 2018 - 2020 Ford Explorer, the 2018 - 2020 Ford F-150 pickup, the 2019 - 2020 Ford Expedition, the 2019 - 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks, and the 2020 Lincoln Aviator.

    In these vehicles, certain manual recliner mechanisms for the seatback position may be missing a part that is necessary to provide proper stability for the seat, especially in a crash, which could increase the chance of injury.

    Ford dealerships will inspect recalled vehicles and make necessary repairs free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can contact Ford and reference recall number 19C07.

    Read more at Autoblog: Ford recalls over 500,000 trucks and SUVs, including Explorer, F-150, and Lincoln Aviator

    Also at NBC News: Ford recalls 550K vehicles because seat back may fail

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Toyota issues a recall for airbags already replaced from earlier recall
    Toyotas like this 2007 Matrix may still have problems after an airbag recall replacement.
    Toyota has announced that it is issuing a recall for airbags that were installed as a fix for an earlier recall of the same vehicles.

    This group of 191,000 vehicles include: the 2003 - 2008 Corolla and the 2005 - 2008 Matrix.

    In this particular case, these replacement airbags may be damaged and may fail to inflate properly, which could increase the chances of injuries during a crash situation.

    Owners of these vehicles will be notified and the airbags will be replaced free of charge at a Toyota dealership.

    Read more at USA Today: 191,000 Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix cars recalled to fix defective airbags

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Volkswagen recalls 679,000 vehicles for potential rollaway problem
    Models like this 2017 Beetle are being recalled by Volkswagen.
    In a recall that is expected to commence by Oct. 11th, Volkswagen is recalling roughly 679,000 vehicles for a defect that could lead to a rollaway situation.

    Due to a buildup of silicate on the contact for the shift lever micro switch, the ignition key could inadvertently be removed without the vehicle actually being in Park. This could lead to a crash and/or injury.

    The models included in this recall are: the 2011 - 2019 Jetta sedan, the 2012 - 2019 Beetle coupe and convertible, the 2015 - 2016 & 2018 - 2019 Golf hatchback, the 2015 - 2019 Volkswagen GTI and Golf GTI hatchback, and the 2017 - 2019 Golf SportWagen wagon. All of the affected vehicles have automatic transmissions, manual handbrakes, and keyless entry systems.

    Volkwagen dealerships will repair the defective system at no cost to the customers.

    For more information, vehicle owners may also contact Volkswagen at 800-893-5298.

    Read more at CNBC: Volkswagen recalls 679,000 US vehicles to fix electrical problem that could cause cars to roll away

    Also at Cars.com: 679,000 2011-2019 Volkswagen Cars: Recall Alert

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Toyota announces recall for braking (and potential stability) problems
    This 2019 UX 250h is among a number of Toyota and Lexus models with faulty brake booster pumps.
    Toyota announced a recall of approximately 7,000 vehicles with potentially faulty brake booster pumps, which is expected to begin September 9, 2019.

    Toyota has said that warning lights on the dashboard should light up if the malfunction occurs.

    The vehicles included in the recall are: the 2019 Lexus ES 300h, LC 500, LS 500, LS 500h, & UX 250h, the 2019 Toyota Prius & RAV4 HV, the 2019 - 2020 Toyota Prius Prime, and the 2020 Corolla HV.

    Toyota / Lexus dealerships will replace defective brake booster pumps free of charge.

    Vehicle owners can also call Toyota's customer service at 888-270-9371 and use reference numbers K1L & K0L for their recall, or call Lexus' customer service at 800-255-3987 and use reference numbers K2F & KLF for their recall.

    Read more at Green Car Reports: Some 2019-2020 Toyota and Lexus hybrids recalled for brake booster issue

    Also at ConsumerAffairs: Toyota and Lexus vehicles with stability and braking issues recalled

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Over 108,000 vehicles recalled by Ford involving defective seat belt components
    Ford used restraint in describing its' latest recall for defective seat belt components.
    On August 14th, Ford Motor Company stated that they have issued a recall of more than 108,000 vehicles due to faulty parts that provide tension to the seat belts.

    The vehicles included in the recall are the 2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans.

    In affected vehicles, the seat belts may not operate properly. Ford said in their statement: "Seat belt assemblies that do not adequately restrain the occupant in a crash can increase the risk of injury."

    Ford / Lincoln dealerships will repair the affected parts free of charge.

    For more information, vehicle owners can call Ford's customer service at 866-436-7332 and use reference number 19S25 for this recall.

    Read more at MarketWatch: Ford to recall over 108,000 vehicles, including Fusions and Lincoln MKZs

    Also at ConsumerAffairs: Ford recalls Fusions and Lincoln MKZs

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Unexpected airbag deployments prompt almost 28,000 Volkswagen Tiguan & CC recalls
    Could the airbags on a 2016 VW Tiguan like this one deploy when you least expect it?
    Volkswagen should be notifying vehicle owners by mid-September about its' latest recall of almost 28,000 vehicles.

    The 2015 & 2016 Volkswagen CC and Tiguan share a component for the airbag system which has been found to be faulty on some of these vehicles.

    A capacitor in the Control Module is the affected part in this system. When it's faulty, it could prevent the airbags from deploying, or cause them to deploy unexpectedly, which could lead to an injury or a crash.

    Volkswagen dealerships will replace the affected Control Modules free of charge.

    Read more at c|net Road Show: VW recalls 28,000 CC and Tiguan vehicles for inadvertent airbag deployment

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Over 500,000 vehicles recalled by Volvo due to engine fire risk
    Could the engine in this 2019 Volvo S60 suddenly catch fire ?!?
    Volvo, which has been owned by Geely Holding Group of China since 2010, has recalled roughly 507,000 vehicles, beginning in July 22nd.

    The intake manifold, which is made of plastic in the affected vehicles, can melt under certain conditions, and potentially lead to a fire.

    The vehicles affected by this problem are: 2014 to 2019 S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90. All of the affected vehicles have diesel engines.

    Volvo dealerships will repair owner's vehicles free of charge.

    Read more: Volvo recalling 500,000 cars worldwide over faulty engine component amid fire risk fears

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Honda says the latest recall of 1.6 million vehicles is last of their Takata airbag recalls
    Is the airbag in this 2011 Honda Accord one in a million, or one of millions?
    Honda expects to begin by August 12, 2019, what it says should be the fifth and final phase of planned recalls related to the Takata airbag fiasco, which has now dragged on for years, and encompasses what is the largest single automotive recall problem in history.

    This recall of roughly 1.6 million vehicles, includes the following models: 2001 - 2005 & 2008 - 2010 Honda Civic GX NGV, 2001 - 2011 Honda Civic & Civic Hybrid, 2001 - 2012 Honda Accord, 2002 - 2003 Acura 3.2TL, 2002 - 2004 Honda Odyssey, 2002 - 2011 Honda CR-V, 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2003 - 2006 Acura MDX, 2003 - 2011 Honda Element, 2003 - 2015 Honda Pilot, 2005 - 2012 Acura RL, 2006 - 2014 Honda Ridgeline, 2007 - 2013 Honda Fit, 2009 - 2014 Acura TL & TSX, 2010 - 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour, 2010 - 2013 Acura ZDX, 2010 - 2014 Honda Insight, 2011 - 2013 & 2015 Honda CR-Z, 2011 - 2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon, 2012 - 2015 Honda Crosstour, 2013 Acura ILX, 2013 - 2014 Honda Fit EV, and the 2015 Acura RDX.

    Honda and Acura owners can call Honda customer service at (888) 234-2138 for more information, and also check if their vehicle is included in the recall at the owners.acura.com or the owners.honda.com websites.

    Honda states that more airbag inflator recall information, including a detailed fact sheet can be found at hondaairbaginfo.com.

    Honda Motors will notify owners by mail, and Honda and Acura dealerships will replace the affected air bags free of charge.

    Read more at Consumer Affairs: Recall of 1.6 million Hondas and Acuras announced

    Also at USA Today: Honda recalling 1.6 million cars to replace Takata airbags. Is your car affected?

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Engine stall problem causes Mazda to recall more than 262,000
    The 2019 Mazda6 is one of the vehicles included in this recall.
    Mazda's latest recall, in which they expect to notify owners before Aug. 26th, 2019, involves a software problem that could cause the engine to stall without warning in affected vehicles, which could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash.

    It is possible that the dashboard's "Check Engine" light may also illuminate if the software fault occurs.

    The software is part of a computer for the engine's fuel efficiency systems.

    The vehicles included in this recall are: the 2018 to 2019 CX-5 SUV, 2018 to 2019 Mazda6 sedan, and the 2019 Mazda3 sedan & hatchback.

    Mazda dealerships will reprogram the software component for vehicle owners, free of charge.

    For additional information, vehicle owners may also contact Mazda at 800-222-5500 and reference recall number 3719F.

    Read more at WACH Columbia, SC: Mazda recalls over 262K vehicles to fix engine stall problem

    Also at Consumers Reports: Mazda Recalls 262,000 Vehicles Because They Could Stall

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    More than 1.2 million Ford Explorers recalled for suspension failures
    Many Ford Explorers, like this one, could have a serious suspension flaw.
    Ford has issued a recall of more than 1.2 million 2011 through 2017 Explorer SUVs.

    A flaw that could allow a fracture in the suspension to occur, could lead to a crash. Ford has already received reports of drivers losing steering control and of crashes due to this problem.

    Owners will be able to bring their vehicle to a Ford dealership, where the affected parts will be replaced free of charge.

    Cutomers wanting to obtain more information from Ford about this recall can use the reference number 19S17.

    Read more: Ford recalls over a million Explorer SUVs over potential suspension failure issues

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Unexpected airbag deployments prompt Honda to recall 137,000 CR-Vs
    The airbags in your new 2019 Honda CR-V could suddenly deploy without warning.
    Although unrelated to the ongoing Takata airbag fiasco, a number of sudden, unexpected airbag deployments in their newest 2019 CR-V SUVs, have prompted Honda to recall roughly 137,000 of them.

    A problem with some of the wiring and cable management in these vehicles is causing a situation where an airbag system could suddenly deploy, without warning, leading to a crash and/or injuries.

    Honda has received at least six reports of these sudden airbag deployments, that we know of so far, from this defect.

    Once vehicle owners have been notified of their vehicle's recall, their vehicles will be repaired, free of charge, at a Honda dealership.

    Read more: Honda recalls 137,000 SUVs due to sudden air bag deployments; 3 in US injured

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Continued reports of vehicle fires spurs BMW to add another 185,000 vehicles to earlier recall
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    Hundreds of thousands of BMWs, like this 2006 325i, could suddenly catch on fire.
    For a number of years now, BMW has been dealing with a number of its' vehicles catching on fire.

    In a recent move by the company, it has added nearly 185,000 more vehicles to a recall initiated in 2017.

    This recall involves a number of models from its' 3-series, 5-series, and Z4 families of vehicles, ranging from 2006 through 2011. The vehicles most recently added are primarily 2006 models.

    A problem with the positive crankcase ventilation valve heater can lead to degradation and a possible electrical short and subsequent fire.

    Due to the serious potential nature of this defect, BMW owners should actively check if their vehicle is among those recalled, and until the vehicle is repaired, should not park the vehicle in their garage or directly next to or under a structure that could catch on fire.

    Vehicles covered by this recall will be repaired for free at a BMW dealership.

    Read more: BMW recalls nearly 185,000 vehicles over fire risk

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Over 322,000 Dodge Darts are recalled for transmission defect
    A Dodge Dart, like this 2016 model, could suddenly roll away.
    Beginning May 31st, more than 322,000 Dodge Darts will be recalled by Fiat-Chrysler due to the risk of them rolling away without warning.

    A faulty bushing in the automatic 6-speed transmission of certain 2013 to 2016 Dodge Darts could fail. If this happens, the shifter cable could come loose from the transmission.

    When that happens, the vehicle may not actually shift into the intended gear, including Park, and the vehicle could roll away.

    Until owners have had their vehicle repaired, Fiat-Chrysler recommends drivers to shut off the engine and engage the parking brake before they step away from the vehicle.

    Fiat-Chrysler dealerships will repair these vehicles at no cost to the owners.

    Read more: Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 320,000 cars due to rollaway risk

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Faulty windshield wipers prompt Mazda3 series recalls
    Windshield wipers on some Mazda3 series vehicles are defective.
    A defective relay for the windshield wipers is the reason that almost 188,000 2016 to 2018 Mazda3 sedans and hatchbacks are being recalled by Mazda.

    If the relay fails, the windshield wipers would stop working. If that were to happen while it's raining, it could increase the risk of a crash.

    Mazda expects the recall to begin by June 3rd, 2019, and vehicle owners will be notified by mail.

    Mazda dealerships will fix the affected vehicles free of charge.

    Read more: Mazda3 recalled to fix faulty windshield wipers

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


    Over 56,000 vehicles recalled by Volkswagen due to defective springs
    A 2019 Volkswagen Jetta like this one could have defective springs that could crack while being driven.
    A problem with sub-par coil springs in the suspension has caused Volkswagen Motors to recall the following vehicles: 2015 to 2019 Golf hatchbacks; 2017 to 2019 Golf Sportwagens; 2018 to 2019 Tiguan SUVs; and 2019 Jetta sedans.

    The rear coil spring is an integral part of the vehicle's suspension, and if it were to break, it could cause damage to the rear tires, increasing the chances of a crash.

    Customers will be able to have their vehicles repaired free of charge at Volkswagen dealerships.

    The NHTSA's campaign number for this recall is 19V188000. Customers may also contact Volkswagen Customer Service at 800-893-5298 and reference recall number 42J5.

    Read more: Volkswagen Recalls Cars and SUVs Because Springs Could Break

    See if your vehicle is affected: nhtsa.gov/recalls
     


     
         
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