Monthly Archives : May 2017

29May
mb_msMercedes-Benz Recalls Vehicles with Smoking Brakes

Mercedes-Benz Recalls Vehicles with Smoking Brakes

CarComplaints.com – May 29, 2017


Mercedes-Benz Recalls Vehicles with Smoking Brakes

Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 5,800 vehicles with brake problems that can cause smoke to be seen near the wheels. The vehicles can also feel as though they are trying to slow down due brake pads touching the rotors.
The recalled vehicles include the following:
– 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250
– 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350
– 2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC 300
– 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 AMG
Mercedes learned of incidents of brake systems heating up in 2016 but couldn’t replicate the problem. Owners saw smoke coming from the wheel areas and believed their cars were on fire, but the automaker says no fires were discovered.

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26May
bmw_msBMW recalls older 7-series cars for doors that could fly open

BMW recalls older 7-series cars for doors that could fly open

Automotive News – May 26, 2017


BMW recalls older 7-series cars for doors that could fly open

BMW is recalling 45,484 7-series sedans from the 2005-08 model years because doors may open inadvertently while the vehicle is being driven. Some of the vehicles were recalled in 2012 for the same problem.  In the 2012 recall, the automaker said a software error was to blame for the unpredictable opening doors on about 7,500 7-series cars. All of the cars from the 2012 recall are included in BMW’s new callback.

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25May
toyota_msModel year 2013-2017 Toyota Tundras and Sequoias recalled

Model year 2013-2017 Toyota Tundras and Sequoias recalled

Consumer Affairs – May 25, 2017


Model year 2013-2017 Toyota Tundras and Sequoias recalled

Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) is recalling 1,325 model year 2013-2017 Toyota Tundras and Sequoias accessorized with Southeast Toyota accessory 20-inch Rockstar wheels.  The Rockstar wheels, installed by SET or an SET dealer, has lugnuts that may crack and detach causing the wheels to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash…

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24May
ford_msFord Recalls Nearly 3K SUVs, Trucks in North America

Ford Recalls Nearly 3K SUVs, Trucks in North America

AutoGuide.com – May 24, 2017


Ford Recalls Nearly 3K SUVs, Trucks in North America

The first recall affects 2,418 vehicles in North America, with 2,195 in the U.S., nine in federalized territories, 39 in Mexico and 175 in Canada. Affected vehicles include the 2017 Ford F-150, Ford Explorer and Ford Super Duty, all of which could have an inadequate weld between the driver seat and the manually operated seat back recliner mechanism. Ford says in the affected vehicles, a driver seat back frame that has been improperly welded may fail to comply with certain federal motor vehicle safety standards, and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury…

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22May
mb_msMercedes-Benz recalls SLK and SLC class vehicles

Mercedes-Benz recalls SLK and SLC class vehicles

Consumer Affairs – May 22, 2017


Mercedes-Benz recalls SLK and SLC class vehicles

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 5,818 model year 2015 SLK 250, 2016 SLK 350, 2016-2017 SLC 300, and 2017 SLC 43 AMG vehicles.  The vehicle’s electronic stability control (ESC) system software may incorrectly keep the brakes slightly applied.  If brake pads are constantly applied over long periods of driving, the brake components may heat up, affecting braking performance and increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the dragging brakes may overheat, increasing the risk of a fire…

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19May
vw_ms2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat diesels recalled: 84,000 U.S. vehicles affected

2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat diesels recalled: 84,000 U.S. vehicles affected

Car Connection – May 19, 2017


2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat diesels recalled: 84,000 U.S. vehicles affected

Volkswagen is recalling more than 84,000 Passat diesels from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 model years, but surprisingly, the recall has nothing to do with the cars’ emissions systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the Passat’s heat shields might not do the one job they’re designed to do: protect the underbody from heat.

NHTSA’s defect report shows that the Passat’s heat shield may not be long enough to guard the car’s right half-shaft grease boot. As a result, the boot may leak grease, and if that grease comes in contact with a hot surface–like, say, the exhaust system or the diesel particulate filter–it could catch fire. Not good.

The recall affects 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat diesels that came equipped with direct-shift transmissions. NHTSA says that 84,262 such vehicles are registered in the U.S…

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19May
jeep_msJeep recalls 1,178 new Compass crossovers for half-shaft gremlins

Jeep recalls 1,178 new Compass crossovers for half-shaft gremlins

CNET Road Show – May 19, 2017


Jeep recalls 1,178 new Compass crossovers for half-shaft gremlins

It’s always a bit of a bummer when a brand-new model ends up with a recall early in its life, as is the case with the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.  Jeep issued a recall for just 1,178 examples of the 2017 Compass. All the vehicles in question are equipped with a six-speed transmission. The issue lies with the left front half-shaft, which is a drive axle that transfers power from the transmission to the vehicle’s wheels.  In this case, the left front half-shaft might not be properly seated. This could lead the half-shaft to disengage from the transmission or potentially break. If either one of those events occurs, the vehicle may suffer a loss of motive force. That could increase the risk of a crash if it happens at an inopportune time…

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18May
audi_ms2015-2017 Audi A7 recalled for airbag failure: 17,700 U.S. vehicles affected

2015-2017 Audi A7 recalled for airbag failure: 17,700 U.S. vehicles affected

Car Connection – May 18, 2017


2015-2017 Audi A7 recalled for airbag failure: 17,700 U.S. vehicles affected

Volkswagen is recalling nearly 17,700 A7 vehicles in the U.S. to address a problem with their airbags. According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of the car’s airbags may not deploy as intended.

The devices in question are head curtain airbags, supplied by Key Safety Systems (which is, for what it’s worth, the likely buyer of troubled Japanese airbag manufacturer, Takata). NHTSA explains that due to the way that the airbags were produced, they “may not unfold properly during deployment. This may result in an increased risk of injury to an unbelted passenger in a crash where the head curtain airbag deploys.”

Today’s recall affects Audi A7 vehicles from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 models years. A total of 17,694 cars registered in the U.S. will need to be repaired…

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18May
nissan_msNissan Recalls Leaf And Sentra Over Front Passenger Airbag Inflator Problem

Nissan Recalls Leaf And Sentra Over Front Passenger Airbag Inflator Problem

AutoEvolution – May 18, 2017


Nissan Recalls Leaf And Sentra Over Front Passenger Airbag Inflator Problem

According to the NHTSA’s description of campaign number 17V253000, the 2014 to 2015 and 2017 Sentra is affected by the same defect as the electric vehicle. More to the point, a manufacturing error within the front passenger airbag inflators is the culprit. If left unfixed, the airbag may not deploy as intended in the event of a crash.

The issue is unique to vehicles that have been fitted with airbag inflators produced by Daicel, a Japanese corporation that gave birth to photographic film manufacturer Fujifilm in 1934. And in stark comparison to Takata’s mess-up, the tier 3 supplier is the outfit that identified the potential defect that affects its inflators.

Neither Nissan nor Daicel are aware of any incidents related to the problem, though both companies agreed to recall out of an abundance of caution. The repair is straightforward: replace the old airbag, fit a redesigned unit, and that’d be everything. In terms of notification, owners will receive mail from Nissan in due time, with the safety recall expected to begin on June 11, 2017…

Read the entire article on the AutoEvolution website

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