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26Oct
ford_msFord issues four separate safety recalls for more than 100,000 F-150 trucks and Transit vans

Ford issues four separate safety recalls for more than 100,000 F-150 trucks and Transit vans

Daily News  – October 26, 2017

Ford issues four separate safety recalls for more than 100,000 F-150 trucks and Transit vans

This week, Ford announced four separate safety recalls affecting nearly 100,000 F-150 trucks and Transit vans in North America, about 90,000 of which are located in the U.S. alone.

The first of four recalls deals with approximately 73,000 Ford Transit vans equipped with the trailer tow module, due to water getting into the module.

The water intrusion can wreak havoc on the trailer tow module, causing wiring corrosion and damage to the module itself. If this happens, the affected vans can lead to loss of heater/air conditioning controls and multimedia systems (including radio and SYNC infotainment), as well as rapid turn signal flashing, electrical short and a burning smell. If left unfixed, the risk of fire is increased.

About 65,000 model year 2015-2017 Transit vans in the U.S. are affected by this issue. In order to fix the problem, dealers will disable the module and add a drainage hole in the driver’s door stepwell and integrate a fuse in the wiring harness at no cost to the consumer…

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24Oct
audi_msVolkswagen recalls vehicles with defective auxiliary heaters

Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective auxiliary heaters

Recall Masters  – October 24, 2017

Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective auxiliary heaters

The Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 216,000 vehicles possibly equipped with defective auxiliary heaters, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models, including:

  • 2013-2016 Audi A4 sedans and A4 Allroad station wagons produced between March 2, 2012 and July 31, 2015.
  • 2013-2016 Audi A5 coupes and cabriolets produced between March 8, 2012 and July 31, 2015.
  • 2013-2016 Audi Q5 sport utility vehicles produced between April 7, 2012 and July 31, 2015.

The German automaker estimates 100 percent of the vehicles named in the recall contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected models contain auxiliary heaters with defective electrical connectors prone to contact corrosion. Mechanical wear and movement is known to cause this condition, which can lead to overheating, melting of nearby wires and even engine fires. This poses a serious threat to occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports linking the defective auxiliary heaters to any accidents or injuries…

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24Oct
bmw_msBMW recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection features

BMW recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection features

Recall Masters  – October 24, 2017

BMW recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection features

MW of North America has recalled more than 85,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective front passenger-side occupant detection mats, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2006-2010 BMW X-3 sport utility vehicles with production dates ranging from Nov. 20, 2005 to Aug. 31, 2010. The German automaker suspects roughly 9 percent of the models referenced in the recall contain the defective features.

The Defect

The vehicles named in this campaign could contain front passenger-side occupant detection mats prone to fatigue-based cracking. BMW engineers speculate that high volumes of passenger entries and exits, combined with the dimensions of the vehicle floor board area, lead to the development of micro-fissures that eventually interrupt underlying conductive pathways and cause complete failure of the occupant detection system. This poses a serious hazard to passengers, as such a failure may inhibit air bag activation in the event of a crash. However, BMW has not received reports linking the defect to any accidents or injuries…

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23Oct
mitsubishi_msMitsubishi recalls 161,167 vehicles in US, Canada

Mitsubishi recalls 161,167 vehicles in US, Canada

Chicago Tribune  – October 23, 2017

Mitsubishi recalls 161,167 vehicles in US, Canada

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling 161,167 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because electric relays can cause the engine to stall or overheat.

The recall affects the 2015-2017 Outlander SUV, the 2015-2017 Lancer sedan and Outlander Sport, and the 2015 Lancer Evolution sport sedan. Most are in the U.S. but 28,615 are in Canada.

Mitsubishi says it has no reports of accidents or injuries related to the defect, which can also reduce power to the engine.

Mitsubishi will notify owners about the recall this month. Dealers will replace defective relays for free…

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19Oct
kia_ms2014-2016 Kia Soul, Soul EV: Recall Alert

2014-2016 Kia Soul, Soul EV: Recall Alert

Cars.com – October 19, 2017

2014-2016 Kia Soul, Soul EV: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 342,000 model-year 2014-16 Kia Soul and Soul EV hatchbacks
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The Problem: The pinion plug may allow the pinion gear to separate from the steering gear assembly, which could result in lost steering, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia noted that vehicles previously remedied under older an older recall are being recalled again.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and secure the pinion plug or replace the steering gear assembly, as necessary, for free.
What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners Nov. 16. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more…

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19Oct
toyota_msToyota Recall Hits Sienna Minivans

Toyota Recall Hits Sienna Minivans

AutoWeek – October 19, 2017

Toyota Recall Hits Sienna Minivans

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling about 310,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. to fix shift levers that could move out of park, perhaps causing the vehicle to roll away.

The recall affects 2005-07, 2009 and 2010 Siennas, the automaker’s North American unit said Wednesday in a statement.
“Grease inside the shift lever assembly could transfer to other internal components,” causing them to malfunction, Toyota said. The problem may cause the shift lever to slip out of park without the brake being pressed. This could cause the vehicle to roll away and may lead to a crash…

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18Oct
ford_msFord door latch recall: Automaker to repair 1.3 million F-150, Super Duty pickup trucks

Ford door latch recall: Automaker to repair 1.3 million F-150, Super Duty pickup trucks

USA Today – October 18, 2017

Ford door latch recall: Automaker to repair 1.3 million F-150, Super Duty pickup trucks

A failure to design and manufacture high-quality door latches has triggered another major recall at Ford, this time involving the most popular vehicle in the U.S.  The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said Wednesday that it would recall about 1.34 million pickup trucks in North America to fix a defect that could cause doors to swing open while driving.  The recall affects certain 2015 through 2017 model-year F-150 trucks — the nation’s best seller — and certain 2017 Super-Duty F-series trucks…

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17Oct
mb_msAlmost half a million Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the U.S. recalled for airbag issue

Almost half a million Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the U.S. recalled for airbag issue

Daily News – October 17, 2017

Almost half a million Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the U.S. recalled for airbag issue

Over one million Mercedes-Benz vehicles worldwide have been recalled this week due to faulty wiring that can cause the driver-side airbag to spontaneously deploy.

The problem lies in the steering column, where an electrostatic discharge, a broken clock spring and insufficient grounding can sometimes lead to the airbag inadvertently deploying. To fix this issue, the German automaker’s recall will add new grounding to the steering components…

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13Oct
tesla_msTesla recalls SUVs with defective rear seats

Tesla recalls SUVs with defective rear seats

Recall Masters – October 13, 2017

Tesla recalls SUVs with defective rear seats

Tesla Inc. has recalled approximately 11,000 vehicles with defective backseat assemblies, The Associated Press reported. The campaign affects 2017 Tesla Model X sport utility vehicles with production dates ranging from Oct. 28, 2016 to Aug. 16, 2017. The automaker suspects 3 percent of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected models are equipped with backseat assemblies with improperly installed seat cables. These fixtures prevent the left seat from locking when upright, which poses a serious safety hazard, as the seat may move forward suddenly during a collision. However, Tesla has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries…

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9Oct
hyundai_msHyundai recalls model year 2018 Santa Fe Sport vehicles

Hyundai recalls model year 2018 Santa Fe Sport vehicles

Consumer News – October 9, 2017

Mitsubishi recalls Lancer again for Takata inflator

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/hyundai-recalls-model-year-2018-santa-fe-sport-vehicles-100917.html
Hyundai Motor America is recalling 197 model year 2018 Santa Fe Sport vehicles.
The front coil springs may have been improperly manufactured and, as a result, may fracture under certain loads while the vehicle is being driven
A coil spring fracture can puncture the tire, causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
What to do
The affected vehicles are currently unsold on dealer lots. Dealers will replace both front coil springs, free of charge prior to the vehicle’s sale…

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