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19Sep
hyundai_ms2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric: Recall Alert

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric: Recall Alert

Cars.com – September 19, 2017

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 218 model-year 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchbacks
The Problem: Manufacturing defects within the electric power control unit may allow coolant to contact the unit’s circuit board, causing a stall and increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the EPCU, as necessary, for free.
What Owners Should Do: Hyundai will begin notifying owners Sept. 29. Owners can call the automaker at 800-633-5151, 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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19Sep
ram_ms494,000 Ram trucks recalled for fire hazard

494,000 Ram trucks recalled for fire hazard

Detroit Free Press – September 19, 2017

494,000 Ram trucks recalled for fire hazard

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling almost half a million medium- and heavy-duty Ram trucks over a water pump issue that could potentially cause a fire.
The company said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue, which affects 2013-17 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs. The recall is limited to trucks with 6.7-liter engines, the company said in a news release, noting that it no longer equips vehicles with that water pump…

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13Sep
ford_msFord recalls model year 2017 Focus vehicles

Ford recalls model year 2017 Focus vehicles

Consumer Affairs -September 13, 2017

Ford recalls model year 2017 Focus vehicles

Ford Motor Company is recalling 698 model year 2017 Focus vehicles.
The rear left side seat back frame may have an insufficient weld between the outboard pivot bracket and the pivot nut joint, resulting in the seat back having reduced strength.
As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, “Seating Systems,” and 210, “Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages.”
The reduced seat back strength may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash…

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13Sep
ford_msFord recalls trucks with defective inflatable seat belt assemblies

Ford recalls trucks with defective inflatable seat belt assemblies

Recall Masters -September 13, 2017

Ford recalls trucks with defective inflatable seat belt assemblies

Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 117,000 trucks believed to contain defective inflatable seat belt buckle assemblies, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2015-2017 Ford F-150 Crew Cab trucks with production dates ranging from July 20, 2015 to June 16, 2017, as well as 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab trucks produced between Oct. 20, 2015 and June 16, 2017. Ford estimates that 15 percent of the vehicles named in the recall have the defective feature.
The recall involves 143,000 vehicles worldwide, including 117,423 originating from American dealers; 15,175 from sellers in Canada and 8,202 from those in Mexico, according to a company press release.
The Defect
The vehicles involved in the campaign come with inflatable seat belt buckle assemblies attached to left rear passenger seats with defective mounting brackets. Specifically, these steel fixtures do not meet the rivet head thickness standards established in Section 5.2, rule 210 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which states that seat belt anchoring devices must “ensure proper location for effective occupant restraint and to reduce the likelihood of failure,” according to the NHTSA…

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12Sep
toyota_msToyota recalls SUVs with defective roof accessories

Toyota recalls SUVs with defective roof accessories

Recall Masters -September 12, 2017

Toyota recalls SUVs with defective roof accessories

Gulf States Toyota, the second-largest distributor of Toyota vehicles worldwide, has recalled more than 1,100 sport utility vehicles possibly equipped with defective roof rail accessories, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2017 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models with production dates ranging from Nov. 16, 2016 to July 19, 2017. The car company suspects 100 percent of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective part.
The Defect
The models named in the recall are equipped with roof rail cross bars with fasteners that were not tightened properly during the installation process, which took place at GST headquarters. Consequently, the fasteners could become loose during operation, possibly leading to complete cross-bar detachment. This poses a serious safety risk to owners. However, the GST has yet to receive reports detailing instances of detachment or linking the defective accessory to accidents or injuries…

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8Sep
audi_msAudi recalls vehicles with defective ECU software

Audi recalls vehicles with defective ECU software

Recall Masters -September 8, 2017

Audi recalls vehicles with defective ECU software

The Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 8,300 vehicles possibly equipped with defective engine control unit software, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2017-2018 Audi A3 cabriolets and sedans. The German automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective software.
The Defect
Affected models are equipped with problematic ECU software that facilitates an engine air and fuel mixture burning stability strategy, which is prone to cause stalling during start-up or low-RPM maneuvers. Specifically, when the engine flywheel begins to rotate, the software misinterprets this movement as “knocking,” which triggers engine shutoff. This poses a serious hazard to occupants, as vehicles could lose power when traveling at high speeds, therefore increasing the likelihood of an accident. That said, Audi has yet to receive reports linking the defect to any accidents or injuries…

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8Sep
bmw_msBMW recalls vehicles with defective seatbelts

BMW recalls vehicles with defective seatbelts

Recall Masters -September 8, 2017

BMW recalls vehicles with defective seatbelts

BMW of North America has recalled dozens of vehicles possible equipped with defective seat belt assemblies, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2018 BMW 4 Series and M4 convertibles with production dates ranging from July 7, 2017 to July 25, 2017. The German automaker suspects 1 percent of the total vehicles named in the recall contain the damaged parts.
The Defect
Affected models are believed to include driver and passenger seat belt assemblies with defective Emergency Locking Retractors, the vehicle-sensitive mechanisms of which may fail due to incompatibility issues. This could inhibit ELR functionality and put occupants at risk during traffic accidents. However, BMW has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries…

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6Sep
chevy_msChevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain & Acadia vehicles recalled

Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain & Acadia vehicles recalled

Consumer Affairs -September 6, 2017

Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain & Acadia vehicles recalled

General Motors is recalling 2,905 model year 2018 Chevrolet Equinox & GMC Terrain vehicles and model year 2017-2018 GMC Acadias.
The right front intermediate driveshaft may fracture and separate while the vehicles are being driven.
If the front right intermediate drive shaft assembly separates while the vehicles is being driven, the vehicle will lose propulsion, increasing the risk of a crash.
If the assembly separates while parked on a grade, without the park brake engaged, the vehicle may move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a vehicle roll-away…

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5Sep
ford_msFord recalls vehicles with defective air bags

Ford recalls vehicles with defective air bags

Recall Masters -September 5, 2017

Ford recalls vehicles with defective air bags

Ford Motor Company has recalled approximately 935 vehicles possibly equipped with defective Takata air bags, according to a company press release. The campaign affects 2017 Ford F-150 pickup trucks and Mustang sports cars with production dates ranging from July 20, 2017 to Aug. 1, 2017. An estimated 650 of the vehicles referenced in the recall originated from U.S. dealers, while 279 were sold in Canada and six in Mexico.

The Defect
Affected vehicles could contain Takata-made front passenger air bag assemblies with inflators prone to rupturing during deployment, sending metal fragments passing through cabin areas. These fixtures pose a serious danger to vehicle occupants and have been the subject of numerous safety recalls from more than one dozen car manufacturers, according to Car and Driver. Over 100 passengers have sustained injuries in accidents involving Takata air bags. At least two have died in such wrecks…

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1Sep
ford_msFord recalls 143,000 vehicles in U.S., including F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Focus, Taurus

Ford recalls 143,000 vehicles in U.S., including F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Focus, Taurus

The Car Connection -August 31, 2017

Ford recalls 143,000 vehicles in U.S., including F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Focus, Taurus

This morning, Ford Motor Company issued four recalls affecting more than 143,000 late-model Ford vehicles, including the Mustang, Explorer, Focus, Taurus, and F-Series pickups.
RECALL #1: 2015-17 Ford F-150 Crew Cab, 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab
UNITS AFFECTED: 141,340, including 117,423 in the U.S., 15,715 in Canada, and 8,202 in Mexico
This recall accounts for the majority of vehicles affected by today’s announcement and stems from a problem with a rear inflatable seatbelt. According to Ford, the rivet head that secures the left rear inflatable seatbelt buckle may not be thick enough to hold it in place during a collision. If the buckle separates from its mounting bracket, it won’t work as intended, increasing the risk of injury to the passenger…

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