Hyundai Issues Recall Of Elantra, Sonata Vehicles

America Now – January 31, 2017

Hyundai Issues Recall Of Elantra, Sonata Vehicles

Hyundai has issued a recall for some of its Elantra and Sonata vehicles.

Approximately 110 of Hyundai’s 2017 Elantra sedans, manufactured between April 15 and Sept. 13, 2016, and Sonata sedans, manufactured between May 27 and Sept. 16, 2016, are affected by the car manufacturer’s recall, according to Cars.com.

The recall is due to the end seal for the driver’s front airbag inflator not being properly installed, which can result in reduced inflation of the airbag and increase the risk of injury in a crash. When a vehicle is turned in to a Hyundai dealer, the dealership will replace the driver’s front airbag module for free.

Beginning Feb. 13, owners of affected Elantra and Sonata vehicles will receive a notice from Hyundai…

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BMW Motorcycles Suffer Loose Bolts

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Jan. 31, 2017 – BMW has announced that it will recall two motorcycle models due to defects that may result in loose rear suspension bolts. If not addressed, these issues could result in worse handling while on the road.

The Defect

BMW will recall model year 2016-2017 BMW S 1000 RR motorcycles manufactured between June 8, 2016 and Nov. 16, 2016, as well as model year 2017 BMW S 1000 R motorcycles manufactured on Oct. 12, 2016. According to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it appears that one of the bolts connecting the rear suspension deflection levers could become loose during operation. Either the bolts connecting these levers to link struts – or the bolts connecting them to rear wheel swing arms – may have been tightened improperly during the manufacturing process.

Timeline of Events

  • Dec. 8, 2016 – An internal quality report from within a motorcycle assembly plant alerted BMW to the possibility that the connector bolts may not have been built properly. BMW then conducted reviews of motorcycle production records and determined the dates on which these bolts may not have been tightened according to their specifications.
  • Dec. 20, 2016 – BMW determined that the problem could result in a safety issue if left undressed. Though no accidents and injuries related to the defect have been reported, the company announced a voluntary recall.

Resolution

Owners of affected motorcycles will be notified beginning in February. Loose bolts will be replaced and tightened according to specifications. This work will be done free of charge.

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Ford Trucks Risk Fuel Leak

Recall Masters – January 30, 2017


Ford Trucks Risk Fuel Leak

Ford has announced that it will recall two different types of light trucks due to a fuel systems leak that could result in a fire of not addressed.

The Defect
Ford will recall model year 2017 F-250 and F-350 trucks manufactured between Aug. 10, 2016 and Sept. 17, 2016, according to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some of these vehicles appear to have been built without a necessary frame reinforcement bracket attached to the front fuel tank strap. Without this component, regular wear and tear to the vehicle will eventually cause the fuel tank strap to separate from the frame, which could cause the tank itself to move and possibly hit the ground. Any resulting damage could lead to a fuel leak and possibly a fire…

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Ford Trucks Risk Fuel Leak

Dearborn, Mich. – Jan. 30, 2017 – Ford has announced that it will recall two different types of light trucks due to a fuel systems leak that could result in a fire of not addressed.

The Defect

Ford will recall model year 2017 F-250 and F-350 trucks manufactured between Aug. 10, 2016 and Sept. 17, 2016, according to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some of these vehicles appear to have been built without a necessary frame reinforcement bracket attached to the front fuel tank strap. Without this component, regular wear and tear to the vehicle will eventually cause the fuel tank strap to separate from the frame, which could cause the tank itself to move and possibly hit the ground. Any resulting damage could lead to a fuel leak and possibly a fire.

Timeline of Events

  • September 2016: A frame supplier notified Ford that a pickup frame had been manufactured without the necessary fuel tank strap reinforcement. Further inspection revealed that out of about 4,000 uninstalled frames, 58 were improperly built. At the time, it was not yet clear if any defective frames had been installed on vehicles and sold.
  • October 2016: Further analysis allowed Ford to pinpoint the dates on which the defective frames were built. The manufacturer confirmed that some had indeed made it onto vehicles that were shipped.
  • December 2016: Ford’s Field Review Committee approved a recall.

Resolution

Ford will notify affected owners by mail and will advise them to bring their vehicles to the nearest Ford or Lincoln dealers for inspection. If the trucks lack reinforcements brackets, replacements will be installed, free of charge.

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Ford recalls F-150 for instrument cluster, Focus for chassis integrity issues

CNET Road Show – January 26, 2017


Ford recalls F-150 for instrument cluster, Focus for chassis integrity issues

Ford just issued two new recalls, covering two wildly different vehicle segments. In fact, these two recalls exist on opposite ends of a number of spectrums.

Ford’s first recall covers approximately 8,000 examples of the 2017 F-150 pickup truck. The affected vehicles were built in Dearborn and Kansas City, between October 4 and November 23 of last year. About 6,800 of these vehicles are in the US, with the rest spread across North America.

The problem here stems from the instrument cluster. Immediately after a cold start in cold ambient temperatures, the display may lose its functionality. If the shift position indicator doesn’t light up, or if warning lights fail to display when necessary, this could lead to an increased chance of injury.

Thankfully, remedying the issue doesn’t involve removing the dashboard and replacing the cluster. Instead, dealerships will simply reprogram the instrument cluster, which should prevent the problem from occurring…

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Takata Recall Continues As DOT Pushes Faster Schedule

Warren, Mich. – Jan. 26, 2017 – The recall of vehicles equipped with faulty Takata air bags appears to have no end in sight. Most recently, automakers recalled more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S., according to a report by NBC News.

The Defect

Takata air bag inflators contain an ammonium nitrate-based propellant that does not contain a chemical drying agent, according to Consumer Reports. This means that temperature fluctuations, humidity and age can cause them to ignite without warning, in some cases spraying shrapnel at high speed toward drivers and occupants. In the U.S. alone, this defect is believed to be responsible for 11 deaths and about 180 injuries.

The most recent recall involves 13 automakers: Audi, Nissan, Jaguar-Land Rover, Subaru, Daimler Vans, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Mazda, McLaren and Karma. All will need to replace front passenger inflators in numerous vehicle models.

The specific vehicle models being recalled are as follows:

Audi 

  • 2009 A4 Cabriolet, S4 Cabriolet, A6 Avant, A6 Sedan and S6 Sedan
  • 2005-2008 A4 Avant, A4 Sedan, A6 Sedan, S4 Avant and S4 Sedan
  • 2007-2008 A4 Cabriolet, RS4 Sedan, S4 Cabriolet and S6 Sedan
  • 2006-2008 A6 Avant
  • 2008 RS4 Cabriolet

BMW 

  • 2012 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M
  • 2009 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M. 2008-2009 X6 xDrive 35i, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, and 2009 X5 xDrive35d. 2007-2008 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M
  • 2008 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M

Daimler Vans

  • 2012 Freightliner 2500 and 3500 Sprinter and Mercedes-Benz 2500 and 3500 Sprinter
  • 2009 Dodge 2500 and 3500 Sprinter and Freightliner 2500 and 3500 Sprinter

Ferrari 

  • 2012 California, 458 Italia, 458 Spider, and FF

Jaguar-Land Rover 

  • 2012 Jaguar XF
  • 2009 Jaguar XF
  • 2007-2009
  • 2012 Range Rover

Karma 

  • 2012 Fisker Karma

Mazda

  • 2007-2009 B-Series trucks
  • 2012 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda6
  • 2009 CX-7, CX-9 and Mazda6
  • 2007-2008 CX-7 and CX-9
  • 2009 RX-8
  • 2005-2006 MPV
  • 2005-2008 RX-8

McLaren

  • 2012 MP4-12C

Mercedes-Benz 

  • 2012 C300 4Matic, C250, C250 Coupe, C350, C350 Coupe 4Matic, C350 Coupe, C63 AMG, C63 AMG Coupe, E350 Coupe 4Matic, E350 Cabrio, E350 Coupe, E550 Cabrio, E550 Coupe, GLK350 4Matic, GLK350, SLS AMG Cabrio, and SLS AMG Coupe
  • 2009 C300 4Matic, C300, C350 and C63 AMG
  • 2008 C300 4Matic, C300, and C350

Mitsubishi 

  • 2012 and 2014 i-MiEV electric vehicles

Nissan

  • 2012 Versa hatchback
  • 2009-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45
  • 2009 Nissan Versa
  • 2005-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45
  • 2006-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45
  • 2007-2008 Nissan Versa

Subaru

  • 2005-2006 Baja
  • 2009 Forester, Legacy and Outback
  • 2006-2011 Impreza
  • 2006 to 2012 Tribeca
  • 2009-2012 Forester, Legacy, Outback
  • 2012 WRX

Tesla

  • 2012 Model S

Timeline of Events

June 2014 – The investigation into the defective inflators initially included reviews of six incidents involving five vehicle manufacturers. All of these were located in Florida or Puerto Rico, according to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Oct. 20, 2016 – The NHTSA confirmed the 11th person to have been killed in a 2001 Honda Civic as a result of this defect. At the time, nine of the 11 deaths had occurred in Acura or Honda vehicles.

Dec. 9, 2016 – The Department of Transportation announced a more aggressive recall schedule that will give priority to the riskiest vehicles. At this point, almost 12.5 million air bags had been repaired. The total number may reach 69 million by the time the process ends, involving 42 million vehicles.

Resolution

Automakers will notify customers of the recall, with a preference toward those living in high-humidity areas. Replacement air bags will be provided, free of charge, though it may take some weeks for these to reach each customer following the notification. Owners are advised to use the NHTSA’s VIN lookup tool to see whether their car is involved, and to minimize driving if so until they can receive a repair.

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Toyota recalls 73,000 Tundra pickups for chintzy bumper steps

CNET Road Show – January 25, 2017


Toyota recalls 73,000 Tundra pickups for chintzy bumper steps

No matter how random a problem might seem, if it’s capable of causing injury to the owner, it deserves a recall. That’s the case with Toyota’s latest recall for the Tundra.

Toyota issued a recall for roughly 73,000 examples of the 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tundra pickup truck. All affected models are equipped with resin rear bumper steps and resin reinforcement brackets on each corner of the bumper.

The problem lies in the resin itself. If a Tundra is involved in a collision that affects a corner of the rear bumper, it may damage the resin reinforcement bracket without the owner’s knowledge. The next time somebody steps on that corner of the bumper, part of it may break, which increases the chance of injury. And there aren’t any “soft” parts back there.

In order to remedy the issue, Toyota will replace the resin reinforcement brackets with steel ones. The rear bumper tread covers will also be replaced. The steel bracket should eliminate the issue…

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NHTSA Closes Tesla Autopilot Investigation

Palo Alto, Calif. – Jan. 25, 2017 – Following the death of a Tesla Model S driver who collided with a truck in Florida last May while using the car’s autopilot feature, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into Tesla’s autopilot program to evaluate its safety. Now, in a recent announcement, the NHTSA has said that it will close the probe and not demand a recall.

Reuters reported that the driver of the Tesla had set his cruise control at 74 miles per hour two minutes before the fatal crash, and did not apply the brakes during the accident. Further investigation of the incident indicated that the Tesla had indeed been in autopilot mode at the time, but the system did not indicate that a crash was imminent. This was the first known death that occurred during the operation of a self-driving vehicle system.

In its report, the NHTSA concluded that it “did not identify any defects” with the autopilot system, which Tesla has always maintained is still in its experimental phase. The agency added that the system was not designed to react to every possible collision scenario.

In the months following the incident, Tesla introduced a number of safety updates to the Model S, according to Autoblog. For instance, it created a lockout feature that disables autopilot if drivers don’t keep their hands on the wheel for a period of time. The purpose is to encourage drivers to remain alert, even when they are letting their cars do most of the driving.

The NHTSA report added that Tesla’s vehicle crash rate dropped by 40 percent after these updates were installed.

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Canadian Bus Manufacturer Issues Two Recalls

Drummondville, Canada – Jan. 24, 2017 – Corp. Micro Bird Inc., a major manufacturer of school buses, has announced the recall of numerous bus models as a result of multiple defects, affecting bus operation and safety.

The Defects

Corp. Micro Bird will be recalling model year 2015-2017 Micro Bird T-Series buses. Two groups will be recalled in response to two separate defects. The first includes buses manufactured between Aug. 24, 2015 and Nov. 30, 2016. The second involves those built on Ford chassis and manufactured between Oct. 1, 2014 and Dec. 15, 2016.

The first group is being recalled as a result of a defective battery-powered wheelchair lift. These lifts contain interlocks that can be deactivated by drivers, allowing the bus to be operated while the lift is down. This may destabilize the buses as they are driven, and may also increase the risk of damage and injury to other nearby vehicles.

The second recall is in response to defective frame extension adaptors. During an accident, force that is applied to seat belts on seats installed just above the frame extension adapters will put pressure on the adapters, causing them to deform. This, in turn, can increase the chance of injury to passengers.

Timeline of Events

  • Nov. 9, 2016 – Corp. Micro Bird conducted a mandatory test of seats attached to the last rows of the affected buses, located over the frame extensions. During the test, mechanics observed significant damage to the frame extension adapters and the floors of the buses.
  • Nov. 11, 2016 – Corp. Micro Bird received pictures of results of the initial tests. However, they were not clear enough to indicate the specific causes of the damage observed.
  • Nov. 23, 2016 –  Bus chassis were sent to a Corp. Micro Bird facility for further inspection. Mechanics determined that the problem was not due to a defect in the specific vehicle, but rather a component design issue that would have affected all buses manufactured during a specific time frame.
  • Nov. 30, 2016 – Meanwhile, another routine inspection of different buses from the same manufacturer noted that some vehicles could be started even when the power-lift switches were in the off position. This prevented the lift from being operated, so that if it was stored it could not be deployed, and if it had been deployed it could not be retracted, even if the bus was moving. The manufacturer decided that this issue presented a safety ris​k that would have to be addressed by the recall process.
  • Dec. 8, 2016 – Corp. Micro Bird decided that the frame extension adapter issue posed a risk to all vehicles with a similar design, and decided that a safety recall would be the most prudent option.

Resolution

Remedy of the powered wheelchair lift issue will be the responsibility of bus owners. Corp. Micro Bird will send materials and all necessary instructions to each owner. This will be done free of charge. Meanwhile, the recall schedule for the frame extension adapter issue has not yet been determined, nor has the specific remedy. The manufacturer plans to release a recall schedule soon, and owners can contact Corp. Micro Bird for more information.

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Mazda recalls various vehicles with airbag inflator issue

Consumer Affairs – January 23, 2017


Mazda recalls various vehicles with airbag inflator issueps

Mazda North America Operations is recalling a total of 8,018 vehicles with airbag inflator issues.

Included are model year 2009 RX-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.”

Additionally, unless included in “Zone B,” Mazda is recalling model year 2005-2006 MPV and 2005-2008 RX-8 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front airbag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment…

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