Mercedes-Benz Recalls SUVs that may Lose Steering Ability – April 29, 2017

Mercedes-Benz Recalls SUVs that may Lose Steering Abilitys

Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 10,800 SUVs at risk of losing the ability to be steered. Recalled are 2013-2016 G550, G63 AMG and 2016 G65 AMG SUVs with steering couplings that may not be tight enough.

If the steering coupling is loose, the steering coupling interlock can wear down due to an increased force on the parts and a driver can lose steering function.

In March 2015, a failed steering coupling was reported to Mercedes-Benz, something the automaker believed was an isolated incident caused by incorrect positioning of the steering coupling on the input shaft. Just as a precaution, a positioning gauge was installed at the supplier as a preventive measure.

However, two more incidents arrived in January 2016, causing Mercedes and the supplier to start investigations.

By April 2016, engineers determined the steering couplings hadn’t been tight enough, then in August two more complaints came in and caused the automaker to initiate more tests. By March 2017, Mercedes determined the vehicles did fine once new steering couplings were installed…

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Volkswagen recalls sedans with improper hear restraints


Auburn Hills, Mich. – April 28, 2017 – The Volkswagen Group of America has recalled a number of sedans with improper head restraints, according to documents filed with National Highway Safety Administration. The recall affects Volkswagen CC four-door models produced between November 2015 and June 2016. The automaker estimates 100 percent of the models named in the campaign include the problematic part.

The Defect
The affected models include head restraints that do not comport with U.S. vehicle safety codes, specifically Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards section 202a, which states that head restraints should meet certain design and performance qualifications, according to the Department of Transportation. The assemblies installed in these vehicles do not comply with these regulations and were instead made for use with Volkswagen vehicles that would be sold in foreign markets. Most notably, the installed head restraints allow occupants to rotate more than 12 degrees while seated, a range of motion deemed unsafe in the FMVSS.

While the head restraints pose no immediate danger to drivers or passengers, they do lead to an increased risk of injury in the event of an accident. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive in reports of injuries connected to these fixtures.

Timeline of Events
Volkswagen engineers first detected the incorrectly installed head restraints in May of last year. Roughly one month later, quality control personnel reported the problem to technical teams and initiated an internal review. Over the course of these investigations, the manufacturer’s employees learned that the head restraints destined for international models had been installed on American CC sedans, due to a stocking issue. Assembly crew members at one of Volkswagen’s primary U.S. production facilities had mistakenly brought head restraint assemblies marked “RoW” – an acronym meaning “rest of world” – to the shop floor, where they were installed.

In early April, engineers met with the Volkswagen Product Safety Committee to determine the extent of the error. Weeks later, these two parties met once more and determined that American CC models equipped with RoW head restraints should be subject to recall.

The Solution
Volkswagen has ordered dealers to replace the head restraints, free of charge. The campaign is scheduled to begin in June. The automaker has agreed to notify dealers and owners after the official launch date. Individuals who require assistance prior to the recall are encouraged to contact the NHTSA.

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Toyota recalls 228,000 Tacoma trucks

CNN Money – April 27, 2017

Toyota recalls 228,000 Tacoma trucks

The company said Thursday that the recall applies to certain 2016 and 2017 Tacoma trucks.
The issue is that the vehicles’ rear differential — or a set of gears that sends power out to the rear wheels — could leak oil.
“If a vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, the rear differential could become damaged, which can result in noise and reduced propulsion,” Toyota said in a statement. “In some cases the rear differential could seize, resulting in a loss of control of the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.”…

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Kia recalls vehicles for engine wear problems [Video]

The engines in some Kia vehicles could have debris in them that puts operators at risk. A new late March recall attempts to fix this through a campaign. The action includes more than six hundred and eighteen thousand vehicles, with affected model years ranging from 2011 to 2014.

Official documents said that the issue could lead to a bearing rod in affected engines failing, leading the vehicle to stall entirely and sometimes creating a noticeable knocking noise. Prior to this, owners could see warning lights, specifically those for engine or oil pressure issues.

Dealer’s wont be notified until May twenty-second, with the owners informed between the twenty-fifth and thirtieth. Dealers can replace the engine assembly entirely to address the issue.

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Nissan recalls compacts with air bag issues


Franklin, Tenn. – April 26, 2017 – Nissan North America has recalled more than 500 compacts with defective Takata air bag assemblies, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign affects Versa sedans produced between Feb. 16 and Feb. 21, 2017, as well as Versa Note hatchbacks that rolled off the line over the same span. The automaker has yet to determine what percentage of listed models contain these defective air bags.

The Defect
Affected vehicles are equipped with faulty air bag cushion housings. Specifically, the ringed plates that hold the cushioning in place are made of metal with low carbon content. These fixtures are therefore prone to failure in high temperatures and can even separate from the cushioning when safety features are deployed during accidents. When airborne at high speeds, the air bag housing assembly poses great risk to passengers. No accidents or injuries have been connected to this defect.

Timeline of Events
In early February of this year, Takata engineers performed a round of quality assurance tests and discovered that some air bag assemblies suffered abnormal deployments. QA personnel conducted these trials in areas with temperatures of 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Soon after the results registered, Takata engineers initiated an internal review to look into the problem. Weeks later, the provider connected with Nissan and shared the results of the air bag tests. The automaker immediately searched its inventory for affected parts, eventually instituting a worldwide quarantine of all Takata air bag assemblies included in the initial QA tests. Most of these fixtures were stored at Nissan production plants in Civac and Aguascalientes, Mexico.

In March, Takata came forward with conclusive results: A tier-two supplier had shipped out ring plates with faulty metallurgical compositions. The parts, which were light on carbon, failed in high-temperature environments. Nissan immediately initiated audits in its Mexican facilities in an effort to pinpoint and remove the defective air bag ring plates. Over the course of March and April, personnel reviewed more than 1,800 air bag assemblies and found that 616 Versa models included flawed safety features. Nissan QA personnel soon decided to launch a voluntary recall campaign.

The Solution
The automaker has ordered dealers to evaluate the air bag assemblies installed in affected vehicles using a quick scan tool, according to internal documents released to the NHTSA. Should the readings show parts that originate from the defective batch, dealers are to replace the passenger-side air bag module, free of charge. Nissan notified dealers April 27. The company is currently distributing owner notifications and is expected to finish this process by the end of June. Versa owners in need of additional assistance are encouraged to contact the NHTSA.

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BMW recalls model year 2017-2018 M760Li xDrive vehicles

BMW Blog – April 25, 2017

BMW recalls model year 2017-2018 M760Li xDrive vehicles

BMW of North America is recalling 97 model year 2017-2018 M760Li xDrive vehicles. The recalled vehicles have engine oil cooler lines that may loosen causing an oil leak in the engine compartment.

The leaking engine oil may get onto the front brake disks, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash. BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine oil cooler lines, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 1, 2017…

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Ford Edge recall addresses windshield header issues


Dearborn, Mich.—April 19, 2017—A newly announced Ford Edge recall addressed problems with the windshield header in some 2017 Edge vehicles. The company announced this in a joint press release: This particular recall was both the last listed and contained the smallest number of possibly affected vehicles, with 111 total units under consideration, 84 of which are in the U.S.

The Defect

The windshield header in these Ford Edge models could be wrongly installed, according to the Part 573 Safety Recall Report attached to this issue. That document went on to say that the vista roofs in these vehicles may not have the right welds in the proper places, leaving them with weaker “lateral structural integrity.”

Timeline of Events

  • Feb. 22, 2017: Although this is before the submission date of the Part 573 safety report, Feb. 22 is said to be when the company corrected the recall condition in production. This was also the last day of original production for the vehicles in question.
  • March 3, 2017: A review group began the process of analyzing the problem, a day after reports of spot weld issues.
  • March 20, 2017: The field action began.

Ford Edge Recall Resolution

Though the listed dealer notification date, March 28, has already passed as of this writing, owner notification is set for the four-day period between May 15 and 19. Dealers will fix the faulty headers for free, due to the existing warranty. The notices are will travel via first-class mail to owners starting on the beginning of that week.

A delivery hold notice for dealers said that they could possibly face a $21,000 penalty for every vehicle they deliver without first going through the recall service. This action specifically targets possible noncompliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 214 for side impact protection.

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2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, E-Class: Recall Alert – April 24, 2017

2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, E-Class: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 58,000 model-year 2016 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic coupes and GLE300d 4Matic, GL63 AMG, GLE350, GLE350 4Matic, GLE350d 4Matic, GLE400 4Matic, GLE43 AMG coupe 4Matic, GLE550e 4Matic, GLE63 AMG 4Matic, GLE63S AMG 4Matic and GLE63S AMG coupe 4Matic SUVs; model-year 2017 E300 4Matic sedans and GLS63 AMG 4Matic SUVs; and model-year 2016-17 GL350 4Matic Bluetec, GL450 4Matic and GL550 4Matic SUVs

The Problem: An electric power steering connector may be insufficiently sealed, allowing water to enter the control unit, possibly deactivating power steering assist and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the connector and inspect the electric power steering rack, replacing the rack, as necessary, for free…

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