Mazda car parking brake may not hold, company issues recall
Mazda is recalling more than 307,000 cars because the parking brake may not fully release or could fail to hold the cars, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall covers certain Mazda 6 cars from the 2014 and 2015 model years and the Mazda 3 from 2014 through 2016.
The company says water can get into the brake caliper, causing a shaft to corrode and bind. If that happens, the parking brake can get stuck in the on position or fail to fully engage. That can let the cars roll unexpectedly if parked on a slope.
The problem affects only cars with a hand-operated parking brake lever system, according to documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…
Ford recalls more than 400,000 vehicles for safety and compliance issues
Ford on Wednesday issued one safety recall and two safety compliance recalls in North America.
The safety recall will impact approximately 400,000 2015-17 Ford Transit van or bus vehicles, the car manufacturer said. No accidents or injuries have been associated with these vehicles, Ford added.
“In the affected vehicles, continuing to operate a vehicle with a cracked flexible coupling may cause separation of the driveshaft, resulting in a loss of motive power while driving or unintended vehicle movement in park without the parking brake applied,” Ford said…
Volvo XC90 SUVs have seat belt problems, enough to cause a recall of 1,300 of the model year 2017 vehicles to fix third-row seat belts.
Volvo says a small component inside the right-hand seat belt retractor called a micro gas generator can detach after the seat belt retractor pretensioner is deployed.
The automaker says the seat belt will still work in a crash, but the gas generator can become a projectile inside the cabin if the generator detaches. In addition to entering the cabin, the detached gas generator can enter the luggage area through the trim panel…
Takata, brought down by airbag crisis, files for bankruptcy
Japan’s Takata was brought down by the huge cost of its exploding airbag crisis. The company’s faulty airbag inflators, which can blast shrapnel into drivers and passengers, have resulted in the recall of tens of millions of vehicles and been linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. and several others elsewhere.
With spiraling debts estimated at more than $9 billion, Takata (TKTDY) said Monday it’s seeking bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. It’s also selling off the lion’s share of its business to a U.S.-based rival.
Key Safety Systems, a Chinese-owned company based in Michigan, is paying $1.6 billion for nearly all of Takata’s operations. But it’s staying away from the parts that deal with the airbag inflators, which will eventually be wound down…
2014-2016 Chevrolet SS recalled over power steering problem
General Motors has issued a recall for the 2014-2016 Chevrolet SS. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles could be at risk of losing power steering assistance.
The problem with the SS stems from corrosion on a device that connects the car’s electronic power steering module and the torque sensor. The device was manufactured by Mando Corporation in South Korea…
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,300 model-year 2017 Volvo XC90 luxury SUVs
The Problem: The micro gas generator — a part used within the right-hand side seat belt retractor for third-row seats — may detach after the seat belt retractor pretensioner is deployed to become a projectile in the vehicle cabin, increasing the risk of an injury.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the third-row passenger-side seat belt retractor for free…
2011-2012 Dodge Grand Caravan recalled for unintended airbag deployment: 296,000 vehicles affected
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 300,000 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans to fix a problem that could cause the driver-side airbag to deploy without warning. The recall affects vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Grand Caravan’s problem stems from a poorly placed wiring harness associated with the steering wheel. That harness may become trapped between the back cover of the steering wheel and the edge of the horn plate. If that should happen, the wire insulation may become worn, which could cause a short circuit.
That, in turn, might cause the driver’s airbag to deploy inadvertently. Depending on where and when that happens, it could dramatically increase the risk of a crash. FCA says that it has received reports of eight injuries that may be related to the problem, but no reports of collisions…
Porsche Panamera, Cayenne Recalled for Possible Engine Stalling
Affected vehicles include 2010-2012 Porsche Panamera S, Panamera 4S, and Panamera Turbo models, along with 2011-2012 Panamera and Panamera 4 units. Affected Porsche Cayenne vehicles are from the 2011 model year and include the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models. According to the recall notice, affected vehicles have camshaft controllers that may come loose inside the engine possibly resulting in an engine stall that could increase the risk of a crash…
Chrysler recalls all the Pacifica Hybrids for battery problems
Chrysler has been quick to hype its 2017 Pacifica Hybrid — a plug-in hybrid minivan that gets 84 miles per gallon equivalent. But the hype train has to make a quick stop at Recall Station.
Fiat Chrysler has issued a voluntary recall for all the Pacifica Hybrids — since it’s a new car, this amounts to just 1,368 vehicles in the US and 309 in Canada, for a total of 1,677. As InsideEVs notes, the Pacifica Hybrid started production in November, but deliveries didn’t really take place until this spring because of various factors…