Buying a Vehicle at CarMax? Watch for Recalled Takata Airbags
A review of eight CarMax Inc. locations by safety advocates found more than one-in-four vehicles reviewed had unrepaired safety recalls, including some with air bag inflators linked to deadly malfunctions.
A total of 461 vehicles contained at least one outstanding safety recall that had not been repaired, 41 of which had recalls for which no repair was available, the review by safety advocates found. The study looked at the recall status of about 1,700 used autos listed for sale at eight CarMax dealerships in three U.S. states.
Of those, 45 vehicles contained air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., the company behind the largest auto recall in history, that were subject to recall but had not yet been repaired…
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 22,242 model year 2017-2018 Jeep Cherokee.
Tire and rim size information required on the certification label was omitted during manufacturing, which may result in an incorrect tire and rim combination being installed on the vehicle.
As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”
The missing information could lead to an incorrect combination of tire and rim being installed on the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash…
21 Months After Learning Of Problem, Mazda Recalls 58,000 Vehicles
Mazda is recalling about 58,000 of its 2015-16 Mazda6 models because a short circuit could cause the air bags to be deactivated and power-assisted steering to be lost, according to a report the automaker filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Mazda said the problem is “weld spatter” on the front passenger seat, which can rub against a wiring harness and cause the short circuit. That could mean that the air bags would not deploy in a crash and that there could be an unexpected loss of power steering…
Porsche Recalls Nearly All 2003-06 Cayennes In America Over Fuel Leak
The recall, announced by the manufacturer, affects an estimated 50,145 vehicles in the United States from the 2003 to 2006 model years.
Given that Porsche sold a total of 55,210 examples of the Cayenne in the United States in those four years, the campaign would ostensibly affect nearly all the vehicles sold during that period.
The problem comes down to the fuel pump filter flange, which could develop hairline cracks “after extended usage and time.” As a result, “a very small quantity of fuel might seep out causing a fuel odor.” There’s no mention, however, of any risk of a fire igniting, as is typically the danger with fuel leaks…
Chrysler Pacifica Recalled Because Hoonage Might Unbuckle the Kiddos
If you’re a mom or dad carving up corners in your Chrysler Pacifica while taking your kids to practice, you might want to take it easy until you get your recall notice. Chrysler is issuing a recall for about 50,000 Pacifica minivans due to a seat belt issue that can come up while hooning.
“In certain passenger seating and vehicle situations, the second-row center seating position seat belt buckle could cause the left outboard seat belt to become unlatched,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Since it pertains to the middle seat in the second row, the recall is only for eight-passenger Pacificas. If you have a seven-seater with captain’s chairs in the back, you’re good…
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled multiple vehicles likely equipped with defective driveshafts, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2017 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicles with production dates ranging from May 25, 2017 to June 2, 2017. FCA suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective parts.
Affected models contain overly shortened halfshafts that could disengage from differentials during operation. Should this occur, vehicles will unexpectedly lose motive power and the ability to shift gears. This increases the likelihood of high-speed collisions and therefore poses a serious risk to occupants. That said, FCA has not received reports linking the defective drivetrain features to any accidents or injuries. Drivers may hear noise coming from the underside of the vehicle prior to halfshaft disconnect…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…