General Motors has recalled more than 800,000 trucks believed to contain defective electronic power steering software, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty trucks.
The vehicles named in the recall could come equipped with EPS software that suddenly switches off during low-voltage conditions, resulting in the loss of power steering functionality. Investigators for GM looked into the issue between February and May, and eventually linked the problem to faulty coding. in June. the automaker launched an official recall, which has since been amended and expanded.
GM has ordered update the EPS software in affected vehicles, free of charge. However, the company has not yet released a timetable for owner notification. Stay tuned for more breaking recall news.
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Mercedes-Benz USA has recalled more than 100 compact cars possibly equipped with defective left front axles, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects Smart brand 2017 Four-Two and Four-Two Cabriolet models.
The vehicles referenced in the recall could contain faulty left front axle steering knuckles, which are prone to fracture. Investigators conducted an internal audit earlier this year and discovered that improper casting processes caused the defect. Mercedes-Benz initiated an official safety recall in July following the close of the inquiry.
The automaker has requested dealers to replace the defective component, free of charge. Owners should expect to receive notification via first-class mail in September. Stay tuned for more breaking recall news.
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Dearborn, Mich. – Sept. 1, 2017 – Ford Motor Company has recalled approximately 835 Focus sedans with noncompliant welds, according to an internal news release. The campaign affects 698 Focus models originating from U.S. dealerships, 132 sold in Canada and five in Mexico.
The vehicles referenced in this recall have second-row seat-back frames with welds that do not effectively penetrate the space between the outboard pivot bracket and the pivot nut joint. This could reduce the structural integrity of the seat-back frame – particularly the pivot nut joint – and therefore put occupants at risk, especially in the event of an accident. Even so, Ford has not received reports linking the defect to any accidents or injuries.
Timeline of Events
Ford has yet to release details on the investigation that uncovered the defect.
The automaker will direct dealers to replace the air bag assemblies in affected models, free of charge. However, Ford has not released a timetable for dealer or owner notification. Individuals in need of more immediate assistance can contact Ford customer service personnel at (800) 392-3673. Callers should use the recall identification code 17C13. Owners can also call the National Highway Transportation Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
General Motors has recalled a number of sport utility vehicles believed to be equipped with defective drive shafts, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2017-2018 GMC Arcadia, 2018 GMC Terrain and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox models. The automaker estimates that 3 percent of the vehicles have problematic drive shafts.
Models referenced in the recall could contain front right intermediate drive shaft assemblies prone to fracture and separation. Engineers have traced the issue to the parts manufacturer Nexteer, which failed to use properly calibrated ultrasonic scanning equipment when performing quality checks.
The defect poses a serious safety hazard to occupants, as vehicles with damaged drive shafts may lose power during operation or roll away when stopped without the parking brake engaged. However, GM has yet to receive reports of accidents or injuries connected to the defect…