Hyundai recalls vehicles with defective seat belts [Video]

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Hyundai Motor America has recalled more than four-hundred and forty-three thousand vehicles possibly equipped with defective seat belt assemblies. The campaign affects 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata and 2011-2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sport utility vehicles.

These models feature front seat belt assemblies with pretensioner components that may not fasten properly, posing a serious safety hazard to occupants.

Hyundai has directed dealers to inspect and, if necessary, repair the pretensioner parts in these models. The automaker will reimburse owners for any required work. Individuals affected by this recall should have received notification via first-class mail on or around October twelfth, two-thousand and seventeen.

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Ford issues four separate safety recalls for more than 100,000 F-150 trucks and Transit vans

Daily News  – October 26, 2017

Ford issues four separate safety recalls for more than 100,000 F-150 trucks and Transit vans

This week, Ford announced four separate safety recalls affecting nearly 100,000 F-150 trucks and Transit vans in North America, about 90,000 of which are located in the U.S. alone.

The first of four recalls deals with approximately 73,000 Ford Transit vans equipped with the trailer tow module, due to water getting into the module.

The water intrusion can wreak havoc on the trailer tow module, causing wiring corrosion and damage to the module itself. If this happens, the affected vans can lead to loss of heater/air conditioning controls and multimedia systems (including radio and SYNC infotainment), as well as rapid turn signal flashing, electrical short and a burning smell. If left unfixed, the risk of fire is increased.

About 65,000 model year 2015-2017 Transit vans in the U.S. are affected by this issue. In order to fix the problem, dealers will disable the module and add a drainage hole in the driver’s door stepwell and integrate a fuse in the wiring harness at no cost to the consumer…

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective auxiliary heaters

Recall Masters  – October 24, 2017

Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective auxiliary heaters

The Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 216,000 vehicles possibly equipped with defective auxiliary heaters, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models, including:

  • 2013-2016 Audi A4 sedans and A4 Allroad station wagons produced between March 2, 2012 and July 31, 2015.
  • 2013-2016 Audi A5 coupes and cabriolets produced between March 8, 2012 and July 31, 2015.
  • 2013-2016 Audi Q5 sport utility vehicles produced between April 7, 2012 and July 31, 2015.

The German automaker estimates 100 percent of the vehicles named in the recall contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected models contain auxiliary heaters with defective electrical connectors prone to contact corrosion. Mechanical wear and movement is known to cause this condition, which can lead to overheating, melting of nearby wires and even engine fires. This poses a serious threat to occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports linking the defective auxiliary heaters to any accidents or injuries…

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BMW recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection features

Recall Masters  – October 24, 2017

BMW recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection features

MW of North America has recalled more than 85,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective front passenger-side occupant detection mats, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2006-2010 BMW X-3 sport utility vehicles with production dates ranging from Nov. 20, 2005 to Aug. 31, 2010. The German automaker suspects roughly 9 percent of the models referenced in the recall contain the defective features.

The Defect

The vehicles named in this campaign could contain front passenger-side occupant detection mats prone to fatigue-based cracking. BMW engineers speculate that high volumes of passenger entries and exits, combined with the dimensions of the vehicle floor board area, lead to the development of micro-fissures that eventually interrupt underlying conductive pathways and cause complete failure of the occupant detection system. This poses a serious hazard to passengers, as such a failure may inhibit air bag activation in the event of a crash. However, BMW has not received reports linking the defect to any accidents or injuries…

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective auxiliary heaters

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Oct. 24, 2017 – The Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 216,000 vehicles possibly equipped with defective auxiliary heaters, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models, including:

  • 2013-2016 Audi A4 sedans and A4 Allroad station wagons produced between March 2, 2012 and July 31, 2015.
  • 2013-2016 Audi A5 coupes and cabriolets produced between March 8, 2012 and July 31, 2015.
  • 2013-2016 Audi Q5 sport utility vehicles produced between April 7, 2012 and July 31, 2015.

The German automaker estimates 100 percent of the vehicles named in the recall contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected models contain auxiliary heaters with defective electrical connectors prone to contact corrosion. Mechanical wear and movement is known to cause this condition, which can lead to overheating, melting of nearby wires and even engine fires. This poses a serious threat to occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports linking the defective auxiliary heaters to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

In February 2015, the car company received customer complaints detailing instances of overheating. From March 2015 to May 2016, Volkswagen investigated the claims and worked with its German supplier, Mahle Behr GmbH and Co. KG to identify a root cause and develop a solution. In June 2016, the Audi Product Safety Committee decided to conduct a service campaign to update the climate control modules in affected vehicles. The group also called for more investigations, which concluded in September 2017.

On Sept. 28, Volkswagen issued a voluntary safety recall to further address the issue.

The Solution

The automaker intends to direct dealers to replace the auxiliary heaters in models subject to the action free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Volkswagen has yet to release a notification timeline for dealers or owners. However, owners in need of immediate help can contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (88) 327-4236.

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BMW recalls vehicles with defective occupant detection features+

 

Westwood, N.J. – Oct. 24, 2017 – BMW of North America has recalled more than 85,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective front passenger-side occupant detection mats, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2006-2010 BMW X-3 sport utility vehicles with production dates ranging from Nov. 20, 2005 to Aug. 31, 2010. The German automaker suspects roughly 9 percent of the models referenced in the recall contain the defective features.

The Defect

The vehicles named in this campaign could contain front passenger-side occupant detection mats prone to fatigue-based cracking. BMW engineers speculate that high volumes of passenger entries and exits, combined with the dimensions of the vehicle floor board area, lead to the development of micro-fissures that eventually interrupt underlying conductive pathways and cause complete failure of the occupant detection system. This poses a serious hazard to passengers, as such a failure may inhibit air bag activation in the event of a crash. However, BMW has not received reports linking the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Drivers of vehicles with the defective feature often see the passenger air bag off light illuminate, indicating the deactivation of the detection system.

Timeline of Events

In 2008, BMW launched a recall to address defective occupant detection mats installed in vehicles across the U.S. and Canada, according to the NHTSA. The car company introduced a strengthened alloy mat to prevent instances of conductive pathway interruption stemming from wear and tear. Four years later, BMW began fielding owner complaints the pertaining to the improved mat. In these reports, drivers indicated that the new fixtures continued to experience cracking and caused occupant detection system failure. The car company reviewed and validated the complaints, and then issued another voluntary recall Nov. 4, 2013. This campaign affected more than 76,000 vehicles, many of which received newly improved mats made to withstand higher external force application.

In July 2017, BMW issued an amendment to its earlier action, recalling another 2,158 models containing the defective passenger detection mats, according to the NHTSA. These vehicles also received the redesigned mats.

On April 17, 2017, NHTSA personnel contacted BMW and made the company aware of new vehicle owner questionnaires mentioning the defective occupant detection features addressed in the earlier campaigns. The automaker launched an engineering review that included claims analysis and component review activities. On Sept. 21, BMW quality and safety staff reviewed the results of this inquiry and chose to conduct a voluntary safety recall.

The car manufacturer notified owners Sept. 28.

The Solution

BMW has directed owners to replace the front passenger-side occupant detection mats in affected vehicles free of charge, according to a recall acknowledgment document. The company intends to notify owners via first-class mail Nov. 20. Those in need of more immediate assistance can contact BMW customer service at (800) 525-7417. Owners can also contact the NHTSA directly using its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Maserati recalls vehicles with defective fuel pump resistors

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Oct. 24, 2017 – Maserati North America has recalled more than 430 vehicles possibly produced with defective fuel pump resistors, according to a company defect report. The campaign affects 2015-2017 Maserati Quattroporte luxury sports sedans with eight-valve engines. The Italian automaker suspects 100 percent of the models referenced in this action contain defective parts.

The Defect

The vehicles involved in this recall contain low-pressure fuel pump resistors that could fail unexpectedly due to cycle time and temperature fatigue. In the event that failure occurs, the fuel pump ceases operation and the engine stalls. This poses a serious threat to occupants, as sudden fuel pump failure can increase the likelihood of an accident. That said, Maserati has not received reports linking the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On July 11, 2017, a Japanese parts provider responsible for supporting Maserati production operations informed the car company that local government officials had conducted a vehicle warranty claims audit and found that 11 Quattroporte had filed reports detailing instances of fuel pump resistor failure. Maserati immediately launched an internal investigation into the claims. Engineers conducted a global claims analysis and found that 119 additional owners had filed similar reports worldwide. Most of the vehicles mentioned in these documents experienced fuel pump resistor failure at the 19,500-mile mark.

In late July, the car company conducted a parts analysis on the defective fuel pump resistors and found that high temperature and current flow were the root causes of failure. The fixtures were designed to handle a maximum current of 15 amps and at a temperature of 1,112 degrees Fahrenheit. Those installed in the vehicles referenced in the reports routinely experienced current flows of 14 amps, combined with temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

After reviewing this and other data, Maserati quality and safety personnel decided to conduct a voluntary recall Sept. 22.

The Solution

The car company will direct dealers to replace the fuel pump resistors in affected models free of charge, according to a recall acknowledgment document from the NHTSA. Maserati plans to notify both dealers and owners of the action Nov. 13, 2017. Those in need of more immediate assistance can contact Maserati customer service representatives at (201) 510-2369. Callers should use the internal recall identification number 359. Owners can also reach out the NHTSA directly using its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective door latches

 

Dearborn, Mich. – Oct. 24, 2017 – Ford Motor Company has recalled approximately 1.3 million vehicles possibly equipped with defective door latches, according to a company press release. The campaign affects 2015-2017 Ford F-150 trucks with production dates ranging from March 12, 2014 to Dec. 30, 2016, as well as 2017 Ford Super Duty pickups manufactured between Oct. 8, 2015 and Sept. 1, 2016. Approximately 1,101,107 of the vehicles referenced in the action originated from American dealerships, while 222,408 were sold in Canada and 21,090 in Mexico. Ford is unsure what percentage of the models actually contain the defective features.

The Defect

Affected vehicles include defective door latches prone to water damage, which in turn can cause freezing, latch deformation and actuation cable deterioration. This may prevent the latch from fully engaging with the striker, which inhibits door closure. This poses a serious safety hazard for occupants, especially in the event of an accident. That said, Ford has yet to receive field reports linking the defect to any wrecks or injuries.

Timeline of Events

The automaker has not released details of the internal investigation that uncovered the defective parts. However, Ford did reveal that the vehicles named in the recall were manufactured at three different assembly facilities in Dearborn, Kansas City, Missouri and Clark County, Kentucky.

The Solution

Ford intends to direct dealers to install water shields on the door latches of affected vehicles. Dealers will also inspect the actuation cables in these models and replace them if necessary. Both of these repairs are to be performed with no charge to the customer. Ford has not publicized a timetable for dealer or owner notification. However, individuals in possession of the vehicles named in this recall who need more immediate can contact Ford customer service personnel at (800) 392-3673. Callers should use the internal recall identification code 17S33. Owners can also reach out to the National Highway Transportation Agency via its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Mitsubishi recalls 161,167 vehicles in US, Canada

Chicago Tribune  – October 23, 2017

Mitsubishi recalls 161,167 vehicles in US, Canada

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling 161,167 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because electric relays can cause the engine to stall or overheat.

The recall affects the 2015-2017 Outlander SUV, the 2015-2017 Lancer sedan and Outlander Sport, and the 2015 Lancer Evolution sport sedan. Most are in the U.S. but 28,615 are in Canada.

Mitsubishi says it has no reports of accidents or injuries related to the defect, which can also reduce power to the engine.

Mitsubishi will notify owners about the recall this month. Dealers will replace defective relays for free…

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2014-2016 Kia Soul, Soul EV: Recall Alert

Cars.com – October 19, 2017

2014-2016 Kia Soul, Soul EV: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 342,000 model-year 2014-16 Kia Soul and Soul EV hatchbacks
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The Problem: The pinion plug may allow the pinion gear to separate from the steering gear assembly, which could result in lost steering, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia noted that vehicles previously remedied under older an older recall are being recalled again.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and secure the pinion plug or replace the steering gear assembly, as necessary, for free.
What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners Nov. 16. Owners can call the automaker at 800-333-4542, 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…

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