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…
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.
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…
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 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…
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…
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling about 310,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. to fix shift levers that could move out of park, perhaps causing the vehicle to roll away.
The recall affects 2005-07, 2009 and 2010 Siennas, the automaker’s North American unit said Wednesday in a statement.
“Grease inside the shift lever assembly could transfer to other internal components,” causing them to malfunction, Toyota said. The problem may cause the shift lever to slip out of park without the brake being pressed. This could cause the vehicle to roll away and may lead to a crash…
Ford door latch recall: Automaker to repair 1.3 million F-150, Super Duty pickup trucks
A failure to design and manufacture high-quality door latches has triggered another major recall at Ford, this time involving the most popular vehicle in the U.S. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said Wednesday that it would recall about 1.34 million pickup trucks in North America to fix a defect that could cause doors to swing open while driving. The recall affects certain 2015 through 2017 model-year F-150 trucks — the nation’s best seller — and certain 2017 Super-Duty F-series trucks…
Almost half a million Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the U.S. recalled for airbag issue
Over one million Mercedes-Benz vehicles worldwide have been recalled this week due to faulty wiring that can cause the driver-side airbag to spontaneously deploy.
The problem lies in the steering column, where an electrostatic discharge, a broken clock spring and insufficient grounding can sometimes lead to the airbag inadvertently deploying. To fix this issue, the German automaker’s recall will add new grounding to the steering components…
Tesla Inc. has recalled approximately 11,000 vehicles with defective backseat assemblies, The Associated Press reported. The campaign affects 2017 Tesla Model X sport utility vehicles with production dates ranging from Oct. 28, 2016 to Aug. 16, 2017. The automaker suspects 3 percent of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective components.
Affected models are equipped with backseat assemblies with improperly installed seat cables. These fixtures prevent the left seat from locking when upright, which poses a serious safety hazard, as the seat may move forward suddenly during a collision. However, Tesla has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries…
Mitsubishi recalls Lancer again for Takata inflator
Hyundai Motor America is recalling 197 model year 2018 Santa Fe Sport vehicles.
The front coil springs may have been improperly manufactured and, as a result, may fracture under certain loads while the vehicle is being driven
A coil spring fracture can puncture the tire, causing a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
What to do
The affected vehicles are currently unsold on dealer lots. Dealers will replace both front coil springs, free of charge prior to the vehicle’s sale…