Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective fuel pumps

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 31, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 6,600 vehicles potentially equipped with defective fuel pumps, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models across the Audi brand, including:

  • 2013-2015 Audi S8 sedans produced between June 27, 2012, and Oct. 21, 2014.
  • 2013-2015 Audi A8 sedans produced between June 11, 2012, and Aug. 1, 2014.

The German automaker suspects all of the vehicles named in the recall contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain high-pressure fuel pumps with porous fuel lines prone to leakage. These fixtures greatly increase the likelihood of engine fire and therefore pose a serious hazard to occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Audi AG began receiving field reports outlining instances of fuel leakage throughout the fourth quarter of 2016. This trend continued into 2017, leading the brand to launch an official investigation. In May 2017, members of the Audi AG Product Safety Committee reviewed the issue and directed engineering teams to collect parts from the field for further analysis. This unfolded between June and September. The tests engineers conducted over this span revealed that the high-pressure fuel pumps in affected vehicles were equipped with fuel lines that grew porous over time, leading to leakage. The Audi AG PSC evaluated these findings and called for an in-depth root cause investigation.

Between November 2017 and May 2018, Audi engineers analyzed additional field reports, all of which originated from the U.S. and Canadian markets, and conducted technical reviews of industry-standard fuel line assemblies. However, these tests failed to reveal the root cause of the defect. On June 18, 2018, members of the Audi AG PSC convened again to make a final determination on the issue. The group ultimately chose to greenlight a voluntary safety recall.

The Solution

Audi will direct dealers to replace the fuel lines in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The automaker intends to notify both dealers and owners Aug. 21, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the campaign can speak with Audi customer service personnel by calling (800) 253-2834. Callers should use the recall identification code 20AV. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly by using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

 

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Mercedes-AMG G65 recalled for high-speed rollovers in reverse

Mercedes-AMG G65 recalled for high-speed rollovers in reverse

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for approximately 20 examples of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG G65. The affected vehicles carry build dates between Sept. 6, 2016 and Oct. 10, 2016.

The problem involves driving in reverse, which is your first clue that it’s kind of a weird quirk. Evidently, the vehicles in these build dates don’t have the proper speed limiter in reverse. Thus, if an affected vehicle accelerates above 16 mph in reverse and makes an abrupt steering input, the vehicle has a chance of rolling over, which drastically increases the risk of injury…Read more on CNet.com/Roadshow

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SUBARU RECALLS FORESTER SUVS FOR INCORRECT LABELS

SUBARU RECALLS FORESTER SUVS FOR INCORRECT LABELS

Automakers seem to be having trouble selling new vehicles with the correct labels to indicate wheel and tire size, maximum vehicle weight, maximum number of occupants and things such as correct tire pressure levels.

Now the problem has hit Subaru and more than 3,600 of its 2018 Forester SUVs.

The automaker learned in January 2018 about the labels having incorrect wheel and tire size information, in addition to the wrong tire pressure recommendations…Read more on CarComplaints.com

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2018-2019 BMW X3, X4: Recall Alert

2018-2019 BMW X3, X4: Recall Alert

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2017-2018 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG C-Class: Recall Alert

2017-2018 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG C-Class: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 10,800 model-year 2017-18 Mercedes-Benz C300 and C300 4Matic cabriolets; and Mercedes-AMG C43 cabriolets, C63 cabriolets and C63S cabriolets

The Problem: Due to a bonding issue introduced in the production process, the rear beltline trim may separate from the vehicle, which could become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the rear beltline trim and replace the trim if necessary for free…Read more on Cars.com

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Volkswagen Golf, SportWagen rollaway recall affects 33,000 cars

Volkswagen Golf, SportWagen rollaway recall affects 33,000 cars

Volkswagen is recalling 33,168 vehicles because drivers could inadvertently remove the car when the transmission is not in “Park,” potentially allowing rollaway accidents and violating the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards rule 104. The recall affects versions of the 2015-2018 Golf and Golf SportWagen equipped with automatic transmissions.

The problem stems from microswitches that are supposed to detect the position of the ignition switch and prevent the key from being removed…Read more on cnet.com/roadshow

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GM recalls vehicles with defective child restraint features

 

Warren, Mich. – July 26, 2018 – General Motors has recalled more than 22,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective child restraint components, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2016-2018 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedans produced between Sept. 4, 2015, and Sept. 21, 2017. The American automaker suspects 90 percent of the models involved in the action contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles feature inboard child restraint anchorage bars containing excess adhesive. As a result, the diameter of these components may surpass factory standards and interfere with the installation of child seats. This defect therefore poses a serious safety hazard to young passengers. However, GM has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries. In addition to creating a safety risk for passengers, the defect violates Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 225, which states that all vehicles sold in the U.S. must have child restraint anchorages that are “accessible without the need for any tools other than a screwdriver or coin {and}, once accessed, be ready for use without the need for any tools.”

Timeline of Events

On February 15, 2018, a GM quality assurance employee inspecting a recently assembled 2018 Cadillac CT6 discovered what appeared to be excess body adhesive on one of the vehicle’s inboard child restrain anchorage bars. Nine days later, another worker discovered additional vehicles with the same issue, prompting him to file an official report through the automaker’s internal Speak Up For Safety program. GM investigated the claim and found no field reports detailing incidents related to the issue. Despite these findings, the car company decided to widen the scope of the inquiry to include 2016 and 2017 Cadillac CT6 sedans on April 10, 2018. The investigation would also assess whether the flaw violated FMVSS 225.

Over the course of the expanded investigation, GM failed to find field reports mentioning 2016-2018 Cadillac CT6 sedans with defective child restraint anchorage bars. However, the car manufacturer chose to continue the inquiry. Throughout May and June 2018, GM engineers inspected dealership- and employee-owned Cadillac CT6 sedans. The company also conducted tests to determine if the adhesive-covered bars inhibited child safety seat installation and measured these fixtures to determine if their diameters changed due to the defect.

This investigation revealed several key pieces of information. First off, all of the vehicles that exhibited the defect seemed to originate from the GM assembly plant located in Detroit, which has amended its body adhesive application process in September 2017. This production line change ultimately caused the defect. GM engineers also managed to confirm the excess body adhesive did alter the diameter of the inboard child restraint anchorage bars, making them incompatible with most car seat models. Lastly, the investigation showed that the bars did violate FMVSS 225.

On June 21, 2018, the members of the GM Safety and Field Action Decision Authority convened and reviewed the issue. After evaluating the data from both inquiries, the group chose to initiate a voluntary safety recall.

GM notified dealers of the forthcoming action June 28, 2018.

The Solution

The automaker has directed dealers to inspect the inboard child restraint anchorage bars installed in recalled vehicles, remove any excess body adhesive and apply anti-corrosion coating, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Technicians will perform this work free of charge. GM has yet to release a timetable for owner notification. However, those who need assistance can speak with GM customer service personnel by calling (800) 458-8006. Callers should use the internal recall reference number 18228. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly via the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

 

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BMW recalls vehicles with defective control arms

 

Westwood, N.J. – July 26, 2018 – BMW of North America has recalled more than three dozen vehicles potentially equipped with defective front lower control arms, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models produced between June 9 and June 11, 2018, including:

  • 2018 BMW X-5 xDrive35i and xDrive50i sport utility vehicles.
  • 2018 BMW X-5 xDrive35d sport utility vehicles.
  • 2018 BMW X-6 sDrive35i sport utility vehicles.

The German automaker suspects just 3 percent of the models involved in the recall contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles could contain front lower control arms with insufficiently hardened pivot bolts prone to breakage. In the event that these components fail, the control arm may cease operation, leading to a sudden and sharp decline in vehicle handling functionality. The defect therefore poses a serious safety hazard to occupants. However, BMW has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic parts to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On June 15, 2018, THK Rhythm Automotive Canada, the supplier of the control arms used in the recalled vehicles, contacted BMW and revealed that numerous units may not have been hardened properly due to a production error. Following this communication, the vendor conducted a review to see how many of the defective control arms were shipped to the vehicle manufacturer. After receiving this data, BMW evaluated its production records and pinpointed the vehicles that could have been equipped with the problematic control arms.

On June 21, 2018, the automaker launched a voluntary safety recall to address the issue. The company informed dealers of the forthcoming action June 28, 2018.

The Solution

BMW has directed dealers to replace the front lower control arms in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Owners should expect to receive further details about the recall via first-class mail Aug. 20, 2018. Those in need of assistance prior to the start of the campaign can speak with BMW customer service personnel by calling (800) 525-7417. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Toyota recalls vehicles with defective engine components

 

Plano, Texas – July 25, 2018 – Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing has recalled more than 114,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective engine components, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models across the Lexus brand, including:

  • 2007-2011 Lexus GS 350 sedans produced between June 19, 2006, and Aug. 28, 2011.
  • 2007-2011 Lexus GS 450h sedans produced between Sept. 26, 2005, and Aug. 23, 2011.
  • 2006-2013 Lexus IS 350 sedans produced between May 27, 2005, and March 19, 2013.
  • 2010-2014 Lexus IS 350c sedans produced between Nov. 25, 2008, and Aug. 5, 2014.

The Japanese automaker is unsure how many of the recalled models actually contain defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain 3.5-liter engines with intake port fuel injection systems featuring gasoline delivery pipes and pulsation dampers. The material used for the diaphragms in the pulsation dampers can thicken after coming into contact with fuel containing high concentrations of ethanol. Over time, hardening may give way to cracking, which, in turn, could lead to fuel leakage and engine fire. The defect therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants. However, Toyota has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

The car manufacturer has yet to release details into the investigation that uncovered the defect. That said, the company has confirmed that it notified dealers of the impending recall campaign June 26, 2018.

The Solution

Toyota has directed dealers to replace the fuel delivery pipes and pulsation dampers in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The automaker intends to reach out to owners via first-class mail on or around Aug. 9, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the recall can speak with Toyota customer service personnel by calling (800) 255-3987. Callers should use the internal recall identification code JLF. Of course, owners can also contact the NHTSA directly by using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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