Nissan recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Franklin, Tenn. – July 20, 2018 – Nissan North America has recalled more than 104,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective Takata air bag assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The campaign affects 2010-2011 Nissan Versa sedans produced between Sept. 5, 2009, and July 1, 2011, as well as 2010-2012 Nissan Versa hatchbacks assembled between Sept. 5, 2009, and Dec. 21, 2012. The Japanese automaker suspects just 1 percent of the models referenced in the recall contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain air bag assemblies with Takata non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate inflators prone to propellant degradation. When exposed to high-humidity or -temperature environments, the propellant granules in these parts may deteriorate, prompting the inflator to explode and break apart during air bag deployment. In such an event, shrapnel may fly through the cabin at high speeds. This defect therefore poses a serious safety hazard to occupants.

The defective components involved in this action are part of a larger, multi-year campaign involving approximately 37 million vehicles across more than a dozen brands, according to the NHTSA. These Takata air bag assemblies have claimed the lives of 15 individuals in the U.S. and injured hundreds more, according to Consumer Reports.

Timeline of Events

Nissan met with NHTSA officials in May 2018 and expressed the desire to accelerate a recall effort involving a number of potentially dangerous Takata air bag assemblies installed in 2010-2012 Nissan Versa sedans and hatchbacks. The agency support this decision and issued its approval June 6, 2018. Two days later, the car manufacturer greenlit a voluntary safety recall.

Nissan notified dealers of the forthcoming action June 15, 2018.

The Solution

The automaker has directed dealers to replace the defective air bag assemblies in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. Nissan notified owners via first-class mail July 9, 2018. Those in need of additional assistance can speak with Nissan customer service personnel by calling (800) 867-7669. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Chrysler recalls vehicles with defective rearview cameras

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 13, 2018 – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled more than 1,700 vehicles potentially equipped with defective rearview cameras, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The campaign affects 2018 Dodge Journey sport utility vehicles produced between May 1, 2018, and May 25, 2018. The American automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective parts.

The Defect

The affected vehicles contain rearview mirror displays with integrated cameras. When in operating in reverse, drivers viewing their progress in dash-mounted displays may encounter cautionary text that obscures their view and therefore increases the likelihood of an accident.

In addition to posing a serious hazard to occupants, the defective cameras violate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 111, which mandates that all manufacturers ensure all models facilitate “clear and reasonably unobstructed view{s} to the rear.”

FCA has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Quality assurance personnel at the Toluca Assembly Plant in Toluca, Mexico conducted rearview mirror compliance tests May 21, 2018, and found that cautionary text displayed in conjunction with the rearview camera view inhibited visibility. One day later, engineers confirmed the presence of the defect and notified the FCA Safety and Regulatory Compliance, which quickly initiated a noncompliance investigation.

Members of the Vehicle Regulations Committee reviewed the matter on June 7, 2018, following the conclusion of the inquiry and, based on the evidence uncovered in the investigation, recommended for an immediate voluntary safety recall.

The Solution

FCA intends to direct dealers to replace the rearview mirrors in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The automaker will notify both dealers and owners on or around Aug. 3, 2018. Individuals in possession of the recalled models can expect to receive notification via first-class mail.

Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the campaign can speak with FCA customer service staff by calling (800) 853-1403. Callers should use the internal recall identification code U58. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective brake components

 

Dearborn, Mich. – July 13, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 1,400 vehicles potentially equipped with defective brake components, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The campaign affects 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 Super Duty pickup trucks produced between Jan. 26, 2018, and March 13, 2018. The American automaker suspects all of the vehicles involved in the action contain the defective components.

The Defect

The affected models feature primary and secondary brake hose assemblies with ineffective corrosion coating. These fixtures, which are located near the master cylinder and hydraulic control unit, are susceptible to crippling oxidization as a result. In the event that this does occur, brake fluid leakage could occur, eventually resulting in drastically reduced braking functionality.

This defect increases the likelihood of an accident and therefore poses a serious safety hazard to occupants. However, Ford has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Members of the Ford Critical Concern Review Group received a report in March 2018 that referenced a vendor communication that seemed to indicate some vehicles had been equipped with defective brake hose assemblies.

The Mexican supplier Martinrea International had explained that numerous brake hoses had been shipped from its facility in Saltillo, Mexico to a Ford assembly site Avon Lake, Ohio without proper corrosion coating. The vendor had also informed Ford engineers that the hoses would lose 50 percent of their metal thickness over the course of 4.5 years.

The CCRG reviewed this information, along with internal test results from the Ford engineering group, and requested additional information. Throughout April and May 2018, engineers from both Ford and Martinrea International performed additional assessments and looked over production and shipment logs to determine the breadth of the problem.

The CCRG reconvened June 4, 2018, and decided that a voluntary safety recall was necessary.

Ford notified dealers of the impending action June 12, 2018.

The Solution

The automaker has directed dealers to replace the brake hose assemblies in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Ford will reach out to dealers via first-class mail between July 9, 2018, and July 13, 2018.

Owners in need of additional assistance can speak with Ford customer service personnel by calling (866) 436-7332. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 18S19. Owners may also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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GM recalls vehicles with defective passenger presence systems

 

Warren, Mich. – July 13, 2018 – General Motors has recalled more than five dozen vehicles potentially equipped with defective passenger presence systems, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The campaign affects 2016-2018 Chevrolet Malibu sedans produced between Nov. 20, 2015, and Sept. 8, 2017. The American automaker suspects all of the vehicles involved in the action contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected models contain replacement PPS assemblies that were installed as part of an earlier service initiative. However, these features, which are designed to detect seated passengers and signal the air bags to deploy in the event of an accident, contain miscalibrated parts.

These flawed components may cause the PPS software to misclassify children or smaller adults, inhibiting air bag functionality during collisions. The defect therefore poses a serious safety hazard to passengers. That said, GM has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic PPS assemblies to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On Feb. 8, 2018, a GM engineer managing the PPS replacement initiative noticed that the part numbers for a number of the substitute PPS assemblies installed in 2016-2018 Chevrolet Malibu sedans were incorrect. This error indicated that some dealers may have installed the wrong replacement parts in some vehicles – specifically, PPS software not calibrated to the correct vehicle seat position.

Five days later, the design release engineer who discovered the issue notified the GM corporate office via the company’s Speak Up For Safety program. The engineer then began releasing work orders in an effort to address the issue proactively and did so until March 14, 2018.

On March 16, 2018, GM launched an official internal investigation. The automaker found that the GM engineering team had released two replacement PPS assemblies as part of the earlier repair initiative: one made for vehicles with vented seats and another made for vehicles with non-vented seats. Due to a part numbering mishap, these two components were mislabeled, meaning a number of dealers had likely installed incompatible parts in numerous 2016-2018 Chevrolet Malibu sedans and had unknowingly created a serious safety hazard.

GM evaluated the issue May 25, 2018, and decided that a voluntary safety recall was necessary.

The automaker informed dealers June 14, 2018.

The Solution

GM has directed dealers to replace the front PPS assemblies in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. However, the car manufacturer has yet to release an owner notification timetable.

Owners in need of assistance can speak with GM customer service personnel by calling (800) 222-1020. Callers should use the internal recall identification number 18208. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Lamborghini recalls vehicles with defective engine components

 

Bologna, Italy – July 11, 2018 – Lamborghini has approximately 1,700 vehicles potentially equipped with defective engine software, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2012-2018 Lamborghini Aventador Coupes and Roadsters produced between March 22, 2011, and Oct. 14, 2017.

The Italian automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain engines that may suddenly stall when running at fewer than 2,000 revolutions per minute. Unexpected engine shutoff may inhibit braking and steering functionality, ultimately increasing the likelihood of an accident. The defect therefore poses a serious risk to occupants. However, Lamborghini has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to any collisions or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Lamborghini received multiple field reports throughout the final months of 2017 that outlined instances of stalling. The sports car manufacturer launched an internal investigation in response and identified problematic engine software as the root cause of the issue. Apparently, the affected vehicles had been outfitted with engine management programs with incorrect fuel flow estimations, a flaw that results in unexpected stalling in low-RPM situations.

Members of the Lamborghini Product Safety Committee convened June 6, 2018, and decided to launch a voluntary safety recall campaign.

The Decision

The automaker intends to direct dealers to update the engine software in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The company will notify dealers July 27, 2018, and reach out to owners via registered mail Aug. 31, 2018. Owners in need or assistance prior to the start of the recall campaign can speak with Lamborghini customer service personnel by calling (866) 681-6276. Callers should the internal recall reference code L73X-R.02.18. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective fuel pumps

 

Dearborn, Mich. – July 11, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 5,600 vehicles potentially equipped with defective fuel pump assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects models across multiple brands, including:

  • 2018 Ford Expedition sport utility vehicles produced between March 14, 2018, and April 12, 2018.
  • 2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks produced between March 14, 2018, and April 24, 2018.
  • 2018 Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicles produced between Feb. 20, 2018, and May 6, 2018.

The American automaker is unsure how many of the recalled vehicles actually contain defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain high-pressure fuel pump assemblies with potentially problematic welds connecting pump housings and mounting flanges. These joints may experience high-cycle fatigue and eventually crack. In the event that such separation occurs, the sealing integrity of nearby cam covers may be compromised, resulting in oil spillage and increasing the likelihood of engine fire. The defect therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants. However, Ford has yet to receive reports connecting the defective fuel pump assemblies to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Members of the Ford Critical Concern Review Group convened in May 2018 to discuss an internal quality assurance report that detailed multiple instances in which high-pressure fuel pumps were welded with misaligned lasers, resulting in problematic welds joining the pump housings and mounting flanges. Pump supplier Robert Bosch had spotted the issue and informed QA personnel, who then brought the issue to the attention of the CCR.

Following the CCR meeting, Ford initiated tests to determine the engineering impact of the potentially defective parts. This inquiry revealed that weld breakage and subsequent oil spillage were possible. A computer simulation confirmed this finding. The Ford Field Review Committee took up the issue June 4, 2018, and decided that a voluntary safety recall was necessary.

Ford notified dealers of the forthcoming action June 12, 2018.

The Solution

The car manufacturer will replace the high-pressure fuel pumps in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. Ford intends to reach out to owners via first-class mail between July 16, 2018, and July 20, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the campaign can connect with Ford customer service personnel by calling (866) 436-7332. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 18S17. Individuals in possession of the recalled vehicles also contact the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Mazda recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Washington, D.C. – July 10, 2018 – Mazda North American Operations has recalled almost 270,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective Takata air bag assemblies, according to documentation given to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign involves multiple models, including:

  • 2003-2008 Mazda Mazda6 sedans produced between May 29, 2002, and May 5, 2008.
  • 2006-2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed6 performance sedans produced between June 1, 2005, and June 29, 2007.
  • 2004-2006 Mazda MPV station wagons produced between Aug. 20, 2003, and April 28, 2008.

The Japanese automaker suspects just 1 percent of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain air bag assemblies featuring Takata air bag inflators with ammonium nitrate-based propellant that is susceptible to degradation when exposed to high heat or humidity. In the event that propellant breakdown does occur, the inflator may explode upon air bag deployment, sending metal shards flying throughout the vehicle cabin. This defect therefore poses great danger to occupants.

The Takata air bag assemblies involved in this action are part of a larger recall campaign stretching back more than five years and involving 37 million vehicles across a dozen or so brands, according to the NHTSA. The agency has linked 23 deaths and more than 300 injuries to these components.

Timeline of Events

The NHTSA and Takata met May 4, 2016, to discuss the possibility of recalling vehicles with non-desiccated phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate front air bag inflators. These models had not been included previous recall campaigns. The two parties ultimately decided to recall these vehicles. Almost two weeks later, the air bag vendor submitted an official defect information report to the NHTSA.

On May 17, 2018, Takata informed Mazda of the forthcoming action. Members of the Mazda Quality Audit Committee convened a day after this communication and chose to conduct a recall campaign that included a number of models equipped with PSAN inflators. Dealers managed to install temporary replacements in all of these vehicles.

On June 15, 2018, permanent replacement air bag inflators became available, prompting the automaker to issue another recall.

The car company informed dealers of the recall July 3, 2018, according to a notification email submitted to the NHTSA.

The Solution

Mazda has directed dealers to replace the air bag inflators in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. The vehicle manufacturer intended to reach out to owners via first-class mail by July 6, 2018.

Those in need of additional assistance can speak with Mazda customer service personnel by calling (800) 222-5500 and selecting option four. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 2618F. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 10, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 800 vehicles potentially equipped with defective air bag assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2018 Volkswagen Atlas sport utility vehicles produced between April 18, 2018, and May 3, 2018, along with 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs manufactured between March 10, 2018, and May 19, 2018.

The German automaker is unsure just how many of the vehicles actually contain the defective components.

The Defect

Affected models feature frontal air bag assemblies that may unfold improperly or tear during deployment. This defect drastically increases the likelihood of injury in the event of an accident and therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic components to any collisions or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On April 17, 2018, Key Safety Systems of Mexico, an air bag supplier, informed Volkswagen of Mexico that some of its shipped assemblies failed to pass conformity of product tests. The vendor initiated root cause internal analysis following this communication.

On May 7, 2018, members of the Volkswagen of Mexico Preproduct Safety Committee convened to evaluate the issue. The group decided that further analysis was required and referred the matter to its global counterpart, the Volkswagen AG Preproduct Safety Committee.

Nine days later, the Volkswagen AG PPSC received a report that revealed vehicles assembled at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee had been equipped with seemingly defective air bags. This prompted the Volkswagen of Mexico Product Safety Group to intervene on May 17, 2018. This group, in conjunction its global peer, decided on May 30, 2018, that the defect posed a serious hazard to occupants and therefore warranted a voluntary safety recall.

The Solution

Volkswagen will direct dealers to replace the frontal air bags in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The automaker intends to inform dealers of the forthcoming action Aug. 2, 2018, and reach out to owners via first-class mail Aug. 3, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the recall can reach Volkswagen customer service by calling (800) 893-5298. Callers should use the internal recall reference codes 69W8 and 69W9. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA through its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective air bags

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 5, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 2,500 vehicles potentially equipped with defective air bag assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects multiple models, including:

  • 2003 Volkswagen EuroVan and EuroVan Camper minivans produced between July 15, 2002, and Aug. 21, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen EuroVan Chassis produced between July 22, 2002, and Aug. 13, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks produced between Oct. 29, 20002, and Dec. 18, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen Jetta sedans produced between Aug. 14, 2002, and Sept. 28, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wagons produced between July 25, 2002, and Aug. 10, 2002.
  • 2003 Volkswagen Passat sedans produced between June 27, 2002, and Sept. 5, 2002.

The German automaker suspects all of the models named in the recall contain the defective safety features.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain front air bag assemblies with inflators prone to humidity-driven propellant deterioration. In the event that this phenomenon occurs, the metal inflator my explode during air bag deployment, sending shrapnel flying throughout the vehicle cabin. The defect therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive field reports connecting the defective air bag components to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

In November 2017, Volkswagen, in partnership with its air bag supplier, the ZF Group, launched an investigation following an apparent inflator rupture in the Chinese market. The inquiry revealed that such an event had not unfolded. However, the two companies decided to conduct further tests in house to assess the potential for inflator rupture. These analyses, which began in January 2018 and concluded in March 2018, revealed that humidity-related propellant deterioration was possible. This prompted the ZF Group to launch its own series of tests.

Soon after the vendor initiated its internal inquiry, it received word of another possible inflator rupture. The parts installed in the vehicles were from a suspect lot produced in 2002. This allowed Volkswagen and the ZF Group to narrow down the population of affected vehicles.

The Volkswagen Pre Product Safety Committee reviewed the matter May 14, 2018, and requested additional information. Following the delivery of this data, the issue was passed to the Product Safety Committee, whose members determined on June 6, 2018, that a voluntary recall campaign was necessary.

The Solution

Volkswagen will direct dealers to replace the frontal air bag inflators in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The automaker intends to notify both dealers and owners of the forthcoming Aug. 12, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the recall can reach out to Volkswagen customer service personnel by calling (800) 893-5298. They can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Volkswagen recalls vehicles with defective brake components

 

Auburn Hills, Mich. – July 5, 2018 – Volkswagen Group of America has recalled more than 10,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective brake components, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects models across multiple brands, including:

  • 2018 Audi Q5 sport utility vehicles produced between March 20, 2018, and May 12, 2018.
  • 2018 Audi SQ5 performance sport utility vehicles produced between March 20, 2018, and May 11, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Atlas sport utility vehicles produced between April 9, 2018, and June 4, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Beetle sedans and convertibles produced between March 21, 2018, and May 16, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen GTI hatchbacks produced between March 21, 2018, and May 23, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks produced between March 21, 2018, and May 25, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen sedans produced between March 21, 2018, and May 23, 2018.
  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat sedans March 21, 2018, and May 16, 2018.

The German automaker unsure how many of the recalled vehicles actually contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain brake caliber pistons with flawed chrome coating. This defect may allow gas bubbles to form within the braking system, ultimately inhibiting brake performance. Consequently, the problematic coating poses a serious safety hazard for occupants. However, Volkswagen has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

On May 17, 2018, Volkswagen engineers at an assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee came across multiple finished vehicles with low or soft brake pedals. This finding forced the vehicle manufacturer to stop shipment immediately and initiate an official investigation. Twenty four hours later, Volkswagen initiated a stop-shipment order for in-transit vehicles.

Then, on May 21, 2018, Kelsey-Hayes Company, the vendor that supplied the problematic brake calibers, informed Volkswagen that some of its brake calibers were not properly coated. Following this revelation, the Volkswagen Product Safety Committee reviewed the issue and decided to halt the sale of all vehicles potentially equipped with the defective parts.

Over this time, Audi engineering teams also discovered newly manufactured vehicles with low or soft braking systems. Audi launched a stop-sale initiative June 1, 2018.

Members of the Volkswagen PSC reconvened June 29, 2018, and chose to initiate a voluntary safety recall campaign.

The Solution

The German automaker will direct dealers to inspect the braking systems installed in affected vehicles and, if necessary, bleed them free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. Volkswagen intends to notify dealers of the forthcoming action July 30, 2018, and reach out to customers via first-class mail July 31, 2018. However, owners in need of assistance prior to the official start of the recall can speak with Volkswagen customer service personnel by calling (800) 893-5298. They can also connect directly with the NHTSA via its Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

 

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