Mercedes Benz Recalls More Than Four Thousand Vehicles for Incorrect Battery Covers

Laguna Hills, CA – October 31, 2018 – Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe, C300 4Matic Cabrio, E300, E300 4Matic, C300, C300 4Matic, C300 Coupe and C300 Cabrio vehicles. A documentation error may have resulted in a potentially incorrect battery cover to be installed on the starter battery. This recall affects 4,073 vehicles.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, Daimler AG (“DAG”), the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, has determined that on certain 2018 C-Class (205 platform) and E-Class vehicles (213 platform) vehicles, an incorrect cover for the starter battery could have been installed. The incorrect cover may not have the required geometry to provide protection for live electrical components.

Since the cover for the starter battery may not cover the live positive electrical wire, in certain crashes, the vehicle’s strut brace may deform and short circuit the battery. If the battery is shorted, on-board electrical system might not be able to support post-crash functions (such as emergency door unlocking from the outside by an emergency responder, or activation of hazard warning lamps). Unlocking and opening of the doors from the inside is not affected. A short circuit could also lead to an increased risk of fire.

Timeline of Events

DAG’s initial investigations were based on a report from the production plant in September 2018, regarding the installation of wrong positive pole covers for the starter battery. In October 2017, a documentation error following a design change was identified as the root cause of the installation of an incorrect starter battery cover, and the range of potentially affected vehicles was identified by the end of 2018.

Multiple analyses were performed to evaluate possible consequences of the faulty installation, revealing that an incorrect battery cover might not provide the necessary covering for a live electrical cable on the battery. Several standard crash test scenarios were analyzed in detail, and it was determined that in specific crash situations with a heavy deformation of the brace strut, the strut might contact the electrical cable on the starter battery, increasing fire risk. The voluntary recall was ordered at in October 2018.

The Solution

As a precautionary measure an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer will replace the positive pole cover on the affected vehicles, free of charge. MBUSA will notify owners by mail. The recall is expected to begin November 23, 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V- 725.

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2019 Jeep Cherokee: Recall Alert

2019 Jeep Cherokee: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 86,000 model-year 2019 Jeep Cherokee SUVs equipped with 2.4-liter engines

The Problem: Due to a malfunctioning powertrain controller, in rare instances, the affected vehicles will exhibit an engine stall during deceleration, most often while slowing to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jeep manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said the engine may be immediately restarted if a stall occurs. It also said that it’s unaware of any related accidents or injuries.

The Fix: Dealers will reflash the powertrain controller for free…Read more on Cars.com

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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class: Recall Alert

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class: Recall Alert

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Ford Recalls More Than One Million Vehicles for Stalling Issues

Laguna Hills, CA – October 30, 2018 – Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2012-2018 Ford Focus vehicles with a 2.0L GDI or 2.0L GTDI engine due to an issue with the fuel vapor management system. This recall affects 1, 282,586 vehicles.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, this safety recall involves affected vehicles equipped with 2.0L GDI and 2.0L GTDI engines may experience a malfunctioning Canister Purge Valve (CPV) and malfunctioning Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software. If the CPV sticks in “open” position, and the PCM software does not adequately detect the stuck-open CPV. the result can be excessive vacuum in the fuel vapor management system, potentially deforming the fuel tank.

If the vehicle is affected, the customer may observe a Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL), inaccurate or erratic fuel gauge indication, drivability concerns or loss of motive power, but may have no warning at all in case of simultaneous malfunction. An engine stall while driving without warning or without the ability to restart, can increase the risk of a crash.

Timeline of Events

NHTSA contacted Ford on May 29, 2018 regarding consumer complaints alleging loss of motive power on 2012-2014 model year Ford Focus vehicles. Ford reviewed the complaints and associated internal data and discovered information indicating canister purge valve malfunction that could cause excessive vacuum within the fuel system during evaporative emissions monitoring.

Consumer complaints included MIL illumination, fuel gauge inaccuracy, drivability issues, loss of motive power, or costly repairs. An investigative overview of the Focus fuel system operation and reviews of Ford’s data commenced, and on October 15, 2018, Ford’s Field Review Committee approved a field action. Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this issue.

The Solution

Owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) reprogrammed with new software that will detect a malfunctioning CPV and prevent a potential excessive fuel vapor system vacuum condition from occurring. Dealers will check for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) and replace the CPV as necessary. If the CPV is replaced, dealers will inspect and replace the carbon canister, fuel tank and fuel delivery module as necessary. There will be no charge for this service.

Until the vehicle is serviced for this concern customers are advised to maintain at least 1/2 tank of fuel. The recall is expected to begin December 10, 2018. Owners may contact Ford Customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 18S32. Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V- 735.

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2015-2017 RAM 1500, 2500 AND 3500 RECALLED

2015-2017 RAM 1500, 2500 AND 3500 RECALLED

American Special Vehicles has issued a recall for the 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500, over concerns about a defective tailgate latch.

According to the company, the latch might disconnect while the vehicle is driving. If there’s anything unrestrained in the tray, there’s a risk it’ll slide onto the road and create a hazard for other road users.

A total of 663 vehicles built between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017 are included in the campaign…Read more on CarAdvice.com

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MCLAREN INITIATES TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

MCLAREN INITIATES TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

McLaren Automotive has commenced its Takata airbag recall, affecting models sold from 2012 through 2018.

As with all Takata-related notices, vehicles included in the recall could be fitted with airbags that degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.

If the condition occurs and the vehicle is involved in an accident where the airbags are triggered, the metal inflator housing could rupture upon deployment, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.

This poses a high risk of injury, even death to the vehicle’s occupants…Read more on CarAdvice.com

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2016-2017 BMW M3, M4: Recall Alert

2016-2017 BMW M3, M4: Recall Alert

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Recall Alert

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Recall Alert

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Hyundai Recalls More Than 8,000 Santa Fe Vehicles for Faulty Airbags

Laguna Hills, CA – October 29, 2018 – Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles. The Side Curtain Air Bag (SCAB) mounting bolts may interfere with and damage the air bags during deployment. The number of units affected by this recall is 8,204, with a 100% estimated affected rate.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, this safety recall involves subject vehicles which are equipped with Side Curtain Airbags (“SCAB”) that were installed using bolts that could interfere with and damage the airbags during deployment. The bolts were produced with sharp corners on the hexagonal bolt head, increasing the risk of interference with the SCAB during installation. If the SCAB becomes damaged during deployment, the air bag may not inflate properly during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Timeline of Events

On August 8, 2018, Hyundai Motor Company (“HMC”) discovered a torn Side Curtain Airbag (“SCAB”) during an NCAP crash test conducted in Europe. The initial investigation revealed the SCAB could have become damaged due to interference with the bolts which were used to install the airbag and connect them to the body of the vehicle. HMC searched through past crash test records and did not find any previous instances of a deployed, torn SCAB.

On September 3, 2018, HMC conducted internal crash testing. This test successfully replicated the damage to the SCAB and confirmed that it was caused by interference from the mounting bolts. HMC immediately notified all regional distributors of vehicles using these specific bolts, and subsequently convened its Technical Committee on October 2, 2018 and began voluntary safety recall to address the condition in the subject vehicles. Hyundai has not, to date, been made aware of any incidents, crashes, or injuries related to this defect.

The Solution

Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover over the SCAB installation bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 30, 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 177.

Owners may also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V-715.

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Mercedes Benz Recalls an Additional Nearly 4,000 Vehicles for Seat Belt Issues

Laguna Hills, CA – October 26, 2018 – Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling roughly four thousand 2016-2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 and GLC300 4Matic, 2018 GLC350e and GLC63 AMG 4Matic and 2017-2018 GLC43 AMG 4Matic vehicles due to seat belts which can become unusable due to a missing element. This is in addition to over 100,000 vehicles recalled for the same issue in March of 2018.

The Defect

According to the NHTSA Recall Safety Report, an error during production led to felt strips not having been applied between the C-pillar and rear side paneling according to current production specification.   The outboard rear seats’ seat belt latch plates, which are intended to insert into the buckles, may retract into the interior paneling, becoming inaccessible and preventing vehicle occupants from being able to use them. The probability of occurrence is generally low, but if a rear seat passenger does not fasten the seatbelt, there is an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Timeline of Events

In the beginning of February 2018, DAG launched an inquiry into two complaints of customers about the seat belt issue. The subsequent investigations showed that the described defect was reproducible under specific conditions, and that a geometrical design of the paneling parts was the root cause of the problem. The range of vehicles was examined for potential safety concerns, in early March 2018, DAG recalled 116,000 vehicles under recall notice 18V177. The current recall relates to an additional 4,079 vehicles identified in early September that also may not have had the necessary felt strips installed during the production process.

The Solution

MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will install felt strips between the C-pillar and rear side paneling, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 2, 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA’s number for this recall is 2018100002. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 18V683000.

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