Ford Recalls More Than One Million F-150 Trucks for Transmission Issues

 

Detroit – February 11, 2019 – Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2011-2013 F-150 vehicles equipped with a problematic 6-speed automatic transmission. Up to 1,263,051 2011-2013 model year F-150s equipped with 6R80 automatic transmission may be affected.

The Defect

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ford has identified various causal factors of an intermittent transmission output speed sensor signal in this population of vehicles, including contamination, power short to ground, connector corrosion, connector pin swaging, and incorrect outputs from the OSS. Some vehicles may experience an intermittent loss of the transmission OSS signal within the powertrain control module, potentially resulting in a temporary, unintended downshift into first gear.

Depending on the vehicle speed at the time of an intermittent OSS failure, an abrupt transmission downshift to first gear could occur. A downshift to first gear without warning could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. A downshift to first gear may illuminate a malfunction indicator light. In some cases, the OSS signal could recover while driving and the vehicle will resume normal function; in other cases, the affected vehicle may need to be stopped and restarted to regain normal transmission operation.

Timeline of Events

According to the Ford’s chronology report submitted to the NHTSA, in April 2016 Ford’s Field Review Committee noted that certain 2011-2012 MY F-150, and 2012-2013 MY Expedition, Navigator, and Mustang vehicles equipped with 6R80 transmissions were experienced unplanned downshifts related to intermittent failures of the OSS. The investigation identified that an equipment maintenance issue at the lead frame supplier could lead to a solder joint fatigue crack in the OSS circuit.  Between May 2016 and December 2017, Ford continued to monitor reports for other vehicles with 6R80 transmissions and transmission driveability concerns related to OSS sensors, but analysis found that nearly 98 percent of reports did not result in a downshift into first gear with wheel slip.

Between January and December 2018 Ford continued to obtain and analyze parts from complaint vehicles, and found no attributable pattern of intermittent OSS signal loss in vehicles outside of the recalled group. Ford is aware of five reports of accidents, including one of “whiplash,” potentially related to this condition. On Feb. 4, 2019, Ford’s FRC reviewed the concern and approved a voluntary recall of the primary population of vehicles with known OSS issues.

The Solution

According to the NHTSA, Ford will notify owners whose vehicles are affected by the recall on or around March 4, 2019. Dealers will reprogram the Powertrain Control Module with software that will prevent an unintended downshift into first gear and illuminate the MIL in the event of an intermittent OSS signal, free of charge. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 19S07. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign Number for this recall is 19V075000.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls More Than 660,000 Ram Pickups for Faulty Steering Linkage

 

London – Feb. 7, 2019 – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling more than 573,000 heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. alone, including 2014-2017 Ram 2500 pickups and 2013-2017 Ram 3500 pickups and chassis-cab trucks, due to a serious potential steering issue. The problem stems from a steering-linkage configuration that can catastrophically fail over time. The recall will ultimately affect more than 660,000 heavy-duty trucks worldwide.

The Defect

According to Consumer Reports, the linkage that connects the truck’s steering with its front wheels could separate over time, due to a loose nut. As a result, drivers may experience a loss of steering control. Loss of steering, especially at high speeds, can increase the risk of serious crash and potentially cause injury or even death.

Timeline of Events

According to a safety bulletin released by FCA, the recall follows a December 2018 investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into steering failures on some Ram trucks. The inquiry began after the agency received two complaints from owners that the linkage between the steering box and the front wheels can separate. In the FCA’s press release, the auto manufacturer announced that it is currently aware of one injury and eight crashes that may have been caused, at least in part, by this issue.

Vehicles recalled include:

  • 2014-2017 Ram 2500 pickups
  • 2013-2017 Ram 3500 pickups
  • 2013-2017 Ram chassis cab trucks

Additional vehicles will be subject to recall in Canada (an estimated 62,734 trucks), Mexico (est. 17,682) and certain markets outside the three biggest North American nations (est. 5,837). The NHTSA has not yet provided more details on this recall, or the sequence of events leading to the announcement.

The Solution

According to reporting from CBS, customers will be advised regarding when they may schedule service to address the potential linkage issue. FCA doesn’t have a specific date yet for owners of the affected trucks to be notified, but stated that it will do so before April 2019.

Dealers will inspect a steering linkage nut: If it’s properly tightened, it will be welded to a sleeve to keep it in place, and if it’s loose, the steering assembly will be replaced outright. The replacement or repair of any faulty parts will be completed at no charge to owners. Owners can contact FCA at 1-800-853-1403 to learn more. They can also reach out to the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA has yet to issue a recall number for this campaign.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls More than 220,000 2019 Ram 1500 Pickups Due to Detachable Brake Pedal.

 

Laguna Hills, CA – February 6, 2019 – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling more than 193,000 of their newly released 2019 Ram 1500 pickup trucks with adjustable pedals due to a possibility that the brake pedal may detach. The recall is expected to affect roughly 222,000 model-year 2019 Ram 1500 pickups worldwide that are equipped with the adjustable pedals. The 2019 Ram Classic is not affected by this recall.

The Defect

According to Consumer Affairs, affected vehicles have electrically operated adjustable brake pedals to allow drivers of different heights to comfortably position the gas and brake pedals closer to them, or further away from them, depending on their height and leg length. FCA said these Ram brake pedals may detach if drivers adjust them to their rearmost positions. Lack of braking power can potentially lead to a crash, injury and even death.

Timeline of Events

According to a safety bulletin released by FCA, an FCA US investigation researched vehicles that have been equipped with the pedal adjustment feature. The adjustment process, which is activated by a switch and operated with an electric motor, is recommended for use only when the vehicle is stationary as it enables a driver to adjust pedal position.

The investigation found that drivers activating the feature to move pedals to their rear-most position may, in vehicles that have a particular defect in design, cause the integrity of the brake pedal assembly to become compromised which can lead to detachment of the brake pedal.

Additional vehicles will be subject to recall in Canada (est. 22,111), Mexico (est. 783) and certain regions outside the North American market (est. 5,487). The NHTSA has not yet provided more details on this recall or the sequence of events leading to the announcement.

FCA US stated that the company is currently unaware of any related injuries or accidents. However, customers affected by this recall are urged to refrain from using the adjustable-pedal feature until their vehicles are serviced, and also to never use the adjustable-pedal feature while driving. More information can be found in owner manuals.

The Solution

According to the FCA bulletin, dealers will “further secure the brake pedal” at no charge to owners. FCA says it will notify owners of affected trucks. More than 33% of affected vehicles are still at dealerships, and all of those vehicles will be repaired before they are sold. Owners can contact FCA at 800-853-1403. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to issue a recall number for this campaign.

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Volvo recalls 167,000 cars worldwide to fix trunk lid

Swedish automaker Volvo Cars, owned by China’s Geely holding company, says it is recalling 167,000 cars worldwide because the hatch lid lift system on electric trunks can loosen, stop working in cold weather, and possibly cause damage.

Group spokeswoman Annika Bjerstaf says the recall is “a preventive safety measure,” adding Volvo Cars “has not received any reports of serious incidents surrounding this.”

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 882,000 pickup trucks for steering, pedal issues

Fiat Chrysler recalls 882,000 pickup trucks for steering, pedal issues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Tuesday it would recall 882,000 pickup trucks worldwide in two new recalls to address steering and pedal issues.

The Italian-American automaker said it was recalling about 660,000 heavy duty Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks from the 2013 through 2017 model years, including 574,000 in the United States, as drivers could potentially experience steering loss.

A nut could come loose and prevent drivers from being able to steer the vehicle, Fiat Chrysler said, adding it had reports of one injury and eight accidents possibly related to the issue.

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Mazda Recalls More Than 14,000 MX-5 Miatas for Transmission Problems

 

Laguna Hills, CA – February 4, 2019 –  Mazda is recalling 2016-2019 MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions. The recall is expected to affect approximately 14,370 model year 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata sports cars with automatic transmissions manufactured over the four-year range.

The Defect

According to Consumer Affairs, a software problem in the transmission can cause an unexpected downshift, which may cause the vehicle to slow abruptly. In affected vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions, electrical noise in the range signal can occur while driving in “D” range, including in instances when the vehicle is being operated by the driver in “Manual” mode.

This electrical noise may be detected by the clutch control software in the Transmission Control Module (TCM), and, due to inappropriate control logic of the software in question, the signal noise may cause the vehicle to unexpectedly downshift. A downshift mid drive can cause a sudden and rapid deceleration of the drive wheels.

An abrupt decrease in the speed of the drive wheels while driving is hazardous, as it can negatively affect the directional stability of the vehicle. This hazard both increases the risk of a driver losing control of the vehicle which could ultimately lead to a crash and injury or even loss of life.

Timeline of Events

According to a Mazda statement, Mazda North American Operations has therefore filed a Defect and Non-Compliance Information Report with NHTSA regarding a safety concern with certain Model Year (MY) 2016-2019 Mazda MX-5 Miatas. The NHTSA has not yet provided more details on this recall or the sequence of events leading to the announcement.

The following numbers of vehicles are expected to be affected by this recall:

  • 2016 MY MX-5: 6,140 units
  • 2017 MY MX-5: 4,519 units
  • 2018 MY MX-5: 2,295 units
  • 2019 MY MX-5: 1,416 units

The Solution

Dealers will update the transmission software in affected vehicles at no charge to owners. Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500. The automaker is anticipated to begin notifying owners of affected vehicles by March 29, 2019. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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