Subaru recalls WRX cars over faulty rear lights, rearview camera issue

Camden, NJ – August 7, 2022 – Subaru (OTCMKTS:FUJHY) has issued a recall for 59,934 2015-2021 WRX sedans over “inoperative” rear lights and reverse camera. This increases the risk of a crash.

Recall summary

The backup light switch is responsible for activating the reverse lights on a car. Shifting the transmission to Reverse gear allows the switch to activate the rear lights and also engages the rearview camera.

On the affected vehicles, the backup light switch is exposed to heated oil. The sulfur in the oil can corrode the electrical contacts of the switch, and they will not be as efficient in conducting electricity. Eventually, this will cause the backup light switch to stop working.     

The cause of the defect is not clear but was replicated in tests conducted by the manufacturer under “excessive or abusive driving conditions.”

Recall risks

Read more about the risks of this defect in our recent article about a similar rearview camera recall issued by Dodge. 

Warning signs

When the backup light switch has failed, drivers will notice that the “R” symbol will not appear on the dashboard when reverse gear is engaged. 

Other Subaru recalls 

In January 2022, the company issued a recall for 198,255 Ascent and Outback SUVs due to a malfunctioning transmission.

In May 2021, Subaru recalled 446,205 Impreza and Crosstrek vehicles over a problem with the engine control module or ECM. A programming failure on the component can lead to the engine stalling while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.

Repair

Dealers will inspect and replace the faulty backup light switch with a new one. The repairs will be done free of charge, and Subaru will reimburse customers who availed of the remedy before the recall was announced.  

Affected owners will have been notified by September 19, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 59,000 vehicles are included in this WRX recall. To see if your vehicle is affected by this electrical issue, run a Subaru recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

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Nissan recalls SUVs, pickups over rearview camera defect

Franklin, TN – August 7, 2022 – Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY) is recalling 10,477 rental SUVs and pickup trucks over an issue with the rearview camera. The dashboard monitor may not display images from the rearview camera when the vehicle is reversing, increasing the risk of a crash. 

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2022 Nissan Frontier 
  • 2021 Nissan Pathfinder 
  • 2022 Nissan Titan
  • 2021 – 2022 Nissan Rogue

Recall summary

These vehicles give customers the option of a radio service subscription as part of the rental.  Even if the customer declines the service, the In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system will continue to search for radio channels, causing the system to reboot after a certain time. While the system is rebooting, the rearview camera will be unavailable.

The component involved in this recall is the IVI software program version, with multiple part numbers including 4612, 4618, 5319, 4901 and 4617. 

Recall risks

Read more about the risks of this defect in our recent article about a similar rearview camera recall issued by Toyota. 

Other Nissan recalls

Last month, Nissan recalled 180,176 Frontier and Titan trucks over a problem with the automatic transmission’s Park gear mechanism.

In January 2022, there was a Nissan Rogue recall spanning the 2014 to 2016 model years. Due to electric issues, these cars could catch on fire, as reported.

Repair

Dealers will perform an IVI software update on the affected vehicles. Alternatively, Nissan will also issue an over-the-air (OTA) software update to fleet owners. There will be no charge for the repair, as the issue can be resolved through the vehicles’ warranty policy.    

Affected owners will have been notified by July 29, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 10,000 vehicles are included in this Nissan rearview camera recall. To see if your vehicle is affected, run a Nissan recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

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Volkswagen recalls SUVs that may stall while driving

Auburn Hills, MI August 7, 2022 – Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY), which owns the Audi brand, is recalling 49,443 SUVs whose fuel pumps may malfunction. This causes various running issues, including engine stalling, which increases the risk of an injury in the event of an accident.

Vehicles affected by this recall include: 

  • 2020 – 2021 Audi Q7
  • 2029 – 2021 Audi Q8

Recall Summary  

Listed SUVs have a fuel delivery module within the tank that transfers the gasoline towards the engine. In affected vehicles, a component inside this module may fall apart and damage the pressure sensor within the module. This results in incorrect fuel pressure, causing the engine to run rough or even preventing it from starting. In some cases, the fuel pump may fail resulting in the vehicle stall.

The component causing this recall is the fuel delivery module made by Vitesco Technologies, with part numbers 4M0919087F or 4M0919087G.   

Warning signs

Apart from the engine running issues, drivers may notice an “Emission control system” warning on the dashboard. 

Recall risks

A stalled car could get hit by faster-moving traffic, increasing the risk of an injury. 

Other Audi recalls

Some of these vehicles may have been affected by one of the Audi A8 recalls from May 2021, caused by a collapsing rear suspension.  

In addition, Audi is one of the car makers that has been facing a number of issues and consequent recalls caused by Takata airbags

Repair

Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module on affected vehicles with an improved version, whose design makes it resilient to pressure variations. This repair is free of charge. 

Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on September 16, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Audi fuel pump recall affects almost 50,000 SUVs. To do a Volkswagen or Audi recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Toyota recalls Tacoma vehicles with faulty child restraint systems

Plano, TX – August 3, 2022 – Toyota (NYSE:TM) is recalling 75,316 2022 – 2023 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks with faulty child restraint systems, which increase the risk of an injury to the child in the event of a crash.

Recall summary

Almost all vehicles manufactured since 2022 are equipped with the LATCH system for securing car seats. The system includes lower anchors and upper anchors.

The lower anchors are the primary attachment points for a child’s car seat. The upper anchors, which are located behind the seat, attach to a tether on a front-facing car seat. The tether keeps the car seat from tipping forward in the event of a collision or sudden braking. 

In the subject vehicles, due a change in the welding process, the upper child seat anchor was not sufficiently welded to the vehicle’s frame. This means that the child seat could tip forward in the event of a collision. 

Recall risks

The defect increases the risk of injury to the seat’s occupant.

Safety tips

While the manufacturer does not explicitly state it, parents should be able to still secure their children using the retractor system.

Other recent Toyota recalls

There are no other major Toyota Tacoma recalls for the 2022-2023 model-years. However, in November 2020, there was a Toyota truck recall because of faulty fuel pumps, according to the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall included the 2017-2020 Tacoma trucks, as well as Lexus, Camry and Corolla vehicles.

As of July 14 this year, over 200,000 of these cars were still in the need of repair. Use our free vehicle lookup tool to see if yours is one of them.

While Toyota does not appear to have any other outstanding child seat anchor recalls, there was a recall in September of last year caused by faulty retractors. Read more here.

Repair

Toyota has yet to finalize the remedy program. Owners will receive letters with more information between September 2, 2022 and September 15, 2022.  All repairs will be free of charge.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 70,000 vehicles are included in this Toyota recall. To perform a Toyota recall check on your vehicle, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Jaguar recalls SUVs with malfunctioning seat belts

Mahwah, NJ August 3, 2022 – Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM), which owns Jaguar Land Rover, has recalled 4,927 SUVs whose seat belts may not tighten properly in an accident. This increases the risk of an injury.

Vehicles affected by this recall include: 

  • 2022 – 2023 Land Rover Defender 
  • 2022 – 2023 Land Rover Discovery
  • 2022 – 2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport 
  • 2022 – 2023 Range Rover Sport
  • 2022 – 2023 Range Rover Velar

Recall summary  

The pretensioner is part of the seat belt retractor, whose job is to tighten the seat belt and secure the occupant. On affected vehicles, damaged pretensioners may have been installed during manufacturing in the driver and front seat passenger seats. As a result, they could fail to operate as intended during a crash. 

The component in question is the seat belt assembly made by the Swedish-American supplier Autoliv, which was recently in the center of another seat belt recall that affected over 266,000 vehicles across different manufacturers, as reported.

Part numbers differ depending on the particular model, but include CPLA-611B08-AC8AAM and LK72-611B08-AB8PVJ.  

Recall risks

Pretensioners that fail to deploy as intended prevent the seat belt from tightening properly in a crash, increasing the occupant’s risk of injury. 

Other Land Rover and Range Rover recalls

In April, the company recalled a batch of Range Rovers over a problem with the seat belt’s emergency locking retractors. The retractors were also manufactured by  Autoliv.

In February, the 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUVs were recalled over faulty airbag system, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will check the pretensioner assembly on affected vehicles and replace it if needed. The repair is free of charge. 

Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on September 16, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Jaguar seat belt recall affects almost 5,000 SUVs. To check your vehicle for this and other Land Rover recalls, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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