Stellantis recalls Dodge Durango SUVs and RAMs over reduced control 

Auburn Hills, MI June 28, 2024 – Stellantis (NYSE:STLA), which owns the Dodge brand, is recalling 211,581 SUVs and pickup trucks whose drivers’ ability to control the car may be limited. The defect augments the risk of a loss of control and a crash.

The following vehicles are affected:   

  • 2022 Dodge Durango
  • 2022 RAM 2500
  • 2022 RAM 3500

Recall summary

The Electronic Stability Control system (ESC) is an extension of the anti-lock brakes (ABS) system whose job is to apply brakes to one or more wheels to keep the vehicle on track in slippery conditions or during sudden maneuvers.

Due to a software error, the ABS module may disable the ESC.

Recall risks

With the ESC out of order, the vehicle will be more difficult to control and stop during critical situations, which ups the chances of a crash and injury. 

Warning signs

The defect could trigger a corresponding warning light on the dashboard.  

Safety tips

While driving with a malfunctioning ESC is possible, you should adjust your speed and steering inputs accordingly.  

Other Stellantis recalls

Some of these RAM trucks may have been affected by rearview camera issues, which led to a recall in October 2023

Durango owners should be aware of a Dodge recall from March 2023 caused by rear spoilers that could separate from the vehicle while driving

The repair

Dealers will update the ABS control module free of charge. 

The owners should receive notifications on July 26, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

More than 210,000 SUVs and pickup trucks are affected by this Dodge ESC recall. To do a Dodge recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Kia recalls Telluride SUVs over fire risk, tells owners to park outside 

Irvine, CA June 20, 2024 – Kia (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is recalling 462,869 2020-2024 Kia Telluride SUVs over an electrical issue that may result in a fire “while parked or driving.”

This defect increases the risk of crash, injury or property damage.  

This recall is the latest contribution to the long list of Kia and Hyundai fire-related recalls and comes on the back of the “driver seat [catching] on fire while driving.”

Recall summary

The seats in these SUVs are adjusted by electric motors that only come on when the driver engages the seat slide knob. Due to a supplier error, the knob may jam in the ON position, leaving the motors to run continuously.  

Recall risks

A continuously operating electric motor may overheat and burst into flames. The resulting vehicle fire ups the chances of a crash, injury or property damage. 

Warning signs

Besides the inability to adjust the seat, the occupant may notice a burning smell or smoke emerging from underneath it.

Safety tips

Before the repair is done, the manufacturer recommends that drivers park outside and away from structures.

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of at least six instances of “localized melting of seat tilt motor” and one instance of the driver seat catching fire. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

This recall is the latest edition of the never-ending Kia fire saga which saw it and its sister company Hyundai recall millions of vehicles over the recent years. Both companies are also subject to an ongoing U.S. government investigation, as reported.

Other Kia recalls

Some of these Kia Telluride SUVs may have been affected by an April recall concerning faulty high beams

The same vehicles were recalled later that month over the risk of rollaway when parked, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will install an improved slide knob and an additional supporting bracket free of charge. 

The owners should receive notifications between July 30, 2024, and July 31, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Kia seat fire fire recall affects more than 460,00 SUVs. To do a Kia recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Mazda recalls CX-90 SUVs over sudden braking 

Washington D.C. June 18, 2024 – Mazda (OTCMKTS:MZDAY) is recalling 9,914 2024 Mazda CX-90 SUVs that may brake on their own. This ups the risk of an accident.

Recall summary

These SUVs are equipped with an automated braking system which applies the brakes if there is an obstacle in front of the vehicle. 

Due to a software error, the system may malfunction.

Recall risks

A vehicle that suddenly brakes is more likely to get hit from behind, increasing the risk of injury. 

Other Mazda recalls

In January 2024, Mazda recalled certain B-series pickup trucks because their airbags would fail to deploy in a crash, as reported.

CX-90 SUVs were recalled in November of last year because of malfunctioning 360-degree cameras, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will fix this issue by updating the vehicle software free of charge.

The owners should receive their notifications on July 17, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Just short of 10,000 SUVs are affected by this Mazda phantom braking recall. To do a Mazda recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls new Mustangs over shifting issues, fire risk

Dearborn, MI June 14, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 8,161 2024 Ford Mustang sports cars that may catch fire or have difficulty switching gears. Both conditions up the risk of a crash and injury and in fact, the recall comes on the back of two fires.

Recall summary

The clutch line in these vehicles with manual transmission is responsible for “transmitting hydraulic pressure” and brake fluid between the engine and transmission, allowing the driver to switch gears. 

Due to a supplier error,  the clutch line is not properly attached to the rest of the car. That may result in it contacting “hot exhaust components” and melting, “leaking brake fluid.”

This may cause an inability to change gears and, if the fluid touches any hot components, an engine fire. 

Recall risks

With the driver unable to shift gears, the vehicle may stall.

Separately, a fire increases the risk of injury for the occupants of the car. 

Warning signs

If the escaping brake fluid leaks onto hot engine components, it may generate smoke and a strong burning odor. 

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of two fires and a report of underhood smoke. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Ford recalls

Issues concerning brake fluid were the cause of another Mustang recall, which took place in December 2023 and affected nearly 200,000 cars

Earlier this month, close to 9,000 Ford and Lincoln SUVs were recalled over loss of power, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will repair clutch pressure lines free of charge.

The owners should receive notifications on June 17, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Over 8,000 muscle cars are affected by this Mustang clutch recall. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volkswagen recalls ID.4 electric cars over malfunctioning displays 

Auburn Hills, MI June 12, 2024 – Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) is recalling 79,953 2021-2023 Volkswagen ID.4 electric cars whose instrument clusters and central displays may not boot. The defect augment the risk of a crash and injury. 

Recall summary

Due to a software error, the car’s instrument cluster and central display may not turn on or “reset” while driving. This would leave the driver without critical information, such as vehicle speed and the image from the rearview camera.  

Recall risks

Insufficient information about vehicle speed and the unavailability of the backup camera up the risk of a crash and injury.

Other Volkswagen recalls

Some of these Volkswagen ID.4 cars may have been affected by a May 2023 recall caused by doors opening on their own while driving.

More recently, in December 2023, the same cars were recalled over flammable sunshades.  

The repair

Dealers will update the vehicle software free of charge. 

The owners should receive notifications on July 12, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Almost 80,000 electric cars are affected by this Volkswagen blank instrument cluster recall. To do a Volkswagen recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls Maverick, Corsair cars over loss of power

Dearborn, MI June 7, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F), which owns the Lincoln brand, is recalling 8,727 hybrid SUVs and pickup trucks that may stall. This ups the crash risk and injury, especially in fast-moving traffic. 

The recall comes on the back of hundreds of warranty claims and encompasses the following vehicles:

  • 2022 – 2024 Ford Maverick
  • 2021 – 2022 Lincoln Corsair
  • 2020 – 2022 Ford Escape

Recall summary

The listed vehicles’ transmission is controlled by a small computer called the Hybrid Powertrain Control Module (HPCM). 

A glitch in the module’s software may result in the transmission shifting into neutral. Even after shifting into gear once again, the car will go into the “limp home” mode, with its power output being significantly limited.     

Recall risks

If the car loses power, it may get hit from behind, upping the risk of an injury for everyone involved.

Warning signs

The driver may notice a flashing “Drive” sign on the gear indicator. The instrument panel may also display a wrench-shaped warning accompanied by a chime.    

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the heels of 315 warranty claims and 125 vehicle owner questionnaires. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Ford recalls

These Ford Maverick pickups may have also been affected by a recall from January 2024, caused by inoperable turn signals

On a separate note, an instrument panel that may fail to illuminate was the reason why Ford recalled several models in August 2023, including Escape SUVs

The repair

Dealers will update the HPCM software free of charge. 

The owners should receive their notifications between May 23, 2024, and May 24, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Ford transmission recall affects nearly 9,000 hybrid SUVs and pickup trucks. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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US government investigation forces Honda Ridgeline recall due to faulty rearview cameras

Torrance, CA June 4, 2024 – Honda (NYSE:HMC) is recalling 187,290 20202024 Honda Ridgeline pickups whose rearview cameras may not display an image. This reduces visibility while backing up, upping the risk of an injury.

The recall is the result of a U.S. government investigation and appears to be an expansion of a previous recall for the same issue.

Recall summary

The affected pickups have a rearview camera mounted in the tailgate, with a wiring harness connecting it to the rest of the vehicle. The wires may become brittle and break if exposed to low temperatures and salt, cutting off the camera’s image feed.     

Recall risks

Inoperable rearview cameras augment the risk of a backover crash.

Warning signs

In addition to the inoperable rearview camera, the driver may notice issues with tailgate locking or unlocking and the operation of the alarm system.   

Background of the recall

The recall is a result of an ongoing U.S government investigation initiated in February 2024 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after receiving 27 complaints alleging a “black screen” when backing up.

Around the time the complaints started coming in, Honda issued a similar Ridgeline recall but did not include 2020-2024 year models, as reported.

Other Honda recalls

Some of these Honda Ridgeline pickups may have been affected by a recall from February 2024, caused by airbags that could hurt children, as reported.

The Japanese carmaker is also currently being investigated by NHTSA over sudden and unexpected braking, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the tailgate harness with an improved one free of charge. 

The owners should receive letters with more information between July 1, 2024, and October 1, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Honda rearview camera recall affects nearly 190,000 pickup trucks. To do a Honda recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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