Ford recalls SUVs over unexplained fires, advises owners to park away from structures

Dearborn, MI – May 27, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F), which also owns the Lincoln brand, is recalling 39,013 SUVs over mysterious engine-bay fires. These fires, which may happen either while driving or while parked, carry the risk of injury or property damage. 

This recall affects the following vehicles:

  • 2021 Ford Expedition
  • 2021 Lincoln Navigator

Recall summary  

The recalled vehicles can catch fire even when the ignition is turned off. The cause of fires is currently under investigation.

Background of the recall

In March 2022, Ford’s Critical Concern Repair Group (CCRG) opened an investigation into eight reports of vehicle fires and one report of a melted battery junction box. By May, the CCRG knew of 16 fires that were potentially related. According to these reports, fires have started under the hood both while driving and while parked, and even with the ignition turned off.

Recall risks

Vehicle fires carry a wide range of risks, as described in this article about a Hyundai fire-related recall.

Warning signs 

Occupants may notice a “burning smell” or see smoke coming from the passenger side of the engine compartment.

Safety tips

Ford advises owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures to minimize the risk of damage in the event of a fire. This should prevent additional property damage if an affected SUV catches fire while parked. 

Other Ford recalls

There was a Ford Expedition recall last month due to faulty windshield wiper arms. Inoperable wipers can reduce visibility, increasing the risk of a crash and injury. 

Apart from this Lincoln engine fire issue, other recent Lincoln Navigator recalls include one from April this year caused by malfunctioning rearview cameras

The repair

Ford is still investigating the cause of these engine compartment fires, so a solution to the problem is not yet available.

Letters with more information will be sent to owners between May 23, 2022 and July 3, 2022. Additional notices will be sent once a remedy is available.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Ford engine fire recall affects 32,711 Ford Expeditions and 6,302 Lincoln Navigators. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls heavy-duty trucks whose airbags may fail to deploy

Dearborn, MI – May 27, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 310,203 heavy-duty trucks whose driver side airbags may fail to deploy due to an electrical issue. This increases the risk of an injury during a crash. 

Pickup trucks affected by this Ford recall include: 

  • 2016 F-250 SD
  • 2016 F-350 SD
  • 2016 F-450 SD 
  • 2016 F-550 SD

Recall summary  

Vehicles on this list have a so-called “clock spring” cable that is designed to ensure communication between the vehicle and devices within the steering wheel. On affected vehicles, dust may get inside the clock spring assembly and cause electrical interference, which could affect the operation of components connected to it. As a result, the driver side airbag may fail to deploy in a crash. 

The component causing this recall is the steering wheel clock spring, with part numbers GC3T-14A664-AC and GC3T-14A664-B.

Warning signs 

Apart from an illuminated airbag warning light, drivers may notice that the horn or control buttons on the steering wheel are not working. They may also hear a “popping or clicking noise inside the wheel.”

Recall risks

Inoperable airbags reduce the level of protection in a crash and increase the risk of injury. 

Other Ford F-series recalls

Apart from this current 2016 Ford Super Duty F-250 recall, owners should be aware of several previous recalls. The most recent involves  transmission issues  which may allow these Super Duty trucks to roll away while parked.  

In addition, there are several other Ford truck recalls caused by inoperable rearview cameras.  

The repair

Dealers will replace the steering wheel clock spring with an updated one free of charge. In addition, Ford will reimburse those owners who may have replaced this component at their own expense before the recall was announced.  Notifications will be sent to the owners between July 5, 2022 and July 8, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Ford airbag recall affects more than 300,000 trucks. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Hyundai issues second Sonata recall over fire

Fountain Valley, CA – May 22, 2022 – Hyundai (OTCMKTS: HYMTF) is recalling 215,171 2013 – 2014 Hyundai Sonata sedans, which may develop an engine fire as a result of a fuel leak. These vehicles were already recalled in 2020 over the same issue and both Hyundai and Kia are subject to a U.S. government investigation

Recall summary  

The engine in a car is connected to the fuel tank with a series of hoses and pipes, which transfer the gasoline towards it. In affected vehicles, one of the hoses inside the engine compartment may crack and start leaking, which can cause a fire. 

Hyundai already addressed this issue in their recall from 2020. Back then, dealers checked the suspected hoses and replaced the cracked ones. The vehicles where the hoses were not replaced are now subject to this recall.

The component causing this recall is the fuel feed line, with part numbers 31310-3Q101QQH for 2.0L turbocharged engines and 31310-3Q901QQH for 2.0L units. 

Warning signs 

If the fuel leak develops within the engine compartment, the driver and passengers may notice a gasoline odor inside the car

Recall risks

Vehicle fires carry a wide range of risks, as described in this article about a Kia fire-related recall.

Other Hyundai Sonata recalls

Vehicle fires are an ongoing problem for many models from the Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia lineups. Apart from this Hyundai fuel leak issue, a large number of vehicles are at risk of bursting into flame because of a faulty ABS unit. In addition, some of these 2013-2014 Sonata cars may be affected by an ongoing investigation, once again caused by fire.  

The repair

Dealers will replace the fuel line with an updated one free of charge. In addition, Hyundai will reimburse those owners who may have replaced this component at their own expense. Notifications will be sent to the owners on July 5, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Sonata fuel hose recall is affecting more than 200,000 vehicles. To do a Hyundai recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Hyundai and Kia recall Ioniq and EV6 cars that may roll away

Fountain Valley, CA – May 21, 2022 – Hyundai (OTCMKTS:HYMTF) and its subsidiary Kia (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) are recalling a total of 19,743 electric SUVs that may roll away while parked, increasing the risk of crashing into pedestrians or other vehicles. The recall involves 10,729 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 compact crossover and 9,014 2022 Kia EV6 electric SUVs.

Recall summary  

The affected vehicles have a shifter control unit (SCU) that tells the transmission to lock in place when the vehicle is in Park. As a result of a software issue within the unit the parking mechanism may disengage. If this happens while the vehicle is parked on an incline, the vehicle could roll away, especially if the driver is not present.

The component causing this recall is the shifter control unit, with part numbers 42951-18110 for Hyundai and 42951-18150 for Kia.

Recall risks

As in similar Ford recalls, vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury from a resulting crash.

Other Hyundai and Kia recalls

There are no other Kia EV6 recalls at this time. (The model only arrived on the market recently.)

The most recent Hyundai Ioniq recalls include one caused by unexpected accelerations which happened in December of last year.

In addition, owners should be aware of ongoing fire-related issues affecting both Hyundai and Kia.

The repair

Dealers will update the shifter control unit software in all affected vehicles. Kia will notify vehicle owners on May 25, 2022, while Hyundai plans to do the same on June 10, 2022. In the meantime, both manufacturers are urging drivers to park on level surfaces and to use the electronic parking brakes in their vehicles.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This rollaway recall affects nearly 20,000 SUVs. To do a Hyundai or Kia Recall Check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Daimler recalls vans with malfunctioning rearview camera

Sandy Springs, GA – May 15, 2022 – Daimler (OTCMKTS:DMLRY), which owns the Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner brands, is recalling 12,086 vans with rearview cameras that may freeze or fail to display an image. This increases the risk of running into pedestrians or other vehicles while backing up.

 In total, 24 different models are affected by this recall, including the following:

  • 2019 –2021 Freightliner Sprinter 1500
  • 2019 – 2021 Freightliner Sprinter 2500
  • 2019 – 2021 Freightliner Sprinter 3500
  • 2019 – 2021 Freightliner Sprinter 4500
  • 2019 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 1500
  • 2019 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
  • 2019 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
  • 2019 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4500

Recall summary

All vehicles affected by this recall have a rearview camera that shows an image on the central display when backing up. Due to a software issue, the image coming from this camera may fail to appear or may freeze.

The component causing this recall is the software for the rearview camera, with part numbers A2139027817 or A0009022059.

Warning signs  

Drivers may notice a blank or frozen image on the display while reversing. 

Recall risks

Without an image from the rearview camera, the driver’s ability to see behind the vehicle while backing up is limited. This may result in property damage or injury to pedestrians, especially if the driver relies solely on the backup camera when going in reverse.

Other Mercedes-Benz recalls

This Mercedes-Benz van recall is not the first one caused by malfunctioning rearview cameras. The latest happened only two weeks ago, affecting a large number of passenger vehicles.

The repair

Dealers will update the camera software in all affected vehicles with a version that meets current specifications. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on June 13, 2022 and all repairs will be done free of charge.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Mercedes-Benz rearview camera recall affects more than 10,000 vans. To do a Mercedes-Benz recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Toyota recalls hybrid, conventional and FCEV cars over reduced stability

Plano, TX – May 14, 2022 – Toyota (NYSE:TM) is recalling 458,054 vehicles whose stability control may fail to turn back on automatically after it is turned off. This makes the vehicle less stable during sudden maneuvers, increasing the risk of a crash and injury.

A total of 17 different models are affected by this recall, including the following:  

  • 2020 – 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 
  • 2021 – 2022 Toyota Mirai 
  • 2021 – 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime
  • 2021 – 2022 Toyota Sienna 
  • 2021 – 2022 Toyota Venza
  • 2021 – 2022 Lexus LS500H 
  • 2022 Lexus LX600
  • 2022 Lexus NX350H
  • 2022 Lexus NX450H+
  • 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 

Recall summary  

All cars on this list are equipped with a Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system. Its job is to prevent the vehicle from skidding during fast maneuvers or when the road is slippery. The drivers may disengage this system, but it is supposed to resume automatically every time the car is restarted. 

As a result of a programming error, the VSC system in affected vehicles may remain disengaged even after the restart. This happens only when the driver keeps her foot on the brake while shutting off the car and turning it back on

As a result, drivers are more likely to lose control of a vehicle, especially when driving fast or on slippery roads.

The component behind this recall is the brake actuator assembly, with multiple part numbers including 44510-48090 or 44540-50231. 

Recall risks

The defect increases the risk of a crash and injury. 

Warning signs

If the VSC is off, a warning light will illuminate on the dashboard.

Other Toyota recalls

There was a Toyota Sienna recall in November 2021, caused by seatbelts that were prone to tearing. In February, the manufacturer recalled 41,544 Toyota Venzas hybrid SUVs because of faulty turn signals, as reported.

The repair

To fix the issue, Toyota and Lexus authorized dealers will reprogram the Vehicle Stability Control ECU (electronic control unit) and install an updated software version. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent between May 16, 2022 and June 24, 2022.   

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

These Toyota electrical issues have caused a recall that affects almost half a million vehicles. To do a Toyota recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Porsche recalls vehicles with malfunctioning airbags

Atlanta, GA – May 8, 2022 – Porsche (OTCMKTS:POAHY) is recalling 9,570 2020-2021 Porsche Taycan sedans. whose airbags may fail to deploy as a result of damaged wiring. This reduces the level of protection in an event of a crash, increasing the risk of an injury.

Recall summary  

The airbags in the recalled vehicles are powered by wiring harnesses under the driver and passenger seats. Because of a supplier error, the harness can get caught up in the seat adjustment mechanism and become damaged when the seats get adjusted.

This can render the vehicle’s airbags inoperable.

The component causing this recall is the seat wire harness with part number N105938. 

Recall risks

Airbag failing to deploy increases the risk of injury in a crash. 

Warning signs

The airbag warning light will appear on the dashboard in case the wires that connect to them get damaged. Apart from that, occupants may have a hard time adjusting the seats or notice “ abnormal noise during adjustment.

Other Porsche Taycan recalls

This is not the only Porsche EV Recall that may be affecting these vehicles. Some of them could also have an issue with inaccessible child seat anchors, which prompted a recall last month. 

The repair

Dealers will inspect the harness under both front seats and repair any worn wiring. In addition, to prevent any future damage, they will wrap the harness with textile fabric tape. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on June 24, 2022 and all repairs will be done free of charge.   

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Porsche Taycan wiring harness recall affects almost 10,000 vehicles. To do a Porsche recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volvo recalls XC40 BEV SUVs that may accelerate on their own

Ridgeville, SC – May 7, 2022 – Volvo (OTCMKTS:VLVLY) is recalling 5,351 SUVs with malfunctioning accelerator pedals. This can cause unintentional acceleration or deceleration, increasing the risk of injury or property damage.

The recall affects the following hybrid SUVs:

  • 2021 Volvo XC40 BEV
  • 2022  Volvo XC40 BEV

Recall summary  

On affected Volvo SUVs, a harness that connects to the accelerator pedal housing may not be watertight. As a result, moisture could get in, causing corrosion and interfering with the accelerator pedal’s electrical signals.  This may cause “unintended acceleration,” no acceleration or a stall.

The component causing this recall is the accelerator pedal harness. The exact part number has not been reported at this time. 

Recall risks

Accelerating or decelerating unpredictably increases the risk of crashes and injuries.

Warning signs

Drivers may notice problems with acceleration, including unintentional acceleration, poor pedal response, jerking, failure to accelerate or loss of drive. 

Other Volvo recalls

In October 2021, there was a Volvo EV recall due to faulty retractors that may fail to fully secure child seats, as reported. The recall included XC40 pure electric cars, as well multiple gasoline-powered models.

In November of last year, V70 and XC70 wagons were recalled due to exploding airbags, also as reported.

The repair

To fix these Volvo electrical issues, dealers will modify the wiring harness to prevent water intrusion. They will also replace the accelerator pedal sensor and its connection points if there is corrosion.

Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on June 20, 2022 and all repairs will be made free of charge.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Volvo accelerator pedal recall affects more than 5,000 SUVs. To do a Volvo recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Mercedes-Benz recalls vehicles over risk of fire

Jacksonville, FL – May 4, 2022 – Daimler (OTCMKTS:DMLRY), which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, is recalling 21,306 vehicles with an electrical installation that could overheat. This may cause a vehicle fire, increasing the risk of injury and property damage.

The affected vehicles include:

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS600
  • 2020 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE450
  • 2020 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE580
  • 2020 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS450
  • 2020 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS580
  • 2021 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE53

Recall summary  

All models on this are so-called “mild hybrids,” meaning they have an electric motor which works together with an engine to make it more fuel-efficient. This electric motor runs on 48V and has a separate electrical installation with several ground connections to power different components in the car.

In affected vehicles, the nut that secures one of the connections under the front passenger seat might not be tightened sufficiently. This may cause the connector to overheat and catch on fire. 

The component in question is the ground connection nut, with part number A0029906850.  

Recall risks

For more on the risks of fire, please visit this article about a Hyundai recall due to the risk of fire.

Warning signs

The driver may notice warning messages concerning the “48V onboard power supply” on the dashboard

Other Mercedes-Benz recalls

Apart from this Mercedes-Benz electrical Issue, there were at least two major Mercedes-Benz recalls in the past couple of months.  Earlier this month, over 8,000 new cars were recalled due to incorrectly programmed cruise control. The program would still run even if the driver’s hands were not on the wheel which is required for safety reasons.

In late March, 9,156 cars were subject to a recall due to inoperable rear lights also due to a programming error, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will tighten the nuts in question free of charge. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on June 7, 2022.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Mercedes-Benz electrical ground connection recall is affecting more than 20,000 vehicles. To do a Mercedes-Benz recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls trucks with inoperable rearview cameras

Dearborn, MI – April 30, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 21,904 trucks whose rearview cameras may fail to display an image. This can lead to an accident while backing up, increasing the risk of injury or property damage. 

Vehicles affected by this recall include:  

  • 2019 Ford F-150
  • 2019 Ford F-250 SD
  • 2019 Ford F-350 SD
  • 2019 Ford F-450 SD
  • 2019 Ford F-550 SD

Recall summary  

All vehicles that are part of this Ford truck recall have a rearview camera which has a wiring connector. The pins inside the connector of the recalled vehicles are deformed due to a supplier error. This causes the camera to display a distorted or blank image. 

The component in question is the rearview camera, with multiple part numbers including JC3T-19G490-AD and JC3T-19G490-BD.

Recall risks

Read more about the risks of this recall and the history of rearview cameras in our recent article about a similar Stellantis recall.

Other Ford recalls

Over 78,000 of Ford Edge SUVs were recalled last month also due to malfunctioning rearview cameras, as reported.

There were at least two F-150 recalls in April. Last week, over 47,000  trucks were recalled due to faulty transmission that could cause them to shift into neutral on their own, increasing the risk of a collision. The week before, F-150s were among roughly 650,000 vehicles that were recalled due to inoperable windshield wipers, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the cameras in question with a redesigned version. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent between May 16, 2022 and May 20, 2022 and all repairs will be done free of charge.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Ford rearview camera recall is affecting more than 20,000 trucks. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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