Tesla recalls Cybertruck over unintended acceleration

Austin, TX – May 2, 2024 – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is recalling 3,878 2024 Tesla Cybertrucks that may unexpectedly accelerate, upping the risk of crash and injury.

Recall summary

The accelerator pedal in the affected trucks has a rubber pad on its end, whose job is to provide sufficient grip for the driver’s foot. Due to a supplier error, the pad may slip and get stuck in the interior trim, pinning the accelerator pedal to the floor.    

Recall risks

All risks posed by unintended acceleration are described in this recent Hyundai recall

Warning signs

The driver may notice the accelerator is less responsive.

Separately, if the brake is pressed while the accelerator is jammed, there will be a warning message on the display accompanied by an audible alert. 

Safety tips

If the accelerator jams, press the brake as you normally would. This will cut the power to the wheels and stop the vehicle. 

Other Tesla recalls

Some of these Tesla Cybertrucks may have been affected by a recall from February of this year, which was caused by insufficiently visible warning messages on their display.  

On a separate note, the U.S. government is currently investigating alleged steering loss in Tesla Model 3 and Model Y cars, as reported. 

The repair

Dealers will inspect the accelerator pedal and repair or replace it with an updated version. The repair will be free of charge. 

Owners will be notified on June 18, 2024.    

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Close to 4,000 Cybertruck electric pickups are affected by this Tesla jammed accelerator pedal recall. To do a Tesla recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Hyundai issues Santa Fe recall over limited rearview visibility 

Fountain Valley, CA – April 29, 2024 – Hyundai (OTCMKTS:HYMTF) is recalling 18,206 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs whose rearview image may be obstructed. This impairs visibility while backing up, increasing the risk of a crash and injury.  

Recall summary

Due to a software error, the affected vehicles’ rearview camera image may be partially blocked by a “Trailer Parking Assist” message on the display,

Recall risks

You can find out more about the risks posed by reduced rearview visibility in this article about a recent Tesla recall for a similar issue.

Other Hyundai recalls

Both Hyundai and its sister company Kia have been plagued by fire-related recalls and are currently under a U.S. government investigation to evaluate the adequacy of existing remedies and figure out if more cars need to be recalled.

The latest recall for the issue occurred earlier this month when the company recalled close to 30,000 Genesis vehicles, as reported.

This followed another Genesis recall which also occurred in April due to the risk of stalling while driving, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will update the rearview camera software free of charge. 

Owners will receive letters with more information on June 1, 2024.    

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Hyundai rearview camera recall affects over 18,000 SUVs. To do a Hyundai recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Subaru issues Legacy and Outback recalls due to faulty airbags

Camden, NJ – April 25, 2024 – Subaru (OTCMKTS:FUJHY) is recalling 118,723 cars whose airbags may fail to deploy in a crash, upping the risk of an injury.

The affected models include: 

  • 2020 – 2022 Subaru Legacy
  • 2020 – 2022 Subaru Outback

The recall is being conducted on the back of hundreds of warranty claims.

Recall summary

Cars generally have a system of sensors called the Occupant Detection System (ODS) which only deploys airbags if there is a person in the seat during a crash. 

Due to a supplier error, the listed cars’ ODS may develop an electrical short due to moisture ingress. This may cause the system to malfunction and not deploy the front passenger airbag even if there is someone in the seat.

Recall risks

For the risks of this recall, please see this article about an Audi recall caused by a similar issue.

Warning signs

A malfunctioning sensor will trigger the supplemental restraint system (SRS) warning light, as well as the “front passenger’s frontal airbag OFF indicator” on the dashboard.

Other Subaru recalls

Some of these cars may have been affected by a recall in December 2023, caused by inoperable rearview cameras and backup lights.

In September of last year, there was a Subaru BRZ recall due to malfunctioning rear turn signals, as reported.

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of 253 warranty claims and 23 technical reports. No injuries have been reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the ODS sensors free of charge.

The parts are currently not in stock.

Owners will get a letter from the automaker once they become available.

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Subaru airbag recall affects close to 120,000 cars. To do a Subaru 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 rollaway risk after driver complaints

Irvine, CA – April 22, 2024 – Kia (OTCMKTS: KIMTF) is recalling 427,407 2020-2022 Kia Telluride SUVs which may roll away when in Park. The defect augments the risk of a crash and injury.

Recall summary

Driveshaft is one of the most critical components in a car which transfers power to the wheels, allowing the vehicle to move forward.

The driveshaft of the affected vehicles may not fully engage due to a manufacturing error. Over time, “partial engagement can cause damage” to the part, allowing the vehicle to roll away even though the gear is placed into Park.

Recall risks

The risks of this recall are laid out in an article about a Kia recall due to the same risk.

Warning signs

Apart from a “grinding noise,” the driver may notice the SUV lacks power during acceleration. 

Safety tips

The manufacturer advises drivers to engage the emergency parking brake when they leave the car to prevent the rollaway.

Background of the recall

The recall follows “ten warranty claims, three techline cases and four customer complaints.” No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Kia recalls

Some of these 2020 Kia Telluride SUVs are possibly affected by a recent recall caused by inoperable highlights, following a U.S. government investigation. 

On a separate note, a potential fire caused by an oil leak was the reason why certain Kia Stinger and K900 were recalled a month ago.  

The repair

Dealers will update the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) software so it activates when the transmission is shifted into Drive or when the driver opens the door. The repair will be free of charge.  

Letters with detailed instructions will be sent to drivers between May 15, 2024 and May 17, 2024.    

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Kia Telluride rollaway recall affects more than 400,000 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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US government investigation forces Hyundai to issue third Genesis recall in two months

Fountain Valley, CA – April 18, 2024 – Hyundai (OTCMKTS:HYMTF), which owns the Genesis brand, is recalling 98,878 electric cars that may lose power. The defect ups the risk of a crash and injury, especially in dense traffic. 

Affected models include:

  • 2023 – 2024 Genesis GV60
  • 2023 – 2024 Genesis GV70 EV
  • 2023 – 2024 Genesis GV80 EV
  • 2022 – 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • 2023 – 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 

This recall is the result of an ongoing U.S. government investigation and follows over 600 stalling incidents.

Recall summary

The Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) is a computer which powers not only the 12-volt electric system but is also responsible for powering the motor.

In the affected vehicles, an electrical overload can blow the charger’s fuse. This would cut off the power supply to the 12-volt battery and cause the car to lose propulsion in approximately 30 minutes after it happens.

Recall risks

For the risks of this recall, please see this article about a GM investigation due to a similar defect.

Warning signs

The ICCU failure may trigger several warnings, including a malfunction indicator warning (MIL) light and a corresponding message on the dashboard, accompanied by an audible chime and “a loud pop.” Drivers may also notice a “rapid reduction in speed.”

Background of the recall

The U.S. government auto-safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the issue in June 2023 after receiving 30 complaints alleging the loss of motive power from drivers of 2022 Ioniq 5 vehicles.

By the time the recall was launched, the manufacturer learned about 618 “unique incidents” related to the defect. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Hyundai recalls

Hyundai has been long plagued by fire-related recalls.

Several Genesis models were recalled a month ago over wiring issues that may cause them to burst into flames. Some of the same cars were recalled yet again earlier this month due to the same risk.

The repair

Dealers will update the ICCU with an improved software version and, if needed, replace the fuse.  The repair will be free of charge.  

Owners should receive letters with more information on May 14, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Hyundai power loss recall affects nearly 100,000 electric cars. To do a Hyundai recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Hyundai recalls Genesis SUVs over rollaway risk

Fountain Valley, CA – April 16, 2024 – Hyundai (OTCMKTS:HYMTF) is recalling 15,645 2024 Genesis GV70 SUVs which may switch gears on their own, resulting in a rollaway. The defect augments the risk of a crash and injury.

Recall summary

The automatic transmission in a car is connected to a control module and the rest of the vehicle’s electronics with a wiring harness. 

In the affected vehicles, the wiring harness was not sealed correctly due to a supplier error, allowing moisture to get inside. This may cause an electrical short and result in the transmission shifting out of Park on its own when the car is stationary.

Recall risks

The vehicle may roll away, especially if there is nobody behind the wheel. This ups the risk of a crash, injury, or property damage.    

Safety tips

Owners should turn the ignition off and use the emergency parking brake while parked.

Warning signs

A short in the transmission’s wiring might trigger a malfunction indicator light (MIL) on the dashboard. 

Other Hyundai recalls

In September 2023, the manufacturer recalled roughly 38,000 Elantra hybrids that would accelerate on their own, as reported.

In October 2023, Hyundai and its sister company Kia recalled 3.4 million cars that could burst into flames while parked, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the harness free of charge. Drivers who paid for their own repairs before the recall was issued are eligible for reimbursement.

Owners should receive letters with more information on May 14, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Hyundai rollaway recall affects more than 15,000 SUVs. To do a Hyundai recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Hyundai issues third Genesis fire recall 

Fountain Valley, CA – April 12, 2024 – Hyundai (OTCMKTS:HYMTF), which owns the Genesis brand, is recalling 28,439 cars that may catch fire due to an oil leak. The defect ups the risk of a crash and injury. 

The affected models, all of which are equipped with a turbocharged 3.3-liter engine, include:

  • 2019 – 2022 Genesis G70
  • 2018 – 2020 Genesis G80
  • 2017 – 2022 Genesis G90

This recall serves as an expansion and replacement of a previous one done due to the same issue. Vehicles that were repaired back in 2019 will need a new remedy. 

Some of the affected vehicles are also subject to another fire-related recall.

Recall summary

The V6 engines in the listed cars are equipped with a pair of turbochargers, which helps them develop more power. Turbochargers run smoothly thanks to engine oil which is delivered to them through a metal pipe.

In the affected vehicles, long-term heat exposure can turn the pipe for the left-hand charger brittle, causing it to develop an oil leak, which may lead to a fire.

Recall risks

All associated risks are described in the recent Kia recall, which was caused by the same issue

Warning signs

The occupants may notice a strong “burning smell,” smoke coming from under the hood and “oil leaking onto the ground surfaces.”

Background of the recall

The affected vehicles were previously recalled in July 2019. On that occasion, the oil pipes were replaced but were later found not to be sturdy enough, leading to the present recall.

Other Hyundai recalls

Over the past couple of years, Hyundai and its sister company Kia have recalled several million of cars due to non-crash fires. The latest edition came last month when Hyundai recalled over 90,000 cars – including some of the ones involved in the present recall – due to the risk of fire even when they were parked and switched off.

Separately, Hyundai and Kia are currently being investigated by the U.S. government, which is looking to evaluate the adequacy of the existing recalls and see if more cars need to be recalled.

The repair

Dealers will replace the left-hand oil feed pipe with an upgraded one free of charge. 

Owners should receive letters with more information on May 7, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Hyundai fire recall affects almost 30,000 cars. To do a Hyundai recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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US government investigates Honda over sudden braking

Washington, D.C. – April 2, 2024 – The U.S. government’s auto safety regulator is investigating Honda (NYSE:HMC) whose vehicles that may brake unexpectedly on their own. This ups the risk of a crash and injury. 

If the investigation leads to a recall, it could affect an estimated 250,000 vehicles, including: 

  • 2019­ – 2022 Honda Insight
  • 2019 – 2022 Honda Passport

Investigation summary  ­­

The regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), opened an investigation on March 7, citing 46 complaints due to an alleged malfunction of the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system.

AEB warns the driver about any oncoming obstacles and applies the brakes on its own if necessary. 

The affected vehicles’ AEB may cause the vehicle to start braking sharply, although there are no visible obstacles in front of it. 

Risks

A vehicle that slams on its brakes without any apparent reason could get rear-ended by other motorists. Furthermore, this sudden and unexpected action may startle and confuse the driver, causing him to lose control of the car. 

In fact, the alleged defect has already resulted in three crashes and two injuries.

Other Honda recalls 

In February 2024, Honda recalled 750,000 cars whose airbags may deploy incorrectly, hurting children

On a separate note, some of these Honda Passport SUVs may have been affected by a large-scale recall caused by malfunctioning rearview cameras, as reported.

Is your vehicle part of a recall?

This Honda braking investigation may lead to a Honda brake recall, possibly affecting around 250,000 vehicles. To do a Honda recall check and see if your car is affected by this, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Nissan recalls new Pathfinder and Infiniti SUVs with faulty seat belts

Franklin, TN – March 26, 2024 – Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY), which owns the Infiniti brand, is recalling 12,019 SUVs because their seat belts may not “properly restrain” the driver in an accident. This ups the risk of injury.

The following models are affected by this recall: 

  • 2024 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2024 Infiniti QX60

Recall summary

When there is a crash, the seat belt tightens against the occupant torso to prevent him from flying through the windshield. This is achieved thanks to the seat belt pretensioner, as reported.

The pretensioner in the affected cars is missing a metal pin used to hold it together. As a result, it may not work as intended.

Recall risks

If the driver is not properly restrained during a crash, he or she may suffer greater injuries.

Other Nissan recalls

Earlier this month, Nissan recalled over 9,700 Rogue SUVs whose pretensioners were bent during the manufacturing process, as reported.

Over 230,000 Sentra sedans were recalled for the second time in September 2023 due to the loss of steering, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the faulty pretensioners free of charge. 

Owners should receive letters with more information on April 18, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Nissan seat belt recall affects over 12,000 SUVs. To do a Nissan recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Kia issues another fire-related recall; K90 and Stinger cars affected

Irvine, CA – March 21, 2024 – Kia (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is recalling 36,248 cars over an oil leak that may cause a fire. This ups the risk of a crash, injury and property damage. 

The recall comes on the heels of a fire and represents the latest episode in the series of Kia- and Hyundai-fire related recalls.

The affected cars have a turbo gasoline 3.3-liter engine and encompass the following models:

  • 2019 – 2020 Kia K900
  • 2018 – 2023 Kia Stinger

Recall summary

To increase power output, the engines in these cars are fitted with two turbochargers, one for each cylinder bank. Each turbocharger is lubricated with engine oil, which is delivered through a metal pipe. 

In the affected vehicles, the pipe for the left-hand turbo may become brittle because of heat exposure and develop a leak, allowing oil to drip onto hot exhaust components.  

Recall risks

Oil leaks inside the engine bay can lead to a fire, upping the risk of a crash and injury. In addition, the fire from a burning car may spread to other vehicles or structures, causing property damage. 

Warning signs

Oil dripping on the hot exhaust may cause a strong “burning smell” and “white smoke.” In addition, the “oil pressure warning light” may come on. 

Other Kia recalls

The 2019 Kia Stinger was previously recalled for the risk of fire in October 2020, as reported. As of October 2023 – the last date for which information was available – over 4,241 cars still needed repair.

To see if your car is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of one engine compartment fire. No injuries or accidents have been reported.

Over the past couple of years, Kia and its sister company Hyundai have recalled millions of cars because of non-crash related fires, some of which may occur even when the car is turned off and parked. 

The manufacturers are currently subject to an ongoing U.S. government investigation to determine both the adequacy of existing recalls and see if more cars need to be recalled, as reported. 

The repair

Dealers will replace the left-hand oil feed pipe free of charge.  

Owners should receive letters with more information on April 26, 2024.  

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Kia fire recall affects more than 35,000 cars. 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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