Tesla recalls Model 3 and Model Y cars  over faulty tail lamps 

Austin, TX – November 26, 2022 – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has issued a recall for 321,628 vehicles due to a problem with the tail lamps. One or both of the lamps at the rear could fail to light up, increasing the risk of an accident.

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2023 Tesla Model 3
  • 2020 – 2023 Tesla Model Y

Recall summary

In the recalled vehicles, due to a firmware problem, one or both of the tail lamps may fail to illuminate consistently

Recall risks

Tail lamps that do not illuminate as expected reduce the vehicle’s visibility, which could increase the risk of a collision.  

Other Tesla recalls

A Tesla Model X airbag recall was issued in mid-November over airbags that could fail to deploy properly in low-speed crashes.

In November, Tesla recalled 24,064 2017-2022 Model 3 cars over seatbelts that fail to restrain occupants in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.   

In June, the U.S. government upgraded its investigation into problems regarding Tesla’s autopilot feature that caused vehicles to crash into emergency responders attending to a prior, unrelated accident. The probe potentially covers 830,000 Tesla vehicles.

The repair

Tesla will use an over-the-air (OTA) update to correct the problem with the firmware in the affected vehicles, ensuring that the tail lamps will operate as intended. These updates are automatic and do not require owners to bring their cars to a Tesla service center. The timeline of the update is not clear.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified on or around January 14, 2023.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 321,000 vehicles are affected by this Tesla tail lamp issue. To see if your vehicle is among them, or to check for 2023 Tesla Model X recalls, Tesla airbag recalls and more,  run a Tesla recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloTesla recalls Model 3 and Model Y cars  over faulty tail lamps 

General Motors recalls SUVs over faulty daytime running lights 

Warren, MI – November 23, 2022 – General Motors (NYSE:GM), which owns the GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, is recalling 338,735 SUVs over defective GM daytime running lights. These lights may not turn off even after the headlamps are engaged, potentially blinding oncoming motorists and increasing the risk of an accident.

This recall covers the following models:

  • 2021 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2021 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2021 Cadillac Tahoe
  • 2021 GMC Yukon
  • 2021 GMC Yukon XL

Recall summary

Daytime running lights, or DRLs, are secondary exterior lights designed to make the vehicle more visible during daytime conditions. These give off a bright white light using light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, and are designed to turn off when the headlamps are engaged.

In the affected vehicles, the DRLs remain turned on even when the headlamps are activated.

The component involved in this recall is the body control module, with part numbers 13546033 and 13546036.

Recall risks

The issue could result in glare that could temporarily blind oncoming drivers, augmenting the risk of a crash.

Other General Motors recalls

In April, General Motors issued a recall for 681,509 vehicles, including 2014-2015 Chevrolet Equinox and 2014-2015 GMC Terrain SUVs, over windshield wipers that could fail to clear obstructions on the windshield that are blocking the driver’s view, as reported.

In September, General Motors recalled 95,231 vehicles, including the 2020-2021 Cadillac XT5,  2020-2021 Cadillac XT6 and 2020-2021 GMC Acadia, over faulty rearview cameras, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will update the body control module software free of charge.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified on or around December 19, 2022.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 338,000 GMC, Cadillac and Chevrolet models are affected by this daytime running lamp issue. To check for Cadillac Escalade recalls, Chevrolet recalls and more,  run a GM recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloGeneral Motors recalls SUVs over faulty daytime running lights 

Ford recalls Bronco SUVs over faulty rearview display 

Dearborn, MI – November 20, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F), is issuing a recall for 47,046 2021-2022 Ford Bronco SUVs over a problem with the rearview display. The screen may continue to display the image from the rear camera even after reverse gear is no longer engaged, potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

Recall summary

When reverse gear is engaged, the dashboard touchscreen displays a video feed of the area behind the vehicle as taken by the Bronco rearview camera. This guides the driver in maneuvering the vehicle to avoid obstacles and hazards.

In the affected vehicles, a software error could cause the dashboard monitor to continue displaying the image taken by the rear camera, even after the driver has already shifted from reverse gear.

Recall risks

The defect could distract the driver and increase the risk of a crash. 

Other Ford Bronco recalls

In June, Ford issued a recall for 53,103 2021-2022 Ford Bronco SUVs over a faulty child safety lock feature on the rear passenger doors, as reported.

Also part of Ford Bronco recalls was an announcement in July involving a total of 63,294 vehicles  due to detaching windshields.

The repair

Ford will deploy an over-the-air software update to fix the issue. Owners can also bring their affected vehicles to a Ford or Lincoln dealer, where the remedy will be provided free of charge. Ford will reimburse owners who had these repairs made before the recall order was announced.

Letters with more information will be mailed by December 23, 2022.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 47,000 Ford Bronco SUVs are affected by this Ford rearview camera software issue. To see if your vehicle is affected by this or other Ford recalls, run a Ford recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloFord recalls Bronco SUVs over faulty rearview display 

Volkswagen recalls Audis over rearview display loss

Auburn Hills, MI – November 14, 2022 – Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY), which owns the Audi brand, is recalling 6,076 vehicles over a problem with the infotainment display, which also shows the rearview camera image. The screen may fail to show an image when the vehicle starts, increasing the risk of a crash when the vehicle is reversing.

The recall covers some of the following models: 

  • 2022 Audi A3
  • 2022 Audi A4
  • 2022 Audi A4 Allroad
  • 2022 Audi A5
  • 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • 2022 Audi A6
  • 2022 Audi A7
  • 2022 Audi e-tron GT
  • 2022 Audi Q3
  • 2022 Audi Q7
  • 2022 Audi Q8
  • 2022 Audi RS Q8
  • 2022 Audi RS6
  • 2022 Audi RS7
  • 2021 – 2022 Audi A6 Allroad
  • 2021 – 2022 Audi e-tron
  • 2021 –2022 Audi A8

Recall summary

In the affected vehicles, the infotainment unit can become permanently damaged when the ignition is switched off, due to an electrical problem within the unit. The next time the engine is started, the central display may fail to show any images, including the rearview camera feed.   

The component involved in this recall is the infotainment main unit with multiple part numbers, including 4J3035092A, 4M2035092B, 8W2035050C and 8Y0035050A. 

For the full list of the affected vehicles, please visit the following page.

Recall risks

Read more about the risks of a faulty rearview camera display in our recent article about a similar recall by Nissan.

Other Audi recalls

In April, Volkswagen recalled 26,053 Audi vehicles that could lose engine power while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.  

In September, Volkswagen recalled 13,004 Audi vehicles following 192 warranty claims due to a damaged part in the fuel tank, which could lead to fuel spills and prevent the fuel tank from being refilled.  

The repair

Dealers will replace the main infotainment unit on affected vehicles with a new one, at no cost to the owner. Affected owners will be notified on or around December 25, 2022.   

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 6,000 Audi vehicles are affected by these Audi infotainment unit issues. To check for Audi e-tron recalls, Audi A-Class Recalls, Audi S-Class Recalls, and other Audi recalls on your vehicle, run an Audi recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloVolkswagen recalls Audis over rearview display loss

Volkswagen recalls vehicles over faulty tire pressure monitoring

Auburn Hills, MI – November 13, 2022 – Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY), which owns the Audi brand, is recalling 224,704 vehicles for a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), which can lead to underinflated tires. This ups the risk of a crash.

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2019 – 2020 Audi A3
  • 2019 – 2021 Volkswagen Atlas
  • 2020 – 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
  • 2019 – 2020 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2019 – 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • 2019 – 2020 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen
  • 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  • 2019 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • 2019 Audi Q3

Recall summary

The TPMS alerts the driver when the car is losing pressure in one or more tires. This allows users to take the appropriate corrective measures, such as reinflating or replacing the tires.  

In the affected vehicles, a software problem could prevent the TMPS from detecting air pressure loss in the tires in situations where all four tires are losing air at the same rate. The system may fail to promptly notify the driver that the tires need to be inflated. 

The component involved in this recall is the TPMS software with multiple part numbers, including 5Q0.614.517.DS and 5Q0.614.517.EB.   

Recall risks

Read more about the risks of a faulty TPMS in our recent article about a similar recall by Stellantis.

Other Volkswagen recalls

There was an Audi recall last month due to improperly installed passenger airbags, which could fail to deploy properly during a crash, as reported.

In the same month, there was a Volkswagen Golf recall due to the risk of cars overheating and catching fire, also as reported.

There was an Volkswagen Atlas recall in March due to airbags that may deploy slower-than-necessary in a crash. Ironically, three months earlier the manufacturer recalled some of the same models due to airbags that may deploy accidentally even if there is no accident.

The repair

Dealers will update the software on the affected vehicles at no cost to the owner. Affected owners will be notified on or around December 30, 2022.   

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 224,000 vehicles are affected by this TPMS software recall. To check for Volkswagen or Audi tire pressure issue recall on your vehicle, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloVolkswagen recalls vehicles over faulty tire pressure monitoring

Nissan recalls Frontier and Titan pickups for second time over rollaway risk

Franklin, TN – November 12, 2022 – Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY) is recalling 203,223 pickup trucks because of a problem with the Park mode on the automatic transmissions. This could lead to the vehicle rolling away, increasing the risk of a crash. 

This recall expands on an earlier recall done in June of this year for the same issue and covers the following models: 

  • 2020 – 2023 Nissan Titan
  • 2020 – 2023 Nissan Frontier 

Recall summary

In the subject vehicles, there is a problem with the parking pawl — a metal pin that locks the transmission in place when Park mode is engaged. The parking pawl prevents the wheels from moving.

In the affected vehicles, the parking pawl may not lock into place as expected. As a result, the vehicle could move even when it appears to be in Park.

“Resistance” between two parts of the transmission is to blame for the defect, according to the manufacturer.

Recall risks

A rolling vehicle could cause a crash, injury or damage to property.

Background of the recall

This recall expands upon another in June 2022 for a similar issue; the earlier recall included only the 2020 – 2022 models.

Safety tips

Until the vehicle is repaired, Nissan advises owners to use the parking brake every time they park to ensure that the vehicle does not roll.

Other Nissan recalls

In addition to the June 2022 Nissan Frontier and Nissan Titan recalls mentioned above, the 2022 Frontier and Titan pickups were among the vehicles Nissan recalled in August 2022 due to a problem with the rearview camera. The dashboard display could fail to show the rearview image when the Reverse gear was engaged.

The repair

To remedy this Nissan rollaway issues, dealers will reprogram the computers that are responsible for the cars’ engine and transmission free of charge. It is not clear how these software updates will address the “resistance” issue described above.

Affected owners should have been notified on November 1, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 200,000 vehicles are included in this Nissan Titan and Frontier transmission recall. To see if your vehicle is affected, run a Nissan recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

Joseph EstabilloNissan recalls Frontier and Titan pickups for second time over rollaway risk

Chrysler recalls RAM trucks over brake failure risk

Auburn Hills, MI – November 9, 2022 – Stellantis (NYSE:STLA), which owns the Chrysler brand, has issued a recall for 26,961 RAM trucks whose brakes could fail, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2019 – 2020 RAM 4500 
  • 2019 – 2020 RAM 5500

Recall summary

As part of the vehicle’s braking system, the brake hose delivers brake fluid to the calipers located at the wheels. Calipers allow the brakes to clamp down on the wheel, slowing the vehicle or bringing it to a stop as soon as the driver steps on the brake pedal.    

In the affected vehicles, a brake hose with a too-small diameter was fitted on the braking system. This could lead the hose to rupture, leaking brake fluid and reducing the vehicle’s stopping power.  

The components involved in this recall are the left and right rear brake hoses, with part numbers 68371722AA and 68371732AA.   

Recall risks

Read more about the risks of brake fluid leaks in our recent article about a similar recall by Ford. 

Other RAM truck recalls

The 2022 RAM 4500 and 5500 series of pickup trucks were also included in an October 2022 recall by Stellantis over an electrical short that could lead the engine to stall, increasing the risk of an accident.

In June, Stellantis issued a recall for 138,645 vehicles, including 2014-–2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2014-–2019 RAM 1500 models equipped with 3.0L diesel engines, over a faulty high-pressure fuel pump, which could also lead to a stall.

The repair

Dealers will replace the rear brake hoses on all affected vehicles with new ones that have the right diameter, at no cost to the owner. Affected owners will be notified on or around November 30, 2022.   

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 26,000 vehicles are affected by this brake hose recall. To check for RAM 4500 recalls or other potential recalls on your vehicle, run a RAM or Fiat Chrysler recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloChrysler recalls RAM trucks over brake failure risk

Volvo recalls plug-in hybrids over power loss

Ridgeville, SC – November 7, 2022 – Volvo (OTCMKTS:VLVLY) has issued a recall for 15,674 plug-in hybrid vehicles whose combustion engines could fail to engage once the battery is depleted. This would cause the vehicle to lose power while driving and increase the risk of a crash. The problem is the result of a Volvo software issue.

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2022 – 2023 Volvo S60
  • 2022 – 2023 Volvo S90
  • 2022 – 2023 Volvo V60
  • 2022 – 2023 Volvo XC60
  • 2022 – 2023 Volvo XC90

Recall summary

Plug-in hybrid vehicles have an electric motor with a high-voltage battery and a combustion engine that takes over in certain circumstances to give the vehicle more range. The electrical drive has a cooling system to prevent it from becoming too hot. This system is managed by a computer called the electronic control module (ECM), which instructs it to increase cooling flow as temperatures rise.

In the affected vehicles, a software error can cause the Volvo ECM to incorrectly set the cooling flow to zero when maximum cooling is needed. If this happens, the system would “tell” the combustion engine not to start.

If this occurs when the vehicle is moving, the vehicle will not be able to switch from electric to combustion and the car will stall when the high-voltage battery runs out.

Recall risks

Read more about the risks of this defect in our recent article about a similar recall by Nissan. 

Warning signs

Drivers may notice a dim “Propulsion System Service Required” message on the instrument panel upon starting the car; while this message is displayed the vehicle can run on electric power. Before the vehicle is set to switch over to the combustion engine, a second warning in the form of a turtle icon will appear, and the vehicle’s speed will be limited to about 47 miles per hour.  If the two messages are ignored, a “Stop Safely” message will appear as the battery runs out and the vehicle will lose propulsion.

Other Volvo recalls

In May 2022, Volvo issued a recall for 5,351 hybrid SUVs over malfunctioning accelerator pedals. These could result in the vehicle unintentionally accelerating or decelerating, presenting an increased risk of a crash, injury and property damage.

In November 2021, Volvo recalled 194,546 cars over exploding driver’s side airbags that could release shrapnel toward the vehicle’s occupants, increasing the risk of injury. 

The repair

Dealers will update the ECM software on the affected vehicles free of charge. 

Affected owners will be notified on or around December 8, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 15,000 vehicles are affected by this plug-in hybrid recall. To check for Volvo XC90 recalls and more, run a Volvo recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls F-150 pickups for the second time over windshield wiper failure

Dearborn, MI – November 27, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:GM) has issued a recall for 453,650 2021-2022 F-150 pickup trucks over a problem with the windshield wipers. The wiper motor could stop working, causing the wipers to fail, increasing the risk of an accident.  

This is the second recall for the same issue that comes on the back of 1,378 warranty claims.

Recall summary

In the recalled vehicles, the electric motor responsible for operating the windshield wipers may experience electrical issues due to a supplier manufacturing issue. These could damage the circuit board inside the motor, causing the wipers to perform poorly or not at all.  

The component involved in this recall is the front wiper motor with part number ML34-17504-A.

Recall risks

Windshield wipers that work poorly or fail to work at all will not be able to clear the windshield when necessary while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

Warning signs

Users may notice that the Ford windshield wipers fail to work properly when turned on.

Background of the recall

This recall follows on the heels of a similar one conducted in April of this year for the same concern for the 2021 F-150 pickups. After recalling the vehicles, the manufacturer became aware of windshield wiper failures on vehicles that were outside of the scope of the original recall.

Other Ford recalls

In April, Ford issued a recall for 47,084 2021 Ford F-150 pickup trucks for a transmission defect that could cause the vehicle to randomly shift to neutral while being driven, increasing the risk of a crash. 

Another of the recent Ford F-150 recalls was issued in August involving 58,203 2021-2022 Ford F-150 pickup trucks. This was over a problem with the driveshaft that could lead the vehicle to stall or roll away. 

The repair

Dealers will replace the defective wiper motor on the affected vehicles with a new one, and the service will be done free of charge. Ford will reimburse owners who availed themselves of the repair before the recall was issued.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified on or around January 6, 2023.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 453,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks are affected by this windshield wiper motor issue. To check for Ford truck recalls,  run a Ford recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloFord recalls F-150 pickups for the second time over windshield wiper failure

Stellantis recalls Jeep, RAM vehicles over fuel pump failure, stall risk

Auburn Hills, MI – November 2, 2022 – Stellantis (NYSE:STLA), which owns the Jeep and RAM brands, is recalling 60,413 vehicles over premature failure of the high-pressure fuel pump. This could lead to the vehicle stalling while in traffic, upping the risk of an accident.

The recall comes on the heels of 250 driver complaints and covers the following models: 

  • 2021 – 2022 Jeep Gladiator
  • 2020 – 2022 Jeep Wrangler
  • 2020 – 2022 RAM 1500

Recall summary

The fuel pump moves the fuel from the vehicle’s gas tank to the engine, where it is used for combustion that powers the vehicle’s movement. In the affected vehicles with Jeep fuel pump issues, the pump could fail prematurely. Debris from failed components could get into the fuel system and prevent the fuel from reaching the engine.

This recall applies to vehicles with a 3.0 liter diesel engine.

The component involved in this recall is the high-pressure fuel pump (HPFP), with part number 68211269AA.

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of “22 customer assistance records, 205 warranty claims, and 33 field reports” received between mid-2020 and late September of 2022. No injuries or accidents have been reported because of the issue.

Recall risks

If the fuel fails to reach the engine, “fuel starvation” will occur. This may result in a loss of power, increasing the chances that the vehicle will crash. 

Warning signs

Drivers may notice the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) or the Service Electronic Throttle Control indicator – which looks like a lighting bolt – turning on in the instrument panel. There may also be excessive noise or a fuel leak coming from the HPFP.

 Other Jeep and RAM truck recalls

A number of 2014-2019 RAM 1500s and 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs were recalled in June 2022. This recall, which affected 138,645 vehicles in all, was also in response to a defect with the high-pressure fuel pump.

As part of another Fiat Chrysler recall, Stellantis recalled 4,907 RAM pickup trucks in October 2022 over an Engine Control Module (ECM) component that may have been fitted incorrectly. This could cause the vehicle to stall. 

The repair

Dealers will inspect and replace the affected fuel system components free of charge. Stellantis will reimburse owners who paid for repairs prior to the issuance of the recall order.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 60,000 vehicles are affected by this fuel pump recall. To check for other potential Jeep and RAM 1500 recalls on your vehicle, run a Jeep or RAM recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloStellantis recalls Jeep, RAM vehicles over fuel pump failure, stall risk