Chrysler recalls Ram trucks over faulty rearview cameras

Auburn Hills, MI – June 28, 2022 – Stellantis (NYSE:STLA) which owns Chrysler, has issued a recall for 117,759 RAM pickup trucks due to a problem with the rearview camera which may not display an image when backing up. This ups the risk of a crash and injury.

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2022 RAM 1500 
  • 2022 RAM 2500 
  • 2022 RAM 3500 

Recall summary

Rearview camera sends video feed to be displayed on the dashboard monitor when reverse gear is engaged, allowing drivers to watch out for hazards such as obstacles and pedestrians.

On the affected vehicles, “the radio software may prevent the rearview image from displaying.”

Recall risks

Without the video image projected onto the dashboard monitor, drivers may find it more difficult to maneuver in reverse as they would not be able to see behind the vehicle if it is safe to proceed.  This puts them at risk of hitting other objects such as poles, walls, and other people outside the vehicle, leading to injury.   

For more on risks of this recall, please visit our recent article on a Toyota rearview camera recall over the same issue.

Other Ram recalls 

Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks for the 2019 and 2020 model years were recalled in February 2022, because of faulty windshield wipers, as reported.

A total of 38,157 Ram 1500 trucks for the 2021 model year were also recalled in December 2021 over a problem with the rearview camera, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will inspect and update the radio software at no cost to customers. Stellantis will reimburse customers who paid for the recall-associated repairs on their own.

 Affected owners will be notified by mail by July 29, 2022

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 117,000 vehicles are included in this Ram truck rearview camera recall . To see if your vehicle is affected, run a Ram truck recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

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Ford recalls Mustang vehicles over loss of safety features

Dearborn, MI – June 18, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) has issued a recall for 25,032 2019 and 2020 Ford Mustangs equipped with 5.0L engines and manual transmissions. One of the most important parts of the car, the powertrain control module (PCM) may send out a faulty signal, which could disable the reverse lights, backup camera or driver-assist features, increasing the risk of a crash.

Recall summary

The PCM is a device that controls over 100 functions performed by the vehicle’s engine and transmission based on the information it receives from various sensors. For example, the PCM ensures that the right amount of fuel is injected into the engine and that the vehicle shifts appropriately to ensure smooth driving.

In the affected 2019 and 2020 Ford Mustang vehicles, a software error could cause the PCM to send the wrong signals, resulting in important functions – such as the rear camera, reverse lights or driver-assist features – being disabled.

Recall risks

The loss of the rear camera or reverse lights would reduce the driver’s ability to see behind the vehicle and increase the risk of hitting an obstacle.  An error related to driver assist features could cause the transmission to shift incorrectly, disable the traction control system or prevent the forward collision warning from engaging, increasing the risk of a crash.

Warning signs

Drivers may notice a warning light on the dashboard, accompanied by a message that indicates which function has been disabled. 

Other Ford recalls 

Other Ford PCM recalls include one in April for more than 47,000 2021 F-150 pickup trucks also over a problem with the powertrain control module.

Also part of recent Ford Mustang recalls is an announcement last February involving over 330,000 vehicles for the 2015 to 2017 model years. This is in connection with faulty rearview cameras that either display a distorted image or none at all during reverse.

The repair

Dealers will update the PCM software on the affected vehicles at no charge to customers.  Ford will reimburse customers for related repairs made  before the recall was issued for these Ford electric issues.

Affected owners will be notified by mail between June 13, 2022 and June 17, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 25,000 vehicles are included in this Ford Mustang recall. To see if your car is affected, run a Ford recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

Joseph EstabilloFord recalls Mustang vehicles over loss of safety features

NHTSA investigates Ford dealer over sale of recalled Escape SUV

Washington, D.C. – June 12, 2022 – Federal auto safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a  Ford (NYSE:F) dealer that allegedly sold a 2021 Ford Escape car with an open recall. This is illegal under federal law.

Investigation summary

The dealer, Healey Brothers Ford, LLC, of Beacon, New York, allegedly sold at least one 2021 Ford Escape compact crossover SUV.

The recall in question appears to be one conducted in August 2021 for issues with the fuel delivery module. The issue resulted in the cars stalling while out on the road and affected over 13,000 units, as reported.

Can a dealer sell a car with a recall?

Under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act, selling a car with a recall is illegal unless the dealership labels them as used vehicles. Under Section 108 of the law, the penalty shall be $1,000 for each recorded violation. So, recalls do need to be fixed before a new car leaves the lot.

To learn more about whether or not a dealership sell a car with a recall and what to watch out for, please visit this page.

Risks

If the engine stalls while the vehicle is in motion,  it will be difficult for the driver to perform standard operations such as steering and braking, increasing the risk of a crash.    

Other Ford investigations 

NHTSA is carrying out a separate investigation on Ford regarding 32 complaints of 2021 model year Ford Bronco vehicles that stalled while driving without prior warning. Initial findings suggest that the problem was caused by an engine valve falling apart, resulting in terminal engine failure. 

The Escape was also the subject of a safety recall issued in May 2022 over a problem with the transmission, which could cause the vehicle to unintentionally roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.   

Is your vehicle part of a recall?

To see if your Ford Escape is part of any other vehicle recalls, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

Joseph EstabilloNHTSA investigates Ford dealer over sale of recalled Escape SUV

Toyota recalls Tundra pickups over defective rearview camera

Plano , TX – May 22, 2022 – Toyota (NYSE:TM) has issued a recall for 18,101 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks over a problem with the rearview camera. The camera might be unable to show the video feed on the dashboard monitor, which can affect the driver’s ability to see behind the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. 

Recall summary

A parking assist electronic control unit (ECU) controls the signal sent to the panoramic view monitor (PVM) that uses multiple cameras to provide the driver with a 360-degree external view of the vehicle. One of these is the rearview camera that lets the driver see behind the vehicle.

Due to a software error the rear camera may fail to transmit an image during “certain weather conditions,” such as “cold temperatures.

Recall risks

For more on risks of this recall, please visit our recent article on a Daimler truck recall because of the same issue.

Other Toyota recalls 

Toyota electrical issues include a previous recall in October 2021 due to an issue with the headlights.

Among other Toyota Tundra recalls is a recall from November 2021 over an issue with the power steering.

The repair

Dealers will reprogram the parking assist ECU on the affected models at no charge to the owner. Affected owners will be notified by June 27, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 18,000 vehicles are included in this Toyota rearview camera recall for the Tundra. To see if your car is affected by this Toyota recall check, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

Joseph EstabilloToyota recalls Tundra pickups over defective rearview camera

Daimler issues stop-drive notice for Mercedes-Benz cars over brake failure risk

Jacksonville, FL – May 22, 2022 – Daimler (OTCMKTS:DMLRY), which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, is issuing a stop-drive notice and recall for 292,287 vehicles over an issue with the braking system that may lead to a complete brake failure.

The recall affects 2006 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class, ML-Class, and GL-Class vehicles. The following models are subject to the recall:

  • 2007 –- 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL320CDI
  • 2010 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350BTC
  • 2007 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450
  • 2008 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL550
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320BTC
  • 2007 –2008 Mercedes-Benz ML320CDI
  • 2006 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350
  • 2010 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350BTC
  • 2010 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450H
  • 2006 – 2007 Mercedes-Benz ML500
  • 2008 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML550
  • 2007 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG ML63
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz R320BTC
  • 2007 – 2008 Mercedes-Benz R320CDI
  • 2006 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz R350
  • 2010 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz R350BTC
  • 2006 – 2007 Mercedes-Benz R500
  • 2008 Mercedes-Benz R550
  • 2007 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG R63

Recall summary

A brake booster enhances the performance of the vehicle’s brakes. This makes it easier for the driver to increase the braking force without having to step too hard on the brake pedal.

In the affected vehicles, the brake booster is encased in a rubber sleeve for aesthetic purposes. Due to a supplier error, water can enter inside the sleeve, causing the brake booster to corrode and leak. 

This could require the driver to press the brake pedal harder than usual to slow the vehicle down. In some cases, the brake pedal may disconnect from the braking system, preventing drivers from stopping the vehicle altogether.

The component involved in this recall is the brake booster with multiple part numbers including A1644310427, A1644310527 and A1644310627.

Recall risks

Brake failure may make it difficult or impossible to slow down or stop the vehicle. This significantly increases the risk of a crash or injury.

Warning signs

Drivers might observe a hissing sound when pressing the brake pedal. They might also notice that the brake pedal is not as responsive as usual.

Other Mercedes-Benz recalls 

In March 2022, Daimler announced a recall of 28,743 Mercedes-Benz Metris vans over over reduced braking performance that could increase the risk of a crash.

Mercedes-Benz recalls also include certain models of the Mercedes-Benz GLE Class spanning the 2020 to 2022 model years and equipped with mild-hybrid powertrains, which were recalled earlier this month because of the risk of fire.

The repair

Dealers will remove the rubber sleeve to prevent further corrosion and inspect the brake booster housing. Vehicles with minimal corrosion can still be driven normally “for up to two years” before requiring another repair. Vehicles that fail the test must have their brake boosters replaced.

Affected owners are advised not to drive their vehicles. They will be notified of the recall by May 27, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 292,000 vehicles are included in this Mercedes-Benz brakes recall. To see if your car is affected by any Mercedes-Benz ML-Class recalls, Mercedes Benz GL-Class recalls, or other Mercedes-Benz recalls, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloDaimler issues stop-drive notice for Mercedes-Benz cars over brake failure risk

Ford recalls Explorer SUVs that may roll away

Dearborn, MI — May 15, 2022 — Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 252,936 SUVs over an issue with part of the vehicles’ drivetrain – called a driveshaft – and transmission which may cause them to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2020 –2022 Ford Explorer Hybrid
  • 2020–2022 Ford Explorer Intercept Hybrid
  • 2020 Ford Explorer PHEV
  • 2020 Ford Explorer Police Intercept FHEV

Recall summary

Rear-wheel drive vehicles use a driveshaft to transmit the engine’s power and torque to the rear axle, which in turn transfers the power to wheels, propelling the vehicle forward.

On affected vehicles, the bolt that connects the axle with the driveshaft may fracture because of a supplier error.  This could disconnect the driveshaft from the rear wheels, rendering the vehicle unable to stay in Park and increasing the risk of a rollaway.

The components involved in this recall are the rear axle cover with part number L1MW-4A028-G and the bushing with part number L1MW-4B425-B.

Recall risks

A rollaway ups the risk of a crash and injury.    

Warning signs

Customers and dealer technicians have described the transmission making various sounds such as “loud, grinding, binding, or clunking noises.”

Other Ford recalls 

One recent case of Ford driveshaft issues involved 184,698 F-Series pickup trucks, which were recalled in January over also because of of disconnecting driveshafts, as reported.

In October of last year there was a Ford Explorer recall due to the risk of the driver losing control of the vehicle, also as reported.

A Ford Police Explorer recall was initiated in January 2021, involving contaminated windshield washer fluid that can potentially compromise outward visibility, resulting in an increased risk of accidents.  

The repair

Dealers will replace the bolt and axle covers, if needed. In some cases, a software update will be also be done to ensure that the electronic parking brake will engage when Park is selected. No fees will be collected for the service. Ford will reimburse owners for the costs of any previous repair work involving the component.

Affected owners will be notified between June 6, 2022 and June 10, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 252,000 vehicles are included in this Ford Explorer driveshaft recall. To see if your Ford SUV is part of this Ford recall check, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

Joseph EstabilloFord recalls Explorer SUVs that may roll away

Ford recalls F-Series trucks due to increased risk of rollaway

Dearborn, MI — May 14, 2022 — Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 23,165 heavy-duty trucks due to an issue with the vehicles’ transmission. The defect can cause the vehicle to roll when it is supposed to be in Park, which increases the risk of a crash. 

The recall covers the following models, all equipped with 6.7-liter diesel engines: 

  • 2020 Ford Super Duty F-250
  • 2020 Ford Super Duty F-350
  • 2020 Ford Super Duty F-450
  • 2020 Ford Super Duty F-550

Recall summary

A washer inside to a vehicle’s transmission of the recalled vehicles protects the gears against debris, dirt and other contaminants. In the affected vehicles, the washer can disintegrate because of “out-of-specification parts” delivered by a supplier.

When this happens, metallic debris can get into the gearset and damage the gear teeth. Debris from the washer or from the damaged gears can also “prevent the vehicle from achieving or holding Park,” resulting in a rollaway.

The components involved in this recall are the output shaft and planetary carrier #4, with part numbers LC3Z-7060-A and LC3Z-7060-B.

Recall risks

Vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury from a resulting crash.

Warning signs

Drivers may notice that it is harder than usual to shift gears and that shifting may cause grinding, groaning or popping noises. A malfunction indicator may light up on the dashboard and a loss of power may be observed, depending on the damage to the P4 gear teeth.

Other Ford truck recalls 

A Ford F-Series recall of 47,084 2021 F-150 trucks was initiated in April 2022 over a transmission defect caused by a software error. This defect could lead the vehicle to suddenly shift to neutral, preventing the driver from accelerating.

The 2020 and 2021 Ford Super Duty F-350s were the subject of a recall in September 2021 that affected 27,604 vehicles because of the risk of stalling while driving.

The repair

Dealers will inspect the transmission on the affected models and replace part of the gearset free of charge. Ford will reimburse owners for the costs of any previous repair work involving the component.

Affected owners will be notified between May 30, 2022, and June 3, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 23,000 vehicles are included in this Ford transmission recall. To run a Ford recall check on your truck, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloFord recalls F-Series trucks due to increased risk of rollaway

Ford recalls F-150 trucks whose airbags may fail to deploy

Dearborn, MI — May 7, 2022 — Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 19,175 2022 Ford F-150 pickup trucks due to a problem with the steering column, which connects the steering wheel to the steering mechanism. This may result in the airbag not deploying in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Recall summary

In addition to connecting the wheel to the steering mechanism, the column also allows the driver to pull the steering wheel closer or push it farther away. A device within the column called a squib connector sends a signal to the driver’s side airbag, enabling it to inflate in a crash. 

In the recalled vehicles, a design error resulted in the steering column squib connector wiring being too short during assembly. As a result, the truck’s airbag may not inflate during a crash. 

The component involved in this recall is the instrument panel harness, with multiple part numbers including NL3V-14401-VAB and NL3V-14401-VAD.

Recall risks

The airbag that fails to deploy increases the risk of an injury in a crash.

Warning signs

The airbag warning light will activate on the instrument panel, signaling a problem with the airbag inflator. 

Other Ford recalls 

The 2022 F-150 was also among 391,836 Ford trucks and SUVs recalled earlier this month due to malfunctioning trailer brakes, which could increase the trailer’s stopping distance, as reported. Last month, 157,306 F-150 trucks for the 2021 model year were recalled for faulty windshield wipers

Among recent Ford F-150 recalls was one made for 16,430 2021 F-150 trucks in October 2021 that contained incorrectly routed front seat belts

The repair

Dealers will inspect the Ford F-150 steering column wiring on affected models and install new wiring with the correct length at no charge to the owner. Ford will reimburse owners for the costs of any previous repair work involving the component.

Affected owners will be notified between May 9, 2022, and May 13, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 19,000 vehicles are included in this Ford steering column wire recall. To see if your Ford truck is part of this Ford recall check, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

Joseph EstabilloFord recalls F-150 trucks whose airbags may fail to deploy

Ford recalls Escape SUVs over risk of rollaway

Dearborn, MI – May 1, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) has issued a recall for 96,015 2015 Ford Escape SUVs over a problem over a transmission issue that could cause the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

Recall summary

In order to shift a car into a certain transmission, a driver pushes the shifter handle into the intended position. The handle is linked to the transmission by a shifter cable. The cable is fixed in place by a small rubber part called a bushing.

In the recalled vehicles, the bushing that connects the shift cable to the transmission may be damaged or degraded partially because of heat and humidity. When the bushing is damaged, the shift cable can disconnect from the transmission.

If the handle and the transmission are disconnected, the transmission will not respond to the driver’s input. For example, when the driver moves the gearshift lever into the Park position, the transmission might remain in Drive.

The component involved in this recall is the escape shifter cable bushing, with part number DJ5P-7E395-AC.

Recall risks

This may cause the vehicle to roll away. Similarly, the driver could attempt to shift into or out of Reverse, only to have the vehicle remain in the previous gear. Either situation could increase the risk of a crash.

Warning signs

Drivers may notice that the vehicle’s movement does not correspond to the gear they have selected, even if the correct gear is shown on the instrument panel. If the vehicle’s ignition is switched off while the transmission is not in Park, the engine will not restart.

Other Ford recalls 

In June 2021, Ford issued a similar recall for 192,080 Ford Transit Connect vans spanning the 2013 to 2021 model years. This was also over degraded bushings that caused the transmission shift cable to disconnect, making the transmission unresponsive to driver input.

Past 2015 Ford Escape recalls have addressed issues such as doors that could open while the vehicle was in motion and seat mounting bolts that could fracture.

The repair

Dealers will replace the shifter cable bushing with a more durable version and add a protective cap. The service will be performed free of charge. Ford will reimburse owners for the costs of any previous repair work involving the damaged component.

Affected owners will be notified on or before May 13, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 96,000 vehicles are included in this Ford shifter cable recall. To do a Ford recall check, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloFord recalls Escape SUVs over risk of rollaway

Daimler recalls Mercedes-Benz cars with defective rearview camera

Jacksonville, FL – April 30, 2022 – Daimler (OTCMKTS:DMLRY), which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, is recalling 126,443 vehicles over malfunctioning rearview camera. This increases the risk of striking people or property when backing up.

The recall affects Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Mercedes-Benz A-Class vehicles, among others. A partial list of vehicles includes:

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC300
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC350E
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA35
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA45
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB35
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC43
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC63
  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC63 S
  • 2019 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43
  • 2019 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63
  • 2019 – 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S
  • 2020 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA35
  • 2020 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45
  • 2019 – 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS53
  • 2019 – 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53
  • 2020 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB250

Recall summary

The rearview camera enables drivers to see in real time what’s behind the vehicle when going in reverse. This is useful when backing up, such as when moving out of a parking spot or a driveway.

Due to a software error, the recalled vehicles’ camera may fail to produce an image. 

The full list of vehicles is available here.

Recall risks

For more on risks of this recall, please see our recent article about a similar Ford recall.

Other Mercedes-Benz recalls 

Earlier this month, some of the models involved in this recall were recalled due to faulty cruise control that allowed drivers to keep their hands off the wheel while using autopilot due to a software error.

In May 2021, a recall was issued for 342,366 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class, GLS Class and the AMG CLA Class vehicles also due to a rearview camera issue.

The repair

Dealers will install a software update on the affected models, at no charge to the owner, to make sure that the component meets current specifications.

Daimler will reimburse owners for the costs of any previous repair work involving the defective component.

Affected owners will be notified on or around June 7, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 126,000 vehicles are included in this Mercedes-Benz rearview camera recall. To see if your car is affected by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class recall, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class recall, or any other recall, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.  

Joseph EstabilloDaimler recalls Mercedes-Benz cars with defective rearview camera