Subaru recalls Crosstrek and Forester SUVs for suspension issues

Camden, NJ – May 26, 2021 – Subaru (OTCMKTS:FUJHY) is recalling 408,271 vehicles with a suspension defect that may make it harder to control the car, which increases the risk of a crash. The recall includes the following SUVs:

  • 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
  • 2019 Subaru Crosstrek
  • 2019 Subaru Forester

The component in question is the “Flange Bolt,” part number 01010820.

Recall summary  

The part of the suspension that connects the rear wheels of the car with each other is called the rear stabilizer. Its job is to prevent the car from rolling over if the driver makes a sudden turn or comes upon an unexpected bump.

In the recalled cars, due to “variations in dimensions,” the bolts on the rear stabilizer bracket may become loose and come off. It is not clear if the variations exist in the bolts or the bracket itself.

Safety risks

If the bolts are not attached, the stabilizer cannot work properly to keep the car upright when turning the corner or engaging into a sudden maneuver. This may lead to the driver losing control of the vehicle and getting into an accident.

Warning signs

The driver may be alerted to this issue when she or he hears an unusual rattling sound from the rear of the vehicle while it is in motion.

Other Subaru recalls

Earlier this month, over 450,000 Impreza and Crosstrek cars were recalled due to the risk of stalling.

A year and half ago, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid was among the vehicles recalled due to an unexpected “loss of power” while driving.

The repair

Dealers will check the bolts and tighten them, if necessary, free of charge. Owners will be notified between May 14 and June 11.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 400,000 vehicles are included in this Subaru recall. Want to check for Subaru recalls? Use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Subaru recalls Impreza and Crosstrek vehicles over risk of stalling

Camden, NJ – May 11,  2021 – Subaru (OTCMKTS: FUJHY) has recalled 466,205 vehicles with an incorrectly programmed Engine Control Module (ECM), which is a component that controls over 100 elements in these cars. The issue may cause the car to stall, potentially leading to an accident.

The Subaru ECM Recall includes the following vehicles:

  • 2017 Subaru Impreza
  • 2018 Subaru Impreza
  • 2019 Subaru Impreza
  • 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
  • 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

The defective part of the vehicle is the ignition coil,  part number 22433AA741.

Recall summary  

Ignition coils are part of the car ignition system and convert the voltage of the car battery into energy needed to start the car. Due to faulty programming, the ECM is going to continue “instructing” the coils to do their job even after the engine is off. This may result in the coils short-circuiting. If this occurs when the car is in motion, the vehicle may stall, increasing the risk of crash.

This recall follows on the heels of a 2019 recall of the same cars for the same exact issue. It is being conducted again as Subaru discovered that the ECM reprogramming that was done last time was not sufficient to fully remedy the issue.

Safety risks

For risks of stalling while driving, please see this recent Kia article

Warning signs

During the motion of the vehicle, when the occupants feel “irregular vibration.” This may mean that the vehicle is about to lose power.

Other similar recalls

Recently, Nissan recalled Infiniti sedans which had a software issue in the ECM. The affected vehicles had stalling issues due to the defect. 

The repair

Dealers will rectify the flaws in the programming of the ECM and will replace ignition coils and – in some cases – the front exhaust pipes as well. This will be carried out free of charge. The recall began on April 16.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 465,000 vehicles are being included in this Subaru recall. To do a Subaru recall check if your vehicle is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Nissan recalls Murano SUVs for loss of steering, falling off wheels

Dearborn, MI – April 1, 2021 – Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY) is recalling 15,223 vehicles whose defective suspension may cause the driver to lose control of the car. It may also result in the front wheels of the vehicle falling off.

The recall includes  Nissan Murano 2020 crossover SUVs.

The affected parts are the right hand transverse and the left hand transverse links, with part numbers 54500-5AA0C and 54501-5AA0C, respectively.

Recall summary 

Transverse links  – also known as control arms – are part of the car’s suspension that keeps the wheels of the car in line with its body.  They are connected to the rest of suspension by ball joints. Because of a manufacturing error, these Murano 2020’s links are defective.

As a result, they can get disconnected from the ball joint. This may result in the driver losing ability to steer and getting into an accident. In some cases, it may even result in the front wheels falling off.

Safety risks

Losing control of the car while driving and having the front wheels fall off may result in an accident that may turn fatal not only for the occupants of the car but also pedestrians and other motorists.

Warning signs

Nissan indicates that there are no warning signs. However, at least in some cases, the driver may be able to determine that there is a problem with the links if you notice the following signs:

  • Tires wear unevenly.
  • “When driving over bumps,” the steering vibrates or you can hear a “banging noise.”

Other Nissan recalls

In 2017, Mazda had recalled RX-8 sports cars also because of pertaining to defective ball joints. Read more on the same here.

More recently, Nissan recalled 127,000  2018-2021 Nissan Titan and 2019-2021 Nissan Altima in search of seven defective tires linked to the Continental tire recall.

The 2020 Murano has previously not been the subject of any recalls.

The repair

To fix the issue, dealers will inspect and potentially replace the links. They will also carry out a vehicle alignment procedure if the links are found to be defective. The Nissan recall begins on April 21.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 15,000 vehicles are a part of this recall. To  perform a Nissan recall check, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Jaguar recalls SUVs for defective high beams

Dearborn, MI – March 16, 2021 – Jaguar Land Rover (NYSE:TTM) has recalled 26,805 sports utility vehicles due to a faulty Auto High Beam (AHB) system. The high beams light up on their own, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall includes the following compact SUVs:

  • Land Rover Discovery 2020
  • Land Rover Discovery 2018 – 2019 
  • Range Rover 2018 – 2020
  • Range Rover Sport 2018 – 2020
  • Range Rover Velar 2018 – 2019
  • Range Rover Velar 2020

Recall summary 

The above mentioned vehicles have a faulty Auto High Beam (AHB) system. The beams light up without the driver’s input and the instrument cluster does not provide any indication that they are on. The cause of the defect is software, with multiple part numbers, including JY32-14C088-JL and KY32-14C088-JG.

Safety risks

During nighttime, the faulty lights may blind oncoming drivers, upping the risk of an accident, which can injure or kill the motorists and passengers involved.

Other Jaguar Land Rover recalls

In July 2019, a “seat belt locking glitch” forced Jaguar to recall the Range Rover Sport 2018 and  Range Rover Sport 2019.  The driver and passengers could not properly fasten their seat belts, increasing the risk of an injury during an accident.

The 2020 Velar has not been subject to any other recalls.

Repair

Dealers will fix the issue by providing a free software update. The recall starts on April 23.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Close to 27,000 sports utility vehicles will be included in this Jaguar Land Rover recall.  Use the MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool to check if your vehicle is a part of this recall.

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Ford recalls 79,017 vehicles due to faulty windshields

Dearborn, MI – March 1, 2021 – Ford (NYSE:F) has announced a recall of 79,017 Ford F-series trucks with faulty windshields, which may fail to adequately protect the car occupants or injure them during a crash.

The recall includes:

  • 2021 Ford F 150 vehicles 
  • 2020-2021 Ford super-duty vehicles 

Recall summary

The front windshields of the affected vehicles are not glued well to the vehicle body structure.  This violates the federal safety standards, which state that a windshield should be strongly bonded to the body of the car.

The bonding defect is caused by a supplier using a “non-conforming” batch of paint.

Warning signs

The driver may be alerted to a loose windshield if he or she hears “wind noise” or notices a water leak.

Safety risks

A loose windshield is more likely to crack or even separate from the car, especially in the case of an accident. This may result in the car occupants getting injured by broken glass or being exposed to road debris and other objects hitting their face and body at a high speed.

To learn more about the dangers of road debris, please see our recent article about a Land Rover recall for fly-away spoilers.

Other Ford recalls

2020 F 150 trucks were among Ford vehicles recalled last fall for faulty rearview cameras that distorted the image for the driver, resulting in a higher risk of a crash. Over 400 F150 2020 were also recalled in April for a risk of fire.

Repair

To fix the issue, dealers will detach the windshield and reinstall it. The repair is free of charge.  Repair notifications will be sent out to the owners starting on April 6.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 79,000 vehicles are included in this Ford F-series recall. To see if your vehicle is one of them, bookmark MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool and visit the website when more details become available.

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