Volkswagen recalls vehicles over insufficient rearview visibility  

Auburn Hills, MI July 18, 2024 – Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) is recalling 84,432 sports cars and SUVs whose rearview cameras may not show an image. This limits visibility while backing up and increases the risk of a crash and injury.

The recall comes on the back of hundreds of warranty claims and affects the following vehicles:

  • 2024 Volkswagen Atlas
  • 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 
  • 2022 – 2024 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2022 – 2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Recall summary

Due to a software error, the rearview camera image in the affected vehicles may be delayed or not show up at all, limiting visibility while backing up.  

Recall risks

Limited rearview visibility ups the risk of a backover crash and property damage.

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the heels of nearly 500 warranty claims. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Volkswagen recalls

Malfunctioning instrument clusters and central displays were the cause of a recent Volkswagen ID.4 recall, as reported.

I.D4 cars were also at the heart of a December recall because of their flammable sunshades, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will update the vehicles’ software free of charge.

The owners should receive notifications on August 23, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Almost 85,000 hatchbacks and SUVs are affected by this Volkswagen rearview camera recall. To do a Volkswagen recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Toyota recalls SUVs whose airbags may not deploy correctly 

Plano, TX July 15, 2024 – Toyota (NYSE:TM), which owns the Lexus brand, is recalling 145,254 SUVs whose side airbags may not deploy as intended in a crash, upping the risk of injury. 

This recall affects the following models:

  • 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander
  • 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid
  • 2024 Lexus TX350
  • 2024 Lexus TX500 Hybrid

Recall summary

All listed SUVs are equipped with side airbags, which deploy in a crash to form a protective cushion between the occupants and the car’s doors and pillars.

Due to a supplier error, the airbag may partially deploy outside the window if the said window is rolled down. 

Recall risks

An incorrectly deployed airbag will not provide sufficient protection, augmenting the risk of injury.

Background of the recall

The airbags in question were designed by Swedish-American supplier Autoliv, which was also behind large-scale recalls related to faulty seat belts and unsecured child seats.

Other Toyota recalls

Issues with airbag deployment were the cause of another large Toyota airbag recall, which took place in January 2024, as reported.

Separately, Toyota Prius hybrids were recalled in May 2024 because their doors would open unexpectedly, also as reported.

The repair

The manufacturer is currently working on a solution to this problem. Once the repair is available, it will be free of charge. 

The owners should receive notifications between August 5, 2024, and August 19, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Toyota airbag recall affects nearly 150,000 Toyota and Lexus SUVs. To do a Toyota recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool. You can use the same tool to do a Lexus recall check.

 

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GM recalls new Cadillacs over faulty instrument panels

Warren, MI July 8, 2024 – General Motors (NYSE:GM), which owns the Cadillac brand, is recalling 6,746 SUVs whose driver information displays may fail to show when critical indicators – such as turn signals – are turned on. The defect may confuse other road users and increase the risk of a crash.

The recall comes on the back of hundreds of driver complaints and affects the following vehicles:

  • 2023 – 2025 Cadillac XT5
  • 2024 – 2025 Cadillac XT6

Recall summary

Due to a software error, the indicator lights for turn signals, hazards and high beams may “fail to illuminate” when engaged in the listed vehicles.

Recall risks

With no dashboard indicators to warn them, drivers could accidentally leave the turn signals or hazard lights on, which may confuse other road users. At the same time, incessant high beams may blind oncoming traffic, resulting in a collision.

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of nearly 200 driver complaints. No injuries or accidents have been reported.

Other Cadillac and GM recalls

A similar issue was the cause of another General Motors recall took place in January 2023 and affected several Cadillac models, as well several GMC and Chevrolet models, as reported.

In February 2024, General Motors recalled over 323,000 Chevy Silverado pickups whose tailgates would open while driving, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will update the instrument cluster software free of charge.

The owners should receive notifications on August 5, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Almost 7,000 luxury SUVs are affected by this Cadillac turn signals recall. To do a Cadillac 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 Nissan over faulty airbags

Washington, D.C. – July 5, 2024 – The U.S. government’s auto safety regulator is investigating Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY) over airbags that may trigger in the absence of an accident. This alleged defect increases the risk of an injury for the occupants of the car.

If the investigation leads to a recall, it could affect 74,702 2015 Nissan Rogue SUVs.  

Investigation summary  

The regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), opened an investigation on May 31, following “multiple” reports about side curtain airbags deploying when the car doors are slammed or shut.

Risks

Airbags that deploy inadvertently may injure the occupants. In addition, once triggered, the airbags are not functional anymore, meaning they will not there to provide protection if the car is involved into an accident later.

Other Nissan recalls 

In March 2024, Nissan issued a Nissan Rogue recall due to the cars’ seat belts failing to restraint the occupants in the event of a collision, as reported.

In May 2024, Nissan recalled brand new Sentra sedans over a loss of motive power, also as reported.

Is your vehicle part of a recall?

The issue could lead to a Nissan airbag recall, possibly affecting approximately 75,000 SUVs. To do a Nissan recall check and see if your car is affected, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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US government investigates I.D4 cars whose doors may open while driving

Washington, D.C. – July 3, 2024 – The U.S. government’s auto safety regulator is investigating Volkswagen (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) whose car doors may open while driving. This ups the risk of a side collision and could lead to a recall of 51,500 2021-2023 Volkswagen ID.4 electric cars. 

The affected vehicles were already recalled two separate times but it appears that the remedy was not sufficient.

Investigation summary  

The regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), opened an investigation on May 16, following 13 complaints of doors opening inadvertently while the vehicle was in motion. Some occupants could not open or close the doors due to inoperable door handles. 

This investigation aims to find out if the repairs carried out during the recalls were sufficient.  

Risks

The defect augments the risk of a side collision.

“Windows covered with water”

One driver complained that the issue escalated from a simple “annoyance” to a “scary safety hazard.” While stopped at the green light, he could not start the car after a door opened on its own and got stuck, preventing him from closing it to get the car going.

Another said that that when she rolled the windows “down then up,” they would be “covered with water.”

Background of the investigation

The door handles on these vehicles were the cause of two previous recalls, one of which took place in May of last year.

Other Volkswagen recalls 

The cars involved in the investigation were recalled in June due to malfunctioning displays, as reported.

In December, Volkswagen recalled I.D4 cars due to sunshades that were deemed flammable, also as reported.

Is your vehicle part of a recall?

If this investigation results in another Volkswagen door handle recall, it could affect approximately 50,000 electric cars. To do a Volkswagen recall check and see if your car is affected by this, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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GM recalls brand new Corvettes whose seat belts may jam 

Warren, MI July 1, 2024 – General Motors (NYSE:GM), which owns the Chevrolet brand, is recalling 13,464 2024-2025 Chevrolet Corvette sports cars whose occupants may be unable to use seat belts. 

This defect ups the chances of an injury in an accident.    

Recall summary

Because of a supplier error, drivers and passengers may be unable to pull out the seat belt webbing out of its retractor.

Recall risks

The occupants may choose to drive without seat belts, which augments the risk of injury in a crash.  

Safety tips

Drivers may be able to request courtesy transportation. Please contact GM for more details.

Other Chevrolet recalls

In February 2024, GM recalled over 20,000 Chevrolet and Buick sedans whose airbags could rupture during deployment, as reported.

Later that month, GM recalled over 300,000 Chevrolet pickup trucks whose tailgates could open while driving

The repair

Dealers will replace the seat belt retractors free of charge. The parts are currently not available.

The owners should receive notifications on July 22, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

More than 13,000 Corvette sports cars are affected by this Corvette seat belt recall. To do a Chevrolet recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Stellantis recalls Dodge Durango SUVs and RAMs over reduced control 

Auburn Hills, MI June 28, 2024 – Stellantis (NYSE:STLA), which owns the Dodge brand, is recalling 211,581 SUVs and pickup trucks whose drivers’ ability to control the car may be limited. The defect augments the risk of a loss of control and a crash.

The following vehicles are affected:   

  • 2022 Dodge Durango
  • 2022 RAM 2500
  • 2022 RAM 3500

Recall summary

The Electronic Stability Control system (ESC) is an extension of the anti-lock brakes (ABS) system whose job is to apply brakes to one or more wheels to keep the vehicle on track in slippery conditions or during sudden maneuvers.

Due to a software error, the ABS module may disable the ESC.

Recall risks

With the ESC out of order, the vehicle will be more difficult to control and stop during critical situations, which ups the chances of a crash and injury. 

Warning signs

The defect could trigger a corresponding warning light on the dashboard.  

Safety tips

While driving with a malfunctioning ESC is possible, you should adjust your speed and steering inputs accordingly.  

Other Stellantis recalls

Some of these RAM trucks may have been affected by rearview camera issues, which led to a recall in October 2023

Durango owners should be aware of a Dodge recall from March 2023 caused by rear spoilers that could separate from the vehicle while driving

The repair

Dealers will update the ABS control module free of charge. 

The owners should receive notifications on July 26, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

More than 210,000 SUVs and pickup trucks are affected by this Dodge ESC recall. To do a Dodge 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 fire risk, tells owners to park outside 

Irvine, CA June 20, 2024 – Kia (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is recalling 462,869 2020-2024 Kia Telluride SUVs over an electrical issue that may result in a fire “while parked or driving.”

This defect increases the risk of crash, injury or property damage.  

This recall is the latest contribution to the long list of Kia and Hyundai fire-related recalls and comes on the back of the “driver seat [catching] on fire while driving.”

Recall summary

The seats in these SUVs are adjusted by electric motors that only come on when the driver engages the seat slide knob. Due to a supplier error, the knob may jam in the ON position, leaving the motors to run continuously.  

Recall risks

A continuously operating electric motor may overheat and burst into flames. The resulting vehicle fire ups the chances of a crash, injury or property damage. 

Warning signs

Besides the inability to adjust the seat, the occupant may notice a burning smell or smoke emerging from underneath it.

Safety tips

Before the repair is done, the manufacturer recommends that drivers park outside and away from structures.

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of at least six instances of “localized melting of seat tilt motor” and one instance of the driver seat catching fire. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

This recall is the latest edition of the never-ending Kia fire saga which saw it and its sister company Hyundai recall millions of vehicles over the recent years. Both companies are also subject to an ongoing U.S. government investigation, as reported.

Other Kia recalls

Some of these Kia Telluride SUVs may have been affected by an April recall concerning faulty high beams

The same vehicles were recalled later that month over the risk of rollaway when parked, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will install an improved slide knob and an additional supporting bracket free of charge. 

The owners should receive notifications between July 30, 2024, and July 31, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

This Kia seat fire fire recall affects more than 460,00 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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Mazda recalls CX-90 SUVs over sudden braking 

Washington D.C. June 18, 2024 – Mazda (OTCMKTS:MZDAY) is recalling 9,914 2024 Mazda CX-90 SUVs that may brake on their own. This ups the risk of an accident.

Recall summary

These SUVs are equipped with an automated braking system which applies the brakes if there is an obstacle in front of the vehicle. 

Due to a software error, the system may malfunction.

Recall risks

A vehicle that suddenly brakes is more likely to get hit from behind, increasing the risk of injury. 

Other Mazda recalls

In January 2024, Mazda recalled certain B-series pickup trucks because their airbags would fail to deploy in a crash, as reported.

CX-90 SUVs were recalled in November of last year because of malfunctioning 360-degree cameras, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will fix this issue by updating the vehicle software free of charge.

The owners should receive their notifications on July 17, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Just short of 10,000 SUVs are affected by this Mazda phantom braking recall. To do a Mazda recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Ford recalls new Mustangs over shifting issues, fire risk

Dearborn, MI June 14, 2024 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 8,161 2024 Ford Mustang sports cars that may catch fire or have difficulty switching gears. Both conditions up the risk of a crash and injury and in fact, the recall comes on the back of two fires.

Recall summary

The clutch line in these vehicles with manual transmission is responsible for “transmitting hydraulic pressure” and brake fluid between the engine and transmission, allowing the driver to switch gears. 

Due to a supplier error,  the clutch line is not properly attached to the rest of the car. That may result in it contacting “hot exhaust components” and melting, “leaking brake fluid.”

This may cause an inability to change gears and, if the fluid touches any hot components, an engine fire. 

Recall risks

With the driver unable to shift gears, the vehicle may stall.

Separately, a fire increases the risk of injury for the occupants of the car. 

Warning signs

If the escaping brake fluid leaks onto hot engine components, it may generate smoke and a strong burning odor. 

Background of the recall

The recall comes on the back of two fires and a report of underhood smoke. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Ford recalls

Issues concerning brake fluid were the cause of another Mustang recall, which took place in December 2023 and affected nearly 200,000 cars

Earlier this month, close to 9,000 Ford and Lincoln SUVs were recalled over loss of power, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will repair clutch pressure lines free of charge.

The owners should receive notifications on June 17, 2024. 

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

Over 8,000 muscle cars are affected by this Mustang clutch recall. To do a Ford recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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