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.

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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

Tesla recalls Model 3s with unsecured seat belts 

Austin, TX – November 11, 2022 – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is recalling 24,064 2017-2022 Tesla Model 3 electric cars, whose seat belts may not restrain occupants in the event of a crash. This ups the risk of injury. 

Recall summary

In the listed vehicles, the second-row left seat buckle and the middle seat anchor are held in place with one bolt. When servicing the vehicles, technicians failed to re-assemble the components correctly. This may result in the seat belts in the second row being loose.

Recall risks

A loose or otherwise defective seat belt might not hold the passenger in place if there is a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. 

Warning signs

If not reassembled properly, one or both of these components will be loose. 

Other Tesla Model 3 recalls

You can find comprehensive information about all Tesla recalls that took place in 2022 in this article

Additionally, some of 2017 Tesla Model 3 cars, as well as many others, were recalled last month because their windows may malfunction and catch passenger limbs

The repair

Dealers will inspect the seat belt anchoring points on these vehicles and rearrange them correctly if needed. This repair is free of charge. 

In addition, to stop this from happening in the future, Tesla has updated their service procedure manuals. 

Owners will be notified on December 20, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Nearly 25,000 electric cars are recalled over this Tesla seat belt issue. To do a Tesla recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool

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Hyundai recalls Santa Fe SUVs that may catch fire

Irvine, CA – November 10, 2022 – Hyundai (OTCMKTS:HYMTF) is recalling 44,396 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs, over the risk of catching fire while driving or parked. This increases the risk of crash, injury, or property damage.

This is the latest in the long list of both Hyundai and its sister company Kia fire-related recalls.

Recall summary  

Affected vehicles are equipped with the anti-lock brake system, or ABS, which prevents the wheels from locking up when braking. Due to the reasons still unknown, the electronic module that controls this system may overheat. In some cases, this may result in a fire inside the engine compartment, where this system is located. 

The component causing this recall is the ABS module with part number 58920-4Z300, made by Korean manufacturer Mando. 

Recall risks

For more on the risks of this recall, please visit the following page about a recent Kia recall caused by the same risk.

Other Hyundai recalls

Just a few days ago, Hyundai recalled a range of their models, including Santa Fe, over the risk of stalling.

Both Kia and Hyundai have recalled countless vehicles due to the risk of fire. You can see a summary of the issues here. Since the publication of that article, another Kia fire recall came out less than a week ago.

The repair

As with previous similar issues, the dealers will replace the fuse for the ABS system with a modified one. This new fuse will blow out if the module starts overheating, cutting power to it and preventing it from catching fire. The repair is free of charge.

Owners will be notified on December 26, 2022. 

Safety tips

Owners should park their vehicles away from structures until the new fuse is installed. For more on what to do in the event of a fire, please visit the following page.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

These Hyundai fire issues are affecting more than 40,000 SUVs. To do a Hyundai recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool

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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.

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Ford recalls Transit vans over inoperative HVAC controls

Dearborn, MI – November 8, 2022 – Ford (NYSE:F) is recalling 31,339 vehicles with inoperative heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system controls, which may lead to reduced visibility under certain weather conditions. This increases the risk of a crash.

This recall includes the 2022-2023 Ford Transit vehicles.

Recall summary

The Ford Transit HVAC system includes not only heating and cooling, but also the defog and defrost function, which blows air onto the windshield to clear condensation or frost.

Due to a software error, the HVAC system in the subject vehicles may stop responding to its controls.

The component in question is the software for the remote climate control module, with part numbers NK4T-18C612-AC and NK4T-18C612-BC.

Recall risks

The inability to control the defrost or defog function may limit the driver’s ability to see through the windshield, upping the risk of a crash and injury.

Other recent Ford recalls

In October, more than 11,000 Maverick pickup trucks were recalled due to brake lights that could illuminate even when the brakes were not in use. This could be confusing to other motorists and increase the risk of a crash.

In the same month, nearly 300,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles were recalled over a cloudy rearview camera image. Any interference or obstruction to the driver’s rear view could lead to a crash, especially when reversing.

Among other Ford Transit recalls was one in mid-June, when more than 30,000 vehicles were recalled over an instrument panel malfunction

The repair

To remedy the Ford HVAC issue, dealers will perform an update on the remote climate control module software at no cost to owners.

Owners will be notified of the remedy program between November 7, 2022 and November 14, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 30,000 vehicles are included in this recall. To perform a Ford recall check on your vehicle, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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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

Can my Tesla catch on fire?

Washington, D.C.November 6, 2022 – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been getting a lot of public attention lately because several of its electric cars caught fire. In most cases, this happened while driving and, apparently, without any warning signs, resulting in dangerous situations.  

With all that in mind, it is no wonder drivers worry about Tesla electrical issues. In this article, we will go over the reported cases and assess the risks involved. 

Is my Tesla likely to catch fire? 

At this time, there is no evidence to suggest these electric vehicles (EVs) are more prone to spontaneous fires than any other cars. In fact, manufacturers such as Hyundai or Chrysler had much more trouble with this than Tesla. 

However, recently, there has been a string of Tesla fires. It is not known if they are related or are part of a larger issue.

Recent Tesla fires 

August saw five Tesla fires. First, a Tesla Model S Plaid burst into flames when its drive unit malfunctioned. The defect was detected by the vehicles’ onboard computers, which warned the driver to drive slowly. But this, however, did not seem to help, as the car caught fire just a few miles afterward. 

In California, a Tesla Model S burst into flames while driving on the highway, with fire quickly spreading to nearby vegetation. The state also saw a case of a crash-damaged Tesla suddenly erupting in flames after sitting in a junkyard for three weeks.

Just a few days prior, a similar accident happened in Florida. Luckily, no one was severely injured on these occasions.

A Tesla also caught fire at a store in Massachusetts.

Risks

Although not all fires are caused by Teslas’ battery packs, high-voltage modules that Teslas and other electrical cars have are extremely difficult to put out. There are reports about firefighters tackling the flaming batteries for hours, as they would re-ignite several times. Besides being difficult to put out, these flames also reach much higher temperatures. All of this poses an additional risk if the vehicle fire happens near other cars or inside a building. 

What to do if my Tesla does burst into flames? 

While there is nothing to suggest your Tesla might catch fire, familiarizing yourself with the location and operation of door levers may be useful. This is because in Tesla cars, doors are electrically opened from the inside at a push of a button. But if a fire breaks out, it may bring down the whole electrical system, making the doors inoperable. Because of this, Tesla vehicles also have conventional door levers, which occupants may use in an emergency to safely exit the vehicle.   

You can also find more information about what to do if your car catches fire in this Kia fire-related recall.

 Is your vehicle part of a recall?

At this moment, there are no Tesla fire issues or recalls. But to do a Tesla recall check and see what might be troubling your own electric car, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool or see this article for an overview of recent ones

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