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.

Senamile NkosiFord recalls Transit vans over inoperative HVAC controls

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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Kia and Hyundai recall cars that may stall

Irvine, CA – November 5, 2022 – Kia (OTCMKTS: KIMTF) and sister company Hyundai (OTCMKTS:HYMTF) are recalling 69,038 sedans and SUVs whose transmissions may shift out of Drive on their own, leaving the vehicle without motive power. This increases the risk of a crash and injury.  

Only the models with a 2.5-liter engine and 8-speed automatic transmission are affected.

 The following models are included:

  • 2021 – 2023 Kia K5
  • 2021 – 2022 Kia Sorento
  • 2021 – 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2021 – 2022 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2021 – 2022 Hyundai Veloster N
  • 2022 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2022 Hyundai Kona N
  • 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

Recall summary

The transmission of the affected vehicles has an oil pump whose role is to “drive the engine to rotate,” according to Japanese auto supplier Toyo. Due to a manufacturing error, the pump may fail. If this happens, the vehicle will alert the driver and then, within several seconds, shift the transmission out of Drive. This will cause loss of drive power.

The component causing this recall is the electric oil pump with part number 46220-2N510. 

Background of the recall

The recall follows on the heels of 265 Kia and Hyunda incidents alleging vehicles stalling while driving. Some drivers have reported “doing 70[miles per hour] on heavy traffic with a huge truck to [the] right” when “the engine stopped responding.” No accidents or injuries have been reported so far.

Warning signs 

About 20 to 30 seconds before the stall happens, a chime and a message to “Stop Safely” will warn the driver about the issue. The malfunction indicator light (MIL) will also come on.

Recall risks

For more on the risks of this recall please visit this article about a similar RAM recall.

Other Kia recalls

Just recently, Kia recalled some of its Sportage SUVs over loose wiring. This may cause the vehicle to stall or, in some cases, even catch fire

Owners should also be aware of Kia and Hyundai recalls caused by this issue that took place during this year

The repair

Dealers will check the transmissions on affected vehicles and replace them if necessary. In addition, they will reprogram the transmission’s control unit. This repair will be free of charge. 

Vehicle owners will be notified on December 9, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Kia loss of power issue is affecting nearly 70,000 vehicles. To do a Kia recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool

Bojan PopicKia and Hyundai recall cars that may stall

Kia issues second recall for older Sportage SUVs over fire risk 

Irvine, CA – November 4, 2022 – Kia (OTCMKTS:KIMTF) is once again recalling 71,704 2008 and 2009 Kia Sportage compact SUVs due to the risk of these vehicles catching fire while driving or parked.

These cars were previously repaired for the same problem in 2016 but caught fire several times since, prompting the manufacturer to issue another recall. This is the latest chapter in the Kia and Hyundai fire-related saga.

Recall summary

The vehicles in question may experience an “engine compartment fire originating from around the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU)”, which is part of the anti-lock brake system, or ABS module.

The exact cause of the fire is currently under investigation. However, in at least one case, the vehicle that caught fire had “corroded wiring near connector and foreign substances/corrosion on printed circuit board (PCB),” which is a “medium” used to host the car’s “electronic components.”

Background of the recall

The same vehicles were repaired in 2016 due an electrical short within HECU caused by corrosion from an “improperly sealed” HECU cover. Dealers addressed the problem by inspecting the modules and replacing them if any traces of corrosion were present. 

But it appears that the repair may not have been sufficient, given that the current recall comes on the heels of 8 fires and 15 “melting” incidents that occurred in cars post-repair.

Recall risks

Risks with vehicle fires are well documented here and in previous similar recalls, such as this Hyundai fire issue from August 2022

Warning signs

If the HECU module overheats or catches fire, the ABS warning light on the dashboard may illuminate. Apart from that, the driver or occupants may notice the smell of burning or observe smoke.

Safety tips

Kia advises owners to park outdoors and away from buildings or other vehicles until the problem has been resolved. For tips on what to do in the even of fire, please visit the following article about yet another Kia fire recall.

Other Kia Sportage recalls

These fire issues are not the only problem that has been troubling the Korean manufacturer lately. Just a few days ago, they had to recall a batch of brand-new Kia Sportages that might catch fire

Vehicle fires are a problem that Kia and its sister company, Hyundai, have been tackling for some time now. These issues have been recapped in this article

The repair

At this time, the manufacturer is working on a solution for this Kia fire risk issue. Once available, the final repair will be free of charge. 

Vehicle owners will receive notification about the current issue on or around December 22, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 70,000 SUVs are being recalled over this Kia engine fire risk. To do a Kia recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool

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Nissan recalls trucks and SUVs whose rearview cameras may freeze up 

Franklin, TN – November 3, 2022 – Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY) is recalling 27,344 trucks and SUVs whose rearview cameras may fail to show an image. This increases the risk of a crash while backing up and a consequent injury.

The following models are affected by this recall:

  • 2022 Nissan Frontier
  • 2022 Nissan Titan 
  • 2022 Nissan Titan XD
  • 2021 – 2022 Nissan Rogue

Recall summary

All listed vehicles are fitted with a rearview camera, as mandated by current road regulations. But on affected cars, due to a software error, the display on the central console may fail to show an image from this camera.

The component causing this recall is the In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system, with different part numbers including 25915 9FY1D and 2591A 6RR1A. 

Recall risks

If unable to see what’s behind the vehicle when backing up, the driver may crash into other vehicles or pedestrians, increasing the risk of an injury. 

Other Nissan recalls

Among previous Nissan Rogue recalls, the one caused by jammed seat belts, which happened in October 2022, is the latest. 

In addition, there were several Nissan Titan recalls during the past few months. One that happened in July 2022 was caused by defective transmissions that may slip out of Park

Th repair

The manufacturer will fix the issue by releasing a software update, which will be done “over-the-air”. This means owners won’t have to take their cars to their dealers. And, as always, the repair will be free of charge. 

Vehicle owners will be notified on November 18, 2022. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Nissan infotainment system issue is affecting nearly 30,000 vehicles. To do a Nissan recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool

Bojan PopicNissan recalls trucks and SUVs whose rearview cameras may freeze up 

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

Stellantis recalls Jeep Wrangler hybrids over power loss

Auburn Hills, MI – November 1, 2022 – Stellantis (NYSE:STLA), which owns the Chrysler and Jeep brands, is recalling 13,722 2022 – 2023 Jeep Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) over a problem that could result in the vehicle stalling without warning. This ups the risk of a crash and injury.

Recall summary

Electrical fuses are safety devices that protect equipment against too much electric current. In the event of a power surge or overheating, part of the fuse melts, breaking the circuit. Fuses are especially important in plug-in hybrid vehicles, which use high-voltage batteries.

In the affected vehicles, a fuse in the battery assembly is secured with the wrong fasteners. These fasteners create higher-than-normal electrical resistance, generating heat and potentially causing the fuse to fail. If the fuse fails, the vehicle will lose power to the engine.

The component involved in this recall is the hybrid battery pack assembly, with part number 05193168AH.

Recall risks

Loss of power while driving dramatically augments the risk of a crash.

Warning signs

A Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) may turn on in the instrument panel, and the driver may notice a noise coming from the high-voltage battery pack assembly or a change in the vehicle’s drivability.

Other Jeep recalls

In December 2021, Stellantis issued a recall for 2,903 2021-2022 Jeep Wrangler PHEVs on account of a faulty odometer. Without a way to monitor the vehicle’s mileage, owners may miss out on important maintenance schedules.

In June 2022, certain 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee units were included in a recall issued by Stellantis over a defect with the high-pressure fuel pump. This could increase the chances of the vehicle stalling while in operation, leading to a crash.

The repair

Dealers will inspect the fuse fasteners on the affected vehicles and replace the fuse assembly if necessary. If charring or discoloration is observed, the high-voltage battery pack assembly will be replaced. The remedy will be done free of charge, and Stellantis will reimburse owners who paid for repairs prior to the issuance of the Jeep Wrangler recalls.

Affected owners will be notified on or around December 2, 2022.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 13,000 vehicles are affected by these plug-in hybrid electric issues. To check for other potential Jeep and Fiat Chrysler recalls on your vehicle, run a Jeep recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloStellantis recalls Jeep Wrangler hybrids over power loss

Is your Ford vehicle part of recall?

Dearborn, MI – October 31, 2022 – In 2022, Ford (NYSE:F) has been subject to 57 recalls, affecting 7.5 million vehicles. In addition to the recalls, Ford has faced one lawsuit and three investigations.

Read on to see if your vehicle is affected.

Lawsuit

In late July, Ford was sued over 2021 Lincoln Navigator and Expedition SUVs that may catch fire. Owners of the vehicles argued that Ford “either knew or should have known” about the defect relating to more than 66,000 vehicles well before the recall was issued.

Investigations  

The company is subject to three investigations, which could result in additional recalls.

In the beginning of September, the U.S government auto safety regulator – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – opened an investigation into brake fluid leaks affecting 2013-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. Approximately 1.73 million vehicles could be recalled as a result.

In mid-June, a Ford investigation was launched after a dealer allegedly sold a 2021 Ford Escape compact crossover SUV, which was part of a recall at the time. The sale of a car that is being recalled is illegal.

Prior to that in early June, the regulator launched an investigation into 25,538 2021 Ford Bronco vehicles that may stall. 

Recalls

Ford fire risk recalls

A total of 708,788 Ford vehicles were recalled due to fire risk.  

In April, 345,451 Escape and Bronco Sport SUVs were recalled because of an engine fault that could lead to a fire. This was prompted by at least 21 warranty claims and reports of fire. 

In early September, 198,482 vehicles were recalled over a faulty motor, indicated by the smell of something burning or smoke emerging from the instrument panel vents.

Other fire-related Ford recalls include one in July affecting 100,689 vehicles, an SUV recall affecting 39,013 vehicles, a truck recall affecting 19,697 vehicles, as well as a Maverick pickup truck recall affecting 5,456 vehicles.

Ford rollaway issues

Several recalls also transpired due to the risk of cars rolling away into the oncoming traffic.

The biggest Ford recall this year was in mid-June. The recall affected 2.9 million vehicles and was prompted by several reports of property damage and injuries caused by the issue

Prior to that in April, 391,836 vehicles had a trailer brakes issue, increasing the stopping distance and potentially causing harm

Ford truck recalls

One of the most recent Ford truck recalls was in August, where 58,203 F-150 trucks had a rollaway and stalling issue. This was attributed to a fracture in the driveshaft, which transfers engine power to the wheels.

In May, Ford F-Series trucks were recalled due to an issue with the transmission, which could lead to the subject vehicles rolling away when parked. This recall affected 23,165 heavy duty trucks.

Ford Bronco recalls

In July, 63,294 Ford Bronco and Ranger vehicles were recalled over windshields that could detach. The cause of the issue was yet to be confirmed. 

Another one of this year’s Ford Bronco recalls was in June, where 53,103 vehicles were recalled over faulty child lock concerns

Is your Ford vehicle part of a recall?

This year alone, over 55 Ford recalls have been issued. To do a Ford recall check to see if your vehicle is affected by any of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool

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