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Volkswagen’s New Atlas Already Subject To First Recall 13
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in NHTSA, Recalls, VW, VW Atlas on 12 13th, 2017


Volkswagen just introduced the Atlas, but the new three-row crossover is already being subjected to its first recall campaign.

Apparently the problem comes down to the fuel tank, the walls of which may not have been manufactured thick enough, potentially leading to a fuel leak.

VW identified the problem after a complaint was filed, and narrowed the issue down to the extruding machine with which YAPP Automotive Systems manufactures the fuel tanks in Michigan.

Fuel leaks being dangerous and all, Volkswagen and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a recall notice.

Fortunately the campaign only affects an estimated 58 vehicles in the United States, representing about 50 percent of those manufactured between May 16 and June 10 of this year. Those units will be called in to their local dealers to have their entire fuel tanks replaced in a process that’s set to begin before the end of the year.

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Bugatti Chiron Hit With Worldwide Recall 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Bugatti, Bugatti Chiron, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


Bugatti has announced a recall of 47 examples of the 1,500 hp Chiron hypercar, 12 of which reside in the United States.

In what is just the latest example of high-priced exotics not being immune to recalls, Bugatti recently informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that a number of Chirons have faulty welds in the front seat recliner brackets.

The French automaker says it has notified all the affected owners and will transport each Chiron via enclosed truck to the most convenient Bugatti dealerships for inspections. If inspections reveal a faulty weld, Bugatti will replace the entire seating assembly.

Although deliveries of the Chiron commenced quite some time ago, the road is far from over for the car. Bugatti is widely expected to announce the Chiron’s top speed sometime in 2018 but it remains to be seen if it will top the 277.9 mph top speed record recently set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.

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Bugatti Chiron Hit With Worldwide Recall 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Bugatti, Bugatti Chiron, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


Bugatti has announced a recall of 47 examples of the 1,500 hp Chiron hypercar, 12 of which reside in the United States.

In what is just the latest example of high-priced exotics not being immune to recalls, Bugatti recently informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that a number of Chirons have faulty welds in the front seat recliner brackets.

The French automaker says it has notified all the affected owners and will transport each Chiron via enclosed truck to the most convenient Bugatti dealerships for inspections. If inspections reveal a faulty weld, Bugatti will replace the entire seating assembly.

Although deliveries of the Chiron commenced quite some time ago, the road is far from over for the car. Bugatti is widely expected to announce the Chiron’s top speed sometime in 2018 but it remains to be seen if it will top the 277.9 mph top speed record recently set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.

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20 Million Vehicles In The US Still Need Their Takata Airbags Replaced 23
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in NHTSA, Recalls, Reports on 11 23rd, 2017


Automakers are working to recall vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators, but the bulk of the work still lies ahead.

According to the latest numbers cited by Automotive News, some 20 million vehicles fitted with the problematic inflators in the United States alone still need to be recalled.

That works out to 64 percent, or nearly two thirds of the 31.5 million vehicles being recalled for the issue that has claimed 13 lives in the US.

All told, some 43 million of those inflators have been recalled – with some vehicles requiring two – and as of mid-September, only 25 million of have already been replaced. What’s more is that the total number is expected to climb to 65 million by the end of next year when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expands the recall to the next phase.

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20 Million Vehicles In The US Still Need Their Takata Airbags Replaced 23
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in NHTSA, Recalls, Reports on 11 23rd, 2017


Automakers are working to recall vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators, but the bulk of the work still lies ahead.

According to the latest numbers cited by Automotive News, some 20 million vehicles fitted with the problematic inflators in the United States alone still need to be recalled.

That works out to 64 percent, or nearly two thirds of the 31.5 million vehicles being recalled for the issue that has claimed 13 lives in the US.

All told, some 43 million of those inflators have been recalled – with some vehicles requiring two – and as of mid-September, only 25 million of have already been replaced. What’s more is that the total number is expected to climb to 65 million by the end of next year when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expands the recall to the next phase.

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BMW Stops Sales Of i3 And Issues Voluntary Recall Of All Models 20
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i3, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports on 11 20th, 2017


Over the weekend, reports surfaced that BMW had ordered a sales stop on all i3s models in the United States and the company was on the verge of recalling of every i3 sold in America since 2014.

The news was initially reported by InsideEVs which posted an image of a non-compliance recall document which suggested i3 vehicles from the 2014-2018 model years were going to be recalled due to their failure to meet frontal impact performance standards.

We reached out to BMW of North America and Product and Technology spokesperson Rebecca Kiehne said : “In a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test of the BMW i3 – specifically the unbelted small adult rigid barrier test (NHTSA’s 5th percentile female) – the driver seat occupant sustained loads marginally above the limit.”

Kiehne went on to say “While BMW’s compliance testing showed results well below the required limits, more recent testing has shown inconsistent results.”

Due to the conflicting results, BMW of North America has issued a recall of the i3 and is working with the NHTSA to understand the differences in their test results. Kiehne said the company recommends all occupants use their seatbelts and confirmed a “remedy is forthcoming.” In a follow up e-mail, Kiehne confirmed a stop-sale order has been issued in the United States.

While recalls are unfortunate, it’s important to remember the crash test involved an unbelted small adult in the 5th percentile female range. This effectively means the issue applies to unbelted women who are approximately five feet (1.52 meters) tall and weigh around 110 lbs (49.9 kg).

BMW of North America will likely provide more information about the recall in the future and initial reports suggested the company would be contacting i3 owners by mail in January.

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Hit The Brakes In Your Honda Odyssey And The Seats Could Tip Over 20
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Odyssey, NHTSA, Recalls on 11 20th, 2017


Did someone tell you the minivan was dead? Not for Honda, it’s not. The Japanese automaker sells its Odyssey hand over fist in America, where it stands as its fifth most popular model line – behind the Civic, Accord, CR-V, and Pilot, and well ahead of anything that the Acura division sells.

Little wonder, then, that when it has to recall the Odyssey, Honda has to recall a lot of them. About 800,000 of them in this latest campaign.

The problem with all those 2011-17 Odysseys comes down to the second row of seating, which could tip forward under hard braking – but only if it’s not properly latched after adjustment.

That doesn’t strike us as Honda’s fault, per se. But having received 46 reports of minor injuries resulting from this problem, it’s issued a recall for all those minivans to have their latches repaired or replaced.

While it figures out just what to do, however, Honda’s released detailed instructions (and will soon release an instructional video) showing owners how to properly latch those benches in place.

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Infiniti Fears QX30 Driver’s Airbag May Inadvertadly Deploy, Issues Recall 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Infiniti, Infiniti QX30, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Infiniti announced a recall involving certain units of the QX30 because the driver’s airbag could deploy randomly. Although no incidents related to the subject have been reported, the issue could cause injury to the driver and increase the risk of a crash.

“The combination of an electrostatic discharge to a broken steering column module clock spring, and an insufficient grounding to the steering column, might lead to an inadvertent deployment of the airbag“, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wrote in the description of the defect.

The recall affects 17,507 units of the 2017-2018 MY QX30 manufactured from August 10, 2015, to June 16, 2017. Owners of these vehicles will be contacted by Nissan starting with December 18. Subsequent to scheduling an appointment with authorized dealers, technicians will add a commutator ring to the steering column to assure proper grounding and fix the problem, free of charge.

The latest Infiniti recall follows a similar action taken by Mercedes-Benz last month, over an identical problem. The German car manufacturer recalled almost 500,000 vehicles, from the CLA to the E-Class, including certain AMG models and the GLA, which shares its platform and most mechanical parts with the QX30.

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Toyota’s Recalling Hundreds Of Thousands Of Sienna Minivans For Rollaway Risk 29
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in NHTSA, Recalls, TOYOTA, Toyota Sienna on 10 29th, 2017


You don't buy a Toyota Sienna because it's fast or handles well. And despite Toyota's “swagger wagon” commercials, you don't buy a Sienna because it's “cool.” You buy a Sienna because it's a solid and safe way to transport your family.
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Hyundai Re-Recalls 443k Sonatas Over The Same Seatbelt Problem 24
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hybrids, Hyundai, Hyundai Sonata, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 24th, 2017


Nearly half a million Hyundai Sonata owners are going to be getting a recall notice in the mail soon – for an issue they likely thought they'd already dealt with.
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Mercedes Recalls Half A Million Vehicles For Unexpected Airbag Deployment 22
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mercedes, Mercedes B-Class, Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes CLA, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes GLA, Mercedes GLC, Mercedes GLK, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 22nd, 2017


Mercedes-Benz has announced the recall of nearly half a million vehicles across the United States due to a problem with their airbags.
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Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Pickups To Shield Door Latches 20
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford F-Series, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 20th, 2017


Recalling a model as prolific as the Ford F-150 is no simple matter. Just take this latest campaign, for example, which involves over 1.3 million vehicles.
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BMW’s Recalling Nearly All X3s In The US From 2006 Through 2010 19
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW X3, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 19th, 2017


BMW has issued a recall for 85,302 examples of the X3 in the United States – specifically 2.5i, 3.0i, and xDrive30i models from the 2006-2010 model years.
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FCA Recalls Half A Million Jeeps, Dodge And Chryslers 15
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Chrysler, Chrysler 200, Dodge, Dodge Avenger, FCA, Jeep, Jeep Cherokee - Liberty, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 15th, 2017


A problem with the active head restraints in certain vehicles manufactured earlier this decade has prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall nearly half a million vehicles.
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VW Adds 74,000 Touaregs To Porsche Cayenne Fuel Leak Recall 9
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in NHTSA, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Recalls, VW, VW Touareg on 10 9th, 2017


A couple of weeks ago, Porsche announced it was recalling a number of first-generation Cayennes. Now Volkswagen is following suit by recalling the Touareg for the same reason.
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