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Chrysler’s Recalling 160,000 Stalling Pacifica Minivans 15
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, NHTSA, Recalls on 01 15th, 2018


Chrysler is having issues with some units of the Pacifica stalling, so it’s issued a recall about its minivan.

The problem, which affects 162,508 vrhicles worldwide, stems from the engine control unit, which “may incorrectly assess the engines’ operating status,” according to the manufacturer, who adds that “if this occurs, the engine may stall.”

The issue could arise in a wide array of circumstances: when the vehicle is idling, starting, turning, or driving at low and steady speeds. It appears to be limited strictly to conventionally powered 2017 models, and not to the hybrid version.

Of the vehicles being recalled, the vast majority (153,859 units) are located in the United States. Another 7,457 are in Canada, 974 in Mexico and 245 outside of North America.

No injuries related to the issue have been reported so far, with the drivers apparently able to restart the vehicle without difficulty after it stalls. The fix will involve Chrysler’s dealers simply reflashing the software.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Recalled To Untangle Its Seat Belts 14
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes GLE, NHTSA, Recalls on 01 14th, 2018


Mercedes didn’t quite invent the seat belt, but with innovations like the pretensioner and the three-point belt, you might argue that it perfected it.

That’s why it’s surprising to see the German automaker having trouble with the most essential of safety devices – and on one of its flagship models, no less.

We’re referring, of course, to the Mercedes-AMG GT, 1,263 examples of which from the 2018 model year are being recalled in the United States to fix a problem with the seat belts binding in their guidance loops and leaving slack.

The recall includes base, C, S, and R models, which will need to have their seat belt guides reconfigured at their local dealerships.

At the same time, Mercedes is also recalling 64 examples of the GLE 550e hybrid crossover to replace their tire-pressure labels. These in addition to the batch of recalls issued just the other day.

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When Will It End? Takata Recalls Another 3.3 Million Airbags In The USA 8
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, audi, BMW, Daimler, FCA, Ford, GM, honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, mercedes, Mitsubishi, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports, Subaru, Tesla on 01 8th, 2018


Takata added another 3.3 million airbag inflators to the continuously expanding recall, making it the largest of its kind in the United States of America.

According to a report published by DetroitFreePress, the latest action revolves around the faulty frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles made by a variety of car brands.

The list of automakers includes Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Tesla. The exact models will be announced later this month, in the paperwork submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Takata’s faulty airbag inflators include ammonium nitrate, a chemical used to create a small explosion that fills the airbags quickly in the event of a crash. However, it’s known that when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, the chemical deteriorates, causing the metal canister to blow apart and spreading shrapnel into the cabin.

So far, at least 180 people have been injured by the metal bits worldwide, and more than 20 have lost their lives.

The NHTSA continues to monitor the automakers’ repairs progress, but even though Takata recalls originally began back in 2001, many companies have been slow to replace the airbag inflators.

A report published by an independent monitor, quoted by DetroitFreePress, states that 43.1 million inflators had been recalled until September 15, 2017, out of which only 18.5 million had been replaced, which accounts for 43 percent.

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Mercedes Recalls Include AMG GT, G550 4×4², Maybach S600 & More 7
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes GLC, Mercedes GLE, Mercedes GLS, Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes-Maybach, NHTSA, Recalls on 01 7th, 2018


Mercedes-Benz has issued four recall campaigns in the United States all at once, covering a wide array of vehicles for issues ranging from door locks to headlights.

The largest among them covers an estimated 8,700 vehicles from the GLE, GLS, and S-Class ranges – including AMG models and even the Maybach S600 – all 2017 and 2018 models.

They’re being recalled for a problem with the latches on their left-rear passenger doors, which may not lock properly. Each will have to be inspected by a local technician and potentially have those lock mechanisms replaced.

The next largest recall affects 8,134 examples of the GLC, which simply need to have their headlights checked and possibly readjusted. Another 432 examples of the G550 (including the 4×4²) whose power brakes may not be working properly. Finally ten examples of the AMG GT equipped with the optional AMG Performance Seats will need to either have software for their passenger airbags updated or the passenger seat cushion replaced.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all four campaigns will kick off this month, though the parts for the G-Class and AMG GT are expected to take another month or two to arrive before they can be fitted.

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NHTSA May Get Ford To Recall 1.4 Million Pickups And SUVs 3
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Expedition, Ford F-150, Ford Mustang, Lincoln Navigator, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports, SUV, Trucks on 01 3rd, 2018


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may get Ford to widen a recall for vehicles with faulty transmissions.

In 2016, the car manufacturer recalled 153,000 vehicles as their automatic transmissions could unexpectedly shift into first gear. Vehicles impacted included select F-150, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Ford Mustang models.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the NHTSA is now investigating whether the recall should have in fact included up to 1.4 million F-150s, Navigators, and Expeditions from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 model years.

According to the NHTSA, a number of owners have complained, stating that Ford’s repairs didn’t work.

Ford says it is cooperating with the investigation.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Recalled Over Contaminated Brake Fluid 2
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, NHTSA, Recalls on 01 2nd, 2018


When you drive any new vehicle, you count on the brakes to be working properly at all times. But this is not the case with certain Alfa Romeos, as the company has just issued a recall concerning this issue.

The Italian automaker reports that it filled the braking systems on a few hundred new Giulias and Stelvios with contaminated brake fluid, which could damage the brakes and keep them from performing as they should.

The problem appears to be limited to 2018 models manufactured between the 14th and 23rd of November, 2017, of which only 307 examples are estimated to be found in the United States, though it’s possible that there are more in other countries around the world.

Those sedans and crossovers will need to be brought in to their local dealers to have the braking systems inspected and, where necessary, replaced entirely. The process is set to kick off on February 8, so drivers of the affected vehicles had better test their brakes to make sure they’re working in the meantime or refrain from using them altogether.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Recalled Over Contaminated Brake Fluid 2
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, NHTSA, Recalls on 01 2nd, 2018


When you drive any new vehicle, you count on the brakes to be working properly at all times. But this is not the case with certain Alfa Romeos, as the company has just issued a recall concerning this issue.

The Italian automaker reports that it filled the braking systems on a few hundred new Giulias and Stelvios with contaminated brake fluid, which could damage the brakes and keep them from performing as they should.

The problem appears to be limited to 2018 models manufactured between the 14th and 23rd of November, 2017, of which only 307 examples are estimated to be found in the United States, though it’s possible that there are more in other countries around the world.

Those sedans and crossovers will need to be brought in to their local dealers to have the braking systems inspected and, where necessary, replaced entirely. The process is set to kick off on February 8, so drivers of the affected vehicles had better test their brakes to make sure they’re working in the meantime or refrain from using them altogether.

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Fire Risk Prompts One Last Maserati Recall For 2017 31
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Maserati, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Quattroporte, NHTSA, Recalls on 12 31st, 2017


Maserati has issued another recall. This time it’s relatively small in scope, but it’s rather serious in nature.

The problem comes down to a fuel line that could leak gasoline onto the engine bay or the underside of the vehicle. And as you might imagine, that poses the very real risk of a fire breaking out, with potentially disastrous consequences.

The campaign announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects an estimated 1,406 examples of the 2018 Quattroporte and Ghibli in the United States, and another 86 in Canada – all of the units manufactured between July 24 and December 14 of this past year.

The manufacturer issued a stop-sale order for those vehicles affected on December 15, and is now followed up with a recall. The fix entails fitting new new fuel delivery lines in a process that’s set to kick off on February 9, 2018. But until then, owners might consider leaving their vehicles parked.

This is the fifth Maserati recall we’ve reported on in 2017. In January the manufacturer announced the recall of all the Levante S crossovers it had sold in America up to that point. In February it issued two more recalls – one for the Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante, and another for just the sedans. And in March, it recalled the Levane again. Those are just the ones on which we reported in the United States. Here’s hoping it won’t have to issue many more in the new year ahead.

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FCA’s Recalling 1.8 Million Ram Trucks For Rollaway Risk (Yes, Again) 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in FCA, NHTSA, RAM, Recalls on 12 25th, 2017


Automakers and regulators issue recalls large and small on a regular basis. But when one campaign affects millions of vehicles, the automotive press takes notice. And that’s just what we have on our hands here.

The latest recall from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles encompasses some 1.8 million Ram trucks – most of them in the United States – due to another rollaway risk.

The problem affects certain 2009-17 models, but only those with column shifters – not console-mounted rotary dial or floor-mounted shifters. Apparently the brake transmission shift interlock mechanism may not hold up well to prolonged exposure to high temperatures, so when the vehicle is left in Park, it could still roll away.

According to information from FCA cited by Automotive News, that’s led to seven “potentially related injuries and a small number of potentially related accidents.”

The recall affects nearly 1.5 million vehicles in the United States and almost 250,000 in Canada, with the remaining 50,000 or so vehicles in other markets around the world.

Rollaways appear to be amount to something of a chronic problem for FCA, which announced in April 2016 the recall of over a million of its vehicles for a similar problem after actor Anton Yelchin (of Star Trek fame) was killed when his own Jeep Grand Cherokee ran him over. The NHTSA launched an investigation into another million-plus FCA vehicles for a rollaway risk a year ago. And this past July, the automaker initiated the recall of still more vehicles over a related issue.

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Watch Out For Runaway Aston Martins! 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin DBS, aston martin rapide, Aston Martin Vanquish, Aston Martin Virage, NHTSA, Recalls on 12 25th, 2017


With so much power and performance capability on tap, you’d expect to see Aston Martins moving quickly. But you hope that when they do, they’re doing it on purpose.

That may not be the case, however, for a wide array of the British automaker’s twelve-cylinder models, which are being recalled for a rollaway risk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall notice for certain DB9, DBS, Virage, Vanquish, and Rapide models – specifically those equipped with the six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission, which may not engage the Park function properly. So if their drivers haven’t applied the parking brake, they could roll away unexpectedly.

That could prove not only costly (given how much these vehicles typically sell for) but also rather dangerous. Fortunately, exotic as they are, the scope of the recall is relatively limited to just 3,493 vehicles (in the United States at least), and all they’ll need is a Transmission Control Module software update.

In the meantime, if you are (otherwise) fortunate enough to own a twelve-cylinder Aston, better make sure you put on the parking brake before hopping out. And if you see one moving with no one behind the wheel, make sure to get out of the way.

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Leaky Fuel Lines Prompt The Recall Of 50,000 Audi A6s And A7s 24
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in audi, Audi A6, Audi A7, NHTSA, Recalls on 12 24th, 2017


Do you drive an Audi A6 or A7? Be careful, because it could spring a fuel leak.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of nearly 50,000 of them from the 2012-14 model years for just that reason.

The problem comes down to a compression point in the fuel line, which could weaken, potentially resulting in a leak. And since leaking fuel could start a fire, the issue is apparently being taken seriously.

The issue is restricted to models equipped with the 3.0 TFSI engine, so owners of models otherwise motivated needn’t worry. The manufacturer estimates 48,693 vehicles will be affected in the United States alone.

They’ll each need to have their fuel lines replaced in a recall campaign expected to get underway on February 5. So if you have one in your driveway, you can expect to hear from Audi between now and then so you can arrange to bring your car in for service.

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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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