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Ford Adds Over 360,000 Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall 19
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Expedition, Ford Fusion, Ford Mustang, ford ranger, Lincoln, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln Navigator, Mercury, Mercury Milan, Recalls, Reports on 01 19th, 2018


Ford is recalling even more models equipped with faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata. The latest action, which is part of the NHTSA's planned expansion, counts a total of 364,523 vehicles, 327,796 of which are in the United States and federalized territories, and 36,727 in Canada.
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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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Toyota Adds Over 600,000 Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall In The U.S. 14
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus GX, Lexus IS, Recalls, Reports, Scion, Scion xB, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris on 01 14th, 2018


Toyota North America is the first automaker to announce the exact models of the expanded Takata airbag recall.

The latest list includes an estimated 601,300 units of various 2009-2013 Lexus, Scion, and Toyota cars, whose defective inflators may rupture when the airbag deploys, thus increasing the risk of injury and even death.

New additions are the 2009, 2010, and 2013 Scion xB, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Lexus IS 250/350, and IS-F, 2009 and 2010 Toyota Yaris, and Lexus ES350, 2010 and 2013 Lexus IS 350C/350C, GX460, and Toyota Sienna, and 2010 and 2013 Toyota 4Runner.

Owners of these vehicles will be notified by March via first class mail, and dealers will replace either the front passenger airbag inflator or the entire assembly, depending on each case, free of charge.

Other automakers, such as Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Tesla still have to announce the exact models added to the ever-growing Takata recall recently, but they’re expected to do so by the end of January.

2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Scion xB
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota Corolla
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota Corolla Matrix
2009 – 2010 Model Year Toyota Yaris
2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota 4Runner
2013 Model Year Toyota Sienna
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS250/350
2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS250C/350C
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS-F
2009 – 2010 Model Year Lexus ES350
2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus GX460

Note: 2014 Toyota 4Runner pictured

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Ford Tells Certain Ranger Owners To Stop Driving Truck After New Takata Deaths 12
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Ford, ford ranger, Recalls, Reports on 01 12th, 2018


Ford is advising owners of certain Rangers to stop driving them and contact an authorized dealer to change the defective Takata airbags as soon as possible.

The action is part of a larger Takata airbag-related recall, which includes several automakers from across the globe, and involves around approximately 3,000 units of the 2006MY pickups.

According to the carmaker, the vehicles were put together at Twin Cities Assembly Plant from August 10 to December 15, 2005, and they include 2,712 examples in the United States and federalized territories, and 190 in Canada.

The recall represents Ford’s response to two fatalities caused by the driver airbag inflators supplied by Takata. The first one was reported in January 2016, and the second one happened last July. The automaker inspected the latter Ranger on December 27, confirming that “the inflator ruptured resulting in a driver fatality”, notifying the NHTSA shortly after.

Ford now says that parts are available to fix the specific vehicles, and dealers are ready to pick them up by themselves, free of charge, providing owners with a loaner car, if necessary.

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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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All These FCA Vehicles Need To Have Their Fire Extinguishers Replaced 4
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Chrysler, Dodge, FCA, Jeep, RAM, Recalls on 01 4th, 2018


Of all the recalls we’ve seen from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, this one hardly seems the biggest. It “only” affects about 60,000 vehicles, after all. But it’s the enormous variety of them that’s caught our attention.

The recall’s been issued specifically for those vehicles equipped with Kidde fire extinguishers, the nozzles of which could be prone to clogging up or falling off altogether. In either case, they won’t be doing their jobs in case, heaven forbid, an actual fire should break out.

FCA apparently fitted the problematic units to certain examples of – deep breath now – the Chrysler Pacifica (2018) and Town & Country (2014-2016); Dodge Caliber (2007), Challenger (2009), Charger (2016), Dart (2015-16), Durango (2004), Grand Caravan (2014-2016), and Journey (2014); Jeep Cherokee (2014-16), Compass (2017), and Patriot (2011); and Ram 1500 (2012, 2015), 2500 (2013-18), 3500 (2012-18), 4500 (2012-18), and 5500 (2012-18), as well as the ProMaster (2014-17), and ProMaster City (2015-17) vans.

Tally up all the models by their model years and you’re looking at 55 different vehicles, accounting for 62,042 units in the United States. Rather than call them all into dealers to have those fire extinguishers replaced, though, FCA’s instructing owners on how to get in touch with Kiddle for replacement units.

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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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