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BMW Stops Sales Of i3 And Issues Voluntary Recall Of All Models 20
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
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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Toyota Recalls C-HR For Faulty Electric Brake, Prius PHEV Over A Fuse 18
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in PHEV, Recalls, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota C-HR, Toyota Prius on 11 18th, 2017

Toyota’s North American arm is conducting two separate recalls that include 68,500 units of the 2018 C-HR and 2012-2015 Prius PHEV.

The first campaign revolves around some 28,600 units of the crossover, whose electronic parking brakes may not disengage or apply, thus resulting in a noncompliance with the federal safety standard.

This is a software issue that will be resolved via an update of the electronic control unit, free of charge to owners, who will receive a notification by first-class mail later this month informing them of the problem and advising them to make an appointment with an authorized dealer.

The second recall announced by Toyota includes roughly 39,900 units of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid, as driving them in EV mode repeatedly under high-load conditions such as long hill climbs could cause a fuse to malfunction.

If this happens, then drivers will notice warning lights and warning messages, and in some cases, they may experience reduced power. Under more extreme circumstances, though, the hybrid system could shut down, resulting in the loss of motive power, which however shouldn’t affect the power steering and braking.

Toyota’s dealers will replace the fuse with an improved unit at no cost to owners, who will be informed of this condition via first-class mail, starting January, 2018.


Infiniti Fears QX30 Driver’s Airbag May Inadvertadly Deploy, Issues Recall 15
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.


Your 2015 Subaru WRX’s Subwoofers May Start A Fire 6
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Recalls, Reports, Subaru, Subaru WRX on 11 6th, 2017

Listening to music in your 2015 Subaru WRX, equipped with the optional trunk-mounted subwoofer, could have disastrous consequences.

Back in January this year, the Japanese automaker discovered that items in the trunk might rub against the subwoofer wiring, moving it out of its fixed position.

If the wire is exposed to the metal frame, it could result in an electrical short, causing the integrated circuit in the subwoofer amplifier to be damaged. In extreme cases, the damaged circuit might create a continuous electrical current into the subwoofer, causing it to overheat, and increasing the risk of a fire. Turning off the sound system reportedly prevents the defect from occurring.

This condition affects 9,178 units of the Subaru WRX, from the 2015MY, in North America, put together from January 17, 2014, through April 9, 2015.

Dealers have been already informed about the problem, and technicians will inspect the wire, installing a wire retainer clip if necessary, or going as far as replacing the entire subwoofer, depending on how much damage is spotted.

The repairs/replacements will be made completely free of charge to the owners, who will hear from Subaru soon, if they haven’t already, as the recall campaign has begun on October 31.


BMW Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles In The U.S. Over Fire Issue 6
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, Recalls, Reports on 11 6th, 2017

BMW has announced that it is recalling 1.4 million vehicles in the United States due to fire risks.

The German automaker has identified two possible causes of fires in many of its vehicles built between 2006 and 2011. The first cause is wiring in the air-conditioning system which can overheat. The second explanation behind fires involves a short circuit of the positive crankcase ventilation valve which could cause the PCV to melt and lead to a fire.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicles impacted by the first issue are certain 2006-2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3, 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is and 2009-2011 335d vehicles.

Meanwhile, those impacted by a potentially faulty PCV valve are certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles.

Due to the risk of fire, BMW is encouraging owners of these vehicles to keep them parked outside at all times.


Audi Recalls Nearly 5,000 A8s Fitted With A V8 TDI Due To Increased Emissions 3
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi A8, diesel, KBA, Recalls on 11 3rd, 2017

The latest episode the Dieselgate saga involves Audi recalling 4,997 A8s in Europe fitted with a V8 TDI engine to update their software after founding out they too emitted too much nitrogen oxide.

The affected models belong to the previous generation A8 and were built between September 2013 and August 2017, with 3,660 of them located in Germany.

Following an extensive internal technical investigation, Audi reported its findings directly to Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) which then authorized the recall.

Audi will have the software ready for install in the first quarter of 2018, following comprehensive winter testing to make sure that the update will have no negative effects on fuel consumption or performance.

“Among other things, the update should ensure that after cold starts, the engine more quickly reaches optimal operating conditions for the exhaust-gas treatment system so that its emissions are improved in real driving conditions,” the company said in a press release.


Toyota’s Recalling Hundreds Of Thousands Of Sienna Minivans For Rollaway Risk 29
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
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
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
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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Over 340,000 Kia Soul Models Recalled For Steering Issue 20
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Soul, Recalls, Reports on 10 20th, 2017

Kia is recalling over 340,000 Soul models in the United States due to a steering issue.
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GM To Settle Ignition Switch Claims For $120 Million 20
Posted by Brad Anderson in GM, Recalls, Reports on 10 20th, 2017

General Motors will resolve ignition switch claims from 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia with a $120 million settlement.
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BMW’s Recalling Nearly All X3s In The US From 2006 Through 2010 19
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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Ford Explorer Service Redefines The “Voluntary” Recall 16
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ford, Ford Explorer, Recalls on 10 16th, 2017

Recalls are almost always termed as “voluntary” for the simple reason that government regulators “ask” the manufacturer to undertake the recall, and the manufacturer typically complies.
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