2016 KIA SORENTO
The Basics: Kia is preparing to recall the 2016 Sorento SUV. The automaker needs to replace parts that may have been produced with poor welds.
The Issue: Kia discovered the issue in May when it received its first complaint from a Sorento owner. The driver reports hearing an unusual noise, so they pulled over and had the car towed. An initial investigation determined that a junction between a rear control arm and cross member had failed.
Two warranty claims were later identified as potentially related to the issue. Records from the component supplier showed that its welding line had been interrupted on several occasions, “leading to improper handling of and failure to scrap cross member assemblies.”
Follow-up experiments on Belgian roads confirmed that failure could occur in as few as five miles.
“The improper weld may break, affecting the rear suspension alignment, thereby increasing the risk of a crash,” the recall warns.
The Fix: Service technicians will inspect the welds and replace the rear cross member assembly if necessary.
2017 AUDI Q7
The Basics: Audi is recalling the new 2017 Audi Q7 over a potentially dangerous airbag issue. The campaign affects approximately 14,500 vehicles sold in the U.S. market.
“During assessment from a single incident report the factory was made aware of a potential issue due to an airbag not deploying according to the correct impact scenario,” recall documents note.
The Issue: Investigators determined that a software algorithm error can cause improper airbag behavior in a crash, in some cases deploying the frontal airbags with too much force in relation to the type of impact.
“Air bags that deploy with excessive force may increase the risk of injury,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website warns.
The Fix: Each SUV will receive new software with revised triggering algorithms.
FORD C-MAX, ESCAPE, FOCUS, MUSTANG, LINCOLN MKC, FORD TRANSIT
The Basics: Ford Motor Company is issuing a regional safety recall in North America for approximately 830,000 2013-15 Ford C-MAX, 2013-15 Ford Escape, 2012-15 Ford Focus, 2015 Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC, and 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect vehicles sold or ever registered in certain states to replace side door latches.
The Issue: In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break. This condition typically will prevent the door from latching. In certain situations where the door is able to be closed, the door may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk of injury.
Because the rate of reports is higher for vehicles in states with higher ambient temperatures and solar loading, this recall is focused primarily in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Oregon and Washington.
Accidents/Injuries: Ford has identified one reported accident and one reported injury that may be related to this issue.