Audi has issued a recall for the 2012-2013 A6 and A7 to address a problem with the airbag system.
The company has discovered a glitch with the passenger occupant detection system that manages airbag deployment to prevent injuries to children or infants. In vehicles with heated and cooled seats, the system can malfunction and prevent the passenger-side airbags from deploying in a crash.
“An air bag that does not deploy as intended increases the risk of occupant injury in a crash,” the recall documents warn.
Service technicians will install a PODS repair kit in approximately 21,000 affected vehicles sold in the US market. It is unclear if the issue has been associated with any injuries.
The repair program is scheduled to begin in February.
General Motors has issued a compliance recall for the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
The pickups’ console compartment lid is attached via a faulty latch assembly, which may fail to keep the door closed in the event of a crash. The issue violates federal safety guidelines related to occupant protection.
“If the console compartment door does not remain closed in a crash, the contents stored in the console may strike the vehicle occupants, increasing their risk of injury,” the recall documents warn.
The problem was traced back to an incorrect spring installed in the latch by the console supplier, China’s Yangfeng. An employee initially spotted improper behavior when the compartment lid popped open when the console was placed on a table.
“Yanfeng subsequently traced the problem to one of its suppliers, who, instead of scrapping latch springs that had been rendered obsolete by a design change, had improperly modified the obsolete latch springs and assembled them into new console compartment door-latch assemblies,” GM notes.
The campaign affects 8,763 units sold in the US market.
#1. Ford has issued a small-batch recall for less than 1,000 vehicles from the 2013 model year.
The company has discovered a problem with the fuel delivery module in the 2013 Explorer, Explorer Police Utility, Taurus, Taurus Police Interceptor, Flex, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT.
The component is said to be prone to cracking, allowing fuel to leak. The issue had already been addressed in a previous campaign dating back to 2013, however a “sorting error” had allowed some of the faulty parts to be installed on vehicles outside the scope of the original recall.
“Warranty data indicates that the customer is likely to experience fuel odor or, in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground,” the company notes. “A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.”
Service technicians will install a new fuel delivery module in affected vehicles.
#2. Ford has issued a recall for the 2013 Escape to fix a wiring defect.
In some vehicles, certain splices in the engine wiring harness may have been insufficiently crimped during the manufacturing process. As a result, the powertrain control module can receive incorrect signals from the manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor.
High resistance in the circuits can cause engine performance issues, including reduced power, hesitation, running rough or stalling without warning. Engine shutdown while underway increases the risk of a crash.
Service technicians will repair the wiring harness splices to reduce resistance and restore proper signal communication.
The campaign affects approximately 9,000 vehicles sold in the US market.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has finally issued a follow-up recall for nearly 353,000 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs.
The company launched a repair campaign in July 2014 to fix a problem with the vanity-mirror wiring, which was prone to short circuit if technicians had previously removed the mirror or headliner to perform service. At least three injuries were blamed on fires caused by improper reassembly.
Owners continued to report wiring fires in vehicles that had been ‘fixed’ by the original campaign. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration eventually opened an investigation into the campaign to determine what, if anything, went wrong. Notably, the fire complaint tally for serviced vehicles had exceeded the number of reports that led to the initial recall.
FCA has finally acknowledged the continuing problems, placing blame on technicians for failing to ‘precisely’ follow the recommended service procedure. The issue is said to be present only in vehicles with a certain wiring package, limiting the recall’s list to less than half the original campaign.
Headliners will be secured with a new adhesive, while other measures will be taken to prevent wiring from contacting abrasive surfaces.
The company acknowledges ‘overheating conditions’ in less than 0.02 percent of the original campaign’s 895,000 vehicle population, suggesting post-service failures occurred in up to 179 SUVs. The specific number of fires has not been disclosed, though the automaker claims to be unaware of any related injuries or accidents.