The Basics: BMW of North America is recalling the 2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door and 2016 BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle due to a problem with steering gearbox that may have been built with the wrong parts.
The Problem: A gearbox malfunction may cause a loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.
The Fix: BMW will replace the steering gearbox, free of charge. Affected vehicles are located in dealer inventory and will be remedied before customer retail. The recall began on December 28, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
The Basics: Ford is expanding a recall of vehicles with Takata Corp. airbags after a driver-side inflator exploded in a 2006 Ford Ranger last month and the driver was killed.
The Problem: U.S. safety regulators said last Friday an estimated 5 million vehicles would be recalled in the United States for potentially faulty driver-side airbag inflators made by Takata.
Ford’s recall includes 391,354 Ford Rangers built in North America for model years 2004 to 2006. It’s for driver-side air bags. Of that total, 361,692 are in the United States and federalized territories and 29,334 in Canada, Ford said.
The Fix: Ford will replace the driver-side airbag.
Notes: All of the Rangers were previously recalled for potentially defective passenger-side airbag inflators, according to Ford.
The Basics: Lexus is recalling about 5,000 2016 RX 350 and RX 450h models.
The Problem: A knee airbag module may not have been manufactured correctly. In that event, it might not perform as intended in the event of a crash which could increase chances of an injury.
The Fix: Lexus dealers will inspect and replace the knee airbag where required free of charge.