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Thursday 27 July 2017
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Recall Roundup: Dodge, Ford, Hummer, GM

Recall Roundup: Dodge, Ford, Hummer, GM

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SUMMARY:

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger vehicles manufactured September 19, 2007, to October 29, 2010. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion, which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

CONSEQUENCE:

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

REMEDY:

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Parts to remedy the vehicles are not currently available. Interim notices will be mailed to owners beginning August 14, 2015. Owners will be sent a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is R37.

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SUMMARY:

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured April 1, 2014, to June 12, 2015, Ford Focus vehicles manufactured June 17, 2014, to June 12, 2015, and Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured April 22, 2014, to June 12, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the engine may continue to run after the key or the START/STOP engine button is turned to off. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, “Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention.”

CONSEQUENCE:

If the engine does not turn off as expected, someone could move the transmission shifter out of park and the vehicle may move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the body control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 20, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 15C06.

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SUMMARY:

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Hummer H3 vehicles manufactured February 5, 2005, to May 24, 2010, and 2009-2010 Hummer H3T vehicles manufactured May 21, 2008, to May 24, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the connector module that controls the blower motor speed for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system may overheat.

CONSEQUENCE:

If the blower motor connector module overheats, it can increase the risk of a fire.

REMEDY:

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace part of the blower motor connector and harness, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hummer customer service at 1-800-732-5493. GM’s number for this recall is 15042.

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SUMMARY:

General Motors is recalling 779,023 SUVs globally, including 686,287 in North America, for gas struts on power lift gates that can prematurely wear, causing the gate to fall on people.

There have been 56 reported injuries linked to the defect. A GM spokesman declined to comment on the nature of the injuries. So far, no crashes or deaths have been connected to the defect. GM first began investigating the lift gate problem in September 2010, but closed the investigation less than a month later due to a low rate of incident reports. The automaker reopened the investigation in March after reports re-emerged in late 2014.

The recall affects 2008-12 Buick Enclaves, 2009-2012 Chevrolet Traverses, 2007-12 GMC Acadias and 2007-10 Saturn Outlooks.

CONSEQUENCE:

The power lift gates on these vehicles are equipped with gas struts that wear prematurely, prohibiting the power prop rods from supporting the weight of the lift gate for a slow, controlled return to the “closed” position. The Prop Rod Recovery system software in the affected vehicles may not be able to detect and stop a lift gate from falling on a person.

REMEDY:

Affected owners will be notified by mail and can have the repairs made for free at a GM dealership.

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