The Basics: Ford is issuing a safety recall for 51,500 2015-2016 Ford Transit wagons in North America to fix a seat belt buckle issue.
The Problem: The rear seat belt buckles are being damaged when heavy objects are placed on top of them, which could cause the buckle not to latch completely, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
The Fix: Dealers will either inspect and repair, or replace the seat belt buckles as necessary – at no cost to the customer.
The Basics: Ford is issuing a safety recall for 3,700 2016 Ford F-150 trucks in North America for a multi-contour seat issue.
The Problem: If the multi-contour front passenger seat massage function is turned on and an adult is in that seat, the occupant classification system may incorrectly classify the adult as a child – suppressing the front passenger airbag and increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
The Fix: Dealers will update the occupant classification system module software – at no cost to the customer.
The Basics: General Motors is recalling certain model year 2016 Buick Regal models manufactured August 30, 2015, to February 12, 2016.
The Problem: The affected vehicles have a power-steering assist system that may fail. A loss of power steering assist may increase the risk of a crash. The recall impacts 74 vehicles.
The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the electric belt drive rack and pinion steering gear assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. GM’s number for this recall is 21510.
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.