The Basics: Volkswagen is recalling roughly 680,000 vehicles to fix faulty SDI and PSDI-5 Takata airbag inflators.
- Certain 2006-2010 Model Year Volkswagen Passat Sedan and Wagon (German Production)
- Certain 2012-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Eos
- Certain 2010-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Golf
- Certain 2010-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
- Certain 2012-2014 Model Year Volkswagen Passat (U.S. Production)
- Certain 2009-2014 Model Year Volkswagen CC
The Problem: The Takata air bags are defective and can explode and send shrapnel flying into cabins, killing drivers.
The Fix: Once affected VINs and the recall remedy have been identified, Volkswagen will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer.
The Basics: Honda Motor Co. said it will recall 341,000 2008-2010 Accord sedans in the United States to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system after confirming two injuries linked to the units.
The Problem: The recall is due to moisture affecting the units, which can result in the possibility that airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash, Honda said.
The Fix: Honda said a new restraint system control unit (SRS) will be installed for free. If affected vehicles have an activated restraint system indicator light, drivers should bring the car to their dealership for a diagnostic check, Honda said
“However, due to the large volume of new parts needed to repair affected units, the necessary parts will not be available until fall 2016,” the statement said.
Recall letters will be sent in mid-March and another letter will be sent when parts become available, Honda said.
The Basics: Honda has reportedly issued a stop-sale order for 2016 Honda Civics equipped with 2.0-liter engines.
The Problem: The company is preparing to recall the vehicles due to a potentially missing or improperly installed piston pin snap ring, which can lead to a stall condition or complete engine failure.
“All affected units will require use of a borescope to inspect the four cylinders to confirm correct piston pin snap ring placement,” the company wrote in a message to dealers, according to excerpts posted on CivicX forums. “Vehicles exhibiting any concerns with piston pin snap ring placement may require replacement of damaged pistons, piston pins or rings, or other related engine components.”
The Fix: Sufficient quantities of replacement parts and inspection borescopes are currently unavailable. American Honda expects to launch its customer notification program by mid-March, sending letters to approximately 34,000 owners.
The Japanese automaker has had a few engine problems in recent years. Certain Accord sedans and CR-V crossovers are prone to excessive oil consumption due to worn rings, while separate recalls have addressed engine failures in the Accord, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey.
The Basics: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall about half a million vehicles worldwide to repair a wheel problem that could cause the vehicle to fall off a tire jack. The voluntary recall affects the 2011 to 2016 Dodge Charger sedan, including 441,578 vehicles in the U.S. The company is also recalling 19,229 cars in Canada, 4,969 in Mexico and 38,947 outside North America.
Fiat Chrysler said it had identified three minor injuries that have occurred because of the defect.
The Problem: The problem stems from the wheel chocks, which are used when a tire jack is applied to change wheels.
“When positioned diagonally opposite to the wheel being changed, the chocks will help stabilize the vehicle,” Fiat Chrysler said in a statement. “Failure to follow the manual’s instructions with an affected vehicle may cause the vehicle to come off the tire jack.”
The Fix: The company will issue notices directly to affected vehicle owners and will repair the vehicles for free.
The Basics: Chrysler has issued a recall for roughly 112,000 minivans and crossovers manufactured in 2007 and 2008.
The models affected include the 2009 Dodge Journey, 2008-09 Dodge Grand Caravan, and 2008-09 Chrysler Town and Country. The 2009 Volkswagen Routan, which was built by Chrysler, is also being recalled.
The Problem: Corrosion in the air bag control unit could prevent the air bags from deploying in the event of a crash, or alternatively deploy prematurely. Chrysler points out that “none of the affected vehicles are equipped with ammonium-nitrate inflators” like those fitted by Takata.
The manufacturer reports seven minor injuries (but no accidents) potentially related to this issue.
The Fix: Chrysler will replace the air bag control unit, though it has not yet outlined a timeframe for doing so.
If you own one: Look for a recall notice in the mail and then schedule service with your local dealership. If you don’t receive one, you can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and reference recall number S07.