2009-2011 Jaguar XFs and 2007-2011 Land Rover Range Rovers
The Basics: Jaguar Land Rover is issuing its first recall involving defective Takata passenger side airbags. It does not include any current model year vehicles and the automaker says it’s not aware of any ruptures in the vehicles facing recall. The first recall wave involves 54,000 vehicles out of 108,000 that need replacement airbags. Since parts aren’t available yet for all 108,000, the automaker is rolling out the recall in stages.
The Issue: The initial recall wave involves 2009-2011 Jaguar XFs and 2007-2011 Land Rover Range Rovers with defective airbags that can explode and send shrapnel flying into the cabin. The automaker is already notifying owners. The initial phase impacts vehicles in these high-priority regions or states:
- U.S. States: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas
- U.S. Territories: Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands
As parts become available, later this year, affected owners will be notified by a second mailing. They’ll be instructed to schedule an appointment to take their vehicle to a Jaguar or Land Rover dealer who will replace the front passenger airbag for free.
Notes: Owners of the identified vehicles that are currently, or have ever been, registered in the following areas are also encouraged to visit www.SaferCar.gov and enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to find out if their vehicle is included in this initial recall at this time. They can also contact the Jaguar Land Rover North America Customer Relationship Center by calling 1-800-637-6837 or 1-800-4JAGUAR.
2012-2013 Infiniti M35 Hybrid
The Basics: Infiniti’s 2012-2013 M35 Hybrid faces a recall to address problems with unexpected engine shutdowns.
The Issue: The company early this year investigated several field reports alleging engine shutoff while underway. The first complaints came from foreign markets, prompting a deeper investigation that uncovered a single incident in the US market.
Certain conditions can cause the hybrid cooling system to malfunction, allowing the engine to overheat and illuminating a warning light on the instrument cluster. If the lamp is ignored, the hybrid powertrain control module is programmed to shut down the engine to prevent damage.
“If the engine shuts off while driving, there is an increased risk of a crash,” recall documents warn.
The Fix: Service technicians will reprogram the hybrid control module, automatic transmission control unit and inverter software to address the concerning behavior.
2011 Buick Regal and 2016-2017 Envision
The Basic: General Motors has initiated two separate recall campaigns to address issues with the 2011 Buick Regal and 2016-2017 Buick Envision.
Issue #1: Some Regal sedans equipped with eight-way power adjustable seats may have been assembled with a wiring harness unprotected against chaff damage from contact with the seat frame. The problem was identified via GM’s Speak Up For Safety program, starting with a customer complaint of a fire that ignited under the front passenger seat.
“Chafed harness wires may cause a short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire,” the recall documents warn.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filings also suggest the company attempted to resolve the chafing concerns during production, however the improvement measures “may have been ineffective.”
Issue #2 The Envision campaign involves a simple label correction. Some vehicles left the factory with the incorrect maximum weight data on the Tire and Loading Information label.
“Incorrect weight information may cause an owner to overload the vehicle,” the NHTSA notice warns. “Overloading may reduce vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The Fix: The company has not yet disclosed a notice or repair schedule for either defect.