Monday 24 October 2016
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Recall Roundup: Jeep/Dodge, Honda, BMW/Mini, Porsche

Recall Roundup: Jeep/Dodge, Honda, BMW/Mini, Porsche


The recalls just keep coming from Fiat Chrysler. It’s issued two more recalls involving more than 550,000 older Jeep Cherokees, Libertys and Dodge Journeys for either airbag or brake issues.

The first recall involves the 2003 Liberty and 2004 Grand Cherokee to replace the occupant restraint control (ORC) modules and front and/or side-impact sensors. Some vehicles have experienced accidental airbag deployment without being involved in an accident.

“Within this vehicle population, FCA US became aware of seven injuries caused by inadvertent air-bag deployments and advised NHTSA accordingly,” the company said in a statement.

The second recall involves the 2012-2015 Journey. The problem is moisture intrusion in the anti-lock brake system modules. The issue can disable ABS functionality and the electronic stability control system, though FCA claims to be unaware of any related injuries or accidents. FCA says the condition, if it occurs, is most often preceded by an instrument-cluster warning light and that foundation brake function is unaffected.

Customers with additional questions may call the FCA US Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403. More information is also on the government’s recall website.


Honda is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in a new air bag recall that isn’t related to the Takata investigation. According to the New York Times, the recall follows a federal investigation into 303,904 2008-2009 Honda Accords.

The problem is that a sensor isn’t configured correctly and some side airbags could deploy without a vehicle being in a crash. Honda reports 19 minor injuries related to the issue. The automaker says the fix will be to update the side Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) software.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the problem last year after receiving complaints from owners. Several of them told regulators that Honda refused to pay for repairs after their airbags deployed. But Honda says owners are being reimbursed under the extended warranty.

Here are some specifics from Honda’s press release:

  • Side and/or side curtain airbags may inadvertently deploy if the ignition is on and a door is forcefully slammed or there is a significant impact to the vehicle underbody.
  • Issue arises from side impact deployment threshold specification; Not a hardware or supplier issue.
  • Free software update will adjust the deployment threshold.

Honda says owners should take their affected vehicles to authorized dealers as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Notification to customers should start to happen in mid-December 2015. Additionally, owners of these vehicles can now determine if their vehicles will require repair by going to or by calling (888) 234-2138.


A new recall involving Takata air bags to pass along, but this one is currently not linked to the one involving millions of vehicles worldwide due to air bags that explode. This one involves air bags that may not be deploying all the way in some BMW i3 and MINI Cooper models.

The recall involves the 2014-2016 two-door MINI Cooper and Cooper S, the 2015-2016 two-door John Cooper Works variant, the 2015-2016 four-door Cooper and Cooper S, and the 2014-2015 i3 hybrid.

BMW says it received a warning from Takata earlier this year about the issue. The problem is apparently a timing issue with the second airbag stage, used to control inflation force based on the severity of the crash and the occupant’s body size.

“In a low speed crash (out-of-position/low risk deployment) in which the passenger-side front air bag deploys with the first stage only, inappropriate air bag restraint may be provided to the passenger, increasing the risk of injury,” the company notes in its recall filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


A problem with the ABS warning light has prompted Hyundai to issue a recall for nearly 65,000 examples of the Sonata sedan. The issue seeks to rectify an issue that would prevent a warning light in the dash from alerting the driver of a malfunction with the anti-lock brakes.

The recall campaign specifically affects 2015-16 Sonatas manufactured between May 28, 2014, and August 21, 2015. Hyundai estimates that 64,744 such examples are to be found in the United States. If the warning light doesn’t illuminate, the driver may not be aware that there’s a problem with the ABS. And, according to the statement below from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that could increase the likelihood of a crash.

To fix the issue, Hyundai will notify owners to bring their Sonatas in to their local dealership to have the software in the control unit updated. The recall is scheduled to commence on December 11.


Porsche is recalling 58,881 Macan crossovers worldwide for possible leaks in the low-pressure fuel line in the engine compartment.

Porsche, owned by Volkswagen AG, said the recall covers the 2015-16 Macan S and Macan Turbo.

“This is a purely precautionary measure, as there have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this concern,” Porsche Cars North America said in a statement.

Porsche said it identified the defect after investigating complaints from customers about a fuel smell, a problem that can stem from the leak, Porsche spokesman David Burkhalter said.

It is unclear what other problems, if any, could arise. Burkhalter said it would be speculation to identify any other potential problems because no incidents have been associated with the defect.

After discovering the defect, Porsche said it “immediately rectified” the problem at a plant in Leipzig, Germany, where the Macan is assembled.

Porsche said 21,835 of the recalled crossovers are in the U.S. and 3,490 are in Canada.

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