The Basics: Kia is recalling 71,704 Kia Sportage crossovers due to a fire risk. The electronic control unit can short circuit and lead to a fire. The recall involves models from the 2008 and 2009 model years built between Aug. 9, 2007, and May 13, 2009.
The Issue: The cover on the Sportage’s braking control unit might not be sealed properly, according to documets filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If water mixes with road salt, say with melted snow, a wire harness connector could corrode. It could lead to a short circuit and fire.
The issue is so concerning Kia says customers should park their vehicles outdoors and away from other vehicles or structures until the recall repair has been performed.
The Fix: Affected owners will start being notified on Nov. 28. Dealers would replace the control unit assembly if it is determined that corrosion had occurred. Otherwise, it will replace the unit’s cover.
Notes: Kia starting investigation the problem in April after receiving a report of an engine fire in a parked 2008 Sportage, according to a NHTSA document. The company is aware of nine customer complaints, though it is unaware of any accidents or injuries pertaining to the defect.
The Basics: Toyota is recalling about 744,000 Toyota Sienna minivans. A defect can cause the sliding doors to open while the vehicle is in motion. The recall covers minivans from the 2011-16 model years.
The Issue: Toyota says under certain limited conditions when the sliding door is “impeded,” a motor fuse could be opened due to an overloaded circuit.
“If this occurs when the door latch is in an unlatched position, the door could open while driving, increasing the risk of injury to a vehicle occupant,” Toyota said.
A Toyota spokesman declined to comment on whether the company is aware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue, citing company policy.
The Fix: Toyota will notify the affected owners of the recall by mid-January. The automaker is still developing a fix.
The Basics: A problem with the fuel tank in the new 2017 Jeep Wrangler is prompting a recall of 448 vehicles.
The Issue: They may have a fuel tank that was built with a cracked or broken control valve. It could allow fuel to leak in a rollover event. A failure can also permit debris to enter the tank and allow the tank to be over filled.
The issue first came to FCA’s attention on November 3, prompting a investigation and recall decision. Investigators traced the failures to loose tooling on one of two parallel weld lines at supplier Kautex Textron’s manufacturing facility.
The Fix: Service technicians will inspect the fuel tank breather tube to determine if the valve has been damaged. If necessary, the fuel tank and sending unit will be replaced. Owner notifications are expected to begin January 2.
The Basics: Nissan is preparing to recall around 12,000 2016 Titan XD diesel pickup to resolve an assembly-line screwup.
The Issue: During the manufacturing process, factory workers may not have removed a temporary cap from the fuel tank breather tube. The cap can prevent proper ventilation, potentially causing deformation in certain circumstances.
“This condition could result in the fuel gauge, and the separate distance to empty meter, to both display inaccurately,” recall documents warn. “If the fuel gauge and distance to empty meter both display inaccurately, the vehicle could possibly run out of fuel without the normal warnings to the driver; increasing the risk of a crash.”
The company received a report in May alleging long crank time during startup, due to low fuel pressure. A subsequent investigation blamed technician error and the worker was retrained. The inquiry was escalated after five more reports arrived from the field, eventually leading to a recall decision.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the fuel tank breather tube for the cap and proper routing, replacing the fuel tank and other parts if necessary.