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Wednesday 28 September 2016
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Recall Roundup: Toyota, Ford/FCA Airbags, Fiat Chrysler Vehicles, Nissan

Recall Roundup: Toyota, Ford/FCA Airbags, Fiat Chrysler Vehicles, Nissan

FULL TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL COVERAGE: You can find a current list of updated vehicles in the Car Pro Takata Airbag Recall Guide.


 

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The Basics:  Toyota is recalling 3,100 2015 Yaris hatchbacks in the U.S.

The Issue: Some of the cars may have been built with a defective bearing in the front upper shock assembly. The first signs of trouble include abnormal noises when driving on rough road surfaces or when turning the steering wheel.

“If the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, a front shock absorber piston rod could separate, causing a loss of vehicle stability and increasing the risk of a crash,” the company warns.

The Fix: Service technicians will replace the strut mount bearings with revised components. If any damage has already occurred, the vehicle will also receive a new suspension support sub-assembly.

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The Basics: Ford is adding makes and models to its Takata airbag recall.  The new Ford recall involves certain older model 2007-2010 Ford Edge, 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, 2005-2011 Ford Mustang, 2007-2011 Ford Ranger, 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX, 2006-2011 Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr and Mercury Milan vehicles.

The Issue: This is all part of an expanded recall ordered by the U.S. Government after Takata declared another 35 to 40 million airbags defective because they don’t have a chemical drying agent. Without it, there is the possibility the inflators could explode in areas with high heat and humidity.

The Fix: Customers can look up VIN numbers on Ford’s website by clicking on safety recalls at the bottom of the page. Drivers can also use the government’s VIN lookup tool on Safercar.gov. The site is being continually updated as automakers provide information to the NHTSA.

You can find a current list of updated vehicles in the Car Pro  Takata Airbag Recall Guide.

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Recall #1: Four separate recalls to bring you from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. 

The first involves the already massive airbag campaign. FCA has added 4.3 million vehicles to its repair list following the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s broad order to recall all Takata inflators that use ammonium nitrate without a chemical drying agent.

The additional vehicles include certain older model years for the Chrysler Aspen and 300; the Dodge Challenger and Charger, Dakota, Durango, Magnum and Ram pickups; the Jeep Wrangler and the Mitsubishi Raider. You can find a complete list of vehicles here. 

“The Company is unaware of any injuries or accidents involving FCA US vehicles subject to this campaign; nor have there been any ruptures in nearly 6,300 exploratory tests of passenger-side inflators taken from FCA US vehicles registered in regions subject to high absolute humidity,” FCA said in a statement.

Recall #2: Another recall addresses a software glitch affecting the 2013-2016 all-electric Fiat 500e. The existing programming can “misread operating conditions and shut down propulsion.”

Recall #3, 4: Two more campaigns each affect less than 100 units. The small-batch defects include a weak half-shaft used for the 2016 Jeep Cherokee along with questionable bolt torque for third-row seats in the 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country.

FCA is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the four defects.

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The Basics: Nissan is recalling 79,853 2013-2014 model year Pathfinders to fix brake light switch. It believes two percent of the recalled models actually have the problem.

The Issue: The brake lights can remain on even when the brake pedal is not being applied. The brake light switch could be installed incorrectly in some of the vehicles, which can cause the lights to remain on over time, Nissan said in documents filed with U.S. regulators. Nissan said that could increase the risk of a crash because other drivers might not know whether the Pathfinder is braking. The automaker also said the faulty brake light switch “might interfere with the brake-shift interlock, allowing the driver to exit the vehicle without the transmission in the ‘park’ position,” increasing the risk of a roll-away crash.

The Fix: Nissan will begin issuing recall notices to affected owners by July 25. Vehicles will be inspected and repaired for free.

Photo Credit: Toyota