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Recall Roundup: Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Ford, Subaru

Recall Roundup: Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Ford, Subaru

TOYOTA

The Basics: A minor manufacturing error has prompted a safety recall for 7,100 models of the 2016 Toyota Highlander.

The Issue:  A wire harness for the brake fluid reservoir sensor may not have been connected properly during the assembly process.

“If this were to occur, the vehicle would not meet a federal safety standard provision requiring a warning light if there is a drop in the brake fluid level,” the company said in a statement. “If a warning light does not come on to indicate a drop in fluid level, this could increase the risk of a crash.”

The Fix:  Service technicians will simply inspect the crossover to make sure the harness is properly connected.

HYUNDAI

The Basics:  Hyundai is recalling some of its Sonata and Sonata Hybrid sedans because the panoramic sunroofs that can spontaneously separate at speed. The campaign covers model year 2015-2016 Sonata Hybrids manufactured December 8, 2014, to August 18, 2015, and Sonatas built May 28, 2014, to March 18, 2016.

The Issue:  Hyundai blames the problem on defective bonding of the sunroof wind deflector. If this bonding fails, the entire roof panel can come free.

Given that these sunroofs effectively form the entirety of the roof panel, this means that a rather large (and correspondingly heavy) chunk of glass could potentially separate from the vehicle at highway speeds without warning.

 The Fix: Owners will be notified of the availability of a repair process, which will of course be free of charge.

NISSAN

The Basics: Nissan is preparing to replace side curtain airbags in 1,754 Nissan Versa sedans sold in the US market.

The Issue: A routine test performed by airbag supplier Autoliv resulted in torn airbag fabric during deployment. The supplier immediately notified Nissan and identified all potentially affected parts from the same batch.

An investigation focused on an assembly error involving the reinforcement stitching that joins two fabric panels. The issue can allow a tear to occur at the sewn seam while the airbag is inflating.

“In the event of a crash necessitating side curtain air bag deployment, if the side curtain air bags do not deploy as intended there would be an increased risk of injury,” recall documents warn.

The Fix: Service technicians will replace both side curtain airbags in the affected fleet.

FORD (3)

Ford issues safety recall for certain 2015-17 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles to replace engine oil cooler tube assembly.

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 8,000 2015-17 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles for potential oil leaks and to replace the engine oil cooler tube assembly. In affected vehicles, engine oil cooler tube assemblies may have insufficient crimps on the hose that could lead to a hose separation and an oil leak. Sudden loss of engine oil may result in engine failure, and – in the presence of an ignition source – could lead to a fire.

Ford is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

Affected vehicles include certain 2015-17 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Feb. 24, 2015 to Aug. 30, 2016.

Dealers will replace the engine oil cooler tube assembly at no cost to the customer.

Ford issues safety recall for certain 2010-12 Ford Escape and 2010-11 Mercury Mariner vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter engines to replace fuel delivery module flange assembly

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 400,000 2010-12 Ford Escape and 2010-11 Mercury Mariner vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter engines with flex-fuel engines for potential fuel leaks and to replace the fuel delivery module flange assembly. In affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module fuel supply port could develop a crack, causing a possible fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

Affected vehicles include certain 2010-12 Ford Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter engines built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Feb. 26, 2009 to April 29, 2012, and 2010-11 Mercury Mariner vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter engines built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Feb. 25, 2009 to Dec. 12, 2010.

Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module flange assembly at no cost to the customer.

Ford issues safety recall for certain 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab vehicles to replace the adhesive-mounted protective shield.

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 180 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab vehicles to replace the adhesive-mounted protective shield currently installed on the fuel conditioning module with a bolt-on metallic protective shield.

In affected vehicles, inadequate adhesion of the protective shield on the fuel conditioning module may allow it to be dislodged by road debris or water spray. If the protective shield is dislodged, road debris or water spray may force open the drain valve on the module. This can lead to air entering the fuel system or a substantial fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire. In addition, under certain conditions, significant liquid fuel on the road surface may cause a slip hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. 

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

Affected vehicles include certain 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab vehicles with midship fuel tanks built at Kentucky Truck Plant, March 21, 2016 to Aug. 28, 2016.

Dealers will replace the fuel conditioning module bottom cover with a metallic protective shield at no cost to the customer.

SUBARU

The Basics:  Subaru has launched a recall campaign for more than 100,000 vehicles powered by 2.5-liter turbocharged engines. The campaign affects the 2007-2009 Legacy and Outback, the 2008-2014 Impreza and the 2009-2013 Forester.

The Issue: A relay that controls the secondary air injection pump is prone to failure, causing the pump to run continuously. The condition can lead to overheating and eventually ignite a fire in the engine compartment.

The first signs of trouble emerged in 2011 when a vehicle experienced a pump failure and an associated diagnostic warning light. In the following years, Subaru investigators traced the problem to insufficient contact point pressure for the relay connection. The company later became aware of the first fire in late 2013, followed by two more incidents last year.

The Fix: Service technicians will replace the pump relay with a new component of improved design.

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