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Sunday 4 December 2016
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Recalls: Cadillac/GMC, Dodge, BMW/Rolls-Royce, Jeep/Dodge

Recalls: Cadillac/GMC, Dodge, BMW/Rolls-Royce, Jeep/Dodge

**CADILLAC/GMC**

The Basics:  A brake issue that could result in a crash is prompting General Motors to recall about 1,800 2017 Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadian models.

The Issue: Hydraulic brake fluid make leak because of a seal issue. The supplier of the XT5’s brake caliper assembly incorrectly machined the front caliper piston bore to an oversized diameter, potentially preventing proper compression of the piston seal. 

In one case, the front caliper assembly was replaced on an XT5 with just 51 miles on the odometer. A warning light illuminates when the brake fluid reservoir drops to 72 percent.

The Fix: Technicians will inspect and replace the brake caliper assembly if necessary, along with any brake pads that have been soaked in hydraulic fluid.

**JEEP/DODGE**

The Basics:  Fiat Chrysler is recalling 30,000 2016 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee crossovers due to an engine issue that poses a fire risk.

The Issue:  Last April workers noticed damage to the fuel-rail crossover tube in 3.6-liter V6 engines manufactured at FCA’s Saltillo factory in Mexico. A subsequent investigation found similar problems with at least 21 engines.

There weren’t any failures in intitial tests but they didn’t factor in the effects of fuel exposure or temperature cycling. Another round of tests resulted in fuel leaks, prompting the formal recall. The company isn’t aware of any injuries or incident field results.

The Fix: Service technicians will inspect the crossover tube and replace the part if damage is observed.

**BMW/ROLLS-ROYCE**

The Basics:  The BMW Group has issued a recall that affects a little over 34,000 cars around the globe. They include the BMW 7 Series, the BMW 5 Series GT, and the Rolls-Royce Ghost built from December of 2011 to June of 2012. 

The Issue:  All of the above vehicels are fitted with a faulty airbag sensor caused by a software error in the production process. Bottom line is that the airbags may not deploy correctly in the event of a crash.

The Fix: BMW says it will notify owners or they can also contact a BMW service center. The company will replace the airbag sensor free of charge. 

**DODGE DART**

The Basics: Fiat Chrysler is preparing to replace windshield washer pumps in the 2016 Dodge Dart to address an electronic glitch. It involves about 53,000 vehicles.

The Issue:  A bad crimp on a diode has left some washer fluid pumps vulnerable to transient voltage spikes, potentially causing complete circuit failure of the front windshield wiper circuit in the body control module.

“This condition may, in certain cases, result in permanently inoperative front wipers until repaired,” recall documents note. “The loss of front wiper function may reduce visibility and may increase the potential for crash.”

The Fix: Service technicians will replace the washer pump with a new part. 

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