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Recalls: Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge, Nissan, Ford

Recalls: Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge, Nissan, Ford

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The Basics: Fiat Chrysler says it is recalling 1.1 million vehicles worldwide, including 811,586 midsize SUVs and full-size cars in the U.S., to try to alleviate confusion about when the vehicles’ automatic transmission is in the “park” position.  Forty-one injuries are linked to the issue. 

The recall involves certain 2012 to 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

The Issue: Drivers have been getting out of the vehicles without shifting into park while the engine is still running. The problem involves vehicles with electronic shift levers on their consoles that spring back to the same position after being shifted. Drivers can’t tell by looking at the shifter’s position whether it is in park. Instead, they have to depend on indicator lights. Fiat Chrysler says those current warnings may not adequate.

The Fix: The automaker plans to enhance the current warning system and modify the transmission settings so the car won’t move in certain conditions if it is in park.

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The Basics: Nissan will recall 12,616 units of the 2016 Murano built between December 17, 2015, and February 11, 2016, and the 2016 Maxima built from November 25, 2015, to February 12, 2016.

The Problem: The ABS actuator may have a damaged O-ring, which could result in a lack of brake fluid pressure. This problem could increase braking distances. The issue can also affect ABS and vehicle dynamic control activation.

Injuries/Deaths: None reported. There also haven’t been any field reports of this problem happening. A Nissan worker discovered the issue during a routine inspection on vehicles at the Smyrna, Tennessee plant.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the ABS actuator, as necessary. Nissan will start the recall on June 4, 2016.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling 201,900 vehicles worldwide (84,000 in the U.S.) to fix a transmission issue. It includes certain models of the 2011-2012 F-150, 2012 Expedition, 2012 Mustang, and 2012 Lincoln Navigator.

The Problem: The vehicles have the 6R80 transmission. There may be an issue with the output speed sensor on the transmission lead frame. Under certain conditions, the transmission controls could force a temporary downshift into first gear. Depending on how fast the vehicle is going at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up. Ford reports three accidents related to the issue.

The Fix: Dealers will update the powertrain control module software to eliminate the problem, and they’ll also replace the transmission lead frame. Ford will start mailing out recall notices on May 23.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling 81,000 (75,364 in the U.S.) 2014-2015 Explorer and Interceptor Police Utility Vehicles to replace rear suspension toe links.

The Issue: In certain vehicles, it is possible that the left and right rear suspension toe links could fracture due to poor weld quality. This condition could result in rear suspension noise, difficulty steering or loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford is aware of one accident and one injury related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the left and right rear suspension toe links and align the rear suspension at no cost.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling certain 2,600 (2,288 in the U.S.) 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles to inspect and replace their tires as needed.

The Issue: Some tires could have been damaged from a conveyor during assembly. In some cases, the sidewall damage could cause a rupture during use, resulting in rapid air loss and increasing crash risk. Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the tires for inboard sidewall damage and replace as needed at no cost.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling 199 2007-2012 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable vehicles to replace the driver airbag module. This issue is not related to the Takata airbag inflator safety recall.

The Issue: The chemical enhancer for the second-stage airbag deployment could be missing from the module, which may increase the risk of an injury in a crash that requires second-stage deployment. This condition does not affect primary-stage airbag deployment. Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver airbag module at no cost.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling 39 2016 Ford Fusion vehicles to replace driver seat track assembly.

The Issue: In certain vehicles, the seat mounting bracket attachment to the seat track rail may have been improperly welded, resulting in reduced seat track strength. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver seat track assembly at no cost to the customer.

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