Weekly Recalls: Ford, Toyota, Volvo, Plus Hyundai/Kia Vehicle Fires


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FORD


Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for select 2015-19 F-150 and 2017-19 Super Duty vehicles equipped with engine block heaters that had been inspected in accordance with recall 18S45.

In inspected vehicles, the engine block heater cable splice connectors may have inadvertently become damaged during that service procedure. A damaged block heater cable can cause an inoperative engine block heater and/or tripping of household breakers or GFCI-equipped outlets or a resistive short, which can increase the risk of overheated or melted wiring and fire while the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in.

A safety risk only exists while the vehicle is parked and the block heater cable is plugged into an electrical outlet. Customers are advised to not use the engine block heater cable.

The affected vehicles are a subset of the 874,000 vehicles previously recalled in 18S45 and include approximately 327,000 vehicles in North America, with approximately 131,068 in the United States and federalized territories and approximately 196,269 in Canada.

Ford is aware of one fire in the United States and one in Canada that may relate to block heater usage following successful completion of recall 18S45. Ford is also aware of one report of fire in Canada in which the vehicle failed the 18S45 inspection procedure. Vehicle inspection after the fire was unable to determine whether that incident was related to this subject. Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this issue.

Affected vehicles include:

2015-19 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant, March 18, 2014 to Nov. 17, 2018 and at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 21, 2014 to Nov. 17, 2018
2017-19 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant, Feb. 5, 2016 to Nov. 17, 2018 and at Kentucky Truck Plant, Oct. 8, 2015 to Nov. 17, 2018
Dealers will disable the vehicle’s engine block heater cable by cutting off the plug end prongs and sealing the end cap with silicone sealant. Customers will be notified when an engine block replacement cable is available. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S11.

LEXUS


Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2019 Model Year Lexus ES vehicles in the United States. Approximately 560 vehicles are involved in this recall.

During vehicle assembly, it is possible that the driver knee airbag may have not been properly fastened to the instrument panel. This could have an effect on the knee airbag deployment that can increase the risk of injury during a crash.

For all involved vehicles, Lexus dealers will inspect the driver knee airbag assembly and replace it with a new one, if necessary, at no cost to customers. Lexus will begin to notify owners by late April 2019.

Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is current as of today’s filing date and is subject to change thereafter.To see if your vehicle is involved in a safety recall visit Toyota.com/recall or nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information.

For the most up to date information surrounding recalls visit nhtsa.gov/recalls. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1.800.331.4331 or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at 1.800.255.3987.

Customer Contacts
For the most up-to-date recall information, customers should contact:

Toyota Customer Service
1-800-331-4331

Lexus Customer Service
1-800-255-3987

VOLVO


NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V220000

Manufacturer Volvo Car USA LLC

Components SEATS

Potential Number of Units Affected 2,297

Summary

Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2018-2019 XC60 and S90 vehicles. The driver and passenger front seat rail rear flange nuts may not have been installed during assembly.

Remedy

Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front seat rails for missing flange nuts, installing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 17, 2019. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R19931.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.



IN CASE YOU MISSED THE HYUNDAI/KIA FIRE INVESTIGATION

We talked about this on last Saturday’s Car Pro Show because this is a scary situation. After a number of recalls involving engine fire risks, nearly 3 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles are now officially the focus of investigations by U.S. federal auto regulators.

The makes and models under investigation are as follows:

  • 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2011-2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2011-2014 Kia Optima
  • 2011-2014 Kia Sorento
  • 2010-2015 Kia Soul

IMPORTANT WARNING:

If you have one of the affected vehicles, DO NOT PARK IT IN YOUR GARAGE OR NEAR YOUR HOME. Leave it sitting away from anything that could catch fire until this issue is solved.

READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW INVESTIGATION IN OUR FULL REPORT HERE:
https://www.carprousa.com/Federal-Regulators-to-Investigate-Hyundai-Kia-Vehicle-Fires/a/759
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