Nissan and Ford Recall Vehicles

Nissan is recalling some 2010 and 2011 models of its Sentra small car for a battery-related problem, second time in a month it has recalled the cars for a battery issue.

It’s also recalling its Juke small car because a bracket could break and cause the engine to stall.
The latest recall involves Sentras built May 11-22, 2010, and July 8-Oct. 25, 2010. A zinc coating on a bolt that holds the battery cable is too thick and can reduce voltage, resulting in hard starting and damage to the engine control module, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As a result, the engine could stall and be hard or impossible to restart, increasing the risk of a crash, NHTSA says.

The automaker’s statement:

“Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall campaign on approximately 51,700 Model Year 2010-2011 Nissan Sentra vehicles in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan to replace the positive battery terminal. It was recently determined that an improper bolt coating on the battery terminal may cause a voltage drop that could damage the Electronic Control Module (ECM). In rare instances, this issue could cause the engine to stop running while the vehicle is in motion.”

Nissan says it will notify owners in January.

The previous battery recall involved Sentras built May 22-July 8, 2010. An improperly machined battery terminal could leave a gap between the terminal and battery cable, resulting in the same situation as the latest recall — engine stalling and hard or impossible restarting, NHTSA says.
The latest recall was reported to NHTSA on Dec. 14 and made public over the weekend. The previous recall was reported to NHTSA on Nov. 11.

The Juke recall, which Nissan reported to NHTSA on Dec. 8, involves 2011 models built April 9 -May 12, 2011. A turbocharger boost sensor bracket can come loose and cause the engine to stall while idling. NHTSA says that increases the risk of a crash.

It’s not been a good season for Sentras and batteries. In September, Nissan recalled some Sentras equipped with Garmin Nuvi 750 navigation systems because batteries in the navis could overheat and catch fire.

The build date of a vehicle is on a sticker on the vehicle’s driver-side door jamb. Owners can contact Nissan at 800-647-7261, or reach the NHTSA hotline at 888-327-4236.
Ford is recalling certain 2011 F-150 pickups and 2012 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 heavy-duty trucks for transmissions that can be shifted out of “park” without pressing the brake pedal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today.

The problem with the brake/shift interlock violates federal safety regulations and would allow shifting into gear without braking, “increasing the risk of a crash or injury to a nearby pedestrian,” NHTSA says on its website.

The recall affects F-150s built from Sept. 9, 2011 through Sept. 22, 2011, and HDs built from Sept. 12 through Sept. 22.

The build date can be determined from the label on the driver’s door pillar. Ford will notify owners beginning next week and dealers will inspect for and replace faulty interlock switches.
For more information, you can call the Ford customer center at 1-866-436-7332.

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