The Basics: General Motors is recalling nearly 368,000 vehicles to fix a defective part that could prevent the windshield wipers from working.
The Issue: The problem affects the 2013 models of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. GM says those vehicles were built with ball joints that could corrode and wear out to render the windshield wipers inoperable.
A report filed with government regulators says a GM manager in Canada spotted the potential safety hazard last December. The auto manufacturer opened an investigation in March and decided to issue a recall earlier this month.
The Fix: GM says it will cover the repair costs once it determines when it will be able to fix the problem. Chevrolet Equinox owners can call 1-800-222-1020 and GMC Terrain can call 1-800-462-8782 for further information.
The Basics: Mazda is recalling 190,000 of its CX-7 crossovers from model years 2007 to 2012 in the U.S. because of an issue that may cause a loss of steering control.
The Issue: “In the affected vehicles, water may enter the front suspension ball joint fittings,” according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statement. “If the water is contaminated with salt, such as from driving on snowy roads that have been treated, the ball joint may corrode and separate from the lower control arm, resulting in a loss of steering control.”
The Fix: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front lower control arms, free of charge. Parts aren’t currently available. Mazda will send interim notices to owners beginning around October 10, 2016. Follow-up notices will be sent when remedy parts are available. Mazda says it will work to fix CX-7s in cold-weather U.S. states first.
Notes: In July 2015, Mazda recalled about 193,000 of its larger CX-9 crossovers from model years 2007 to 2014, for a similar issue. Mazda says there are no reports of injuries or crashes in the CX-7s.
The Basics: Toyota has issued a recall for the RAV4 and Lexus HS250h to replace the rear suspension arms. The issue affects more than 337,000 vehicles sold in the United States.
The Issue: The 2006-2011 RAV4 and 2010 HS250h both share the same rear suspension arm design, attached with adjusting lock nuts that may have been improperly tightened after servicing.
The botched tightening procedure can eventually lead to thread damage, accelerating corrosion and eventually leading to failure. Drivers could experience a sudden and unexpected change in the vehicle’s alignment.
“Failure of the rear tie rod could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash,” the recall documents note.
The Fix: Toyota will notify owners and dealers will replace both rear suspension arms and encapsulate the locknuts, free of charge.
Notes: Notably, the campaign supersedes an earlier recall that implemented a simpler fix for the same problem. The first repairs were made approximately four years ago, however some vehicles continued to experience failures after being serviced.