Recall Roundup: Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Ford

elantra recall


The Basics: Hyundai is recalling 64,500 Elantra sedans from the 2013 model year because the brake pedal stopper pads can deteriorate over time.

The Issue: In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Hyundai said deterioration of the pads can lead to the continuous illumination of the sedan’s brake lights and the ability to shift out of park without pressing down on the brake pedal, among other potential problems, increasing the risk of an accident.

Injuries/Deaths: Hyundai said it is not aware of any related accidents or injuries.

The Fix: The recall begins on Sept. 30, Hyundai said in a letter to NHTSA. Hyundai dealers will replace the pads for free.

Notes:  The affected Elantra sedans were produced between Dec. 1, 2012, and Feb. 19, 2013, at a South Korean Hyundai plant, while others were built between Jan. 23, 2013, and April 30, 2013, at the automaker’s Alabama assembly plant.

This recall follows a November 2015 recall of certain Hyundai Sonata vehicles for the same issue. Hyundai said it began an investigation into the part, used in “various models,” in July 2014 and decided to recall the affected 2013 Elantra sedans last month as claim rates “began to gradually rise in the second quarter of 2016.”

The part was supplied to Hyundai by Kyung Chang Industrial Co. of South Korea. Hyundai said it “continues to review possible supplier changes” related to the brake stopper pads.

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The Basics: Mitsubishi is recalling 82,436 vehicles from the 2015 and 2016 model years. The recall is over the continuously variable transmissions, or CVTs, in 2015-16 Outlander Sports, 2016 Outlanders, and 2016 Lancers. (Mitsubishi calls their Jatco manufactured CVT a constant velocity transmission.)

The Issue: According to the document Mitsubishi submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the CVTs in certain vehicles can momentarily lose signal and delay acceleration. This can increase the risk of an accident.

Injuries/Deaths: It is unknown if there are any injuries or deaths related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealerships will reprogram (update the software) on the affected CVTs for free.

If you own one: The recall began on August 15. If you own an affected vehicle, contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA’s number for this recall is SR-16-006. 

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The Basics: There are three new separate recalls from Ford. They affect seven newer models to fix issues with fuel pumps, fuel injection systems and power windows.

Issue #1 : 2013-2015 Taurus, Flex, Police Interceptor Sedan, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKZ

The largest campaign lists 86,000 vehicles including the 2013-2015 Taurus, Flex, Police Interceptor Sedan, Lincoln MKS and MKT Vehicles powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged engine, along with all Interceptor engines, were built with a fuel-pump control module that is prone to failure.

“In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump control module could fail, which may cause an engine to not start or stall,” Ford warns. “In some cases, the engine could stall without warning while driving and without the ability to restart, increasing the risk of a crash.”

Issue #2:   2015-16 Transit

A smaller batch of around 2,500 Transit vans will receive a new fuel-injection pump for Ford’s 3.2-liter diesel engine. The original pump can malfunction, causing the vehicle to stall without warning.

Issue #3:  2017 Escape

The third campaign is more of a compliance recall, focused on the power window programming used in the 2017 Escape. The existing configuration may exceed the regulatory limits for remote actuating closing force, increasing the risk of injury.

Injuries/Deaths: Ford is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the three defects.

Photo Credit: Hyundai
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