The Basics: Kia is preparing to replace front drive shafts in 2016 Optima sedans powered by a 2.4-liter engine. The recall impacts 12,000 vehicles potentially in the United States.
The Issue: The company warns that the original driveshaft is prone to crack and fail, explaining a half dozen similar fractures identified in vehicles from the field. The mysterious problem sparked a deeper investigation that eventually focused on weld quality.
“If the driveshaft cracks and separates from the vehicle, it will not be able to move forward,” the NHTSA recall documents note. “Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied upon exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll. Either scenario can increase the risk of a crash.”
Notes: The supplier quickly revised its production processes to improve weld quality after the root cause was identified.
The Basics: Honda is recalling 350,083 of its new 2016 Civics because the electric parking brake may not engage when the engine is turned off, leading to the possibility that the car could roll away and crash. The recall covers two- and four-door Civics with both the 1.5-liter turbo and 2-liter engines.
The Issue: The problem involves software in the vehicle stability control unit. Honda says it is programmed in such a way that it prevents the electric parking brake from being applied. The problem occurs when the driver tries to apply the brake after the engine is switched off.
The brake warning light will signal there’s a problem to drivers. And the defect doesn’t appear if the brake is applied before the engine is turned off.
Notes: Honda says it discovered the issue by analyzing warranty claims. Honda says it found 342 cases in which the problem occurred. The automaker says the issue isn’t linked to any reports of accidents.
The Fix: Honda will update programs software.
The Basics: Subaru is preparing to fix a small batch of 2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles to address a manufacturing error. It only impacts a few dozen in the U.S. market.
The Issue: The knee guard bracket may not be properly attached to the steering beam assembly. The misaligned welds were discovered late last month and quickly resolved at the supplier factory.
“Under this condition, if a frontal crash were to occur and the driver is not wearing a seatbelt, the knee guard may not be able to restrain the occupant’s lower body as designed,” the company warns. “This could increase the risk of injury in such a crash.”
The Fix: Subaru service technicians will inspect the welds and replace the steering beam if necessary.
The Basics: Hyundai is preparing to fix a wiring defect in the 2010-2015 Genesis Coupe.
The Issue: An electrical harness connecter for the front occupant classification system (OCS) may dislodge and disconnect when the passenger is attempting to move the seat position.
“In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, the disconnected OCS would, by default, cause the first stage, and only the first stage, of the air bag to deploy, whether there is a child seat in the front seat and the bag should not deploy or if the crash is severe and both stages should deploy,” the NHTSA recall documents warn. “Either scenario increases the risk of injury to the front seat occupant.”
Initial investigations found that some cars brought in with disconnected harness connectors also had debris under the seat, such as a perfume bottle or sunglasses, that may have contributed to the failures.
The Fix: Service technicians will simply secure the OCS connector to prevent it from accidentally disconnecting. The campaign affects a total of around 84.500 vehicles sold in the US market.
The Basics: FCA is recalling the 2016-2017 Jeep Wrangler to fix an issue associated with airbag failures. (FCA says the 2017 Wrangler is not on the road yet.)
The Issue: The automaker encountered a problem in a 35-mph crash test for government certification. Neither the front airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners deployed as designed. The problem is apparently due to the fact engineers moved the sensor wires, to streamline the vehicle assembly process. This started with the 2016 model year. Everything works fine in vehicles with the old wiring routing.
The Fix: FCA is still developing a fix for the issue.
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