Recall Roundup: Mazda CX-9, Volvo XC90

2014 CX-9 Mazda

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SUMMARY:

Mazda is recalling certain model year 2007-2014 Mazda CX-9 crossovers manufactured October 24, 2006, to December 28, 2013. The affected SUVs have front suspension ball joints that may corrode from water leaking into the fitting.

CONSEQUENCE:

Over time, the ball joint corrosion may result in the front lower control arm separating from the ball joint, causing a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace both the left and right lower control arms, free of charge. In early September 2015, owners will be mailed an interim notification informing them of recall. When remedy parts are available, owners will be mailed a second notification. The recall will begin with model year 2007-2009 vehicles registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The second phase will be for model year 2010-2014 vehicles in the same states. Finally, all remaining vehicles will be remedied. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda’s number for this recall is 8515G.

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.

Volvo logo

SUMMARY:

Volvo Cars is preparing a global recall and a delivery stop for the redesigned seven-seat 2016 XC90 crossovers for a potential airbag problem. The recall will include between 9,000 and 10,000 vehicles, according to Reuters.

CONSEQUENCE:

The airbag curtain in the third row may not function properly because of a problem with a trim panel.

“This is not an issue with the airbags themselves, but a trim panel that could interfere with deployment. This is not related to any Takata recall,” a Volvo spokesman said in an email to Automotive News. “It is not dangerous to drive affected cars.”

REMEDY:

The unspecified fix will modify the design of the panel surrounding the airbag curtain to make sure the airbag inflates properly, the company said. Volvo said it would “soon” notify customers with details for fixing the problem. “There have been no incidents or accidents related to this issue,” the spokesman said.

NOTES:

The XC90 is a crucial launch for Volvo. It’s the first vehicle Volvo has developed independently since Ford Motor Co. sold the Swedish brand to China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. The seven-seat, full-size crossover uses a new flexible platform that will underpin most of Volvo’s future models and a new family of four-cylinder engines.

Earlier this year, Volvo Cars of North America recalled 2016 XC90s for a front-seat wiring harness problem that affects the side impact protection system and disables the front-side side impact airbag, according to NHTSA. The earlier problem affects XC90 vehicles built from Jan. 27 to May 19.

“If the wiring harness is routed incorrectly, the wiring may be damaged, disabling the front seat side impact air bag, NHTSA said.

According to NHTSA document 584 vehicles were potentially affected and the recall was scheduled to start last month.

Photo Credit: Mazda
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