The Basics: Mazda says it will recall 374,000 U.S. vehicles linked to potentially defective front passenger-side airbags made by Takata.
The Problem: The automaker said the latest recall was prompted after Takata said testing showed additional airbag inflators could be prone to ruptures. The expanded recall includes:
- 2003-2008 Mazda6
- 2006-2007 MazdaSpeed6
- 2004 RX8
Injuries/Deaths: No deaths are reported in Mazda vehicles. However, Takata airbag recalls are linked to nine deaths and more than 100 injuries stemming from airbag inflators that ruptured and sent metal fragments flying.
Notes: The airbag safety recalls are among the largest in U.S. automotive history, encompassing 23 million air bag inflators in 19 million vehicles manufactured by 12 car companies.
The Basics: Mercedes-Benz will recall 28,452 examples of the 2015 C300 4Matic and 2015 C400 4Matic sedans with production dates between January 27, 2014, and December 1, 2014.
The Problem: An issue with the electric power steering control unit software can cause the power steering assist to fail.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The Fix: Dealers will install updated power steering software.
If You Own One: Mercedes expects to notify affected owners about the recall in January. “Customers may continue to drive their vehicles until the software update has been completed at an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer,” company spokesman Christian Bokich told Autoblog.
More Information: Mercedes also recalled the 2015 C300 4Matic and 2015 C400 4Matic in March 2015 to fix two problems with the fuel delivery module on 3,039 of them in the US.
The Basics: Hyundai has launched a repair campaign for approximately 155,000 defective 2011-2012 Elantra sedans.
The Problem: The company early last year initiated an investigation into reports of improper activation of the vehicle’s electronic stability control system. When engaged, the ESC indicator lamp will illuminate and the system can brake individual wheels or reduce engine output.
“If the one or more of the brakes are inappropriately applied, control of the vehicle may be lost, increasing the risk of a crash,” the recall documents caution. Hyundai’s inquiry eventually blamed the malfunction on contamination of the yaw-rate sensor’s semiconductor material and an associated problem with the sensor’s self-test logic.
The Fix: Service technicians will very proper operation of the ESC sensors and update the system’s software calibration to prevent further failures. The company has not reported any accidents or injuries related to the condition.