Recall Roundup: Nissan, Kia, Ford

2016 Nissan Maxima

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The Basics: Two recalls involving Nissan involve 3.53 million vehicles globally – 3.2 million in the United States – because the front passenger airbag may or may not deploy properly in the event of a crash.

Issue #1:  Passenger-side airbags in roughly 622,000 Nissan Sentra models built between 2013 and 2016 may deploy in crashes when they shouldn’t, such as when a child is in the seat. In affected vehicles, the occupant sensing system may not properly register a person sitting in the passenger seat.

Issue #22016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, and LEAF, 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express and 2013 Infiniti JX35 models suffer from the opposite problem. In those vehicles, the airbag may not deploy when it is supposed to.

The Fix: Owners will be notified and repairs will be free of charge.

Notes: Nissan is aware of at least three crashes where airbags in one of the above models did not function properly, resulting in “moderate injuries.” There have already been four recalls since 2013 for similar issues in Nissan vehicles.


The Basics: Kia is recalling the 2015-2016 K900 sedan to fix an electronic glitch with the LED headlight system.

The Issue: The company says using the headlights in ‘Auto’ mode can cause premature wear to contact points on the multi-function switch, eventually causing the lights to flicker or intermittently turn off while driving.

“Interrupted illumination of headlights while driving increases the risk of a crash,” the recall documents warn.

The first signs of trouble emerged in October with several reports of interrupted headlight operation. Engineers determined that oxidized contact points were the culprit. The multi-function switch was consequently redesigned to prevent such failures.

Notes: The campaign affects approximately 3,099 units, limited to vehicles with LED headlights. No accidents or injuries have been officially associated with the defect.

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Ford has detailed three safety recalls and two compliance campaigns, affecting more than a dozen models.

The Basics: Ford is recalling certain 2011-2012 F-150, 2012 Expedition, 2012 Mustang, and 2012 Lincoln Navigator models to fix a transmission issue.

The Problem: The vehicles have the 6R80 transmission. There’s an issue with the output speed sensor on the transmission lead frame which could force a temporary downshift into first gear. Ford reports three accidents related to the issue.

The Fix: The company will update powertrain control software. Ford will start mailing out recall notices on May 23.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling certain model 2014-2015 Explorer and Interceptor Police Utility Vehicles to replace rear suspension toe links.

The Issue: It’s possible the left and right rear suspension toe links could fracture due to poor weld quality. It could create difficulty steering or loss of steering control, increasing crash risk. Ford is aware of one accident and one injury related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the left and right rear suspension toe links and align the rear suspension at no cost.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling certain 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles to inspect and replace their tires as needed.

The Issue: Some tires could have been damaged from a conveyor during assembly, increasing crash risk. Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the tires for inboard sidewall damage and replace as needed at no cost.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling certain 2007-2012 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable vehicles to replace the driver airbag module. This issue is not related to the Takata airbag inflator safety recall.

The Issue: The chemical enhancer for the second-stage airbag deployment could be missing from the module, which may increase the risk of an injury in a crash that requires second-stage deployment. This condition does not affect primary-stage airbag deployment. Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver airbag module at no cost.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling several dozen 2016 Ford Fusions to replace driver seat track assembly.

The Issue: In certain vehicles, the seat mounting bracket attachment to the seat track rail may have been improperly welded, resulting in reduced seat track strength. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver seat track assembly at no cost to the customer.

Photo Credit: Nissan


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