Recall Roundup: Volkswagen, Ford, Lincoln, Toyota



The Basics: Volkswagen Group is recalling about 110,000 2015 and 2016 Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI hatchbacks, Golf SportWagen wagons and Audi A3 luxury cars because of a potential gasoline leak.

The Issue:  There is a problem with the suction pump inside the fuel tank. Fuel may flow into the evaporative emissions system. If fuel accumulates in the system, it may leak through the charcoal canister filter element, increasing fire risk.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the suction pump for free.  The automaker will start notifying owners in November and will send a second notification later when parts become available.

Read more about the Audi Q7, Q6 recall and A6-A7 recall here.

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The Basics: Ford is recalling 60 2015-16 Ford Edge vehicles to update antilock braking system modules. Affected vehicles include certain 2015-16 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Feb. 9, 2015 to Aug. 12, 2016, which may have had software programmed during service between Aug. 6, 2016 and Sept. 28, 2016.

The Issue: Incorrect ABS module software may have been loaded into some vehicles when they were in for service. The incorrect software could disable electronic stability control (ESC), engine torque control, traction control (T/C), the warning lamp/indicator, the electronic parking brake (EPB) light and the EPB drive-away release function. ABS and electronic brake distribution (EBD) remain fully functional and the EPB can be applied. 

Notes: Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

The Fix:  Dealers will replace the ABS control module or reprogram the ABS module with updated software at no cost to the customer.

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The Basics:  Ford is issuing its first recall for the 2017 Lincoln Continental. It’s over a headlamp assembly problem in some models.

The Issue:  Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 1,900 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles to inspect and, if necessary, replace headlamp assemblies. In affected vehicles, HID headlamps may have been misbuilt with LED lenses that are missing the lens optics necessary to meet turn signal visibility requirements of FMVSS 108.

Notes: Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

Affected vehicles include certain 2017 Lincoln Continental vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, June 14, 2016 to Sept. 23, 2016. There are approximately 1,876 vehicles affected including 1,826 in the United States, 49 in Canada and one in federalized territories.

The Fix: Dealers will replace headlamp assemblies if necessary at no cost to the customer.


The Basics: Toyota is recalling 340,000 of its latest Prius models in Japan and overseas to fix a potentially deadly parking brake issue. The recall covers 2016-2017 models produced between August 2015 and October 2016, and affects around 210,000 vehicles in Japan and 94,000 in North America.

Toyota has “received reports of crashes, injuries and deaths” and is “still looking into the reports,” the Associated Press reported.

The Issue: “On the involved vehicles, there is a possibility that the parking brake could become inoperative,” Toyota said  in a statement. “If this occurs and the driver exits the vehicle with the transmission in a gear other than ‘Park’ while the ignition is on, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.”

The Fix: In a statement, Toyota said dealers “will add clips on the top of the brake cable dust boots to prevent the cable from becoming inoperative.” Owners will be notified in November.


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