The Basics: Toyota is recalling approximately 16,880 Model Year 2016 Avalon and 41,630 model Year 2016 Camry sedans due to a non-Takata related airbag issue.
The Issue: The front passenger seat is equipped with an Occupant Classification System which activates/deactivates the front passenger air bag system, depending on how much an occupant weighs. Toyota says there is a possibility that some vehicles may not have received proper OCS calibration during the manufacturing process. With the improper calibration, under some conditions, the front passenger airbag and the front passenger knee airbag may not deploy as designed in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury to a front seat passenger.
The Fix: All known owners of the affected Toyota vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Toyota dealers will re-calibrate the Occupant Classification System.
The Basics: Tesla is recalling 2,700 Model X SUVs due to a safety issue involving the third-row seat. The recall involves SUVs made before March 26, 2016 and sold in the United States.
The Issue: Tesla says its own tests showed the third-row seats could snap forward in a crash. The automaker says the Model X passed 15 seat-strength tests before failing a 16th designed to meet more stringent European standards. The company says it hasn’t received any reports of seat failures from customers. But Tesla says owners should not use the third row until it is repaired.
The Fix: Tesla will replace the seat backs in the affected vehicles. Customers will be notified when parts are available (it will take about five weeks to make parts for the repairs.) The repair takes about two hours. The recall will be paid for by Futuris Group, the company that made the seats.
The Basics: Hyundai is recalling 173,000 model-year 2011 Sonata cars over power steering failure.
The Issue: In a nutshell, damage to the electric power steering circuit board can cause a loss of power steering assist. It can increase risk of a crash, particularly at low speeds, NHTSA said.
Hyundai told NHTSA it has not identified any crashes or injuries related to the issue and that is investigated the matter due to the number of warranty claims it received. In January 2016, it was determined that before October 2010, when a supplier upgraded the protective covering of the circuit board, the boards could be damaged over time.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the EPS control unit. The recall begins May 30th.
The Basics: Nissan is preparing to recall 1,500 V6-powered 2016 Frontier pickup to fix a wiring defect that could cause a fire.
The Issue: The starting motor wire harness may have been installed in the wrong position, allowing the positive terminal to contact the starter heat shield and cause an electrical short. A short circuit can potentially cause a “thermal incident,” increasing the risk of a fire.
The first signs of trouble surfaced just last month with a Frontier that had not yet left the Canton, Mississippi, factory. A subsequent investigation traced the problem to the wiring harness orientation.
The Fix: Service technicians will inspect and reposition the wire harness, if necessary.
The Basics: Toyota is recalling 230 2016 Sienna minivans over a seatbelt problem.
The Issue: Sienna may have been built with the wrong front seatbelt height adjuster on B-pillar. The defect potentially allows the adjuster to separate in a crash, increasing the risk of someone sitting there getting hurt.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the height adjusters. No date yet for the recall to start.
The Basics: A recall from Toyota is also impacting the Toyota Rav4, Lexus ES 350 and RX 350 for a stability issue.
The Issue: The Rav4 and Lexus models are outfitted with a brake actuator assembly that works with the ABS, traction control and stability control systems. A component inside the actuator may have been damaged during manufacturing, preventing the actuator from opening properly. That could increase the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will check the brake actuator’s serial number and will replace it if the part comes from a period when the damage could have happened.
The Basics: While replacing the problematic Takata airbag inflators, Honda found that certain model year 2004-07 Accords – 11,602 of them – were fitted with the incorrect front passenger airbag modules. The modules installed were designed to South American specifications and do not meet US federal safety regulations.
The Problem: Since the airbags do not meet federal regulations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deems them unsafe.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the airbag modules on the models in question, and where necessary, replace them with the correct US-market units.
If you own one: Owners can expect to hear from the manufacturer beginning May 5 in order to arrange for their vehicles to undergo the recall service. That is, unless your Accord was already repaired under the Takata inflator recall – in which case this problem was already addressed.