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  • 'Urgent, Lifesaving Recall' Issued for 2000-2006 BMWs to Replace Airbag Inflators


    'Urgent, Lifesaving Recall' Issued for 2000-2006 BMWs to Replace Airbag Inflators

    Written by David A. Wood,
    May 5, 2023

    BMWand the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are warning owners of older BMW models to stop driving the vehicles until the driver's side Takataairbag inflators are replaced.

    Calling this an "urgent, lifesaving recall" of the "most dangerous" BMW vehicles, about 90,000 of these vehicles should be parked and stay parked until they are repaired, unless the airbag inflators have already been replaced by dealers.

    • 2000-2006 BMW 3 Series (E46) including M3
    • 2000-2003 BMW 5 Series (E39) including M5
    • 2000-2004 BMW X5 (E53)

    The 90,000 BMW vehicles were previously recalled because of their dangerous Takata airbags, but owners continue to ignore the obvious threat.

    The Takata airbag inflators are deadly because they can explode when the airbags deploy. In some cases, simple fender-benders have killed occupants when the Takata airbag inflators exploded and sent shards of metal into occupants.

    As an example of a fatality in a 2004 BMW 3-Series vehicle and how owners should get their vehicles repaired, federal safety investigators described the driver's injuries:

    "The airbag inflator ruptured during deployment. At least three metal fragments displaced from the area of the metal inflator cap of the inflator were recovered following the crash. Police responding on-scene found two fragments measuring 5 x 3 cm (2.0 x 1.2 in) located inside the deployed airbag. The third fragment identified by Takata as a booster tube and measuring 4 x 3 cm (1.6 x 1.2 in) in size passed through the airbag fabric."

    BMW owners need to wake up to the deadly dangerous mistake of ignoring these recalls, as can be seen in NHTSA's official report of the 2004 BMW airbag fatality.

    "It [the metal fragment] penetrated and entered the driver’s abdomen, causing lacerations to the stomach, small bowel, liver, right kidney, inferior vena cava, and right psoas muscle, with associated extensive intra-abdominal hemorrhage," the report said. "The fragment was recovered by the medical examiner from the soft tissue of the driver’s back during the autopsy."

    The BMW vehicles are 17 to 22 years old, and NHTSA said the risk to occupants is "dire."

    Even the smallest bump to the vehicle can cause the metal airbag inflator to explode and send shrapnel into occupants. Some occupants lived through the ordeal only to be left with life-changing injuries.

    NHTSA and BMW warn owners to stop driving the vehicles and contact BMW to have the vehicles towed to dealers. BMW technicians will even come to you to perform mobile repairs. BMW also said plenty of replacement airbags and inflators are available, and none of this will cost an owner a cent.

    Find your BMW vehicle identification number (VIN) and visit NHTSA's recall site or BMW's recall site.

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  • 17 States Call for Recall of Hyundais, Kias Over Rampant Thefts


    The attorneys general from 17 states, including California and New York, are calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a safety recall to remedy what they claim is a flaw that makes some Hyundaiand Kiavehicles easier to steal.

    “The bottom line is, Kia’s and Hyundai’s failure to install standard safety features on many of their vehicles have put vehicle owners and the public at risk,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta, who led the coalition of states in its call for a recall, reportedReuters.

    Thefts of certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles have skyrocketed in recent years after it was discovered they lacked immobilizers and push button starters. Methods of exploiting these security weaknesses were then shared widely on social media sites, such as TikTok.

    According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were nearly twice as many theft claims for Kias and Hyundais from the 2015-2019 model years as there were of all other vehicles from the same model years in 2022.

    Bonta claimed Hyundai and Kia included the immobilizers and other features that would have made stealing the vehicles more difficult in other markets, even Canada, but decided not to include them in the U.S. However, Kia claims this is irrelevant, because the security systems are not federally required in the market.

    “These specific models comply fully with all applicable federal standards, a recall is neither appropriate nor necessary under federal law,” said Kia in a statement.

    That has not stopped cities around the country from suing the company for the increasing reports of auto thefts, and the associated rise in policing costs. According to NHTSA, the trend of stealing Hyundais and Kia has led to 14 crashes and eight deaths.

    In response to criticisms, the automakers have offered software upgrades for their vehicles, as well as steering wheel locks, in an effort to dissuade thieves. NHTSA said it has met with the automakers and is receiving regular updated on the companies’ plans to remedy the issue, per the Associated Press.

    “NHTSA will continue to monitor this issue, spread awareness of further updates to local authorities and lend its expertise in efforts to strengthen motor vehicle safety,” it wrote in a statement.

    That failed to impress Bonta, though.

    “Instead of taking responsibility with appropriate corrective action, these carmakers have chosen instead to pass this risk onto consumers and our communities,” he said.

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  • 2015-2019 Lincoln MKC Recalled for Potential Under-Hood Fire Risk


    2015-2019 Lincoln MKC Recalled for Potential Under-Hood Fire Risk

    PublishedJune 2, 2023

    Ford Motor Company is advising customers of certain 2015-2019 model year LincolnMKC vehicles to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures while the company supplies Ford dealers and Lincoln retailers with parts and repair instructions to resolve the issue.

    On these vehicles, the location of the battery monitor sensor may make the sensor susceptible to damage when the battery or related electrical components are serviced. In the event of battery monitor sensor housing damage, an electrical short may develop in the sensor’s printed circuit board. If this happens, a lack of fusing in the sensor power circuit may cause the surrounding materials to overheat.

    Affected vehicles will have an in-line fuse added to the battery monitor sensor power circuit to prevent electrical current load, due to shorting, from overheating surrounding material.

    Ford is aware of 19 potentially related reports of under-hood fire, including some reports when the vehicle was parked and off. Ford has not issued instructions to stop driving vehicles under this recall and is not aware of any accidents or physical injuries related to this issue.

    Customers unable to park their vehicle outside should contact a local retailer or Ford’s Customer Service Center at 1-833-807-3673 for additional assistance.

    This recall affects 142,522 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories. Customers can determine if their vehicle is included in this recall by entering the vehicle’s identification number (VIN) here.

    Source: Ford

  • 3rd Air Bag Death Prompts Warning to Drivers of Older Chrysler, Dodge Vehicles


    3rd Air Bag Death Prompts Warning to Drivers of Older Chrysler, Dodge Vehicles

    Written by Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press
    Dec. 20, 2022

    Stellantisand federal regulators say a third person has died in a crash involving an older Chrysleror Dodgevehicle as a result of an exploding Takataair bag, prompting an urgent warning that owners not drive those vehicles until they’re repaired.

    The latest fatality involved a 2010 Chrysler 300 and a ruptured driver’s side air bag inflator, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a news release Dec. 19. The agency noted a total of five people, apparently also involving vehicles from other automakers, have been killed in such crashes this year.

    The company said the problem is related to chemical properties that "may deteriorate over time, particularly if exposed to hot, humid climates."

    On Dec. 19, Stellantis, through its U.S. operating arm FCA US, reiterated an alert from November, when it issued a “Do Not Drive” warning for 276,000 2005-2010 Dodge Magnums, Chargers, Challengers and Chrysler 300s. At that point, authorities had confirmed the deaths of two people in separate crashes involving exploding Takata air bags in 2010 Dodge Chargers.

    The company said owners or custodians of the vehicles should call 833-585-0144 to have them towed, free of charge, for service, which is also free.

    “Time is a critical element here because the risk increases with each day these air-bag inflators go unreplaced,” said Tom McCarthy, global head of Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance at Stellantis, in the company news release. “We have the parts, and the service is free. We will provide alternative transportation, also free, to help people get to and from our dealerships, as needed.”

    In the most recently confirmed incident, the company said it notified NHTSA of the third fatality on Dec. 16.

    “The vehicle’s owner inquired with the company about the driver-side air bag recall in 2018, but then declined an opportunity to schedule the free service at a dealership. FCA US continued to send urgent notifications to this owner through 2022, contributing to a total of 114 outreach attempts over a seven-year period,” the release said. “In July, the owner loaned the vehicle to a family member who was subsequently killed in a crash when the driver-side air bag ruptured on deployment.”

    The company said it extends its sympathies to the families and friends of those affected by the confirmed Takata-related fatalities.

    Stellantis spokesman Eric Mayne said the company is not divulging identities out of respect for the families "and we’re not disclosing additional make/model or location info to avoid conveying the message that only certain vehicles in certain states need repair. All the vehicles in the stop-drive population need immediate attention, wherever they are registered."

    NHTSA said it urges all vehicle owners to check to see whether their vehicle has an open Takata air bag recall, and if so, to schedule a free repair as soon as possible.

    The agency said “even minor crashes can result in exploding air bags that can kill or produce life-altering injuries.”

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  • 44K Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneers Recalled for Airbag Issue


    44K Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneers Recalled for Airbag Issue

    Written by David A. Wood,
    Aug. 9, 2023

    A 2022-2023 JeepWagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer recall includes more than 44,000 SUVs at risk of suffering side curtain airbag problems.

    Fiat Chryslersaid the upper B-pillar interior trim may not be fully in place and could interfere with the side curtain airbag deployment.

    Along with not protecting occupants in a crash, the side airbag inflatable curtain (SABIC) problems also violate federal safety standards.

    FCA learned in June 2022 about possible problems with the Jeep side curtain airbags, with reports alleging problems with the upper B-pillar trim. In June 2023, engineers confirmed the Jeep Wagoneer trim was not installed correctly.

    Occupants may notice loose trim or hear rattle sound in the B-pillar.

    FCA expects to mail Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer recall letters Sept. 22.

    Jeep dealerships will possibly reseat or replace the trim.

    Jeep Wagoneer owners with questions should call 800-853-1403 and ask about Jeep recall number 76A.

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  • 570,000 Additional Hyundai and Kia Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk


    570,000 Additional Hyundai and Kia Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

    PublishedMarch 23, 2023

    Hyundai Motor America and Kia America have issued recalls for more than 570,000 vehicles, urging owners to park their vehicles outside and away from homes and other structures until the recall is remedied. 

    The affected vehicles are model years 2022-2023 Santa Cruz, 2019-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2021-2023 Santa Fe Hybrid, 2022-2023 Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid and 2022-2023 Kia Carnival.

    Until the free recall repair is completed, owners should continue to park their vehicles outdoors and away from other vehicles or buildings, even if the vehicle is turned off.

    An electrical short could potentially start a fire in the tow hitch harness module. Owners should contact their Hyundai or Kia dealership to schedule a free repair.

    This safety recall is a direct result of NHTSA’s monitoring of recall NHTSA 22V-633.

    Vehicle owners can visit or call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 and enter their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicle is under recall. NHTSA also encourages everyone to download its SaferCar app to stay informed on current recalls.

    Source: NHTSA

  • Alarmingly High Number of Cars with Urgent Recalls Remain Unrepaired


    Alarmingly High Number of Cars with Urgent Recalls Remain Unrepaired

    PublishedMay 17, 2023

    More than 2.5 million vehicles that have been tagged with "do not drive" or "park outside" safety recalls remain unrepaired as of May 1, CARFAXdata shows. Ten states have more than 70,000 of these vehicles driving on their roads, with California leading the way.

    1. California: 245,000
    2. Texas: 242,000
    3. Florida: 237,000
    4. New York: 118,000
    5. Pennsylvania: 106,000
    6. Ohio: 101,000
    7. Georgia: 96,000
    8. Illinois: 92,000
    9. North Carolina: 85,000
    10. Arizona: 71,000

    "Despite efforts by state and federal governments---and the auto industry itself---too many consumers are driving in vehicles that have been deemed too dangerous to drive, or that shouldn't be parked in or near a home for fear of a fire," said Faisal Hasan, general manager for data at CARFAX. "Officials and communities need to break through consumer recall notice fatigue and drive home the message: We can save lives today by getting these recalls fixed."

    "Do not drive" and "park outside" notifications are recalls issued by automakers and federal safety officials. A "do not drive" recall advises drivers not to operate their vehicles because a serious safety issue could lead to an accident or physical harm. A "park outside" recall is issued for vehicles with a high risk of causing a fire, and owners are advised to park these vehicles outside of garages and parking structures, and away from buildings. These recalls are rarely issued.

    CARFAX already warns its 30 million Car Care members when there's an unfixed recall for their car. Soon, CARFAX will highlight these urgent recalls in Car Care and through email campaigns.

    In addition, CARFAX is working with the Alliance for Automotive Innovation to involve more states with the Vehicle Recall Search Service (VRSS). The VRSS is used by Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, New York State, Ohio and Texas to alert residents to open safety recalls and get them fixed. Texas, for example, provides a free recall check using VRSS for every vehicle that undergoes a state safety inspection and those results are provided to the vehicle's owner. Launched in 2018 as a completely free system, the VRSS has checked more than 3 billion vehicles since its launch five years ago. CARFAX data shows that, since 2018, 212 million recalls identified by the VRSS have been closed.

    Vehicles Under Recall

    There are about 200 separate models from various automakers, over multiple model years, for which "do not drive" or "park outside" safety recalls have been issued. See that list here.

    Consumers can check---for free---to see if their car has any open recall at

    Source: CARFAX

  • Almost 250,000 Hondas, Acuras Recalled Over Engine Seize Fears


    Almost 250,000 Hondas, Acuras Recalled Over Engine Seize Fears

    The engines used in the affected vehicles could seize because of a badly engineered crankshaft.

    Written by Chris Chilton, CarScoops
    Nov. 20, 2023

    Honda is famous for its rev-happy, free-spinning engines, but now the automaker has been forced to issue a massive recall because thousands of engines are at risk of not spinning at all.

    The U.S. arm of Honda and its upscale Acurasister brand are collectively recalling close to a quarter of a million cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs after discovering the engines used in those vehicles could seize because of a badly engineered crankshaft. A total of 248,999 vehicles are affected.

    The vehicles affected are the 2018-19 Honda Odyssey, 2016 and 2018-19 Honda Pilot, 2017 and 2019 Honda Ridgeline, 2015-20 Acura TLX and 2016-20 Acura MDX. While the NHTSA recall notice doesn’t specify which powertrains are affected, the only engine common between all five vehicles is Honda’s American-built 3.5-liter V6.

    Correspondence between the NHTSA and American Honda revealed due to a manufacturing error that occurred in the production of crankshafts, some cranks might have been built with incorrect rod journal specifications. Those dodgy journals could result in a lack of lubrication that might ultimately cause engine damage, and even complete seizure.

    “If the connecting rod bearing seizes, the engine can be damaged and run improperly, stall, stop while driving, and/or not start, increasing the risk of a fire, crash or injury,” the NHTSA report said.

    Honda first became aware of the problem in 2020 and has so far received 1,450 warranty claims. But starting in January of next year, owners will be notified and asked to bring their vehicles to a dealership for inspection. If the motor is deemed not to be up to scratch it will be repaired with a crank ground to the correct spec, or replaced altogether.

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  • Audi Recalls A8, S8 for Airbag Problems


    Audi Recalls A8, S8 for Airbag Problems

    By David A. Wood,
    April 4, 2023

    Audiis recalling more than 1,000 2022-2023 A8 and S8 vehicles because the front passenger airbags may not have been folded correctly.

    According to Audi the airbag will still function, but a small person or a child not wearing a seat belt while sitting close to the instrument panel could be hurt by the airbag.

    Audi found the problem in 2022 while performing an out-of-position front passenger airbag test when the airbag didn't correctly unfold.

    The test was repeated and showed the same outcome, so an additional monitoring step was put into production in December 2022. Audi checked all affected parts and all unsold vehicles were reworked.

    The automaker said it isn't aware of any customer complaints, warranty claims or other field reports.

    Audi expects to mail airbag recall letters April 14, and dealers will replace the front passenger airbag modules.

    Audi A8 and S8 owners may contact Audi at 800-253-2834 and refer to recall number 69ET.

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  • BMW Recalls iX, X1 Vehicles for Airbag Problems 


    BMW Recalls iX, X1 Vehicles for Airbag Problems

    Written by David A. Wood,
    Feb. 27, 2023

    BMWis recalling more than 15,800 iX and X1 vehicles because the driver's front airbags may not have been manufactured correctly.

    The recalled 2022-2023 iX xDrive40, iX xDrive50, iX M60 and 2022-2023 X1 xDrive28i vehicles need new driver's airbags.

    A BMW driver may not be fully protected in a crash if the airbag deployment trajectory is wrong.

    BMW was conducting a test in January when an abnormal airbag deployment occurred, causing engineers to open an investigation.

    BMW determined the vehicle would not violate federal regulations, but the automaker found other models may have had the same airbag problems.

    "Additional analyses found that, in rare cases during air bag module assembly at the supplier, a production process anomaly could occur involving a rebound tether strap," BMW said. "It was suggested that, if this were to occur, it could affect the deployment trajectory and resulting performance deviation, as observed in the January test."

    BMW has not received any reports of crashes or injuries.

    BMW expects to mail airbag recall letters April 7.

    BMW iX and X1 owners may call the automaker at 800-525-7417.

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  • CarMax Reaches Settlement Over Failure to Disclose Vehicle Recalls


    CarMax Reaches Settlement Over Failure to Disclose Vehicle Recalls

    Published Dec. 8, 2022

    A multistate coalition of 35 attorneys general on Dec. 1 secured $1 million from CarMax for failing to disclose open safety recalls on their used vehicles to consumers before sales.

    CarMax did not provide consumers with information about safety recalls on critical vehicle parts, such as brakes and fuel pumps, before selling vehicles.

    The agreement will set a new industry standard for used car dealers to disclose open safety recalls to customers before they make a purchase.

    A multistate investigation found CarMax, a nationwide used car dealer, misled consumers by failing to disclose needed repairs on vehicles with open safety recalls. CarMax classified those vehicles as “safe” despite there being open recalls for parts, including airbags and other critical safety features.

    The agreement requires CarMax to stop these improper practices and changes overall industry standards in the used car market to protect consumers. Customers of used car dealerships will now be able to access information about any open safety recalls for any vehicles available for purchase.

    Under the agreement, CarMax is required to provide digital links for vehicles advertised online and QR codes for vehicles available on their lots which will allow consumers to access this information as they shop.

    In addition, CarMax will present customers with documentation on any open safety recalls and obtain their signature to confirm proper disclosure before presenting the with any sales paperwork.

    The company will pay $1 million in penalties, of which about $54,000 will go to New York.

    “When someone buys a car, they need to know that it will keep them safe,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James, part of the multistate coalition. “CarMax put New Yorkers at risk by allowing drivers to get on the road without warning them that their newly purchased vehicles had open safety recalls. This agreement will protect New Yorkers and ensure that consumers are aware of any safety recall before they start driving. As attorney general, I will continue to ensure that companies that bypass the law are held to account and that New Yorkers are protected.”

    CarMax will continue to use the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s vehicle identification number tool to provide important safety information, including open recalls, to consumers. To check for any open recalls on their vehicle, consumers can use this online tool.

    Joining New York's attorney general in the agreement are the attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

    Source: Office of New York Attorney General Letitia James

  • CarMax Settles with Maryland Over Unrepaired Recalls


    CarMax Settles with Maryland Over Unrepaired Recalls

    Written by David A. Wood,
    July 20, 2023

    CarMaxadvertises its “CarMax Quality Certified” used vehicles that have undergone a 125+ point inspection and a detailed reconditioning process.

    As a seller of used vehicles, CarMax is not required to fix vehicles with "open recalls," meaning vehicles that have been recalled but remain unrepaired.

    Federal laws do not require sellers of used vehicles to have those repairs performed before selling the cars.

    But considering CarMax advertises its used vehicles as undergoing a "125+ point inspection," Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown saw a problem with CarMax failing to inform consumers about those open recalls.

    The Maryland Consumer Protection Division reached a settlement with CarMax over its alleged failure to disclose open safety recalls on used vehicles. According to Brown, CarMax violated the Maryland Consumer Protection Act by failing to disclose the vehicles had open recalls.

    “Consumers have the right to know if and when they are purchasing vehicles with open recall that could put them and others on the road at risk," Brown said.

    After Maryland authorities began the investigation, CarMax did begin providing information to consumers about open recalls during its sales process.

    By agreeing to the settlement, CarMax will pay $240,000 and will also ensure consumers are aware of the recall status of used vehicles whether the purchase is online or in-person.

    The company must also include hyperlinks for vehicles advertised on the CarMax website and QR codes for vehicles on sales lots which link directly to information on unrepaired safety recalls.

    In addition, the settlement requires CarMax to present consumers with information about any unrepaired recalls before presenting any other sales paperwork.

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  • Chevrolet Bolt EV Recalled Again Due to Fire Risk, But It's Not Battery-Related


    Chevrolet Bolt EV Recalled Again Due to Fire Risk, But It's Not Battery-Related

    Written by Andrei Nedelea, InsideEVs
    Dec. 21, 2022

    General Motors announced it is voluntarily recalling just under 140,000 ChevroletBolt EVs for a potential fire risk.

    However, this has nothing to do with the previous recall connected to faulty battery packs that could catch fire, and the new potential fire hazard is frankly a bit surprising.

    These 2017 to 2023 model year Bolt EVs have seatbelt pretensioners whose exhaust gases may set fire to the vehicle’s carpets in the event of a crash. The manufacturer does note it is an extremely rare occurrence, but it will apply a fix to all affected vehicles.

    Chevrolet won’t replace the seat belt pretensioners, but will instead place foil on the carpet to shield it from the exhaust and thus eliminate the problem.

    Seat belt pretensioners have a pyrotechnic component to them, just like airbags, and they are designed to detonate when the vehicle detects a crash in order to tighten and make sure occupants are held firmly in place.

    Of the affected vehicles, almost 20,000 are in Canada, with the remaining 120,000 in the U.S. The recall has yet to be announced on the NHTSA website. It has been made public in Canada, although it has not been announced when owners will be sent notifications or when affected vehicles will be called in to service centers to fix the problem.

    This recall comes after another much more serious one caused by faulty battery packs that could suddenly catch fire. GM did begin a process of replacing the battery packs in affected vehicles and this actually increased their range---pre-refresh vehicles from model years 2017 to 2019 actually got a 10% higher capacity pack, or the equivalent of around 6 kWh.

    In November, the manufacturer had gone through and already replaced the faulty packs in about half the affected vehicles, focusing on older vehicles from 2017 to 2019 model years first.

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  • Exploding Airbag Warning: Stop Driving 2001-2003 Honda Vehicles


    Exploding Airbag Warning: Stop Driving 2001-2003 Honda Vehicles

    By David A. Wood,
    Feb. 7, 2023

    Hondais warning owners of recalled 2001-2003 Acuraand Honda vehicles to park the vehicles and stop driving them if the Takataairbags have not been replaced during previous recalls.

    Years of warning owners to get the free repairs completed by dealers caused Honda to issue this latest warning to stop driving the vehicles if they have not been repaired.

    Included in the warning are these models that need new airbag inflators:

    • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
    • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
    • 2002 Honda CR-V
    • 2002 Honda Odyssey
    • 2003 Honda Pilot
    • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL
    • 2003 Acura 3.2 CL

    However, a customer can verify if their Acura or Honda vehicle is included by using the vehicle identification number (VIN) at or

    After at least 17 deaths and more than 200 injuries blamed on exploding airbags in Honda vehicles, the automaker is still trying to convince owners of the older models to complete the free recall repairs.

    Owners can arrange free towing and have access to free loaner or rental vehicles.

    Known as Takata "Alpha" airbags, Honda said the airbag inflators suffer a 50% failure rate in the older vehicles. The metal inflators explode and become grenades that shoot metal fragments into vehicle occupants.

    According to Honda, its "relentless recall efforts" to owners of vehicles equipped with Alpha inflators include:

    • 8.9 million mailed notifications to registered owners
    • 5.4 million live and automated phone calls
    • 2.3 million emails
    • 916,000 text and online messages
    • 794,000 in-person visits seeking to locate owners

    Honda said even after years of Takata recalls, more than 8,200 owners of the older models still have not responded.

    Owners of these vehicles should immediately contact a Honda dealer or call the automaker at 888-234-2138.

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  • Feds Probe 16 Hyundai, Kia Recalls Linked to ABS Fires


    Feds Probe 16 Hyundai, Kia Recalls Linked to ABS Fires

    The automakers have issued eight recalls each related to the fire risk since 2016, affecting 6.3 million vehicles in the U.S.

    Written by Chris Chilton, CarScoops
    Nov. 22, 2023

    Kiaand Hyundaiaren’t having the best November. First, a judge decided insurance companies hoping to recover $1 billion from the automakers they say they lost because of the TikToktheft craze could proceed to court, and now the NHTSA has opened an investigation into a previous series of recalls that involves more than 6 million vehicles.

    The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation is looking at eight recalls made by Hyundai and the same number made by its sister company Kia, all related to a faulty anti-lock braking system that posed a fire risk. The brake control unit at the center of the investigation was made by South Korean component manufacturer Mando, and fitted to 6.3 million cars and SUVs in the U.S.

    Though the automakers have already recalled vehicles to remedy the problem, the NHTSA wants to know whether Kia and Hyundai followed official reporting requirements, and also why some of the descriptions of the defects and recommended repairs differ between recalls, when the problem was essentially the same.

    The two automakers issued multiple recalls related to the fire risk between 2016 and 2023, the last one being announced in September. In that case, Hyundai claimed a faulty O-ring in the brake module could cause brake fluid to leak, potentially resulting in a short circuit and a fire in the engine bay, yet Kia claimed it didn’t know “the exact cause” of the problem, despite both brands using the same Mando-supplied components.

    The joint recall amounted to almost 3.4 million vehicles, the owners of which were advised to park their vehicles outside and away from any structures while a recall aimed at fixing an issue that could cause a fire is rolled out. Kia began reaching out to affected owners Nov. 14, while Hyundai began contacting its customers Nov. 21.

  • Ford 360-Degree Rearview Camera Recall Involves 170,000 Vehicles


    Ford 360-Degree Rearview Camera Recall Involves 170,000 Vehicles

    Written by David A. Wood,
    Sept. 7, 2023

    A Fordrearview camera recall has been announced for dealerships to replace the 360-degree rearview cameras in about 170,000 of these vehicles:

    • 2020-2023 LincolnAviator
    • 2018-2021 Lincoln Navigator
    • 2022-2023 Ford Transit
    • 2021 Ford Bronco

    The backup cameras may not display any rearview images when the vehicles are shifted into reverse. Instead, a driver may see a black or blue screen.

    Between April 24, 2018, and Aug. 3, 2023, there were 3,486 warranty reports regarding rearview camera failures, two alleged crashes but no reports of injuries.

    In September 2021, Ford recalled the Explorer, Lincoln Aviator and Lincoln Corsair for rearview camera failures, and in January 2023 the same vehicles were recalled again. Owners reported their backup camera images were blue or black even though the vehicles had been repaired.

    Then in May, Ford recalled more than 422,000 Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator and Lincoln Corsair vehicles due to problems with the 360-degree rearview cameras.

    This latest recall includes models not previously recalled.

    Ford's engineers now believe the backup camera failures can occur due to the image processing module software. In addition, there can be problems with the camera hardware and the wiring retention.

    Ford expects to mail rearview camera recall letters Oct. 2.

    Ford and Lincoln owners may call 866-436-7332 and ask about recall number 23S48.

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  • Ford F-150 Lightning Lot Fire Leads to Recall of 18 Trucks


    Ford F-150 Lightning Lot Fire Leads to Recall of 18 Trucks

    Written by Stephen Rivers, CarScoops
    March 21, 2023

    Fordis recalling 18 units of its F-150 Lightning truck over fears they might spontaneously catch on fire. The danger is directly related to one truck that unexpectedly went down in a blaze on a Ford holding lot in February. The Blue Oval has since said it’s fixed the potential problem.

    On Feb. 14, it was reported Ford shut down production and deliveries of the F-150 Lightning over battery concerns. What wasn't initially known was that Ford found the issue because one of the trucks burnt to the ground. By Feb. 19, Ford spokesperson Emma Bergg clarified Lightning customers didn’t need to worry.

    “I can confirm one vehicle fire. Let me reiterate, we have no reason to believe F-150 Lightnings already in customer hands are affected by this issue,” she said.

    On March 21, it was reported that on March 2, Ford determined 18 completed Lightning trucks are out there with suspect battery cells. The automaker didn't say whether or not any have made it into customers' hands but did confirm dealers will replace the high-voltage battery pack at no cost to the customer.

    At the heart of the issue are cathode aluminum tabs in the battery pack that can improperly contact anode electrode material. Should that occur while the battery is at a high level of charge, it can create a short circuit and ultimately lead to a fire.

    According to its review, the flawed battery packs were only built by the supplier from Dec. 14 through Jan. 17, and only the 18 included in the recall made it into the wild. Ford even included the 18 VINs in the recall as part of the filing so those concerned they may have an affected vehicle can find out immediately.

    Owners can also call their local dealership or the NHTSA directly. Ford isn’t aware of any injuries or accidents related to this recall.

    Affected VIN List:

    • 1FTVW1EL0PWG09271
    • 1FTVW1EL5PWG11047
    • 1FTVW1EL0PWG10095
    • 1FTVW1EL6PWG09338
    • 1FTVW1EL0PWG11005
    • 1FTVW1EL7PWG08599
    • 1FTVW1EL1PWG08985
    • 1FTVW1EL7PWG09266
    • 1FTVW1EL2PWG09451
    • 1FTVW1EL8PWG08143
    • 1FTVW1EL2PWG11054
    • 1FTVW1EL8PWG08904
    • 1FTVW1EL3PWG09569
    • 1FTVW1EL8PWG09244
    • 1FTVW1EL3PWG09605
    • 1FTVW1ELXPWG07639
    • 1FTVW1EL5PWG09167
    • 1FTVW1ELXPWG09925

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  • Ford F-150 Parking Brake Malfunctions Cause Recall


    Ford F-150 Parking Brake Malfunctions Cause Recall

    Written by David A. Wood,
    Aug. 1, 2023

    FordF-150 parking brake malfunctions have caused a recall of more than 870,000 trucks equipped with single exhaust systems.

    The recalled 2021-2023 Ford F-150 trucks can suffer from parking brake malfunctions which cause the electric parking brakes to suddenly activate while driving.

    This can occur if the exhaust system damages the electric parking brake wiring and causes a short-circuit to the ground.

    It will be a dangerous situation if the parking brake unexpectedly activates while driving.

    Ford opened an investigation in February after complaints about unintended parking brake malfunctions on 2021 F-150 trucks. The warranty and field reports indicated damage to wiring which contained the rear electric parking brake circuits.

    Engineers learned the chafing of the rear axle wiring harness assembly can wear through the abrasion resistant tape and circuit insulation. This will expose the copper wiring which can result in grounding of circuits on the rear axle housing.

    A Ford F-150 driver may see a parking brake malfunction warning light and a message on the instrument panel.

    As of July 11, Ford was aware of 918 warranty claims and three field reports regarding chafed wiring.

    "Of these reports, 299 indicated that the electric parking brake had unintended activation, of which 19 allege electric parking brake application while driving. Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition," the automaker said.

    Ford F-150 parking brake malfunction recall letters will be mailed September 11.

    Ford dealerships will inspect the rear axle wiring harnesses.

    "If the abrasion tape that covers the wire bundle exhibits wear-through, the suspect harness will be replaced with a new service harness. If the abrasion tape does not exhibit wear-through, the dealer will install a protective tie strap and tape wrap," Ford said.

    Ford F-150 truck owners who have questions should call 866-436-7332 and ask about parking brake malfunction recall number 23S35.

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  • Ford Hybrid Engine Problems Cause 2nd Recall of 125,000 Vehicles


    Ford Hybrid Engine Problems Cause 2nd Recall of 125,000 Vehicles

    Written by David A. Wood,
    June 7, 2023

    Fordhybrid engine problems have caused a second recall of Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Maverick Hybrid and LincolnCorsair Hybrid vehicles.

    More than 125,000 recalled 2020-2023 Escape, 2022-2023 Maverick and 2021-2023 Lincoln Corsair hybrids are equipped with 2.5L hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) engines.

    Ford said the engine can prematurely fail and send oil and fuel vapors into the engine compartment and build up near hot engine or exhaust components. This is a good recipe for an engine compartment fire.

    The Ford hybrid engine problems caused a recall in July 2022 of about 100,000 model year 2020-2022 Ford Escape, 2021-2022 Lincoln Corsair and 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid vehicles.

    At that time, Ford was aware of at least 23 engine compartment fires, but since the recall, another three fires have been reported. And those fires occurred on vehicles that were repaired under the July 2022 hybrid recall.

    This latest Ford hybrid engine problem recall expands and replaces the July 2022 recall.

    Ford hybrid owners should quickly park and shut off the vehicles if they see smoke, notice a change in vehicle power or if they hear abnormal engine noise.

    "Isolated engine manufacturing issues have resulted in 2.5L HEV/PHEV engine failures involving engine block or oil pan breach. In the event of an engine block or oil pan breach, the HEV/PHEV system continues to propel the vehicle allowing the customer to continue to drive the vehicle," Ford said.

    Following 23 reports of fires and thermal incidents, Ford recalled the hybrid vehicles equipped with 2.5L engines built on or before July 7, 2022.

    Ford dealerships were told to modify the under-engine shields and active grille shutters to redirect and drain the engine compartment of engine oil and fuel vapors to reduce the chance for engine compartment fires.

    However, Ford received three reports about engine compartment fires on hybrid vehicles that had been repaired according to Ford's recall repair instructions.

    Interim recall letters will be mailed June 12 regarding the Ford hybrid engine problems and how the automaker is trying to create a repair for the engine problems.

    Second letters will be mailed once Ford comes up with a fix for the hybrid engine problems, likely in the third quarter of 2023. All Escape, Maverick and Corsair hybrid vehicles recalled in 2022 will need to be brought back to dealerships.

    For questions about Ford hybrid engine problems or the recall, contact Ford at 866-436-7332. The Ford hybrid engine fire recall number is 23S27.

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  • Ford Mustang Mach-E Recall Issued Second Time


    Ford Mustang Mach-E Recall Issued Second Time

    Vehicles repaired during the first recall in 2022 will also need to have the new repairs performed.

    Written by David A. Wood,
    Oct. 20, 2023

    A FordMustang Mach-E recall involves about 35,000 SUVs equipped with extended range batteries.

    The 2021-2022 Mustang Mach-E recall follows a federal investigation and a recall announced in 2022.

    The SUVs repaired during the previous Ford Mustang Mach-E recall will need to have the new repairs performed.

    Ford said the high-voltage battery main contactors may overheat and cause the Mustang Mach-E to lose drive power.

    "Direct Current ('DC') fast charging and repeated wide open pedal events can cause the high voltage battery main contactors to overheat," Ford said. "Overheating may lead to arcing and deformation of the electrical contact surfaces, which can result in a contactor that is prevented from closing or a contactor that welds closed."

    Ford recalled 2021-2022 Mustang Mach-E vehicles in June 2022 following 286 warranty claims in the U.S. related to open or welded battery contacts. But in August 2023, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation because owners continued to complain about the contactors.

    Ford said the main contactors may not be able to handle heat from multiple wide-open pedal events and DC fast-charging events.

    Ford said a vehicle won't have any problems at first if the contactors weld closed, but the next key cycle will cause an illuminated wrench light and the Mustang Mach-E won't start. In addition, a diagnostic trouble code will be set in the SUV and the Mustang Mach-E will coast to a stop.

    The recalled bussed electrical center parts are NK48-10C666-AA, NK48-10C666-BA and LK98-10C666-AB, which were first used during production in May 2020 and were taken out of production May 2022.

    Ford dealers will replace the high-voltage battery junction boxes once owner recall letters are mailed Oct. 30.

    Ford Mustang Mach-E owners may contact Ford at 866-436-7332 and refer to recall number 23S56.

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  • Ford Mustang Mach-E Recall Under NHTSA Investigation


    Ford Mustang Mach-E Recall Under NHTSA Investigation

    Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati
    Aug. 22, 2023

    Fordis working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) while it investigates Mustang Mach-E recalls affecting 2021 and 2022 model years.

    The automaker recalled the Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV in June 2022. According to the official NHTSA documents, the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s June 2022 recall concerned “an overheated high-voltage battery contractor [that] may cause the vehicle to lose drive power, increasing the risk of a crash.”

    The recall affected 48,924 Mach-E units. Ford initiated the recall and notified Mustang Mach-E owners affected by the recall. The experienced OEM decided to remedy the issue through a software update, free of charge. 

    Recently, the NHTSA opened an investigation into Ford’s remedy for the Mustang Mach-E’s overheated high-voltage battery contractor issue. It opened a recall query, investigating 64,000 Mach-E EVs that received “recall fixes,” presumably the software updates that would remedy the battery issue.

    Some Mustang Mach-E owners submitted complaints to the NHTSA regarding Ford’s proposed remedy to the battery-related recall in 2022. One Mach-E owner told Reutersthe EV’s high voltage battery junction box failed after receiving the software update Ford believed would fix the battery issue. 

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  • Ford Recalling 238K Explorers for Rear Axle Bolt Failure Risk


    Ford Recalling 238K Explorers for Rear Axle Bolt Failure Risk

    The NHTSA said software upgrades offered as part of two previous recalls did not address the rear axle bolts.

    Written by Autobody News Staff
    Oct. 16, 2023

    Fordrecently notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it is recalling more than 238,000 2020-2022 Explorer SUVs, because the rear axle horizontal mounting bolt may fracture, causing the driveshaft to disconnect.

    Ford said the disconnected driveshaft could result in a loss of drive power or a vehicle rollaway if the parking brake is not applied. Either of these scenarios can increase the risk of a crash.

    Dealers will replace the subframe bushing and rear axle bolt, as well as inspect the rear axle cover for damage near the bolt hole location and replace with a new cover if any damage is found. Repairs will be performed free of charge.

    Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Nov. 6. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 23S55.

    Ford told NHTSA it has been informed of 396 reports of rear axle bolt failures. Fewer than 5% caused loss of power or led to a vehicle rollaway. The company said it s not aware of any crashes or injuries.

    Ford previously filed two safety recalls on certain Explorers in April 2022 and March 2023. Its remedy was to add a software update which automatically applies the electronic service parking brake to keep the vehicle from rolling away in the event of a driveshaft failure.

    However, there was no fix addressing the failed rear axle horizontal mounting bolt, which NHTSA said is the cause of the current issue.

    NHTSA said it received two complaints alleging a loss of power and/or loss of transmission torque of the rear wheels in 2021 Explorers due to failure of the rear axle bolts. These vehicles were included in the previous recalls and fixed prior to the incidents.

    NHTSA in June opened an investigation into the software remedy of the two previous recalls.

  • Ford Recalls 112,000 F-150s Over Roll Away Risks


    Certain models of 2021-2023 F-150s have rear axle hub bolts that could fatigue and break, leading to a roll away or loss of power while driving.

  • Ford Recalls 2004-2006 Rangers to Replace Airbags


    Ford Recalls 2004-2006 Rangers to Replace Airbags

    Written by David A. Wood,
    May 8, 2023

    A Ford Ranger airbag recall involves about 232,000 trucks that previously received front passenger airbag inflator replacements.

    But 2004-2006 Ford Ranger owners will have to go through all of it again because Ford says the replacement inflators may not have been installed properly.

    Ford opened an investigation into reports of airbags that weren't installed correctly in previously recalled trucks. Ford said there were detailed work instructions and diagrams for proper airbag inflator installation.

    According to Ford, a third-party mobile repair team discovered an incorrectly installed airbag inflator while working on a Ranger. In this case, the frontal passenger airbag inflator had been replaced but the new inflator was incorrectly installed.

    Ford also found two trucks that contained airbag inflators that weren't correctly installed.

    "In January 2023, Ford consulted with technicians involved in the incorrect repairs. Technicians who mis-installed the inflator told Ford they did not review the instructions prior to installation," Ford said.

    Ford said it has improved its communications with dealerships and the automaker told workers the importance of following service instructions.

    As of Feb. 6, seven vehicles with incorrect inflator orientation have been found, but there are no warranty or field reports and no crash or injury reports.

    Ford Ranger airbag recall letters will be mailed May 22. Dealers will inspect and reinstall the front passenger airbag inflators as necessary.

    Ford Ranger owners may call 866-436-7332 and use airbag recall number 23S08.

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  • Ford Shifter Cable Bushing Recalls Failed, Alleges Lawsuit


    Ford Shifter Cable Bushing Recalls Failed, Alleges Lawsuit

    Written by David A. Wood,
    Jan. 13, 2023

    Several Fordshifter cable bushing recalls have led to a class action lawsuit that alleges nearly 3 million vehicles are at risk of rolling away.

    The Ford shifter cable bushing lawsuit was filed by New York plaintiff Sergio Diaz and Illinois plaintiff Retha Connors.

    The plaintiffs do not claim their vehicles had any problems with the shifter cable bushings.

    But both owners assert recall repairs offered by Ford will not fix their vehicles.

    According to the class action, Ford issued multiple shifter cable bushing recalls because the bushings can degrade and detach, allowing a vehicle to roll away. It's also possible a driver won't know which gear the transmission is in by looking at the gear shifter indicator.

    “A degraded shifter cable bushing that detaches from the transmission may allow the transmission to be in a gear state different than the gear shift position selected by the driver," Ford said.

    Additionally, the “condition could allow the driver to move the shift lever to Park and remove the ignition key, while the transmission may not be in Park, with no warning message or audible chime.”

    The Ford class action lawsuit includes these vehicles which were included in the shifter cable bushing recalls.

    • 2013-2019 Ford Escape
    • 2013-2016 Ford Fusion
    • 2013-2018 Ford C-Max
    • 2013-2021 Ford Transit Connect
    • 2015-2018 Ford Edge

    Ford was allegedly aware of the HilexHytrel 4556 bushing problems long before telling the public about the defects.

    Ford Shifter Cable Bushing Recalls

    The first Ford shifter cable bushing recall was announced in July 2018 for more than 504,000 vehicles equipped with 6F35 six-speed automatic transmissions. The shifter bushing recall included the 2013-2014 Ford Escape and 2013-2016 Ford Fusion.

    According to Ford, the supplier applied a lubricant to the bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the 6F35 transmission, but over time the bushing could degrade.

    Ford said improved replacement bushings would be installed.

    Another Ford shifter cable bushing recall was announced in May 2019 for more than 259,182 model year 2013-2016 Ford Fusions equipped with 2.5-liter engines. Replacement shifter bushings were allegedly “of a different grade of material with heat stabilizer.”

    Ford dealers were also told to insert a protective cap over the shift cable bushing to “protect against contaminants.”

    Then in March 2021, Ford issued a technical service bulletin (TSB 21-2033) to dealerships, informing them “[s]ome 2013-2016 Fusion, 2013-2018 C-MAX, 2013-2019 Escape, 2014-2021 Transit Connect, and 2015-2018 Edge vehicles may indicate an incorrect shifter lever position.”

    “This may be due to the bushing at the transmission end of the shifter lever cable resulting in a mismatch of cluster and selected gear position. To correct the condition, follow the Service Procedure steps to replace the bushing and install the protective cap over the selector at the transmission end of the selector lever cable," Ford said.

    Ford told dealerships to replace the bushing and install a cap if the shifter didn't move the transmission to the proper shifter position, if there was a damaged or missing shifter bushing, or if there was a mismatch of the cluster and selected gear position.

    A few months later Ford issued another recall for more than 192,000 Transit Connect vans. Ford dealerships were told to replace the shifter bushings and install protective caps on the 2013-2021 vans.

    Ford Shifter Cable Bushing Recalls Failed, Alleges Lawsuit (article continued)

    Another Ford shifter cable bushing was announced in April 2022 for more than 96,000 model year 2015 Escapes equipped with 2-liter engines and 6F35 transmissions.

    Ford said it was still trying to figure out why the bushings were falling apart, but engineers believed heat and humidity were potentially contributing to the problem.

    “Remedy shift bushings are manufactured from a different grade material with a heat stabilizer. Additionally, a cap will be installed over the shift bushing for protection against contaminants," the lawsuit said.

    And finally, another Ford shifter cable bushing recall was issued in June 2022 for more than 2.9 million of these vehicles:

    • 2013-2019 Ford Escape
    • 2013-2018 Ford C-Max
    • 2013-2016 Ford Fusion
    • 2013-2021 Ford Transit Connect
    • 2015-2018 Ford Edge

    Ford told the government that engineers still had not found a root cause of the bushing problems, but “heat and humidity have the potential to contribute to the hydrological breakdown of the bushing material.”

    From April 29, 2015, through March 31, 2022, Ford knew of 1,630 warranty reports and 233 complaints related to the shifter cable bushings. In addition, Ford said it was aware of at least six property damage reports and four reports alleging injuries.

    Each Ford bushing recall had the automaker asking owners to use the parking brakes to prevent rollaways, but the class action lawsuit contends Ford should provide loaner vehicles to customers because the vehicles are unsafe to drive.

    The plaintiffs also say Ford hasn't offered to reimburse vehicle owners for rental vehicles while waiting for repairs that will fix the vehicles.

    The Ford shifter cable bushing class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan: Diaz, et al., v. Ford Motor Company.

    The plaintiffs are represented by the Miller Law Firm and Fegan Scott LLC.

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  • Genesis Exploding Seat Belt Pretensioner Recall Announced

    Genesis Exploding Seat Belt Pretensioner Recall Announced

    Written by David A. Wood,
    March 6, 2023

    A Genesisrecall has been announced because the seat belt pretensioners could explode when the pretensioners deploy.

    More than 72,000 vehicles are recalled, including these Genesis models:

    • 2020-2023 Genesis GV80
    • 2021-2023 Genesis G80
    • 2022-2023 Genesis GV70
    • 2023 Genesis GV60

    The seat belt pretensioner deploys in a crash to secure an occupant in a crash, but Hyundaiand Kiahave had problems with exploding pretensioners. In this Genesis recall, the front driver-side and passenger-side seat belt pretensioners may explode.

    A ruptured pyrotechnic seat belt pretensioner can cause metal fragments to fly around the vehicle cabin.

    Genesis said the problem is caused by over-pressurization of the pretensioner pipe.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation in August 2022 regarding seat belt pretensioners in Genesis, Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

    Hyundai collected the air bag control unit from a September 2021 North Carolina crash that involved a driver's side seat belt pretensioner that exploded. Samsong, the supplier, investigated the problem and engineers with Hyundai replicated the problem.

    The recalled Genesis vehicles are equipped with seat belt pretensioners without vents.

    Although there have been seat belt pretensioner explosions in Hyundai vehicles, none have occurred in Genesis models.

    This recall supersedes an October 2021 seat belt pretensioner recall.

    Genesis seat belt pretensioner recall letters will be mailed April 17.

    Genesis dealers will install caps to secure the pretensioner micro gas generators and delivery pipes. This will allegedly prevent exploding seat belt pretensioners.

    Genesis owners may call 855-371-9460 and ask about pretensioner recall number 012G.

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  • GM ARC Exploding Airbag Recall Affects Nearly 1 Million Vehicles


    GM ARC Exploding Airbag Recall Affects Nearly 1 Million Vehicles

    Written by David A. Wood,
    May 15, 2023

    A General Motors exploding ARC airbag recall includes about 995,000 BuickEnclave, ChevroletTraverse and GMCAcadia vehicles that need new driver's airbag modules.

    The 2014-2017 Buick Enclave, 2014-2017 Chevrolet Traverse and 2014-2017 GMC Acadia airbag inflators supplied by ARC Automotive could explode, even in minor collisions.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an ARC Automotive airbag inflator investigation in July 2015 which was upgraded in August 2016.

    NHTSA investigated airbag inflator problems in models from various automakers after safety regulators learned about injuries in Chrysler and Kiavehicles equipped with ARC airbags.

    One exploded airbag sent pieces of the metal inflator into the chest of a woman, and a separate incident launched shrapnel into the face of a woman. She suffered a broken jaw in three places and spent more than three months in a trauma hospital.

    Another exploded ARC airbag inflator killed a woman in Canada, but none of the incidents occurred in GM vehicles.

    But in March 2023, GM received a report of a 2017 Chevrolet Traverse crash which involved an ARC airbag inflator that exploded. This crash joined two previous ARC airbag explosions that also occurred in Chevy Traverse vehicles.

    The three GM ruptured airbag incidents involved the same inflator variant, but even after retaining a third-party engineering company that specializes in airbags and inflators, GM still isn't sure what is causing the ARC airbag inflators to rupture.

    This recall is an expansion of two previous ARC airbag inflator recalls, one in December 2021 and another in June 2022.

    GM ARC airbag recall letters are expected to be mailed June 26. General Motors dealers will replace the driver-side airbag modules.

    With questions about the ARC airbag recall, Buick customers can call 800-521-7300, Chevrolet owners may call 800-222-1020 and GMC Acadia owners may call 800-462-8782.

    GM's ARC airbag recall number is N232404980.

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  • GM May Repurchase 2022-2023 Chevy Malibu Cars


    GM May Repurchase 2022-2023 Chevy Malibu Cars

    Written by David A. Wood,
    Dec. 28, 2022

    Owners of 2022-2023 ChevroletMalibu cars will soon learn if General Motors needs to repurchase their vehicles due to serious problems with the frames.

    A recall of more than 2,100 Malibu cars has been announced because the front impact bars may not be properly welded to the front frame rails.

    The front impact bar is a structural portion of the Malibu frame that will be weakened if the welds aren't secure.

    The faulty welds could be located on the right side, left side or both sides of the Malibu.

    In August, a GM employee discovered a section of the motor rail was missing while installing parts on a Malibu.

    "The sheet metal blank for the front frame rail outer panel was improperly loaded into the die by the supplier, resulting in a front frame rail that was cut 10 millimeters short of its intended design," GM said. "The shortened frame rail prevented proper welding of the front impact bar to the front frame rail."

    However, the automaker worked with the assembly plant and the supplier to inspect 1,875 Malibu cars built between July 27 and Aug. 3, 2022. None had any faulty impact bar welds.

    Chevrolet Malibu recall letters will be mailed Feb. 6, 2023. GM dealers will inspect the right-hand and left-hand of the motor rails for faulty welds.

    GM will repurchase the vehicle from the owner if there are problems with the welds.

    Chevrolet Malibu owners with concerns or questions should call 800-222-1020.

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  • GM Recalls 40,400 Chevy Trucks for Fire Risk

    GM Recalls 40,400 Chevy Trucks for Fire Risk

    PublishedApril 24, 2023

    General Motors is recalling a total of 40,428 Chevrolet medium-duty pickup trucks due to a fire risk.

    GM notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the safety recall April 14.

    The affected include 2019-2023 model year 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD units.

    The brake pressure sensor assembly may leak brake fluid into the brake pressure switch and cause an electrical short-circuit.

    Consequently, an electrical short in the brake pressure switch can overheat the circuit and increase the risk of a fire while driving or parked.

    Owners are advised to park outside and away from structures until the recall repair is complete.

    Dealers will replace the master cylinder pressure sensor and inspect the wire harness, replacing it, if necessary, free of charge.

    Letters notifying owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed May 29. Second letters will be mailed once the remedy is available.

    Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is N222375270. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

    Source: NHTSA

  • GM, LG Settle for $150M Over Bolt EV Battery Issues


    Owners of vehicles affected by malfunctioning batteries are entitled to up to $1,400 in compensation.

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