Ford Expands Airbag Recall

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In November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to expand a recall of Takata-manufactured airbags, and Ford has announced it's doing just that. Following Honda and Mazda, Ford has decided to expand its Takata airbag recall nationwide. The affected airbags when they deploy can launch shrapnel into passengers; incidents were observed in high-humidity areas, prompting 10 automakers to issue regional recalls affecting scores of 2000s-era models registered in states such as Florida.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

Ford says the nationwide recall expansion affects 502,489 vehicles, an addition of 447,310 vehicles, bringing the automaker's total count of affected vehicles to 538,977. Vehicles included in the expansion are the 2005-08 Ford Mustang built between Aug. 18, 2004, and June 25, 2007, and the 2005-06 Ford GT built between Feb. 11, 2005, and Jan. 30, 2006. 

The automaker is aware of one injury that may be related to the recall, it said in a statement. Ford has not yet issued an owner-notification schedule, but dealers will replace the airbag inflator for free. Customers with questions can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 55,000 model-year 2013-15 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured July 20, 2012, through July 23, 2014.

The Problem: In affected vehicles, the front passenger lap belt attachment fastener may not be torqued to specification and could loosen with time. A loosened fastener may not be able to withstand load forces in a vehicle crash, leaving the front passenger insufficiently restrained and increasing the risk of injury.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the lap belt attachment fastener free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Mitsubishi began notifying owners earlier this month. For more info, owners can call Mitsubishi at 714-372-6000 and reference number SR-14-011. Owners also may call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hotline at 888-327-4236.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Issues Fix for New Key Issue in Cars Under Ignition Recall

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GM is sending letters to the owners of some 2.2 million 2000s-era small cars involved in the automaker's ignition-cylinder recall for an unrelated problem: Put the car in Park and the key may not come out when you turn it off. Although it applies to the same group of vehicles subject to one of the automaker's most serious recalls this year, GM spokesman Alan Adler insists it's unrelated.

Related: GM: 58 Percent of U.S. Cars in Ignition Recall Are Fixed

You can still get a stuck key out of many cars by pressing a plunger under the steering column. But it’s an inconvenient procedure, as depicted above in the owner's manual for a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. GM's fix? Replace the console-mounted automatic transmission shifter, which can fail to send an electrical signal to the ignition when the car is put in Park. That signal allows you to rotate the key from the Run position into the Lock position and remove it, the automaker said in an emailed statement.

The problem only occurs in "3 to 4 percent of the vehicles," Adler said, but GM is sending letters to owners of all 2.2 million cars in the original recall. That figure comes from 2.59 million cars worldwide — the vast majority in the U.S. and Canada — under the ignition-switch recall, minus cars with manual transmissions, which don't have the problem, and cars that have been scrapped. If owners experience the sticking key, they can bring their vehicles into any GM dealer (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) and get the transmission shifter replaced for free.

By Kelsey Mays | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chrysler, Mazda Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

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Two automakers are expanding their Takata-airbag-related recalls. Chrysler is adding more than 200,000 vehicles to its regional recall of front passenger-side airbag inflators, while Mazda is following Honda’s lead and expanding its recall of approximately 330,000 vehicles to now include the driver-side Takata airbag.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall

In late November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Chrysler to expand its June recall of cars with defective Takata airbags by Dec. 1. The expanded recall is for 208,783 older-model vehicles in areas with high humidity, according to a statement from Chrysler. The automaker’s original recall included about 69,000 cars in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Chrysler’s latest recall affects vehicles purchased, ever registered in or still registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as well as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

By Jennifer Newman | December 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Transit Connect

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 25,000 model-year 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles manufactured Aug. 1, 2013, to July 10, 2014

The Problem: The fuel and vapor lines may have been installed incorrectly and could make contact. This could result in an abrasion to the lines and a possible fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected lines for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford began notifying owners last month. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Reduces Takata Airbag Expansion to 2.6 Million Cars

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Three days after Honda announced a massive expansion to its Takata-supplied airbag recall, the automaker said Dec. 8 that it would trim the nationwide driver-side airbag recall by some 600,000 vehicles. It still leaves 2.6 million cars in the recall expansion, but that’s short of the 3.2 million announced Dec. 5, The Detroit News reports.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

Pressure has mounted from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall vehicles from 10 automakers with faulty Takata airbag inflators across the entire U.S., but Japanese supplier Takata has resisted because it claims its own testing confirms inflators only pose a risk in high-humidity areas. Honda is the only automaker to publically extend its campaign across all 50 states; others have recalled cars mostly in the Gulf Coast, Hawaii and various U.S. territories. Honda's national recall will reportedly phase in over several months, with the initial focus on high-humidity areas.

For more details, click here to read the story from The Detroit News.

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By Kelsey Mays | December 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2009-11 Hyundai Genesis, 2011 Equus

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 43,000 model-year 2009-11 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured between April 30, 2008, and Nov. 21, 2010, as well as model-year 2011 Equus sedans manufactured July 31 to Nov. 21, 2010

The Problem: A circuit failure could cause the brake lights to not illuminate, increasing the risk of a rear-end accident. There are no reports of accidents related to this recall.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and repair affected stop lamp switch circuits for free.

What Owners Should Do: Hyundai has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-633-5151 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012-14 Nissan Juke, Several 2012-15 Infinitis

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 133,000 model-year 2012-14 Nissan Juke crossovers and model-year 2012-13 Infiniti M56 and QX56 vehicles as well as model-year 2014-2015 Infiniti Q70 and QX80 vehicles

The Problem: Insufficiently tightened fuel pressure sensors could cause the sensor to loosen, possibly leading to a fuel leak. This could cause a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected fuel pressure sensor parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan will notify owners starting on or before Jan. 26, 2015. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 BMW i8

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 200 model-year 2014 BMW i8 vehicles manufactured between May 16 and Sept. 16, 2014.

The Problem: An improperly welded fuel tank bolt could cause a fuel leak, leading to a possible fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel tank for free.

What Owners Should Do: BMW started notifying affected owners in November. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-15 Volkswagen Beetle

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 7,000 model-year 2013-15 versions of the Volkswagen Beetle manufactured between June 13, 2013, and July 3, 2014

The Problem: When the affected vehicles are driven over hard surfaces or strike a pothole, the glass sunroof may break, possibly causing injury to the vehicle's occupants or a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the sunroof for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will notify owners starting Dec. 19. Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

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