Recall Prompts Move of Lincoln MKC's Start Button

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Imagine Matthew McConaughey serenely cruising down a moonlit road in his brand-new Lincoln MKC when all of the sudden the crossover stalls, upsetting his suave mojo (and interrupting the conversation he appears to be holding with the rearview mirror). Ford issued a recall last week to prevent just this scenario from happening, and the fix requires relocating the MKC's start button. 

Related: 2015 Lincoln MKC Review

According to Ford, the push-button start module is too close to other controls, and drivers could inadvertently bump the button and shut off the engine while driving. If this happens, the restraint systems may not function, increasing the risk of an injury during a crash.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2015 | Comments (11)

Recall Alert: 2010-13 Kia Soul

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 95,000 model-year 2010-13 versions of the Kia Soul built between Jan. 8, 2009, and Oct. 2, 2013; only models equipped with a sunroof are affected.

The Problem: A headliner plate may detach during side curtain airbag deployment and possibly injure the vehicle occupants. 

The Fix: Dealers will install industrial adhesive strips to secure the headliner plates for free.

What Owners Should Do: Kia will begin notifying owners on Feb. 2. Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 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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Editor's note: The model year in this post was updated on Jan. 5.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2013 Suzuki SX4 and Kizashi

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 60,000 model-year 2010-13 versions of the Suzuki SX4 hatchback and Kizashi sedan; only SX4s built between July 16, 2009, and Nov. 1, 2012, and Kizashis built Oct. 13, 2009, to Oct. 31, 2012, are affected.

The Problem: The shifter can be moved out of the Park position without depressing the brake pedal. This could cause the vehicle to roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the shift selector assembly for free.

What Owners Should Do: Suzuki will begin notifying owners on Jan. 19. Owners can call Suzuki at 714-996-7040 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 | January 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 83,572 GM Trucks, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: About 84,000 GM trucks from the 2011-12 model year, including certain Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche pickup trucks and Tahoe and Suburban SUVs; GMC Sierra pickup trucks and Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs; and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs and Escalade EXT pickup trucks. Certain 2007-14 models from that group with previous repairs may also need this recall because of defective replacement parts.

The Problem: If the cabin is warm, a faulty ignition lock actuator could cause the key to stick in the Start position when you turn the car on. (That's past the Off, Accessory and Run positions.) If you drive with the key stuck in Start and the cabin temperature falls or you hit a bump, the key could release from the Start position and rotate all the way past Run into the Accessory position. That would turn off the car, disabling important systems like power steering and airbags.

The Fix: The actuator is too large, spokesman Alan Adler told us, and a warm cabin may cause the piece to expand even more. GM dealers (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing if needed, according to The Detroit News. Adler told us GM expects fewer than 500 cars to need the repairs.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 for more info.

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

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By Kelsey Mays | January 2, 2015 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC

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Vehicles Affected: Ford is recalling about 9,000 model-year 2014 Ford Escape and model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC compact crossovers. In a separate recall, Ford is also recalling approximately 11,000 model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC crossovers.

The Problem: For the first recall, Ford says an issue with the nickel plating on the fuel pump could cause the pump to seize. If this happens, the car may not start or may stall while driving, which could increase the risk of a crash. In the second recall, the MKC is being recalled to move the push-button start’s location. Because the button is close to other controls, drivers have inadvertently shut off the engine while driving, which turned off the restraint system. This could increase the risk of injury in a crash.

The Fix: Ford and Lincoln dealers will replace the fuel delivery module for the first recall. For the second MKC recall, dealers will replace the gearshift module with one that has the push-button in a different location and reprogram the power train control module.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 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 Newman | December 31, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: Nearly 38,000 Volkswagen Cars

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Vehicles Affected: Volkswagen is recalling some model-year 2014-15 Jetta sedans manufactured March 28 to Nov. 24, 2014, model-year 2014-15 Passat sedans manufactured April 7 to Nov. 18, 2014, model-year 2014-15 Beetle coupes and convertibles manufactured March 31 to Nov. 27, 2014, and model-year 2015 Golf and GTI hatchbacks manufactured July 1 to Nov. 20, 2014.

The Problem: A sealing cap at the fuel rail could fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment. In the presence of an ignition source, a leak can result in a fire.

The Fix: Volkswagen will replace the fuel rails with new parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: VW hasn’t yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 and reference recall number 24Bi, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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 31, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 25,000 model-year 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sedans manufactured between July 11 and Nov. 13, 2014

The Problem: A software glitch could cause the low-beam headlights to turn off when the high-beam headlights are engaged. The light output from the headlights may be insufficient, increasing the risk of a crash.   

The Fix: Dealers will update the headlight control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will begin notifying owners in January. Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 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 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

FCA, BMW Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

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Two more automakers have expanded their Takata airbag recalls. BMW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced major expansions to their campaigns, which affect cars with faulty airbag inflators that could rupture when they deploy and send shrapnel into occupants. Inflators have been reportedly linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries, but Takata maintains that the problem only occurs in high-humidity areas.

Related: NHTSA Urges Automakers to Issue National Recall for Takata Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remains skeptical, issuing a Nov. 18 recommendation that all 10 automakers involved expand their recalls nationwide. Honda, Mazda and Ford have done so, and last week saw two more players follow suit.

By Kelsey Mays | December 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2015 Acura TLX

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 9,000 model-year 2015 two-wheel-drive Acura TLX sedans equipped with the V-6 and manufactured July 14 through Nov. 12, 2014; all-wheel-drive vehicles manufactured between Aug. 26 and Nov. 10, 2014, are also affected.

The Problem: Problems with the automatic transmission shifter or park rod could prevent the transmission from shifting into Park. This could cause the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of accident or injury.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the transmission for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners beginning Jan. 6. Owners can call Honda at 310-783-2000 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 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2015 Toyota Sienna

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 25,000 model-year 2015 Toyota Sienna minivans manufactured Sept. 2 through Nov. 14, 2014

The Problem: If the curtain-side airbags deploy, the second-row overhead assist handles may detach, possibly injuring the minivan's occupants. Toyota is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and modify the headliner near the second-row overhead assist handles for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will begin notifying owners on Jan. 15. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 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 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

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