Recall Alert: 2000-2006 BMW 3 Series

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Vehicles Affected: About 574,000 model-year 2000-06 BMW 3 Series luxury cars manufactured between May 1999 and August 2006

The Problem: This is a voluntary expansion of a May 2013 recall of 42,000 3 Series cars to replace the passenger-side front airbag; the airbag inflator may deploy the device with too much pressure, causing a rupture and, possibly, serious injury to occupants. The problem is related to the massive recall involving several other automakers whose vehicles are equipped with airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a worldwide supplier of airbags. BMW said this recall, which excludes the models recalled in the 2013 campaign, is precautionary. The automaker is unaware of any incidents involving related to this issue.

The Fix: BMW will notify owners by mail, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag module. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email customer.relations@bmwna.com for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2,100 model-year 2015 Sonata sedans manufactured from May 2 through May 23, 2014

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a wiring harness problem could interfere with the power-steering system, increasing effort needed to steer the car and the risk of a crash. Drivers may also have trouble moving the shifter from the Park position. Hyundai said there have been no crashes or injuries related to this issue.

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

What Owners Should Do: In June, Hyundai notified dealers to suspend sales of affected Sonata vehicles and began contacting owners. Owners may call Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: More than 651,000 model-year 2011-14 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 5, 2010, and Dec. 11, 2013

The Problem: Wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor could short circuit after a service repair is performed, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting in August, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Issues Stop Sale Order for 2015 Golf, GTI

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Volkswagen's redesigned compact hatchback just went on sale, but dealers are being told to hold inventory until a safety defect is addressed. VW issued a stop sale order for the 2015 GTI and Golf in the U.S. because of an issue with the front stabilizer link fasteners. In the affected vehicles they were installed with too little torque and could come loose, increasing the risk of a crash. 

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VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said about 700 vehicles in dealer inventory are affected, and the automaker is in contact with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding a recall to cover the vehicles already sold. Ginivan also said that no accidents or injuries have been reported related to this problem. Most of the affected vehicles are GTIs; the new Golf officially goes on sale in the U.S. next month.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 10, 2014 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Fiesta

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Vehicles Affected: About 175 model-year 2014 Ford Fiesta subcompact cars manufactured between Oct. 25, 2013, and Feb. 27, 2014, at the Cuautitlan Assembly Plant in Mexico

The Problem: Fuel tanks may be missing an adhesive layer, without which a tank could leak fuel from a seam; a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could cause a fire. Ford said no accidents, injuries or fires have resulted from this problem.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank for free.

What Owners Should Do: The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 9, 2014 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Escape

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Vehicles Affected: About 1,870 model-year 2014 Ford Escape crossovers manufactured between Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, 2013, at the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky

The Problem: The panoramic roof glass may have an improperly cured urethane bond between the glass and the attaching bracket. This could result in noise, water leakage or separation of the glass panel from the vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident. Ford said no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the problem.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front roof glass panel. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 92,000 2012-2014 Ford and Lincoln Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 92,000 model-year 2013-14 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans (3.5-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Aug. 25, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013), model-year 2013-14 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers (3.5-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 12, 2011, and Nov. 29, 2013), model-year 2012-14 Ford Edge crossovers (2.0-liter front-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 29, 2013) and model-year 2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers (3.5- and 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 29, 2013) 

The Problem: Ford is reporting that a faulty halfshaft could become disengaged from the linkshaft, causing the affected vehicles to experience loss of drive function. The automaker also said that this problem could also result in unexpected vehicle movement even if the vehicle is in Park; no related accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect to verify the right-hand halfshaft and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not yet released an owner notification schedule. 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 Geiger | July 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Subaru Baja, Impreza, Legacy, Outback

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 8,600 model-year 2003-04 Subaru Legacy cars, Outback wagons and Baja crossovers, and 2004 Impreza cars, including its WRX and WRX STI variants, all equipped with Takata-manufactured front passenger airbag inflators

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure could cause the inflator to rupture; this could cause metal fragments to strike and seriously injure occupants. Subaru joins seven other major automakers that have announced U.S. recalls pertaining to defective airbag systems made by Japan's Takata Corp.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Acura ILX, ILX Hybrid

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 14,100 model-year 2013 Acura ILX sedans manufactured between Jan. 16, 2012, and March 1, 2013, and model-year 2013 ILX Hybrids manufactured between Jan. 12, 2012, and Feb. 7, 2013, and model-year 2014 ILX sedans manufactured between May 2, 2013, and May 31, 2014, as well as model-year 2014 ILX Hybrids manufactured between Oct. 18, 2013, and Feb. 19, 2014

The Problem: Excessive heat around the headlight bulb and reflector unit may diminish the output of the headlight and cause smoke, melting and fire. The diminished light output may decrease the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash, while excessive heat coming from around the bulb and reflector could cause the headlights to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: The automaker will notify owners starting July 28, and dealers will replace the headlights for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Acura at 800-862-2872, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2008-2011 Lotus Elise and Exige, 2011 Evora

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Vehicles Affected: About 860 Lotus sports cars, including model-year 2008-11 Lotus Elises and Exiges manufactured between November 2007 and July 2011, and 2011 Evoras manufactured between September 2010 and September 2011

The Problem: The oil cooler hose may detach from its fitting, which could cause oil to spray on a tire, increasing the risk of a crash; oil also could spray throughout the engine compartment, increasing the risk of a fire. This is an expansion of previous recalls in 2008 and 2013.

The Fix: Lotus will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil cooler hose fittings on Elises and Exiges, and will replace oil cooler hose assemblies on Evoras, for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Lotus at 800-245-6887, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 7, 2014 | Comments (4)

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