Recall Alert: 2014 Acura RLX, 2014-2015 MDX

2015AcuraMDXRecall

Vehicles Affected: About 43,000 Acura luxury vehicles, including 7,000 model-year 2014 Acura RLX sedans and 36,000 model-year 2014-15 MDX SUVs

The Problem: In temperatures below zero degrees, the seat belts may not release, according to The Detroit News. Acura, which is manufactured by Honda, said it is aware of no injuries related to this issue, the newspaper reported.

The Fix: Acura will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will replace both front seat belts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Acura at 800-862-2872 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 Matt Schmitz | October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2015 Subaru Outback

2015SubaruOutbackRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 60 model-year 2015 Subaru Outback wagons manufactured between Jan. 22 and Aug. 18, and equipped with a Subaru accessory trailer hitch assembly

The Problem: During installation, the trailer hitch mounting nuts may have been overtightened, potentially resulting in failure of the trailer hitch mounting studs. The mounting nuts may not provide sufficient force to remain attached to the studs, or the studs themselves might break. If this happens while a trailer is being towed, the driver might not be able to operate the vehicle as desired, or the trailer may detach from the vehicle, in either case increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Subaru began notifying owners on Tuesday, and dealers will replace all eight mounting nuts for the trailer hitch assembly, and inspect all eight mounting studs for damage; all work will be done for free.

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.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2015MercedesBenzC-ClassRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 11,000 model-year 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans

The Problem: A production error involving the "steering couple interlock" causes steering wheels to squeak and resist turning, according to The Detroit News. The problem was first noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe. Models in the U.S. are manufactured in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and a spokeswoman for the automaker said "there’s no reason to think our vehicles have this problem," the newspaper reported.

The Fix: Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 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 Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2009-2011 Mitsubishi Sedans, Hatchbacks and SUVs

2011MitsubishiLancerRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 166,000 model-year 2008-11 Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution performance sedans and Outlander SUVs, model-year 2009-11 Lancer Sportback performance hatchbacks and model-year 2011 Outlander Sport crossovers, all equipped with four-cylinder engines

The Problem: The vehicles have an engine pulley and belt arrangement for turning the alternator, the cooling fan and the power steering pump (if equipped); these pulleys may experience unusual wear and allow for belt detachment. If this occurs, the battery may discharge, resulting in an engine stall and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drive belt with a rubber belt; drive pulleys that are excessively worn will be replaced. All repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820, 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 Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Nissan Altima

2013NissanAltimaRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 220,000 model-year 2013 Nissan Altima sedans manufactured between March 6, 2012, and Feb. 28, 2013

The Problem: Interference between the hood inner panel and the secondary latch lever, in combination with debris and corrosion, may cause the secondary hood latch to bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed. If the primary latch is inadvertently released and the secondary latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will be instructed to modify the bend angle on the hood actuation lever to eliminate potential interference with the hood inner panel. In addition, dealers will clean and lubricate the latch joint as needed; if significant corrosion is observed, the latch assembly will be replaced. Repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261, 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 Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

2014ToyotaFJCruiserRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 1,800 model-year 2014 FJ Cruiser SUVs equipped with the optional Trail Teams Ultimate Edition Package in which the front shock absorbers and springs were replaced at vehicle processing centers

The Problem: The two bolts that secure the front lower ball joint to the steering knuckle might have been tightened with insufficient torque when the front shock absorbers and springs were replaced during the installation process. If one or both bolts become loose during driving and fall out, the front lower ball joint could detach from the steering knuckle, causing a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Toyota began notifying owners on Sept. 30, and dealers will inspect the torque of the bolts. If the bolts are loose, dealers will retighten them to the proper torque; if bolts are missing, dealers will replace them.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, 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 Matt Schmitz | October 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ram ProMaster

2014RamProMasterRecall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 19,000 model-year 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size vans

The Problem: The vehicles were assembled with head restraints that may exceed the allowable gap between an occupant's head and the restraint, Chrysler said of the voluntary recall. The automaker said it is unaware of any injuries, accidents or complaints related to the issue.

The Fix: Chrysler said it expects to begin notifying owners next month to advise them on when they can schedule service, and dealers will replace the head restraints for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 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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Editor's note: Due to incorrect information provided by Chrysler, the number of 2014 Ram ProMaster vans recalled in the U.S. was originally misstated. The correct total is nearly 19,000.

By Matt Schmitz | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

2014ChevroletSonicRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 300 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars

The Problem: A loose electrical connection in the steering column could impact the performance of the driver-side front airbag, according to The Detroit News. If the condition is present and the airbag lamp is illuminated, the driver-side front airbag may deploy only as a single-stage airbag in crashes of a certain severity, the newspaper reported. GM said it is unaware of any crashes, injuries or deaths as a result of the issue.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 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 Matt Schmitz | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V, 2006-07 STS-V

2007CadillacCTS-VRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 10,000 model-year 2004-07 Cadillac CTS-V and 2006-07 STS-V luxury sedans

The Problem: The fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat, causing melting of the flange material, according to The Detroit News. GM knows of no crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the issue, the newspaper reported.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Cadillac at 800-333-4223 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 Matt Schmitz | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Focus, Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC

2014FordFocusRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 300 model-year 2014 Ford Focus compact cars manufactured between May 1 and May 24, and Escape compact crossovers manufactured on June 6, and model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC luxury compact crossovers manufactured between June 4 and July 7

The Problem: The fuel delivery module may crack between the filter body and the filter cap, possibly resulting in low fuel pressure and increasing the risk of a crash

The Fix: Ford began notifying owners in September, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332, 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 Matt Schmitz | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

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