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Recall Roundup: Air Bag Problem Prompts Massive Ford Ranger Recalls

Recall Roundup: Air Bag Problem Prompts Massive Ford Ranger Recalls

By Joseph Dobrian, December 25, 2017
During the past week, Ford Motor Company (Ford) recalled 361,523 Ford Ranger light pickup trucks from the 2004-2006 model years to implement a final repair of the passenger’s frontal air bag inflator, superseding a previous recall of the same vehicles. Ford also issued a smaller recall of 2018 Ford Escape vehicles. Aston Martin The Americas (Aston Martin), Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai), Kia Motors America (Kia), Mazda North American Operations (Mazda), and the Volkswagen Group of America (VW) also recalled light passenger vehicles, dating back to the 2004 model year.

Details for each safety recall follow, in alphabetical order by car brand.

2005-2009 Aston Martin DB9, DBS
  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,953
  • Issue: The battery supply cable on these vehicles may become damaged when the driver seat is positioned in the full rearward location.
  • Remedy: Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the battery supply cable for damage and install a routing block to keep the battery supply cable from being compressed by the seat. The repairs will be completed free of charge to the vehicle owner.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin February 1, 2018. Owners may contact Aston Martin customer service at 1-888-923-9988.
  • Manufacturer recall number: RA-18-0026
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V795000


2009-2016 Aston Martin DB9
2009-2012 Aston Martin DBS
2010-2015 Aston Martin Rapide
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish
2012 Aston Martin Virage

  • Number of vehicles affected: 3,493
  • Issue: Aston Martin is recalling certain 2009-2016 DB9, 2009-2012 DBS, 2010-2015 Rapide, 2012 Virage, and 2014 Vanquish vehicles equipped with a 6-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission. A communication error between the engine control module (ECM) and the transmission control module (TCM) can cause the transmission park pawl to not engage.
  • Remedy: Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers will update the TCM software free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin February 1, 2018. Owners may contact Aston Martin customer service at 1-888-923-9988.
  • Manufacturer recall number: RA-07-0028
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V796000


2012-2014 Audi A6
2012-2014 Audi A7

  • Number of vehicles affected: 48,693
  • Issue: The fuel line has a compression point that can weaken, potentially resulting in a fuel leak.
  • Remedy: VW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel line free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin February 5, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-888-237-2834.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 20AR
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V781000


2018 Ford Escape

  • Number of vehicles affected: 10,157
  • Issue: The side curtain air bags on these vehicles have a component that may detach during deployment of the inflatable curtain air bag.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side curtain air bags, as necessary, free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin January 29, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 17S44
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V803000


2004-2006 Ford Ranger

  • Number of vehicles affected: 361,523
  • Issue: Ford is superseding a previous recall for certain 2004-2006 Ford Ranger trucks to implement a final repair. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger's frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin December 26, 2017 and will be launched in phases through the end of March 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Note: This recall supersedes recall 15V322, which was an interim repair. Vehicles that received a replacement air bag inflator under the previous campaign need to return to a dealer to have an alternate inflator installed. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 17S42
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V788000


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,201
  • Issue: The side curtain air bags on these vehicles have a component that may detach during deployment of the inflatable curtain air bag.
  • Remedy: Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side curtain air bags free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin February 9, 2018. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 171
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V801000


2018 Kia Sorento

  • Number of vehicles affected: 2,014
  • Issue: The side curtain air bags on these vehicles have a component that may detach during deployment of the inflatable curtain air bag.
  • Remedy: Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side curtain air bags free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in December 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542 SC159.
  • Manufacturer recall number: SC159
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V784000


2004-2006 Mazda B-Series

  • Number of vehicles affected: 19,781
  • Issue: Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
  • Remedy: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin January 17, 2018. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Note: This recall supersedes recall 15V-346. Vehicles that received a replacement air bag inflator under the previous campaign need to return to a dealer to have an alternate inflator installed.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 1817L
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V806000

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