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Recall Roundup: Carnage Continues as Automakers Recall More Than 4.4 Million Vehicles, Most for Faulty Air Bag Inflators

Recall Roundup: Carnage Continues as Automakers Recall More Than 4.4 Million Vehicles, Most for Faulty Air Bag Inflators

By Joseph Dobrian, June 07, 2016
During the past week, various automakers issued recalls for more than 4.4 million cars, trucks, and SUVs, dating back to the 2004 model year. Most of the recalls are due to defects with the vehicles’ air bags. Details for each safety recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.


2004-2008 Audi A4
2005-2011 Audi A6
  • Number of vehicles affected: 217,000
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects 2004-2011 model years
  • Issue: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model-year 2004-2008 Audi A4 and 2005-2011 Audi A6 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.” Additionally, unless included in “Zone A” above, Volkswagen is recalling certain model-year 2004-2008 Audi A4 and 2005-2008 Audi A6 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.” Lastly, unless included in “Zone A” or “Zone B” above, Volkswagen is recalling model-year 2004 Audi A4 vehicles originally sold, or registered, in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V382000


2007-2011 BMW X5, X5 M
2008-2011 BMW X6, X6 M
2010-2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
  • Number of vehicles affected: 91,806
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects 2007-2011 model years
  • Issue: BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling certain model-year 2007-2011 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M vehicles; 2009-2011 X5 xDrive35d vehicles; 2008-2011 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M vehicles; and 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.” Additionally, unless included in “Zone A” above, BMW is recalling certain model-year 2007-2008 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M vehicles; and 2008 BMW X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.” Vehicles of these model years and models that were not originally sold or ever registered in either Zones A or B are not subject to this safety recall. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator or air bag module free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin July 18, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V364000


Various 2007-2011 Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC Vehicles
  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,400,000
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects 2007-2011 model years
  • Issue: General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model-year 2007-2011 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Suburban, and Tahoe; GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles; and 2009-2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Vehicles not originally sold or ever registered in these states are not subject to this safety recall but may be covered under recall 16V-383, depending on the vehicle model year and the vehicle’s sale and registration locations. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Remedy: GM has not yet provided a remedy plan.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 49151
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V381000


Various 2007-2008 Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC Vehicles
  • Number of vehicles affected: 500,000
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects 2007 and 2008 model years
  • Issue: GM is recalling certain model-year 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Suburban, Tahoe; GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Vehicles not originally sold or ever registered in these states are not subject to this safety recall but may be covered under recall 16V-381 depending on the vehicle model year and the vehicle’s sale and registration locations. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Remedy: GM has not yet determined a remedy plan.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 49152
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V383000


2016 Chrysler Town and Country
2016 Dodge Caravan
  • Number of vehicles affected: 99
  • Date of manufacture: March 16, 2016 to March 17, 2016
  • Issue: The nuts on the third-row seatbacks were incorrectly torqued and may become loose.
  • Remedy: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will notify owners, and dealers will re-torque the third-row seatback nuts free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin June 30, 2016. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: S37
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V300000


2006-2011 Ford Fusion
2005-2006 Ford GT
2005-2011 Ford Mustang
2007-2011 Ford Ranger
2006-2011 Lincoln MKZ
2006-2011 Lincoln Zephyr
2006-2011 Mercury Milan
  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,896,443
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects 2005-2011 model years
  • Issue: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model-year 2007-2011 Ford Ranger; 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ; 2007-2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX; 2005-2006 Ford GT; and 2005-2011 Ford Mustang vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.” Additionally, unless included in “Zone A” above, Ford is recalling certain model-year 2007-2008 Ford Ranger, Edge, and Lincoln MKX; 2006-2008 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ; 2005-2006 Ford GT; and 2005-2008 Ford Mustang vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.” Any vehicle not included in “Zone A” or “Zone B” is not included in the safety recall. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin July 11, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 16S26
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V384000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 20,016
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects 2009-2011 model years
  • Issue: Jaguar Land Rover North America (Jaguar) is recalling certain model-year 2009-2011 Jaguar XF vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Vehicles not originally sold or ever registered in these states are not subject to this safety recall. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Remedy: Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag assemblies free of charge. Parts are not currently available.
  • Timing: Owners will be sent an interim notification around July 31, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Jaguar Land Rover customer service at 1-800-452-4827.
  • Manufacturer recall number: J069
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V373000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 52
  • Date of manufacture: September 30, 2015 to October 2, 2015
  • Issue: The left halfshaft may have been incorrectly manufactured causing it to fracture without warning. A fractured halfshaft may disconnect from the drive axle, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left halfshaft free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: S38
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V287000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 1,029
  • Date of manufacture: October 3, 2015 to March 22, 2016
  • Issue: The right halfshaft may have been incorrectly manufactured causing it to fracture without warning. A fractured halfshaft may disconnect from the drive axle, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right halfshaft free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: S39
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V284000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 14,731
  • Date of manufacture: September 17, 2014 to March 5, 2016
  • Issue: The license plate illumination lamp may fall out. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108: Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment. Without license plate illumination, the vehicle may be difficult to identify at night.
  • Remedy: Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will replace both rear license plate lamp housings free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin June 27, 2016. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837.
  • Manufacturer recall number: P077
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V274000


2007-2011 Land Rover Range Rover
  • Number of vehicles affected: 34,334
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects 2007-2011 model years
  • Issue: Land Rover is recalling certain model-year 2007-2011 Land Rover Range Rover vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.” Additionally, unless included in “Zone A” above, Land Rover is recalling certain model-year 2007-2008 Land Rover Range Rover vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.” Vehicles not originally sold or ever registered in either Zones A or B are not subject to this safety recall. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Remedy: Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag assemblies free of charge. Parts are not currently available.
  • Timing: Owners will be sent an interim notification around July 31, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837.
  • Manufacturer recall number: P081
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V374000


Various 2008-2011 Mercedes-Benz Vehicles
  • Number of vehicles affected: 199,705
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects 2008-2011 model years
  • Issue: Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling certain model-year 2008-2011 C300 Sedan, C300 4matic Sedan, C350 Sedan, C63 AMG Sedan; 2010-2011 GLK350, GLK350 4-Matic, and E350 Coupe; 2011 SLS AMG, E350 Convertible, E550 Coupe, and E550 Convertible vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.” Additionally, unless included in “Zone A” above, Mercedes is recalling certain model-year 2008 C300 Sedan, C350 Sedan, C63 AMG Sedan, and C300 4-Matic Sedan vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.” Vehicles not originally sold or ever registered in either Zones A or B are not subject to this safety recall. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to strike the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
  • Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag modules free of charge. Parts are not currently available.
  • Timing: Owners will be sent an interim notification in July 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-877-496-3691.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V363000


2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder
  • Number of vehicles affected: 79,853
  • Date of manufacture: June 20, 2012 to June 13, 2013
  • Issue: The brake light switch may have been installed incorrectly causing the relay to make intermittent contact and repeatedly cycle. This may result in the relay remaining in the “On” position, causing the brake lights to remain illuminated even when the brakes are not applied. Additionally, the brake light switch may interfere with the brake-shift interlock, allowing the driver to shift the vehicle out of the “Park” position without depressing the brake pedal. If the brake lights remain illuminated, other drivers may fail to stop when the vehicle actually brakes, increasing the risk of a crash. If the driver inadvertently shifts the vehicle out of the “Park” position without depressing the brake, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake light switch and, as necessary, replace the relay free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2016. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V380000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 99
  • Date of manufacture: February 19, 2016 to March 3, 2016
  • Issue: The front halfshafts may have been incorrectly manufactured causing them to fracture without warning. A fractured halfshaft may damage underbody components and create road debris, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front halfshafts free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: S32
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V301000
  • Number of vehicles affected: 3,106
  • Date of manufacture: January 13, 2015 to February 27, 2015
  • Issue: The front strut mounting bearings can be damaged when a high load is applied to the strut, such as driving over a large bump. A damaged strut mounting bearing may cause the strut rod to separate, causing a loss of vehicle stability and increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the strut mounting bearings and, as necessary, replace the strut and front suspension support sub-assembly free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin July 24, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
  • Manufacturer recall number: G0S
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V367000

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