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Recall Roundup: Detroit Three Announce Plethora of Recalls; Ford Sets Pace

Recall Roundup: Detroit Three Announce Plethora of Recalls; Ford Sets Pace

By Joseph Dobrian, October 12, 2015

During the past week, a slew of automakers issued safety recalls, affecting approximately 418,000 vehicles. Ford Motor Company accounts for about three-quarters of these recalls, the largest of which affects Ford Windstar vans from the 1998-2003 model years. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki also issued recalls. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2016 Buick Enclave
2016 Chevrolet Traverse
2016 GMC Acadia
General Motors (GM) is recalling 29,295 model-year 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured August 18, 2015, to September 24, 2015. Due to a manufacturing defect, the windshield wiper motor may overheat when used.

GM has notified owners, and dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor cover assembly free of charge. Owners are advised not to use their front windshield wipers until the wiper cover has been replaced. If weather conditions prevent operation of the vehicle without using the windshield wipers, GM will make arrangements to pick up the vehicle for servicing. The recall began on September 30, 2015. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 15780; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V609000.


2006-2007 Buick Rainier
2006-2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
2006-2007 GMC Envoy
2006 GMC Envoy XL
GM is recalling 9,932 model-year 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, and GMC Envoy vehicles, as well as 2006 GMC Envoy XL and Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT vehicles. Fluid may enter into the driver's door master power window switch module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board, causing window switches to become inoperative. Previously, the affected vehicles may have had their master power window switch module treated with a protective coating, instead of having it replaced. The protective coating may not eliminate the risk that the circuit board could short and result in a fire, even while the vehicle is unattended.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a new driver's door switch module free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 15700; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V599000.


2016 Chrysler Town & Country
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling a total of 1,624 model-year 2016 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured August 19, 2015, to August 27, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that attach the hood striker may loosen and, as a result, the hood may open unexpectedly while driving.

FCA will notify owners, and dealers will install new hood striker bolts with the proper torque free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2015. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's recall number is R53; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V595000.


2015 Fiat 500L
FCA is recalling 15 model-year 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles manufactured April 23, 2015, to May 10, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with a passenger frontal air bag that was not folded properly during the assembly process. As a result, the air bag may not deploy as designed. In the event of a crash, if the air bag does not inflate as designed, the front-seat occupant is at an increased risk of injury. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection.

FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2015. Owners may contact Fiat customer service at 1-888-242-6342. FCA's number for this recall is R54; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V590000.


2001-2008 Ford Escape
2001-2008 Mercury Mariner
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 57 model-year 2001-2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured March 31, 2001, to September 1, 2009. The affected vehicles are equipped with either a 2.3-liter or 3.0-liter engine and have had their CD4E transmission replaced with a rebuilt one. These service repair part transmissions have a shift lever bolt that may not be properly tightened. As a result, the shift control lever could disengage from the transmission without warning. If the shift lever disengages from the transmission, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the gear-selection indicator may show that the transmission is in the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not actually be in the "PARK" gear position.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmissions and either tighten the manual shift lever bolt or replace the manual shift lever assembly. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S28; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V606000.


2016 Ford Explorer
2015 Ford Taurus
2015 Lincoln MKS
Ford is recalling 203 model-year 2015 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured on July 24, 2015. During vehicle production, the fuel tank attachment bolts may not have been properly tightened. As a result, the fuel tank straps may fracture and the fuel tank could separate from the vehicle.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the fuel tank attachment bolts, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S26; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V605000.


2015 Ford F-150
Ford is recalling 33,481 model-year 2015 Ford F-150 trucks manufactured March 18, 2014, to August 6, 2015 and equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC). While using the ACC, the vehicle may falsely detect an obstacle in its path and may unexpectedly apply the brakes. A vehicle that unexpectedly brakes increases the risk of a crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the cruise control module with updated ACC radar software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S29; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V614000.


2016 Ford Fusion
2016 Lincoln MKZ
Ford is recalling 658 model-year 2016 Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured September 3, 2015, to September 13, 2015, and 2016 Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured September 3, 2015, to September 12, 2015. The affected vehicles have a fuel tank that may have insufficient wall thickness. As a result, the fuel tanks may crack in the event of a crash and thus the vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 301: Fuel System Integrity.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C11; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V618000.


1998-2003 Ford Windstar
Ford is recalling a total of 283,413 model-year 1998-2003 Windstar vehicles manufactured September 2, 1997, to July 3, 2003. The affected vehicles were previously remedied to safeguard against the rear axle cracking from corrosion; however, the remedy brackets may have been incorrectly installed. The incorrect bracket installations may limit the effectiveness of the service repair for NHTSA recalls 10V-385, 12V-193, and 12V-195. If the brackets were not installed properly, the rear axle may fracture.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brackets to verify their proper installation. If a bracket is found to have been incorrectly installed, the rear axle will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S27; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V608000.


2014-2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling 6,786 model-year 2014-2015 Honda Accord Hybrid vehicles manufactured August 29, 2013, to May 30, 2015. Electrical interference may cause the hybrid system to switch into fail-safe mode, disabling the gasoline engine, limiting the vehicle's speed to 40 miles per hour, and functioning only on battery power. Once the battery is discharged, the vehicle will stall.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the hybrid system software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JT7; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V602000.


2016 Jaguar F-Type
Jaguar Land Rover North America (Jaguar Land Rover) is recalling one 2016 Jaguar F-Type vehicle manufactured February 3, 2015. The affected vehicle has the power steering system still set in the supplier's factory operating mode. In this condition, in the event of a steering system malfunction, the vehicle can experience additional steering inputs from the electric power steering system. If the vehicle is in motion when this occurs, the driver may unexpectedly lose the ability to control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jaguar will notify the owner, and a dealer will either correct the steering system software or replace the steering rack, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 31, 2015. The owner may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827, and may refer to Jaguar's recall number, J055, or to NHTSA campaign number 15V569000.


2015 Land Rover Range Rover
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 856 model-year 2015 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles manufactured June 2, 2015, to June 11, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the second-row seat back may not latch properly, especially in the center section. In the event of a crash, if the seat back is not properly latched, the seat belt may not properly restrain the occupant, increasing their risk of injury.

Jaguar Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the second-row seat mechanism, replacing it as required, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 13, 2015. Owners may contact Land Rover's customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Jaguar Land Rover's number for this recall is P072; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V600000.


2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 5,914 model-year 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vehicles manufactured December 16, 2013, to April 15, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the owner's handbook information may incorrectly describe the functionality of the Air Bag Status Indicator Lamp. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with requirements of FMVSS No. 208: Occupant Crash Protection.

Jaguar Land Rover will notify owners and will send out an owner's handbook supplement to all affected owners, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 31, 2015. Owners may call Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Jaguar Land Rover's number for this recall is P071; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V571000.


2015-2016 Mazda 3
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling 14,406 model-year 2015-2016 Mazda 3 vehicles manufactured May 21, 2015, to August 25, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with a fuel tank with a shut-off valve that can allow fuel to enter into the fuel tank emissions systems. If enough fuel enters the emission system it may leak out onto the ground or result in an engine stall.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle's fuel shut-off valve. As needed, the fuel shut-off valve and the affected fuel tank emissions system components will be replaced free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in October 2015. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until the repairs have been completed. Mazda will provide rental cars until that time. Owners may contact the Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800-222-5500, option #6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8615J; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V621000.


2012 Mistubishi i-MiEV
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 13,558 model-year 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage vehicles manufactured July 27, 2013, to November 20, 2013, and 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles manufactured October 28, 2011, to September 7, 2012. Due to an increased resistance in the impact sensor for the air bag system, in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the frontal, side and/or curtain air bags when the SRS warning is illuminated, the frontal air bag may have a delayed deployment and/or the side and curtain air bag may not deploy at all.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected impact sensors free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-15-011; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V594000.


2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Mitsubishi is recalling two model-year 2011 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured on December 3, 2010. The affected vehicles are equipped with incorrect certification labels that were installed during manufacturing. The incorrect labels do not have the correct vehicle identification numbers (VIN) printed on the label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567: Certification.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will install corrected certification labels free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-15-010; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V579000.


2016 Ram HD
FCA is recalling 41 model-year 2016 Ram 2500, 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis, and 4500/5500 Cab Chassis trucks manufactured July 31, 2015, to August 13, 2015 and equipped with a 6.7-liter Cummins Diesel engine. In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) may short circuit, causing the engine to stall without warning.

FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECM free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2015. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R52; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V592000.


2012-2013 Suzuki SX4
Suzuki Motor of America (Suzuki) is recalling 18,673 model-year 2012-2103 Suzuki SX4 vehicles manufactured September 3, 2011, to April 5, 2013. In the affected vehicles, insufficient clearance between the power steering pump body and the power steering fluid control valve may cause improper movement of the valve, and as a result, the power steering pump may seize. This would cause a loss of power steering assist, requiring extra steering effort at lower speeds.

Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 9, 2015. Owners may contact Suzuki's customer service number at 1-800-934-0934. Suzuki's number for this recall is VS; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V587000.
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