Recall Roundup: Dodge Charger Headed to Rehab to De-Sensitize Side-Impact Sensors
During the past week, approximately 445,000 vehicles were recalled by their manufacturers. BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Kia, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen issued recalls of various models, ranging from the 2011 to 2016 model years. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2014-2015 Audi SQ5
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling 5,625 model-year 2014-2015 Audi SQ5 vehicles manufactured May 22, 2013, to April 14, 2015. The affected vehicles have an electric power steering-assist system that may shut down in cold temperatures due to a steering motor sensor fault.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the power steering control module software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 28, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 48M1; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V452000.
2011-2014 Dodge Charger
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (Chrysler) is recalling 284,153 model-year 2011-2014 Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured May 6, 2010, to June 5, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the side-impact sensor calibrations may be overly sensitive, and as a result, the side air bag inflatable curtains and seat air bags may unexpectedly deploy, and the seat belt pre-tensioners may activate.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the Occupant Restraint Control module calibration free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R35; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V467000.
2015-2016 Ford Explorer
2015 Ford Flex
2015 Ford Taurus
2015 Lincoln MKS
2015 Lincoln MKT
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 7,165 model-year 2015 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to May 23, 2015; Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to May 21, 2015; and 2015-2016 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to May 23, 2015. The affected vehicles have a parking brake that may not fully engage when applied. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135: Light Vehicle Brake Systems. If the parking brake does not fully engage and the transmission is left in a gear other than 'Park' while on a slope, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will test the operation of the parking brake system, and, if necessary, replace the parking brake control assembly free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 31, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C07; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V464000.
2016 Kia Sorento
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling 2,587 model-year 2016 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured October 23, 2014, to December 10, 2014. The buckle latch on the front passenger seat belt of the affected vehicles may be defective, preventing the front passenger from fastening the seat belt.
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat belt buckle cover free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 18, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC123; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V446000.
2014-2015 Mini Cooper, Cooper S
2015 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 30,456 model-year 2014-2015 Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S 2-Door Hardtop vehicles and 2015 Mini John Cooper Works 2-Door Hardtop vehicles. The affected vehicles do not meet the side-impact performance requirements for the rear-seat passengers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with FMVSS No. 214: Side Impact Protection.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install additional energy-absorption material between the rear interior side panels and the exterior vehicle body, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 12, 2015. Owners may contact Mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V450000. Note: this recall supersedes 14V-815.
2015 Nissan Rogue
2015 Nissan Sentra
2015 Nissan Versa Note
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 6,595 model-year 2015 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured June 9, 2015, to June 10, 2015, and 2015 Nissan Sentra and Versa Note vehicles manufactured June 5, 2015, to June 13, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the driver-side front and rear doors may not fully latch. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 206: Door Locks and Door Retention Components.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the date, lot number, and cavity code on the left front and rear door latches, and replace them, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-September 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V453000.
2012-2014 Toyota Prius V
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling 108,624 model-year 2012-2014 Toyota Prius V vehicles manufactured August 22, 2011, to June 30, 2014. A component within the hybrid inverter assembly may overheat, causing the hybrid system to reduce output power allowing the vehicle to only drive a short distance. In some circumstances, the hybrid system may shut down causing the vehicle to stop while being driven. The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. The hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the motor/generator control electronic control unit (ECU) and the hybrid control ECU free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late July 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V449000.