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Recall Roundup: FCA US Recalls Various 2004-2018 Car, SUV, and Truck Models to Replace Fire Extinguishers

Recall Roundup: FCA US Recalls Various 2004-2018 Car, SUV, and Truck Models to Replace Fire Extinguishers

By Joseph Dobrian, January 08, 2018
During the past week, recalls of light passenger vehicles from as far back as the 2004 model year were issued by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA US), Ford Motor Company (Ford), and Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes). The largest recall affects the fire extinguishers on 62,042 Dodge, Chrysler, and Ram vehicles, from most model years between 2004 and 2018.

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

Various 2004-2018 FCA US Vehicles
  • Number of vehicles affected: 62,042
  • Issue: The affected Dodge, Chrysler, and Ram vehicles equipped with Kidde plastic-handle or push-button 'Pindicator' fire extinguishers. (A list of the affected trailer models is available at: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17V824-0103.pdf.) These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or requiring excessive force to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. (For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf.)
  • Remedy: FCA US will notify owners, instructing them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin February 9, 2018. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Kidde customer service at 1-855-271-0773, or online at www.kidde.com and click on "Product Safety Recall" for more information.
  • Manufacturer recall number: T82
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V824000


2018 Ford Mustang

  • Number of vehicles affected: 2,100
  • Issue: The affected vehicles feature an automatic transmission and a 12.4-in. digital instrument cluster. If the ignition is turned off when the transmission is not in “Park,” the instrument cluster may not illuminate the PRNDL gear position display and the operator may not receive the "Key in Ignition" chime when the driver's door is opened.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster software, as necessary, free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin February 5, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 17C21
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V814000


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2017-2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS550 4Matic
2017-2018 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic
2018 Mercedes-Benz S450, S63 AMG 4Matic

  • Number of vehicles affected: 8,700
  • Issue: Mercedes is recalling certain 2017 GLE400 4Matic, GLE350 4Matic, GLE350, GLE550e 4Matic, GLE43 AMG 4Matic, GLE63 AMG 4Matic, GLS450, GLE63S 4Matic, GLS63 4Matic, S550e, S600, S63 AMG 4Matic, S65 AMG, S550, Mercedes-Maybach S600, Mercedes-Maybach S550 4Matic, GLE43 AMG 4Matic Coupe, GLE63S 4Matic Coupe; 2017-2018 GLS550 4Matic, S550 4Matic; and 2018 S450 and S63 AMG 4Matic vehicles. The rear passenger door on the driver side may indicate that it is locked, when it may not be.
  • Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left rear door lock, replacing it as necessary, free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in January 2018. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-877-496-3691.
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V816000


2017 Mercedes-Benz G550, G550 4x4 Squared

  • Number of vehicles affected: 432
  • Issue: The vacuum hose for the brake booster may collapse, resulting in increased braking effort.
  • Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the vacuum hose, as necessary, free of charge. Parts are not currently available.
  • Timing: Owners will be notified of the recall in January 2018 and they will receive a second letter when the parts become available, currently expected to be in March 2018. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-877-496-3691.
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V817000


2017 Mercedes-AMG GT, GT-C Roadster
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT-S, GT Roadster

  • Number of vehicles affected: 10
  • Issue: Mercedes is recalling certain 2017 AMG GT & AMG GT-C Roadster and 2018 AMG GT-S & GT Roadster vehicles equipped with AMG performance seats. The passenger occupant classification system (OCS) might not function properly, possibly causing the passenger frontal air bag to be incorrectly deactivated or incorrectly activated in the event of a crash.
  • Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, and if necessary, replace the passenger seat cushion free of charge.
  • Timing: Owners will be notified of the recall in January 2018 and they will receive a second letter when the parts become available, currently expected to be in February 2018. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-877-496-3691.
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V818000


2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300, GLC300 4Matic, GLC 43 4Matic

  • Number of vehicles affected: 8,134
  • Issue: The affected vehicles may have misadjusted headlights, possibly resulting in the low-beam headlights insufficiently illuminating the roadway.
  • Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the headlamp adjustment, adjusting it as necessary, free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in January 2018. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-877-496-3691.
  • NHTSA recall number: 17V819000

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