Recall Roundup: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles for Air Bag System Issue; Audi, Ford, Hyundai Issue Multiple Recalls

Recall Roundup: Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles for Air Bag System Issue; Audi, Ford, Hyundai Issue Multiple Recalls

By Joseph Dobrian, September 28, 2016
  • 2014 Jeep Patriot photo

    During the past week, approximately 1.5 million cars, trucks, and SUVs were recalled by their manufacturers. The affected vehicles bear the Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Land Rover, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, and Maserati badges. The largest recall comes from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA US) and affects 1,425,627 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles from the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 model years. Details for each safety recall are on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order by car brand.

  • 2017 Audi A4 Sedan photo

    2016 Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 Sedan, and A3 Sportback e-Tron; 2017 Audi A4 Sedan; 2015-2017 Audi Q3; 2017 Audi Q7; 2016-2017 Audi TT Coupe; 2016 Audi TT Roadster

    • Number of vehicles affected: 79,895
    • Issue: Certain model-year 2016 Audi TT Roadster, Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 Sedan, and A3 e-Tron; 2016-2017 Audi TT Coupe; 2017 Audi A4 Sedan and Q7; and 2015-2017 Audi Q3 vehicles may have been programmed with new software that inadvertently makes the side marker lights inoperative in conjunction with the parking lights or the headlights. If the side marker lights do not illuminate, the vehicle may be less visible at night, increasing the risk of a crash.
    • Remedy: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will upload revised software to correct the issue free of charge.
    • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 97CB
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V642000
  • 2013 Audi A8L photo

    2010-2013 Audi A8

    • Number of vehicles affected: 9,102
    • Date of manufacture: May 15, 2010 through May 14, 2012
    • Issue: A coolant valve may leak, allowing coolant to enter the engine control module causing a loss of power or the engine to stall.
    • Remedy: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the coolant valve and inspect for coolant that has leaked through the electrical connector free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin October 19, 2016. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V619000
  • 2017 Audi Q7 photo

    2017 Audi Q7

    • Number of vehicles affected: 8
    • Date of manufacture: November 11, 2015 through November 23, 2015
    • Issue: The electric power steering-assist control unit may short-circuit, resulting in a loss of power steering assist. With a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required, especially at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
    • Remedy: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering rack free of charge.
    • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 48M5
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V648000
  • 2016 BMW M4 GTS photo

    2016 BMW M2 Coupe; 2015-2017 BMW M3; 2015-2016 BMW M4 Coupe, M4 Convertible

    • Number of vehicles affected: 72
    • Date of manufacture: February 8, 2016 through May 18, 2016
    • Issue: BMW is recalling certain model-year 2016 BMW M2 Coupe, 2015-2017 M3, and 2015-2016 M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible vehicles. During servicing of the rear differential for a prior service action, the rear sub-frame bolts may have been reused instead of being replaced. Reuse of the existing bolts may cause the bolts to loosen.
    • Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin October 24, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V653000
  • 2016 Cadillac CT6 photo

    2016 Cadillac CT6

    • Number of vehicles affected: 131
    • Date of manufacture: July 21, 2016 through July 22, 2016
    • Issue: The bolt that connects the front passenger seat belt webbing to the seat's anchor plate may be missing. Without the bolt, the seat belt webbing may detach from the seat anchor. If the seat belt webbing detaches from the seat anchor, the seat belt may not properly restrain the front-seat passenger in the event of a crash.
    • Remedy: General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing front passenger seat belt webbing anchor bolt, or install a bolt if it is missing, free of charge. Owners are advised not to allow an occupant to sit in the front passenger seat until the recall remedy has been performed.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin September 24, 2016. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 16035
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V687000
  • 2014 Jeep Compass Limited photo

    2011-2014 Chrysler 200; 2010 Chrysler Sebring; 2010-2014 Dodge Avenger; 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber; 2010-2014 Jeep Compass; 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot

    • Number of vehicles affected: 1,425,627
    • Issue: On certain model-year 2011-2014 Chrysler 200; 2010 Chrysler Sebring; 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber; and 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot, Compass and Dodge Avenger vehicles, the Occupant Restraint Control (OCR) module may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags, seat belt pre-tensioners, and side air bags from deploying in the event of a crash.
    • Remedy: The remedy for this recall is still under development.
    • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
    • Manufacturer recall number: S61
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V668000
  • 2016 Fiat 500 photo

    2016 Fiat 500

    • Number of vehicles affected: 32
    • Date of manufacture: June 11, 2015 through July 27, 2016
    • Issue: The tire placard on the affected vehicles lists a tire inflation pressure for the spare tire that exceeds the maximum pressure listed on the sidewall. If the spare tire is used while overinflated, the tire may suddenly fail.
    • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will add an overlay on the tire placard to the correct tire inflation information free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin October 28, 2016. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-888-242-6342.
    • Manufacturer recall number: S69
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V667000
  • 2017 Ford Escape Titanium photo

    2017 Ford Escape Titanium, Escape SE

    • Number of vehicles affected: 17,985
    • Date of manufacture: October 5, 2015 to May 12, 2016
    • Issue: The settings for the closing force of the power-operated windows may allow the windows to close on an object such as a body part and injure it before the windows auto-reverse.
    • Remedy: Ford has notified owners, and dealers will update the power window operating system software free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall began on September 6, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 16C12
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V617000
  • 2016 Ford Transit High Roof Long Wheelbase photo

    2015-2016 Ford Transit

    • Number of vehicles affected: 2,013
    • Date of manufacture: July 15, 2015 through April 14, 2016
    • Issue: A fuel injector or the fuel volume control valve may clog due to metallic debris within the fuel system. If debris clogs the fuel system, the engine may stall.
    • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel-injection pump and associated parts and, if necessary, replace the fuel filter and flush the fuel system. The repairs will be made at no charge to the vehicle owner.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin October 10, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 16S32
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V618000
  • 2008 Hyundai Azera photo

    2007-2008 Hyundai Azera

    • Number of vehicles affected: 9,700
    • Date of manufacture: March 7, 2007 through August 14, 2007
    • Issue: The power-adjustable front driver seat may unexpectedly move without the driver's input while the vehicle is being driven. Unintentional movement of the driver's seat may affect the driver's ability to control the vehicle.
    • Remedy: Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power-adjustable seat switch free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin on October 28, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 150
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V630000
  • 2016 Hyundai Sonata photo

    2016 Hyundai Sonata

    • Number of vehicles affected: 602
    • Date of manufacture: March 28, 2016 through April 12, 2016
    • Issue: A driver-side frontal air bag may not adequately protect the driver's neck from injury in the event of a crash.
    • Remedy: Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin October 14, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 148
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V615000

  • 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport photo

    2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport; 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

    • Number of vehicles affected: 22,657
    • Date of manufacture: July 15, 2013 through July 1, 2015
    • Issue: The transmission sensor clusters may have insufficient crimps in the transmission wire harness, and as a result, the transmission may unexpectedly shift to neutral.
    • Remedy: Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the automatic transmission serial number and if required, will update the transmission software to prevent the transmission from shifting into neutral due to a faulty crimp. The repairs will be made at no charge to the vehicle owner.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin on October 14, 2016. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837.
    • Manufacturer recall number: P091
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V614000
  • 2015 Maserati Ghibli Sedan photo

    2015 Maserati Ghibli

    • Number of vehicles affected: 7
    • Date of manufacture: March 11, 2015 through May 14, 2015
    • Issue: The right and/or left front wheel bearings may have insufficient hardness, resulting in their premature failure. Wheel bearing failure may adversely affect vehicle handling.
    • Remedy: Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front wheel bearings, replacing them as necessary, free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin September 30, 2016. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-510-2369.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 310
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V649000
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