Recall Roundup: Fiat Chrysler Recalls Ram 1500 Pickups Due to Insufficient Air Bag Coverage
During the past week, three automakers issued recalls that affect about 357,000 vehicles in all. BMW, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and General Motors (GM) recalled vehicles from various model years, dating back to 2005. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
BMW: Various 2012-2015 3 Series Vehicles
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 7,544 model-year 2012-2015 320i, 320xi, 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi, and ActiveHybrid3 vehicles manufactured October 20, 2011, to June 22, 2015; 2014-2015 328xi Sports Wagon vehicles manufactured March 21, 2013, to March 17, 2015; 2014-2015 328d, 328xd vehicles manufactured June 28, 2013, to April 21, 2015; and 2014-2015 328xd Sports Wagon vehicles manufactured July 5, 2013, to April 21, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been programmed with new software that inadvertently makes the front side marker lights inoperative in conjunction with the parking lights or the headlights. 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. If the side marker lights do not illuminate, the vehicle may be less visible at night, increasing the risk of a crash.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will upload revised software to correct the issue, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 9, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or by email at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com, and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V520000.
2005 Buick LaCrosse
2007 Pontiac Grand Prix
General Motors (GM) is recalling 159,584 model-year 2005 Buick LaCrosse vehicles manufactured May 31, 2004, to June 27, 2005, and 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles manufactured April 12, 2006, to April 25, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the headlamp driver module (HDM) may overheat and fail, causing the headlamps and daytime running lights to not illuminate.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the HDM free of charge. Interim notices will be mailed to owners on September 2, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is 14291; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V519000.
2014-2015 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Trucks
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 188,047 model-year 2014-2015 Ram 1500 Quad Cab trucks manufactured August 26, 2013, to August 8, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with side air bag inflatable curtains (SABIC) that may not fully overlap the C-pillars in the event of a vehicle crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 226: Ejection Mitigation. In the event of a vehicle crash, if a SABIC does not inflate as intended, there is an increased risk of injury to the rear-seat occupant.
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin on September 18, 2015. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R47; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V534000.
2014-2015 Ram 1500 Diesel Trucks
FCA is recalling 1,655 model-year 2014-2015 Ram 1500 diesel 4x2 trucks manufactured August 8, 2013, to July 2, 2015. The affected vehicles have a battery harness that may rub against the frame bracket for the right engine mount, which could result in an electrical short. If the harness shorts, the vehicle may stall and there is an increased risk of a fire.
FCA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to confirm that the battery harness is correctly routed and secured. Any harness that shows evidence of wear will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge to the vehicle owner. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R43; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V517000.