Recall Roundup: Ford to Fix Nearly 200K Explorer SUVs Due to Faulty Interior Door Handles; GM, Nissan Also Announce Large Recalls
By Jeff Youngs,
During the past week, more than 400,000 vehicles were recalled by their manufacturers, including more than 194,000 Ford Explorer SUVs with faulty door handles. GM and Nissan also announced large recalls for the Chevrolet Malibu and Nissan Rogue to address roof panel and fuel pump issues, respectively. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
BMW: Various 2014-2015 Vehicles
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling a total of 18,054 model-year 2014 228i Coupe, M235i Coupe, 320i, 320xi, 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi, ActiveHybrid 3, 328xi Sports Wagon, 428i Coupe, 428xi Coupe, 435i Coupe, 435xi Coupe, 428i Convertible, 428xi Convertible, 435i Convertible, 328xi Gran Turismo, 335xi Gran Turismo, and 2015 428i Gran Coupe, 428xi Gran Coupe, and 435i Gran Coupe vehicles. Improper nickel plating of components within the fuel pump may result in the pump failing. This could result in a stall without warning.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 30, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417, and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V189000.
2015 Buick Encore
2015 Chevrolet Trax
General Motors (GM) is recalling 19,831 model-year 2015 Buick Encore vehicles manufactured August 26, 2014, to February 9, 2015, and 2015 Chevrolet Trax vehicles manufactured October 13, 2014, to February 3, 2015. The affected vehicles have tire placards that do not provide the rim size information for the front or rear wheels. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110: Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 lbs.) or less.
GM will notify owners, and will send owners a corrected label free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15166; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V162000.
2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu
GM is recalling 87,063 model-year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured October 24, 2011, to March 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the Slide or Tilt switch for the roof panel may not be adequately recessed to prevent the switch from inadvertently being pressed. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 118: Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the Body Control Module (BCM) software to remove auto-close feature for certain switch positions, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15176; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V164000.
2013-2015 Fiat 500e
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 5,660 model-year 2013-2015 Fiat 500e electric vehicles (EVs) manufactured March 27, 2012, to November 1, 2014. If the vehicle goes into "limp home" mode, a software incompatibility between the Electric Vehicle Control Unit (EVCU) and Battery Pack Control Module (BPCM) may cause the electric propulsion system to fully shut down, resulting in a stall-like condition.
FCA will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle software to ensure compatability between components, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 15, 2015. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R15; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V179000.
2011-2013 Ford Explorer
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 194,484 model-year 2011-2013 Explorer vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, preventing the handle from returning to the fully stowed position after actuation. If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side-impact crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 11, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S11; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V171000.
2014 Nissan Rogue
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 76,242 model-year 2014 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured June 11, 2013, to June 7, 2014. Improper nickel plating of components within the fuel pump may result in the fuel pump failing, which could cause a stall without warning.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V197000.