Recall Roundup: Ford Recalling Escape SUV, Transit Connect Van to Fix Software
By Jeff Youngs, July 06, 2015
During the past week, various automakers recalled a total of just over 206,000 passenger vehicles. The largest of these recalls is from Ford, which is recalling 182,520 Ford Escape and Transit Connect vehicles due to software problems affecting the instrument panel. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2015 Dodge Durango
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (Chrysler) is recalling 5,608 model-year 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured June 12, 2015, to June 20, 2015. Due to a manufacturing error, the affected vehicles have rear lower control arms that may fracture. If the rear lower control arm fractures, the vehicle may have a sudden change in ride height, rear-end instability, and/or reduced braking.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace any affected rear lower control arms free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 10, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403, and may refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V407000. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until it has been inspected at the owner's location. Vehicles will be towed to dealers for repairs as necessary.
2014-2015 Ford Escape
2014-2015 Ford Transit Connect
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 182,520 model-year 2014-2015 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured May 19, 2014, to February 6, 2015, and Ford Transit Connect vehicles manufactured May 13, 2014, to December 10, 2014. Due to a software incompatibility issue, some components of the instrument panel cluster may be inoperative. The multiple functional display (MFD) may be blank, and some warning chimes, messages, and warning lights may be non-functional. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 101: Control and Displays.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument panel software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 10, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C03; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V406000.
2011 Kia Sportage
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling 7,722 model-year 2011 Sportage vehicles manufactured March 7, 2011, to June 8, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the brake light switch may intermittently fail. Whenever the brake switch is not working, the brake lights will not illuminate, reducing the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions of stopping and increasing the risk of a crash.
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake light switch free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC121; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V360000.
2015 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec, E250 BlueTec 4Matic
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK250
2015 Mercedes-Benz ML250 BlueTec
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling 814 model-year 2015 E250 BlueTec vehicles manufactured November 3, 2014, to December 15, 2014; E250 BlueTec 4Matic vehicles manufactured November 4, 2014, to December 17, 2014; GLK250 vehicles manufactured November 13, 2014, to January 30, 2015; and 2015 ML250 BlueTec vehicles manufactured December 12, 2014, to February 9, 2015. In the affected vehicles, oil may leak from around the chain tensioner gasket area. Leaking oil may drip onto a hot engine surface, increasing the risk of a fire. Additionally, the leaking oil may be a road hazard for other vehicles.
Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chain tensioner gasket free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 19, 2015. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372. Mercedes' number for this recall is 2015050005; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V351000. Note: This is an expansion of NHTSA recall 14V-762.
2015 Nissan Murano
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 9,614 model-year 2015 Nissan Murano vehicles manufactured December 4, 2014, to March 17, 2015. These vehicles are equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS) actuators which may have contamination in the solenoid valves, potentially affecting the valves' ability to completely close and allow a build up of hydraulic brake pressure, or fully open and allow the hydraulic brake pressure to completely drop. Under some driving conditions, when the ABS is activated, the malfunctioning ABS actuator could cause a loss of vehicle stability, increasing the risk of a crash.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the ABS actuator, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by early August 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V364000.
2015 Nissan Rogue Select
Nissan is recalling 110 model-year 2015 Rogue Select vehicles manufactured November 17, 2014, to December 12, 2014 and equipped with 17-in. wheels. The affected vehicles have incorrect tire-size information on the tire labels. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 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 pounds) or less. Installing tires of the incorrect size may increase the risk of a crash.
Nissan will notify owners, and will send them new labels with the corrected information free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by early August 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V368000.
2016 Volvo XC90
Volvo Cars of North America (Volvo) is recalling 584 model-year 2016 Volvo XC90 vehicles manufactured January 27, 2015, to May 19, 2015. The affected vehicles have front seats whose wiring harness for the Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) may have been routed incorrectly. If the wiring harness is routed incorrectly, the wiring may be damaged, disabling the front-seat side-impact air bag, and increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the air bag in question.
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the routing of the SIPS wiring, correcting the routing and installing a protective sleeve as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R89571; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V342000.