Recall Roundup: Ford Recalls Fusion, Mercury Milan Sedans to Address Fuel System Issue
By Joseph Dobrian, December 07, 2015
During the past week, automakers recalled a total of about 575,000 cars, including 411,205 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years; 105,458 Dodge Dart sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model years; and 58,773 Tesla Model S vehicles from model years 2012-2015. A couple of other minor recalls were announced by BMW and Maserati. Details for each vehicle recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 105,458 model-year 2013-2014 Dodge Dart sedans manufactured February 27, 2012, to January 23, 2014 and equipped with either a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter engine. In affected vehicles, engine oil from the vacuum pump may seep into the brake booster, damaging a component within the brake booster. Internal damage to the brake booster could result in a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
FCA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake booster grommet for the presence of oil. If no oil is found, the vacuum tube assembly will be replaced. If oil is found, the vacuum pump, vacuum tube assembly, brake booster, and master cylinder will be replaced. Parts are not currently available to remedy the vehicles. Owners will be sent an interim notification and then will be sent a second notice when remedy parts are available. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R63; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V800000.
2010-2011 Mercury Milan
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 411,205 model-year 2010-2011 Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured July 21, 2008, to March 4, 2011, and 2010-2011 Mercury Milan vehicles manufactured July 23, 2008, to December 10, 2010. The affected vehicles have fuel vapor canisters whose purge valves may not operate properly, resulting in abnormal pressure changes in the fuel tank. The pressure changes may cause the tank to crack and leak fuel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle powertrain control modules and inspect the vehicle for any diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) for this issue and perform a leak test on the Canister Purge Valve (CPV). The fuel tank will be inspected for cracks. The CPV and fuel tank will be replaced as necessary. These repairs will be performed free of charge to the vehicle owner. The recall is expected to begin January 11, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S34; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V793000.
Maserati North America (Maserati) is recalling 135 model-year 2016 GranTurismo and GranTurismo Convertibles manufactured June 24, 2015, to September 2, 2015. The affected vehicles were built with passenger-side door latch components that were not heat-treated. If the door latch was not heat-treated, in the event of a crash, the door latch may fail allowing the door to open, increasing the risk of injury.
Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side door latch assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2015. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-816-2600. Maserati's number for this recall is 292; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V744000.
BMW of North America (BMW) is recalling 38 model-year 2014-2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door vehicles manufactured February 25, 2014, to May 16, 2015; 2014-2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 2-Door vehicles manufactured March 28, 2014, to May 9, 2015; 2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop 4-Door vehicles manufactured October 17, 2014, to June 2, 2015; and 2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door vehicles manufactured November 24, 2014, to June 11, 2015. During a service appointment, the affected vehicles received replacement front passenger seat cushions (which contain integral Capacitive Interior Sensing (CIS) functions). The CIS functions may have been incorrectly calibrated, and if so, would cause impaired occupant classification and thus inappropriate air bag activation/deactivation.
Mini will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 28, 2015. Owners may contact Mini customer service at 1-866-825-1525, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V739000.
2012-2015 Tesla Model S
Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling 58,773 model-year 2012-2015 Model S vehicles manufactured May 31, 2012, to November 12, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with driver or front passenger seat belts that may be improperly connected to the outboard lap pre-tensioner. If the seat belt is not correctly attached to the pre-tensioner, it may not properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash.
Tesla will notify owners, and service centers will inspect the driver and front passenger seat belts, correcting their connection, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 20, 2015. Owners may contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla's number for this recall is SB-15-20-002; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V780000.