Recall Roundup: Ford Recalls V-6 Escape, Mercury Mariner SUVs for Fuel Leak

Recall Roundup: Ford Recalls V-6 Escape, Mercury Mariner SUVs for Fuel Leak

By Joseph Dobrian, November 08, 2016
  • 2012 Ford Escape photo

    During the past week, automakers selling new cars and trucks in the United States recalled about 353,000 passenger cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks, including three separate actions by both Ford Motor Co. (Ford) and Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes). The largest of these recalls comes from Ford, which has recalled 329,265 Ford Escape SUVs from the 2010-2012 model years, and Mercury Mariner SUVs from the 2010 and 2011 model years. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), General Motors (GM), and Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota) also issued recalls. Details for each safety recall are on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order by car brand.

  • 2016 Chevrolet Malibu photo

    2016 Chevrolet Malibu

    • Number of vehicles affected: 18
    • Date of manufacture: November 18, 2015 to June 7, 2016
    • Issue: The fabric of the side-impact air bag cushion may tear during deployment, which could cause the bag to not perform as designed.
    • Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the air bag module free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall began October 27, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 16079
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V781000
  • 2016 Dodge Viper photo

    2016 Dodge Viper

    • Number of vehicles affected: 2
    • Date of manufacture: January 6, 2016 to January 8, 2016
    • Issue: A defective vibration weld on the passenger air bag chute may cause the passenger air bag door to detach during the air bag deployment, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants.
    • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side upper panel assembly free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin on November 25, 2016. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
    • Manufacturer recall number: S77
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V750000
  • 2011 Ford Escape photo

    2010-2012 Ford Escape; 2010-2011 Mercury Mariner

    • Number of vehicles affected: 329,265
    • Date of manufacture: February 25, 2009 to April 29, 2012
    • Issue: On vehicles with a 3.0-liter engine, the fuel delivery module (FDM) may crack, causing a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
    • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace, free of charge to vehicle owners, the FDM flange with one that has a redesigned fuel supply port.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin December 12, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 16S41
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V777000
  • 2017 Ford F-350 King Ranch photo

    2017 Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550 Super Duty

    • Number of vehicles affected: 170
    • Date of manufacture: March 21, 2016 to August 28, 2016
    • Issue: The protective shield on the fuel conditioning module may have inadequate adhesion, allowing the shield to become dislodged. If the shield becomes dislodged, the drain valve may open resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire or causing a slip hazard.
    • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the protective shield free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin November 7, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 16S39
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V778000
  • 2016 Ford Mustang GT photo

    2015-2017 Ford Mustang

    • Number of vehicles affected: 6,582
    • Date of manufacture: February 24, 2015 to August 30, 2016
    • Issue: A hose may separate from the engine oil cooler tube assembly, causing an oil leak. A sudden loss of engine oil may cause engine failure, and an oil leak increases the risk of a fire.
    • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine oil cooler tube assembly free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin December 12, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 16S40
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V779000
  • 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk photo

    2017 Jeep Cherokee

    • Number of vehicles affected: 88
    • Date of manufacture: October 13, 2016 to October 17, 2016
    • Issue: Improper welds on the driver's knee air bag inflator may prevent the air bag from properly inflating.
    • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's knee air bag module free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin November 18, 2016. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
    • Manufacturer recall number: S84
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V799000
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class photo

    2017 Mercedes-Benz E300, E300 4Matic Sedan

    • Number of vehicles affected: 6,858
    • Date of manufacture: December 10, 2015 to June 30, 2016
    • Issue: The rear bench seat frame may contact and damage the wiring harness for the fuel pump, fuel tank pressure sensor, or fuel level gauge. Damage to the fuel pump wiring may result in an engine stall.
    • Remedy: Mercedes has notified owners, and dealers will modify the routing of the affected wiring harness, repairing it as necessary, free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall began October 28, 2016. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V758000
  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class photo

    2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE

    • Number of vehicles affected: 2,215
    • Date of manufacture: October 14, 2015 to November 23, 2015
    • Issue: In the affected model-year 2016-2017 GLE 300d 4Matic, GLE 350, GLE 350 4Matic, and GLE 400 4Matic vehicles, the low-beam headlights may not be properly adjusted. If the low-beam headlights are out of adjustment, the driver's visibility may be reduced.
    • Remedy: Merecedes will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the headlight adjustment, as necessary, free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in November 2016. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V759000
  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet photo

    2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe & Convertible

    • Number of vehicles affected: 996
    • Date of manufacture: September 3, 2015 to February 4, 2016
    • Issue: In the affected model-year 2016-2017 S550 Coupe 4Matic, S63 AMG Coupe 4Matic, S65 AMG Coupe, and S63 AMG Convertible 4Matic vehicles, the low-beam headlights may not be properly adjusted. If the low-beam headlights are out of adjustment, the driver's visibility may be reduced.
    • Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the headlight adjustment, as necessary, free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in November 2016. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V760000
  • 2016 Toyota Highlander photo

    2016 Toyota Highlander

    • Number of vehicles affected: 7,056
    • Date of manufacture: May 26, 2016 to September 16, 2016
    • Issue: The brake fluid level sensor may not be connected to the wire harness, preventing the sensor from detecting the brake fluid level. If the brake fluid level is low and is not detected, the braking performance may be diminished.
    • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, connect the wire harness to the sensor free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin November 7, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
    • Manufacturer recall number: G03
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V775000
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