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Recall Roundup: Government Shutdown Edition

Recall Roundup: Government Shutdown Edition

By Jeff Youngs, October 07, 2013
During the course of the past week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) furloughed workers, stopped conducting vehicle investigations, and halted issuance of new recalls as a part of the government shutdown in Washington, D.C. The three recalls listed below are not officially issued by the NHTSA, but are sourced either from the vehicle manufacturer or a trusted resource.

BMW Engine Recall
According to BMW fan website Bimmerfest, the automaker plans to recall approximately 75,000 vehicles equipped with one of its turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, internally designated N20 and N26. The N20 engine is installed in the 2013 and 2014 BMW 320i model. The N26 engine is installed in the 2012-2014 BMW 328i, 528i, X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, and Z4 sDrive28i models.

The affected vehicles were built between May, 2012, and August, 2013. In these vehicles, oil supply from the intake camshaft to the brake vacuum pump may cause the vacuum pump to fail, resulting in a loss of power brake assist. The brakes will still work, but the driver must apply much greater pressure to bring the vehicle to a stop. This, in turn, increases the risk of an accident.

BMW plans to inform owners of the recall in November, and will perform repairs at no cost to the owner. In the meantime, owners experiencing a loss of braking power are advised to employ the emergency brake in conjunction with greater pressure on the brake pedal, to bring the vehicle to a stop, and to call BMW roadside assistance for help. To engage the emergency brake on vehicles with an electronic e-brake system, pull up on the switch and hold until the brake engages.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Recall
According to a statement issued by Chrysler Group, LLC, Jeep is recalling approximately 132,000 units of the 2014 Grand Cherokee to resolve a software problem that causes inaccurate illumination of instrument panel warning lights, and causes the instrument cluster information display to completely shut down. A module in the Grand Cherokee's anti-lock braking and stability control system is the source of the problem.

Of the total number of vehicles affected, 100,271 are in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Jeep will notify owners of the recall in November, and dealers will update the module's software to resolve the problem, at no charge to the customer. Concerned owners with questions may contact Jeep at 1-800-853-1403.

2014 Ram Truck Recall
In a statement issued by Chrysler Group, LLC, approximately 10,800 units of the 2014 Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500 full-size pickup truck are being recalled to resolve a software problem. According to the automaker, the digital memory system in some trucks may not activate as intended, producing intermittent instrument cluster backlighting. A software update will fix the problem.

Chrysler says most of the affected trucks are in dealer inventory. Customers who own an affected vehicle will receive a recall notice in November, and dealers will perform the software update at no charge to the customer. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

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