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Recall Roundup: Mercedes, Ford, VW Announce Significant Safety Recalls

Recall Roundup: Mercedes, Ford, VW Announce Significant Safety Recalls

By Joseph Dobrian, November 10, 2015

Safety recalls by various automakers affected approximately 400,000 vehicles in the U.S.A. during the past week. The vehicles are from the 2008 model year onward, and anywhere from four to more than 126,000 vehicles are included in each recall. Details for each vehicle safety recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.


2012-2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur
2012-2014 Bentley Continental GT
2012-2015 Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley Motors (Bentley) is recalling 7,778 model-year 2012-2014 Continental GT vehicles manufactured February 1, 2011, to April 30, 2014; 2012-2015 Continental GTC vehicles manufactured February 1, 2011, to June 30, 2014; 2012-2013 Continental Flying Spur vehicles manufactured March 31, 2011, to August 30, 2012; and 2014 Flying Spur vehicles manufactured February 28, 2013, to April 28, 2014. In the affected vehicles, a battery cable connection may be loose at the firewall. A loose battery cable may overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Bentley will notify owners, and dealers will replace the battery cable securing nut free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2015. Owners may contact Bentley customer service at 1-800-777-6923. Bentley's number for this recall is RE15/15; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V688000.


2009-2010 Ford Edge
2009-2010 Lincoln MKX
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 110,636 model-year 2009-2010 Ford Edge vehicles manufactured September 11, 2008, to July 1, 2010, and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 23, 2008, to July 1, 2010, originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Due to corrosion from salt water exposure such as from road salt use, the affected vehicles may leak fuel from the fuel tank seam weld under the tank mounting reinforcement brackets. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and either clean and treat the fuel tank with a corrosion preventative or replace the tank free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 14, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S31; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V712000.


2013-2014 Chevrolet Express CNG
2013-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD CNG
2013 GMC Savana CNG
2013-2014 GMC Sierra HD CNG
General Motors (GM) is recalling 1,808 model-year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Sierra HD vehicles, and model-year 2013 GMC Savana compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, all of which fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 303: Fuel System Integrity of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the text of the CNG fuel-only label is smaller than the required size, and as a result, may be less noticeable. Text that does not conform to the required labeling size could inhibit fuel tank inspection practices and safe refueling, increasing the risk of a fire.

GM will notify owners and will send them a replacement label free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 13365; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 13V544000.


2015-2016 Honda Fit LX
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling 25,367 model-year 2015-2016 Honda Fit LX vehicles manufactured April 11, 2014, to July 02, 2015 and not equipped with a sunroof. In the affected vehicles, the rear grab-handle brackets were not manufactured properly, and as a result, the brackets may puncture the side curtain air bags upon their deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with FMVSS No. 214: Side Impact Protection and No. 226: Ejection Mitigation.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear grab handle bracket free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 4, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JV8; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V697000.


2016 Honda Pilot
Honda is recalling 35,406 model-year 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD vehicles manufactured May 4, 2015, to September 8, 2015 and 2016 Pilot 4WD vehicles manufactured May 7, 2015, to September 4, 2015. In the affected vehicles, when one of the safety systems such as tire-pressure monitoring, anti-lock braking, or electronic stability control malfunctions, the instrument panel might not illuminate the corresponding warning light, although the warning lamps will illuminate when the ignition is turned off and then turned back on. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS No. 126: Electronic stability control systems; No. 135: Light vehicle brake systems; and No. 138: Tire pressure monitoring systems.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 27, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JV7; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V668000.


2008 Mazda Tribute
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling four model-year 2008 Tribute vehicles manufactured February 9, 2007, to April 22, 2008. The affected vehicles have had their CD4E transmission replaced with a remanufactured one that was rebuilt between June 11, 2015, through July 15, 2015. These service repair part transmissions have a shift lever bolt that may not be properly tightened. As a result, the shift control lever could disengage from the transmission without warning. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the gear-selection indicator may show that the transmission is in the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not actually be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter.

Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission and, if necessary, tighten the manual shift lever bolt or replace the manual shift lever assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 6, 2015. Owners may contact Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800-222-5500, option#6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8815J; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V677000.


2008-2009 Mercedes-Benz C300, C300 4Matic, C350, C63 AMG
2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350, GLK350 4Matic
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling 126,260 model-year 2008-2009 C300 Sedan, C300 4Matic, C63 AMG, and C350 vehicles, and 2010 GLK350, and GLK350 4Matic vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the air bag control unit may corrode and cause the control unit to malfunction. The malfunctioning air bag control unit may cause the air bags to unexpectedly deploy. Alternatively, the air bag control unit malfunction may cause the air bags to not deploy in the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment.

Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the air bag control unit and replace it, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V711000.


2013 Infiniti JX35
2014-2015 Infiniti QX60
2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
2013-2015 Nissan Altima
2013-2015 Nissan Pathfinder
2013-2014 Nissan Sentra
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling 919 model-year 2013-2015 Altima and Pathfinder vehicles; 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra vehicles; 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles; 2014-2015 Infiniti QX60 vehicles; and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles. The affected vehicles received an incorrect occupant classification system (OCS) control unit during a repair. These OCS control units may incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty when it is occupied by an adult. If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger air bag would be deactivated, and would not deploy during a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2015. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V681000.


2015-2016 Volkswagen Jetta
2015-2016 Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible
2015-2016 Volkswagen Passat
2015-2016 Volkswagen Golf, Golf SportWagen
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling 91,867 model-year 2015-2016 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, Golf, and Golf SportWagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the camshaft lobe that drives the brake vacuum pump may shear off, resulting in a loss of brake assist that would lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle.

The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Volkswagen will send owners an interim notification by December 22, 2015, and will send a second notification when a remedy plan has been finalized, currently expected to be in March 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 23R1; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V705000.
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