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Recall Roundup: Toyota Motor Recalls Prius, Lexus CT Hybrids over Air Bag Inflator Concerns

Recall Roundup: Toyota Motor Recalls Prius, Lexus CT Hybrids over Air Bag Inflator Concerns

By Joseph Dobrian, July 12, 2016

During the past week, several automakers issued recalls of light vehicles, including model years as far back as 2001. A total of 492,379 vehicles are affected. The largest recall comes from Toyota Motor Corp., involving 482,002 Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Details for each safety recall are below, in alphabetical order by car brand.


2016 Acura MDX photo2015-2016 Acura MDX
2015-2016 Honda Odyssey
2016 Honda Pilot

  • Number of vehicles affected: 39
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects vehicles from the 2015 and 2016 model years.
  • Issue: The 2015 Acura MDX 2WD and MDX 4WD vehicles, 2016 Acura MDX 4WD vehicles, 2015-2016 Honda Odyssey vehicles, and 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD and 4WD vehicles have fuel tanks that were manufactured with insufficient welds that may separate and allow fuel to leak out. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
  • Remedy: American Honda (Honda) will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tanks free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin July 8, 2016. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.
  • Manufacturer recall number: KA9 (Honda vehicles) and KB0 (Acura vehicles)
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V417000



2009 Audi A8 photo2007-2009 Audi A8, S8

  • Number of vehicles affected: 536
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects vehicles from the 2007 through 2009 model years.
  • Issue: The sunroof glass may not be properly secured to the sunroof frame. As a result, the sunroof glass may detach from the car while driving.
  • Remedy: The manufacturer will notify owners, and dealers will install additional adhesive between the sunroof glass and frame free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in July 2016. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 60C3
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V415000



2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited front quarter photo2017 Chrysler Pacifica

  • Number of vehicles affected: 3,518
  • Date of manufacture: February 22, 2016 through April 28, 2016
  • Issue: The center overhead seat belt stow clip may fracture and prevent use of the seat belt in the third-row and/or second-row center passenger seat (if so equipped).
  • Remedy: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will notify owners, and dealers will replace the third-row and, if necessary, second-row center overhead seat belt stow bezel free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: S42
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V490000



2002 Chrysler Sebring Convertible photo

2001-2002 Chrysler Sebring
2001-2002 Dodge Stratus

  • Number of vehicles affected: 139
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects vehicles from the 2001 and 2002 model years.
  • Issue: Vehicles equipped with beige interiors were previously repaired for a recall issue using an incorrect part. The incorrect part may not prevent the passenger-side sun visor from detaching if the passenger frontal air bag deploys and the passenger-side sun visor is folded down in a certain position. If the passenger-side sun visor detaches and is propelled rearward, there is an increased risk of occupant injury.
  • Remedy: FCA will notify the affected owners, and dealers will install the correct tether strap to retain the passenger sun visor free of charge.
  • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V401000



2016 Ford Explorer photo2016 Ford Explorer
2016 Ford F-150

  • Number of vehicles affected: 5,280
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects vehicles from the 2016 model year.
  • Issue: The seat back frame may have insufficient welds and may not adequately restrain the occupant during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the seat back frame free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin on August 15, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 16C11
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V475000



2016 Ford Focus Electric photo2015-2016 Ford Focus Electric

  • Number of vehicles affected: 865
  • Date of manufacture: August 20, 2015 through April 13, 2016
  • Issue: The transmission's differential pinion gear shaft may overheat and fracture. A fractured pinion shaft could cause a loss of motive power and loss of the transmission park function, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission differential assembly free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 16S28
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V479000



2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in photo2010-2012 Toyota Prius, Prius Plug-in Hybrid
2010-2012 Lexus CT 200h

  • Number of vehicles affected: 482,002
  • Date of manufacture: Recall affects vehicles from the 2010 through 2012 model years
  • Issue: A weld in the curtain shield air bag inflator may crack, causing one or both portions of the inflator to eject into the passenger cabin. If either portion of the curtain shield air bag inflator ejects into the passenger cabin, risk of injury to vehicle occupants increases.
  • Remedy: Toyota Motor Corp. (Toyota) will notify owners, and dealers will install retention brackets to the curtain shield air bags free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin July 25, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
  • Manufacturer recall number: G0U (Toyota vehicles) and GLJ (Lexus vehicles)
  • NHTSA recall number: 16V487000

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