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425,000 Hyundai Sonatas are added to an earlier recall for air bags that may fail to deploy in a crash
The 2012 Sonata is among the vehicles with an air bag control unit that may short circuit.
A February 2018 recall of almost 155,000 Hyundai Sonata gas and hybrid vehicles is being expanded as of April 20th, by an additional 425,000 more, for an air bag control unit which may short circuit and fail to deploy.

Documentation from NHTSA states that the 2012 and 2013 Sonata, and 2011 and 2012 Sonata Hybrid sedans will be added to the recall, which originally covered only 2011 Hyundai Sonata vehicles.

A Hyundai spokesperson has stated that they are aware of two deaths and four injuries related to this problem, although they maintain that these incidents are limited to "very specific and rare" types of crashes.

Hyundai dealers will repair this problem free of charge at Hyundai dealerships.

Affected owners may call 1-855-371-9460 and provide reference # 174 for more information on this recall.

Read more: Hyundai adds 425K Sonatas to recall due to risk air bag might not deploy in crash

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Audi recalls 1.16 million vehicles for defective electric coolant pumps;
30% of those vehicles are in the U.S.
This Audi Q5 is among the affected group of vehicles.
Audi has issued a recall that affects nearly 343,000 vehicles in the United States.

Defective coolant pumps in certain models can short circuit in a couple of different circumstances, according to Audi. This could cause the pump to catch fire, which could lead to accidents, injury, or death.

The affected vehicles include the 2012-2015 A6, the 2013-2017 A4 sedan and Allroad, the 2013-2017 Q5 crossover SUV, and the 2013-2017 A5 coupe and cabriolet; all of which are equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The AP has been informed by Audi about cases of fires, but Audi did not provide specifics beyond that.

Audi has committed to notifying its' affected customers by June 11, 2018. Customers can also call Audi's customer service line at (888) 237-2834.

Affected vehicles will be repaired free of charge at Audi dealerships.

Read more: Audi recalls 342K vehicles for defective water pumps

Also: Audi Is Recalling More Than 1 Million Cars Due to Fire Safety Concerns. Here's What to Do If Your Car Is Affected

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A "rolling" recall of almost 350,000 vehicles is issued by Ford
The 2018 Expedition is among the vehicles affected by this recall.
A new problem in some of Ford's transmissions could lead to "unintended vehicle movement" after the vehicle has been shifted into Park, turned off, and the keys have been removed.

A clip for the transmission's gear shift cable may be out of place, which could lead to the vehicle not actually being in the gear that it appears to be in, including Park.

Ford's official recall notice states: "This could allow the driver to move the shifter to park and remove the ignition key, while the transmission gear may not be in park, with no instrument panel warning message or warning chime when the driver's door is opened that indicates the vehicle is not secured in park. If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash."

Among the nearly 350,000 vehicles are the following:
  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant from Jan. 5, 2017, to Feb. 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from Jan. 25, 2017, to Feb. 16, 2018
  • 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from April 3, 2017, to Jan. 30, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles built at the Ohio Assembly Plant from April 25, 2017, to March 9, 2018
    Ford dealerships will repair customer's vehicles free of charge.

    Read more: WSHU: Ford Recalls 350,000 SUVs And Trucks, Citing Problems Putting Them In 'Park'

    and: CNBC: Ford recalls about 350,000 F-150s and Expeditions for faulty transmission gears

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    Almost 1.4 million vehicles are recalled by Ford for steering wheel defect
    This Lincoln MKZ could have a serious steering wheel defect.
    At least 2 crashes that are known have resulted from steering wheels that have detached while driving.

    The defect, which affects 2014 - 2018 Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion sedans, prompted Ford to issue a recall of 1.38 million such cars in North America. Most of the vehicles were sold in the U.S., but a significant number were also sold in Canada and Mexico.

    Ford dealerships will repair the defect at no cost to customers, who can contact their local dealership for more information.

    Read more:

    USA Today: Loose steering wheels trigger Ford recall of 1.4M Fusion, Lincoln MKZ cars

    Washington Post: Ford recalls 1.4 million cars because their steering wheels might come off

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    162,000 minivans are recalled by Fiat Chrysler for potential stalls
    Examples of the 2013 Pacifica affected by the stalling problem.
    On Friday, January 12th, Fiat Chrysler announced it was recalling more than 162,000 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans due to a software glitch that could lead to these minivans stalling while in operation.

    Owners can get this flaw fixed for free at a dealership, where the software will be upgraded, that will correct the flaw.

    Apparently, only all gasoline versions are affected, but not gas-electric hybrid models.

    In November of 2017, the Center for Auto Safety petitioned NHTSA to investigate this problem, although Fiat Chrysler stated it had begun looking into the problem before then.

    Read more: Fiat Chrysler recalls 162,000 minivans over glitch that may cause stall

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    Ford warns some Ranger owners to stop driving their trucks, after another death from Takata air bags
    A 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck like the affected vehicles.
    Another air bag related death has prompted Ford to issue a do-not-drive advisory to some 2,900 Ford Ranger pickup truck owners. The afftected vehicles are from the 2006 model year.

    Ford has stated it will repair vehicles at their owner's homes or have them towed to a dealership for repair.

    Ford has made multiple types of contacts regarding this, including phone calls, letters, text messages, and postings on Twitter and Facebook.

    Read more: Don't drive certain Rangers, Ford warns after Takata air bag death

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    More faulty airbag discoveries prompt 1,066,000 vehicle recalls by Honda and Toyota
    The 2013 Toyota Sienna is among the newly recalled vehicles.
    Almost monthly, more and more vehicles are being discovered with potentially deadly Takata air bag mechanisms.

    Now, another group of vehicles, including some Honda Goldwing motorcycles, are the latest group of over 1 million vehicles being jointly recalled by Toyota and Honda.

    Takata's inflators can deploy the airbags with enough force to cause shrapnel to fly out into the vehicle, potentially causing injury or death.

    Toyota has said it will inform owners about these additional vehicles by March, and Honda has stated it will notify its owners by late February.

    Vehicle owners will be able to get this issue repaired for free at their respective dealerships.

    Affrected vehicles include: 2009 - 2012 Acura RL and Honda Accord, 2009 - 2013 Acura TSX, Honda Fit, Honda Ridgeline and Honda Pilot, some Honda Goldwing motorcycles, 2013 Toyota Siennas, 2009 & 2010 Toyota Yaris and Lexus ES 350s, 2010 & 2013 Toyota 4-Runner, Lexus IS 250C and 350C and Lexus GX 460s, 2009, 2010, & 2013 Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Scion xB, Lexus IS 250 and 350 and Lexus IS-Fs.

    Read more: Toyota and Honda Are Recalling Another Million Cars to Fix Faulty Takata Airbags

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    Almost 1.8 million trucks recalled by Fiat Chrysler after discovering they could slip out of park
    A 2013 Ram 2500 like this one could have a faulty shifter.
    Auburn Hills, MI based Fiat Chrysler announced a recall covering a number of Ram trucks, spanning models from 2009 - 2017.

    The vehicles in question are built with shifters mounted on the steering column. Vehicles with floor mounted or rotary shifters are not affected by this issue.

    An electrical problem with the brake-transmission shift interlock (BTSI), under high temperature conditions, can cause this problem to manifest.

    FCA is still working on a permanent solution for this problem, and as yet the NHTSA has not made an official recall announcement.

    Read more: FCA recalls 1.8M Ram trucks due to risk they could shift out of park

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    Over 800,000 Odyssey minivans are recalled by Honda
    An apparent design flaw in the latching system for the 2nd row seats has caused Honda to issue a recal for 806,936 Odyssey minivans.

    An example of the recalled minivans
    NHTSA documentation show that there have already been reported injuries and warranty claims arising from this problem.

    The affected minivans were models from 2011 through 2017, that allowed for incremental sideways positioning.

    When the seat is attached between either of these two alternate positions, the seat does not "latch in" properly, and could tip forward during braking, creating a risk of injury or death.

    Honda is still working on a permanent fix for this issue, and has published instructions for installing the 2nd row seat to ensure it latches in securely.

    This recalled was innounced on Nov. 16th, and Honda dealerships will repair vehicle free of charge, once Honda has finalized the permanent solution for this problem.

    Read more: Honda recalls more than 800K minivans due to second-row seats not latching

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    Mitsubishi suffers embarrassing recall of 66,000 vehicles to fix a previous recall fix
    Beware of used car dealers like CarMax who sell unrepaired recalled used cars with Takata airbags.
    66,000 vehicles are being recalled by Mitsubishi Motors to fix faulty Takata airbags that are the same exact part as the orginally faulty airbags they replaced.

    The vehicles in this new recall are 2004 - 2006 Lancer and Lancer Evolution sedans, that were originally recalled and "fixed" in 2015 with identical inflators to the original part.

    These faulty inflators are powered by ammonium nitrate, which is used to ignite the explosion that inflates the airbags. However, ammonium nitrate can deteriorate after a period of time and then potentially burn too fast and/or explode with too much force, and propel shrapnel into the vehicle's interior, leading to injury or death. It is estimated that 19 people have been killed and roughly 180 people have been injured by these faulty airbag systems.

    Mitsubishi stated, in recent documentation, that its' newer replacement parts don't use ammonium nitrate, which will remedy the defect.

    Mitsubishi will officially begin the recall on Oct. 22nd, 2017.

    Read more: Mitsubishi Recalls Cars Twice To Replace Takata Air Bags

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    Nearly 650,000 Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees are recalled by Fiat Chrysler
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is issuing a recall of 646,394 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs for a potential problem with the brake booster shields.

    Dodge Durangos like this one are among the recalled vehicles.
    Ironically, this issue stems from how the shields were installed, when they were replaced following an earlier recall campaign.

    In a notice from NHTSA, The brake booster shield could allow water leakage, leading to corrosion, which could hinder braking performance. Although in their official statement, FCA stated that "A booster compromised by water will still deliver brake function in compliance with US federal safety standards. However, customers may experience excessive brake-pedal firmness", this problem could lead to the braking system inadvertantly activating the anti-lock braking system, or cause illumination of the brake warning light.

    In addition to the vehicles being recalled in the U.S., another 63,443 vehicles are being recalled in Canada and Mexico.

    Dodge/Jeep dealerships will inspect vehicles and install needed fixes for this problem, free of charge. Customers with any questions can call the FCA's U.S. Recall Information Center at 800-853-1403.

    Read more: 650,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs recalled
    and also: Fiat Chrysler Recalls A Recall For 646,000 SUVs

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    Nearly 700,000 Chevy & GMC trucks affected by power steering problem
    The 2014 GMC Sierra LD and its' sister truck, the 2014 Chevrolet Silvarado LD, have been found to have a potentially dangerous problem that could affect the power steering of over 690,000 trucks.

    The 2014 Chevy Silverado. Does yours have a power steering defect?
    A software glitch with the EPS assist could cause the truck to lose power assist for a moment and then have it suddenly re-engage, which could cause some drivers to momentarily lose control, increasing the chance of a crash.

    The problem is more likely to occur during a lower speed turn, according to NHTSA.

    Owners of the affected vehicles will be able to have the issue repaired for free at a GM or Chevrolet dealership, where a corrective software update will be performed.

    For more information, vehicle owners can contact GMC customer service at 1-800-432-8782 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

    Read more: GM recalling about 700,000 Chevy and GMC pickup trucks due to steering issue

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    The latest recall by Honda affects almost 1.2 million Accords
    This Honda Accord could have a defective battery, which might result in an engine fire.
    Honda has announced a recall that affects Accord vehicles produced between 2013 and 2016. A sensor in the battery can malfuction and potentially lead to an engine fire.

    Improper moisture sealing on batteries, which can allow substances such as road salt to penetrate the sensors in the car's battery, is the cause of this problem.

    Honda urges customers to have their vehicle repaired free of charge at a Honda dealership if it is among the affect class of cars.

    Honda Accord owners can see if their vehicle is among those affected by visiting the Honda Recall Website.
    For additional information, customers can also call the Honda Automobile Customer Service Recall Line at (888) 234-2138. Hours are Monday - Friday: 6am-6pm PT; Saturday: 7:30am - 4pm PT; Sunday: 6am - 2:30pm PT.

    Read more: Honda recalls 1.2 million cars over battery fires

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    Fiat Chrysler issues double recalls for airbags and alternators
    This Dodge Journey could have faulty airbags.
    Over 1.3 million vehicle are affected by the pair of recalls Fiat Chrysler has issued recently.

    The first recall involves an "inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag....", according to the manufacturer. 770,853 vehicles internationally are included in this recall, including 2011-2015 Dodge Journeys sold in the U.S., Canada, & Mexico, and also 2011-2015 Fiat Freemont crossovers sold abroad.

    Fiat Chrysler has alread received reports of accidents related to this problem.

    The cause of this defect is due to a wiring setup that may "chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit. This may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of generating inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag," according to the press release.

    In advance of this happening, drivers could experience other anomolous behavior, including unintended wiper operation, an illuminated air-bag warning light, and/or inoperable switches.

    This Dodge Charger is one of a number of vehicles that may need to have the alternator replaced.
    The second of the two recalls involves an electrical problem with the alternators on 565,647 vehicles, including some 2011-2014 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, Dodge Challenger coupes, Dodge Durango SUVs and some 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs that have electro-hydraulic power steering.

    The problem can affect the vehicles' anti-lock braking system and electronic-stability control. The basic brake functionality is not affected though, according to Fiat Chrysler.

    Drivers would possibly see a warning light on the instrument cluster, or they may see smoke or possible smell a buring odor.

    The manufacturer has stated they will notify affected vehicle owners by mail and the owners can take their vehicles to a Fiat Chrysler dealership to have the problems repaired for free.

    Customers can call the Fiat Chrysler recall information center at 800-853-1403 for more information.

    Read more: Fiat Chrysler issues 2 recalls affecting more than 1.3 million vehicles globally

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    Faulty parking brakes affect nearly 228,000 Mazda cars
    A newly announced recall from Mazda, which will begin on Auguast 21st of 2017, affects the parking brakes of certain Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 vehicles.

    A 2014 Mazda 6 like this one may have a dangerously faulty parking brake.
    For certain 2014 - 2016 Mazda 3 and 2014 - 2015 Mazda 6 vehicles with hand operated parking brakes, water can enter the brake caliper, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "...causing the parking brake actuator shaft to corrode and, in some instances, bind. This prevents the vehicle from engaging or disengaging from park fully...."

    If parked on an incline, the car could slide downhill and collide with pedestrians or bicyclists, or other cars.

    Mazda will begin notifying affected customers beginning August 21st, and will repair the defects for free at a Mazda dealership. For more information, Mazda owners may call the Mazda customer service number at 1-800-222-5500. The manufacturer's recall number is 1217F. NHTSA's recall number is 17V393000.

    Read more: Mazda recalls approximately 228,000 vehicles to fix faulty parking brake

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    More than 400,000 vehicles are affected by a recall for the Ford Transit
    This Ford Transit commercial vehicle is among the models that have been recalled.
    On Wednesday, June 26th, Ford issued a recall for over 400,000 Ford Transit commercial vehicles, both vans and chassis cabs, for the 2015 - 2017 models that were built between at their assembly Plant in Kansas City, Missouri.

    The problem lies in a faulty coupling for the driveshaft, which can crack and brake, causing the driveshaft to separate, which could then result in a loss of power, unintended vehicle movement and/or damage to the brake and/or fuel lines.

    The recall is expected to cost Ford roghly $142 million to remedy. Ford doesn't have a permanent fix for the problem, but stated that the defect dorsn't manifest itself until the vehicle has been driven for at least 30,000 miles on the defective part, so they will replace the parts for free, every 30,000 miles, until a permanent solution is made available.

    Customers of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail and Ford recommends that these customers immediately bring their vehicles to a Ford dealership to have them repaired for free. Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673 - Ford's reference number for the recall is 17S15.

    Read more: Ford recalls more than 400,000 vehicles over driveshaft problem

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    Defective Power Inverter Modules prompt Chrysler to issue recall on some 2017 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicles
    Beginning on July 24th, 2017, owners of certain 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicles will start receiving recall notices for affected vehicles.

    A 2017 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicle like this one, could have a defective Power Inverter Module.
    A diode inside the Power Inverter Module (PIM) could fail if it receives a higher than normal amount of voltage. Upon failure, the vehicle will no longer move under its own power, which could be a hazard if the vehicle is on the road when this happens.

    Chrysler is still finalizing plans for correcting the defect in the estimated 1,350 affected vehicles.

    Owners of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicles can contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 and reference recall number T34 for additional information.

    Read more: Chrysler Announces Recall of Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

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    The latest recall by Hyundai sees almost 600,000 vehicles affected
    Vehicles like this 2015 Genesis are among those that have been recalled.
    Right on the heels of their April recall of almost a million vehicles, Hyundai has issued a new batch of recalls of nearly 600,000 vehicles across four model lines.

    Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUV's from 2013 through 2017 have a potentially defective hood latch. HHTSA has stated that the actuator cable associated with that latch "may corrode and bind," which could lead to the seconday latch remaining in the open position when the hood is closed.

    Genesis and Sonata cars built in 2015 and 2016 could experience corrosion of a parking brake switch, resulting in the parking brake warning light failing to light up.

    Hyundai has said they will notify owners by June 30, 2017 to start fixing the recall issues, which will be repaired for free at a Hyundai dealership.

    For more information, contact Hyundai's Customer Service line at 1-855-671-3059 or call your local Hyundai dealership.

    Read more: Hyundai recalls 600,000 vehicles: Santa Fe, Sonata, Santa Fe Sport, Genesis

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    Faulty seat belts prompt Hyundai to issue recall on almost One Million Sonata sedans
    Starting April 7th, 2017, Hyundai will start to recall almost one million Sonata gasoline and hybrid sedans built in the United States due to faulty seat belts.

    Sonatas like this 2013 model are among the affected vehicles.
    Hyundai states that perhaps only 1% of the 977,779 Sonata sedans may actually have a defective part. An error in how the seat belts are anchored to their moorings may result in the seat bely failing to hold in a collision. Hyundai has stated that they are only aware of one reported case related to this defect.

    Sonatas built from December 11, 2009 until May 29, 2014 are affected by this recall. Affected owners should be informed by mail, however, you can use the link at the bottom of this article to check the VIN number of your car to find out if this (or any other recall) pertains to your car. Hyundai dealers will fix this defect for free, and they state that the repair time should not be more than a couple days.

    Read more: Hyundai Recalls Nearly One Million Sonata Sedans Due To Faulty Seat Belts

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    Ford issues recall for nearly 53,000 F-250 series trucks
    F-250 trucks like this one are included in Ford's latest recall.
    Ford has issued a recall for almost 53,000 F-250 series truck that were built at it's Kentucky Assembly Plant from Oct. 9, 2015 until March 30, 2017.

    Ford stated in a news release that: "In the affected vehicles, a damaged park rod actuating plate might not achieve mechanical park within the automatic transmission after the driver moves the shift lever to park." In the release, Ford also said: "If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement with the gear selector in park without warning, increasing the risk of injury or crash."

    Drivers are urged to use their parking brake while parked, until the vehicle can be taken to a Ford dealership to be fixed, which Ford dealerships will repair for free.

    Read more: Ford recalls 53,000 trucks due to risk they could roll away while in park

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    Defective airbags find their way into repaired BMWs, spurring a recall
    Over 230,000 BMWs contain Takata's potentially deady airbag inflators, BMW has confirmed.

    Some 5 Series BMWs are among the affected vehicles
    German parts maker Petri AG was purchased by Takata in 2000, and since then, Takata PSDI-4 inflators have been used to repair many 2000 to 2002 BMW 3 Seies cars, 2001 to 2002 5 Series cars, and also 2001 to 2003 X5 SUVs.

    BMW stated that vehicles may have had a driver's air bag replaced with a Takata inflator after a crash or in a previous recall. Many Takata inflators have exploded with more force than intended by design, causing the units to send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment. At lease 17 recorded deaths have been caused by these defective airbag units and led to the largest automotive safety recall in history.

    "NHTSA should request information from all manufacturers that have Petri airbags, at a minimum," stated Michael Brooks, acting executive director at the Center for Auto Safety, a Washington-based advocacy group. "If the Takata airbags have been replacing Petri airbags, they have to figure out the entire population of affected vehicles and have them inspected and replaced if necessary."

    BMW wrote in government documents that it discovered the problem in late November after a customer inquired about the maker of the inflator in their 3 Series sedan. They discovered that some 14,600 Takata air bag modules were shipped to the U.S. to be used as replacement parts, between 2002 and 2015.

    BMW Dealers will inspect the air bag systems and replace them for free if they were manufactured by Takata. BMW will begin notifying owners starting March 15, 2017.

    Read more: CBS News: BMW Recalling 230K Vehicles That May Have Takata Air Bags

    Consumer Reports: Everything you need to know about the Takata airbag recall

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    Nissan recalls more than 341,000 Altimas with rear door latching problems
    This is an example of a 2016 Nissan Altima with the dangerous rear door latch defect.
    A recall notice was submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Jan. 18, which covers over 341,000 of the mid-size Altima sedans. A problem with the rear side windows in some vehicles manufactured between Sept. 17, 2015, and Oct. 6, 2016 have a problem with the rear window that causes the door to suddenly open.

    According to the NHTSA defect bulletin reported by The Car Connection, "During the trim panel installation process in the subject Altima vehicles, the latch-lock cable may not have been routed properly in the rear door.... In certain situations, the cable may interfere with the window regulator causing the rear passenger door to unlatch and inadvertently open when the mechanism is lowered to open the window."

    Essentially, if this interference exists in your car, your door could suddenly open when you press the switch to lower the window. If your car is moving, especially if it's in traffic, injuries or death could occur to both passengers in your car, as well as nearby vehicles, if the door were to swing out and hit another car.

    Nissan dealerships will repair the problem for free, and owners will be notified by mail, although at the time of this article, an extact time frame has not been given as to when the notifications will begin. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 for more details.

    Read more: 2015-2017 Nissan Altima Recall: Over 341,000 Vehicles Have Rear Door & Latch Problem

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    Two separate issues prompt recall of over 576,000 Audi vehicles
    Audi has issued recalls for two separate issues, affecting a combined total of over 576,000 vehicles.

    The 2014 Audi A6 sedan is one of the vehicles affected by the recalls
    The first recall is due to airbags which can potentially rupture due to a design defect in models with a panoramic sunroof. This is different than the major issue with Takata airbag inflators or a drying-agent issue. "If the water drainage system of the panoramic sunroof becomes damaged or impaired, e.g., during a repair, water could enter the side head curtain airbag canister," the NHTSA states. Over time, this could lead to deterioration and fracturing of the airbag canister, resulting in fragments being propelled into the passenger compartment, resulting in injury or death of passengers. This recall specifically affects roughly 234,000 Audi Q5 SUVs that were manufactured from 2010 to 2016. Owners can contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834 and ask about recall #69P1, or you can call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #17V001000.

    The second recall arises from a coolant pump that can overheat due to blockage, on six Audi models with a 2.0L TFSI engine, which could lead to a fire, potentially resulting in injury or death.

    The affected models include:
    • 2013-16 Audi A4 sedans produced between Feb. 20, 2012 and Dec. 8, 2015
    • 2013-17 Audi A5 cabriolets produced between March 9 2012, and Dec. 16, 2016
    • 2013-17 Audi A5 coupes produced between March 8, 2012 and Nov. 19, 2016
    • 2012-15 Audi A6 sedans produced between April 4, 2011 and Dec. 22, 2014
    • 2013-17 Audi Q5 SUVs produced between July 4 2013 and Dec. 20, 2016
    • 2013-16 Audi A4 Allroad wagons produced between March 12, 2012 and April 1, 2016
    Audi should start notifying vehicle owners soon and will repair the vehicles for free, with the recall expected to commence by February 20, 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. The recall number for the coolant pump is 19M1. Owners can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #17V002000.

    Read more: Over 576,000 Audis recalled for fire and airbag-rupture risks

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    Honda recalls more than 600,000 Odyssey minivans
    for unsafe seat release levers
    Honda recalls over 600K Odyssey minivans with unsafe seat release levers.
    Two recalls announced by Honda, for approximately 640,000 vehicles, affect seat adjustment levers which could leave seats in a position where they could move unexpectedly, causing injuries.

    Some minivans have a release lever for the outboard seats in the second row, which can stay in the unlocked position and seats could move unexpectedly while occupied by passengers.

    Other Odysseys have a center seat in the second row with a horizontal adjuster bar that could stick in the unlocked position, allowing that seat to slide. If the seat is occupied, people could be injured or killed.

    Honda will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles beginning in January of 2017. Honda dealers will fix these problems free of charge. Owners can contact Honda Customer Service at 1-888-234-2138.

    Read more: Honda recalls 600K Odyssey minivans

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    Ford recalls Trucks, Taurus, Flex, Explorers and Police Interceptors

    A Ford police interceptor
    As of December 21st, Ford has issued recalls for a number of vehicles, including over 8000 2017 Super Duty trucks that do not contain a proper fuel tank strap reinforcement.

    A separate recall is affecting some 1,300 2016 Ford Taurus sedans, 2016-17 Flex crossovers, 2016-17 Lincoln MKT crossovers, and 2017 Explorers and Police Interceptor Utilities with leaky turbocharger oil supply tubes.

    With both of these recalls, defective parts could lead to fires that could injure or kill passengers. The majority of vehicles were sold in the United States.

    For both recalls, Ford dealers will fix the affected systems for free

    Read more: Ford recalls 8,000 2017 Super Duty trucks for fuel strap reinforcement.

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    Ford recalls 680,000 cars for seat belts that may not hold in a crash
    Ford recalls approx. 680,000 vehicles with faulty safety belts.
    A recall announced by Ford, for approximately 680,000 vehicles, affects certain owners of 2015-2016 Ford Mondeo, 2013-2016 Ford Fusion, and 2013-2015 Lincoln MKZs.

    Cables for the seat belt system can fail, causing the seat belts not to hold, when they are needed in a crash. Seat belt failures can cause serious injuries, including permanent facial disfiguration, blindness, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, epilepsy, or even death.

    Ford has stated they are aware of two injuries attributed to this problem so far.

    You can take your car to any Ford dealer, if your vehicle is affected, to have this safety defect fixed free of charge. The recall should commence Jan. 16, 2017.

    Read more: ABC News: Ford Recalls 680,000 Cars; Seat Belts May Not Hold in Crash

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    Park outside, if you own a Sportage," warns Kia

    A 2009 Kia Sportage, which could catch fire
    Some 2009 Kia Sportages could catch fire and cause a home, apartment building, or other structures to burn, killing anyone inside.

    Kia recently announced the recall, which affects roughly 72,000 owners of 2008 - 2009 Sportage SUVs.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that water with road salt can seep into the braking control computer, causing a short which could lead to catching on fire.

    After receiving a number of complaints about this problem, Kia began notifying its customers about the recall on Nov. 28th, 2016. The letters will include instructions to "park your vehicle outdoors and away from other vehicles or structures until you have the recall repair performed."

    Customers will be able to bring their Sportage to any Kia dealer for free repairs, and Kia says customers can call 800-333-4542 with questions about the recall.

    Read more: TWC News: Kia Warns Sportage Owners to Park Outside.

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    Fiat Chrysler announces new safety recalls over fires, stalling
    Auto manufacturer Fiat Chrysler announced the company is recalling about 74,833 vehicles in the United States to replace the alternators because of a defect that could cause the engine to stall in traffic, or cause the vehicle to catch on fire.

    The defect involves alternators with malfunctioning diodes that could short-circuit.

    The vehicles that have the defective diodes include: 2007-2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups; 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs; and 2011-2014 Dodge Charger Pursuits.

    The recall also includes 10,077 vehicles in Canada, 1,088 in Mexico and 134 outside North America.

    Honda and Takata Conducted Stealth Air Bag Fix

    An exploded Takata air bag
    According to Reuters, as reported in Automotive News, "In August of 2009, after ruptured airbag inflators in Honda vehicles were linked to least four injuries and a death, the automaker quietly requested a design change and did not notify U.S. regulators, Honda confirmed in response to inquiries from Reuters.

    Honda Motor Co. asked supplier Takata Corp. to produce a "fail-safe" airbag inflator, according to Takata presentations and internal memos reviewed by Reuters.

    The previously undisclosed redesign could make Honda and Takata more vulnerable in more than 100 pending federal lawsuits and dozens more state suits, according to several legal experts and an attorney suing the companies. The request shows that Honda understood the safety risks posed by the inflators long before it started expanding recalls by the millions in 2014, the attorneys and law professors said."

    Read more: Reuters: Honda and Takata Conducted Stealth Airbag Fix in 2009.

    Ford F-150 pickups under federal scrutiny over faulty brakes
    Ford F-150: bad brakes?
    Consumer complaints are mounting about brake failures in Ford's F-150 pickups, the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. Some F-150 owners describe brakes that fail to slow the trucks, even when the pedal is pressed to the floor.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has demanded documents from Ford about the problem. So far, Ford has not issued a safety recall.

    A safety investigation may result in NHTSA's compelling Ford to issue a safety recall.

    Read more: Detroit News: U.S. Investigates Ford F-150's for brake failure

    GM recalls 3,300 large pickups and SUVS over stalling
    2015 Chevy Suburban is one of the recalled vehicles
    General Motors is recalling 3,300 large pickup trucks and SUVs that may stall in traffic, also shutting off the air bags.

    The trucks have ignition lock gears that may slip into the "accessory" position, causing stalling in traffic without warning. The affected vehicles are 2014 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras and 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs.

    GM is required to pay for the recall repairs, at no cost to the owners of the cars.

    You should receive a written safety recall notice from GM in the mail, but as an added precaution, it's a good idea to check the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be sure.

    Here's where to check:

    Hyundai recalls 27,700 midsize and compact cars over coil spring defect
    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road salt could corrode the front coil springs of the faulty cars, which could lead them to fracturing, puncturing a tire and increasing the risk of a crash.

    2010 Hyundai Sonata is one of the affected vehicles
    The recall covers Sonatas manufactured between December 2009 -- February 2010 and Elantras produced between November 2010 -- March 2011.

    The vehicles were sold or are currently registered in the "salt belt," which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri.

    You should receive a written safety recall notice from GM in the mail, but as an added precaution, it's a good idea to check the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be sure. Here's where to check:

    Hyundai is required to pay for the recall repairs, at no cost to the owners of the cars.

    You should receive a written safety recall notice from Hyundai in the mail, but as an added precaution, it's a good idea to check the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be sure.

    Here's where to check:

    Kia recalls 377,062 Sorento cars that may roll out of control
    Kia is recalling model year 2011-2013 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured 19 October 2009 to 31 January 2013. In the recalled cars, the brake-shift interlock mechanism may chip or crack, allowing the transmission to shift out of "Park" without the brakes being depressed. That means that the vehicles may unintentionally shift out of Park, allowing them to roll away on their own, which may result in a crash.

    The vehicles also fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection."

    Kia is required to pay for the recall repairs, at no cost to the owners of the cars.

    You should receive a written safety recall notice from Kia in the mail, but as an added precaution, it's a good idea to check the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be sure.

    Here's where to check:

    Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 900,000 Jeeps, Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont SUVs
    After seven injuries caused by inadvertent air bag deployments, Fiat Chrysler is recalling 352,000 older model SUVs -- 2003 Jeep Liberty and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees --- to replace their Occupant Restraint Control modules and/or side-impact sensors.

    Fiat Chrysler said that "new ORC modules are being developed for the upgrade. Some vehicles also may require new front- and/or side-impact sensors to accommodate software compatibility.”

    A Jeep assembly line
    Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler recalled 928,000 vehicles for an identical defect, to correct a repair that the company performed as part of a 2012 recall. That recall covered 2002-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 2002-2003 Jeep Liberties, and 2003-2004 Dodge Vipers. However, the company said the vehicles recalled Friday were not included in the earlier air bag recalls.

    This new recall covers 284,000 vehicles in the United States, 20,000 in Canada and Mexico and 48,212 outside North America.

    Fiat Chrysler is also recalling nearly 542,000 model year 2012-2015 Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont SUVs, to because of problems that can disable the anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, increasing the risk of crashes, including rollover collisions.

    Fiat Chrysler was hit earlier this year with a record-setting $105 million penalty over its mishandling of 23 recall campaigns covering 11 million vehicles, including concealing deaths and injuries in its vehicles from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    Under federal law, Fiat-Chrysler is required to notify customers, and provide repairs at no cost to the owners. However, many recall notices are sent to the wrong address, or never sent, particularly to owners who purchased used cars. So if you own a Fiat-Chrysler vehicle that is on the safety recall list, it's a good idea to check your car's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) yourself periodically for recalls.

    Here's where to check:

    If your vehicle was recalled, but you experience difficulty getting the manufacturer to cover the cost of the repairs, it's a good idea to file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here's where to file a complaint:

    Honda Motor Co. recalls new 2016 CR-V small sport-utility vehicles due to potentially deadly Takata air-bag defect
    Honda announced yet another air bag recall, because of a manufacturing defect in a metal housing surrounding the driver’s air-bag inflator. If the air bag deploys in crash, “the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death."

    A Honda CR-V assembly line
    Earlier Takata air bag defects led to the largest-ever U.S. automotive safety recall, which now involves more than 19 million vehicles produced by 12 manufacturers. A total of 23 million defective inflators need to be replaced, but less than a quarter of the affected cars in the U.S. have been repaired, NHTSA said in an Oct. 22 briefing in Washington.

    The new CR-V recall involves 515 vehicles.

    Under federal law, Honda is required to notify customers, and provide repairs at no cost to the owners. However, many recall notices are sent to the wrong address, or never sent, particularly to owners who purchased used cars. So if you own a Honda that is on the safety recall list, it's a good idea to check your car's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) yourself periodically for recalls.

    Here's where to check:

    If your vehicle was recalled, but you experience difficulty getting Honda to cover the cost of the repairs, it's a good idea to file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here's where to file a complaint:

    Read more: Bloomberg report

    Ford issues safety recall of over 130,000 Mustangs, Edge, Lincolns, and
    E-series cabs
    Ford Motor Co. announced that it is recalling 110,636 model year 2009-2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers in the U.S. and another 18,187 in Canada for “possible corrosion under the reinforcement brackets where the fuel tank is mounted.” The rust can result in a fuel leak, potentially resulting in a fire.

    The recall covers models sold or registered in “corrosion states and provinces” only, meaning regions that use salt to clear roads of snow and ice. Ford is overlooking the fact that some members of the military and their families may be harmed, because they may have purchased and registered their vehicles in other states, and will not be notified, under this limited "regional" recall. Plus, of course, some of the owners may have moved.

    Ford issues safety recalls
    Ford is also recalling 1,906 model year 2016 Mustangs because occupant restraint parts that could have been damaged while shipping. The affected parts may fail to comply with federal child restraint anchor system standards.

    Ford is also recalling 72 model year 2016 E-series cutaway and chassis cab vehicles due to a trailer brake controller defect that could cause a crash.

    Under federal law, Ford is required to notify customers, and provide repairs at no cost to the owners. However, many recall notices are sent to the wrong address, or never sent, particularly to owners who purchased used cars. So if you own a Ford that is on the safety recall list, it's a good idea to check your car's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) yourself periodically for recalls.

    Here's where to check:

    If your vehicle was recalled, but you experience difficulty getting Ford to cover the cost of the repairs, it's a good idea to file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here's where to file a complaint:

    Older Mazda vehicles recalled over ignition switches that catch on fire
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified an ignition defect that affects 1.368 million older vehicles Mazda sold in the U.S. The vehicles date back to the late 1980's. Over time, grease accumulates around the contact points of the ignition switch. That can cause a short circuit, causing a fire.

    The recall will start this December, and includes these vehicles:
    • Mazda MPV models from 1989 to 1998
    • Mazda 323 models from 1990 to 19951
    • Mazda Protégé models from 1990 to 1998
    • Mazda MX-3 models from 1992 to 1993
    • Mazda 929 models from 1993 to 1995
    • Mazda MX-6 models from 1993 to 1997
    • Mazda 626 models from 1993 to 1998
    Under federal law, Mazda is required to notify customers, and provide repairs at no cost to the owners. However, many recall notices are sent to the wrong address, or never sent, particularly to owners who purchased used cars. So if you own a Mazda that is on the safety recall list, it's a good idea to check your car's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) yourself periodically for recalls.

    Here's where to check:

    If your vehicle was recalled, but you experience difficulty getting Mazda to cover the cost of the repairs, it's a good idea to file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here's where to file a complaint:

    Be sure to also let the CARS Foundation know if you run into roadblocks at Mazda, over covering repairs on older vehicles. We can sometimes get manufacturers to reconsider, by exposing them in the media or bringing their refusals to the attention of regulators. Contact the CARS Foundation here:

    Fiat Chrysler recalls Dodge Darts over slipping transmissions

    A 2013 Dodge Dart
    Fiat Chrysler recalling 23,688 Dodge Darts in the U.S. from model years 2013-2015 because the transmissions can shift into neutral without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. FCA said that a mounting bracket can disrupt a circuit board in the transmission control module and shift the vehicle into neutral. The engine stays on and the air bags and other safety features aren’t affected.

    A dashboard warning light may light up before the transmission slips, or there may be no warning at all.

    Under federal law, FCA is required to notify customers, and provide repairs at no cost to the owners. However, many recall notices are sent to the wrong address, or never sent, particularly to owners who purchased used cars. So if you own a 2013-2015 Dodge Dart, it's a good idea to check the VIN yourself periodically for recalls.

    Here's where to check:

    Fiat Chrysler recalls trucks over air bag and steering defects
    Fiat Chrysler announced the recall of more than 1.7 million trucks with air bags that can inflate without a crash, and faulty steering welds. 1.35 million model year 2012 -- 2014 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks and 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cabs have electrical wires that can short circuit and cause the driver’s side air bag to inflate without a crash. In some trucks, an air bag warning light may come on before the air bag inflates, but in others, there is no warning.

    Fiat Chrysler is also recalling 188,000 model year 2014 and 2015 Ram Quad Cab pickups. The manufacturer says the side curtain air bags fail to comply with federal safety standard aimed at protecting rear passengers in rollover collisions. Testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the air bags fail to prevent rear passengers from striking a roof support pillar. Fiat Chrysler has not yet developed a repair that addresses this defect. Owners should contact their local dealers to inquire about the availability of loaner cars, and if possible avoid having passengers riding in the rear of the vehicle, pending the repair. Of course, it's always important to wear seat belts, as well.

    A faulty weld in the steering system has led to another recall, involving almost 194,000 model year 2013 and 2014 Ram 2500 and 2500 pickups and 3500 Chassis Cabs. If the weld fails, steering components can come apart and cause steering loss. Fiat Chrysler said it knows of one crash but no injuries from the problem. The manufacturer said that owners of Customers will be told in October to take their trucks to dealers for an inspection, and if needed, the steering welds will be repaired. Dealers later will install a reinforcement bracket on trucks that weren’t repaired in the first phase, the company said.

    Ram pickups have been recalled frequently in recent years. The 2014 Ram 1500 has been recalled nine times.

    Volkswagen launches recall to remedy air bags that fail to inflate
    Volkswagen is recalling 420,000 model year 2010 to 2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan; 2010 to 2013 Eos and Jetta; 2011 to 2014 Golf and GTI; and 2011 to 2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles, because a faulty spring in the steering wheel assembly can rip a cable that controls the electrical connection to the front air bags. If that occurs, the air bags will fail to inflate when needed, in a crash.

    Volkswagen dealership
    The problem does not appear to be linked to the ongoing Takata air-bag recalls that have affected millions of other cars.

    According to VW, owners can expect to see an air bag warning light if the defect is likely to occur.

    To find out if your car is being recalled, don't wait for the recall notice, which may not reach you, particularly if you are the second or subsequent owner. Safety recall notices are often sent to the wrong address or may not be sent at all, if you are not the first owner.

    Here's where to check for the recall status -- a good idea to re-check every week, to be on the safe side: Simply enter the Vehicle Identification Number for your car. If the notice says the recall is "incomplete," contact a local VW dealer and schedule an appointment right away to get your car repaired.

    GM recalls 2010 Chevrolet Cobalts with defective air bag systems
    General Motors is issuing a safety recall for 73,424 model year 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt sedans to fix a safety defect in the wiring that may keep air bags from inflating when needed, in a crash.

    Today's cars are designed so that the seat belts alone do not provide adequate protection in the event of a moderate or severe collision. Fully functioning air bags are important for slowing the deceleration enough to prevent severe or fatal injuries to internal organs, spinal columns, ribs and collar bones, faces, and brains. Air bags provide cushioning that can prevent the head from whipping around, causing the brain to slosh inside the skull and damaging the brain. Air bags also reduce the risk of paralysis.

    If you have questions about this recall, you can contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

    If there are no repair parts available, the CARS Foundation urges you to insist on a safe loaner or rental car, pending repairs. Be sure to check the safety recall status of the loaner.

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