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Ram Recalling 228,508 Trucks For Brake-Shifter Interlock Failure

Ram Recalling 228,508 Trucks For Brake-Shifter Interlock Failure

Safety device keeps transmission in park until the brake is applied

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is voluntarily recalling roughly 228,508 Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty pickups due to an issue with the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock on trucks with a column-mounted shifter. The system keeps the shift level from leaving Park without the vehicle’s key in the ignition and the brake pedal depressed.

The problem occurs when the BTSI system overheats, potentially occurring when the brake pedal is held for an extended time while the transmission is in Park. Once overheated, the BTSI system fails to keep the shift lever in Park without the brake depressed and ignition on. This means the at even without the key inserted, the truck could be shifted into gear or neutral, causing an unintentional roll-away.

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Ford Admits 2.3-liter EcoBoost in early Focus RS Models Burn Coolant

Ford Admits 2.3-liter EcoBoost in early Focus RS Models Burn Coolant

And, they have an excuse but no fix yet....

The pin has finally dropped on the Ford Focus RS’ beleaguered 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine. After months of investigating, Ford has acknowledged that the Ecoboost engine powering the hot hatch has an issue that causes it to consume coolant fluid. Speaking with Autocar, the Blue Oval admitted that the problem causes some 2016 and 2017 models of the Focus RS to produce “white exhaust smoke,” a by-product of burning coolant during cold running.

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Is Your Bugatti Chiron Being Recalled? You'll Need the "Flying Doctor"

Is Your Bugatti Chiron Being Recalled? You’ll Need the "Flying Doctor"

Concerns about improperly welded seat brackets are the reason for the recall

Owning a Bugatti Chiron affords you a different set of luxuries. That’s especially true when it comes to issues affecting the $3 million supercar, and the subsequent recalls that come with it. See, Bugatti doesn’t do recalls the way Volkswagen, Toyota, or even BMW do. When the Chiron has issues, Bugatti sends one of its “Flying Doctors” to your address, wherever you are in the world. This is important now because these Flying Doctors are expected to add on to their miles after the French automaker announced a particular issue surrounding the Chiron’s seat brackets.

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BMW recalls all the i3 models ever sold in the United States

BMW recalls all the i3 models ever sold in the United States

It’s still safe to drive them

BMW is recalling all the i3 EVs sold in the U.S., both electric and range-extended models, following results from a crash test by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). The German automaker is also stopping i3 sales until it can fix the issue. The small electric car failed a front rigid barrier crash with a five-foot-tall, 110-pound female in the driver’s who is not wearing a seatbelt. According to the NHTSA, this situation produces a marginally higher risk of neck injury. The recall affects all i3 cars sold in the United States from model years 2014 through 2018, which covers the entire production run for the U.S. market.

The recall will commence in January when all owners will receive a letter to take their cars to dealerships for a fix. BMW says that customers can continue driving their i3s until then, claiming that the car remains safe when the driver wears a seat belt. "While BMW’s compliance testing showed results well below the required limits, more recent testing has shown inconsistent results," BMW said in a statement. "Consequently, BMW has issued a recall and is working with the agency to understand the differences in the test results. A remedy is forthcoming."

Granted, the recall doesn’t seem like a big deal safety-wise (you are wearing a seat belt, right?), but it didn’t happen too often for an entire nameplate to be affected and called back. It will be interesting to see what kind of fix will BMW find for a safety issue like this one.

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Kia recalls 340,000 Souls for a fix yet again!

Kia recalls 340,000 Souls for a fix yet again!

Haven’t we seen this episode before?

Kia Motors America has recalled 342,381 Souls once again due to an unsuccessful steering issue fix that took place the first time. The first instance was in November 2015, making this the second recall in a span of two years. The recall is stated for the models manufactured between July 21, 2013 and September 30, 2015. These include the Soul and Soul EV’s.

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the pinion plug is not safely secured. This means the pinion gear could separate from the steering gear assembly, resulting in a loss of steering control. Despite identifying and acknowledging the issue previously, they were not able to rectify the problem completely. As per the report, "The driver will hear a clunking noise from the steering rack while turning the steering wheel."

Kia issued a statement saying that they are not aware of any injuries caused by the issue. Depending on the car, Kia will either secure the pinion plug correctly or, if required, replace the whole steering assembly. Dealers will begin recalling the affected cars in mid-November. While this is a voluntary recall, it may be noted that customers who have paid for the first repair will be reimbursed.

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BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW has been watching the reported problems for a while now..

BMW is recalling a whopping one million vehicles in North America over two separate issues involving fire risks. Both recalls include cars produced from 2006 to the 2011 model years. One recall covers 670,000 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011 model years, while the second recall is issued for 740,000 cars from 2007 to 2011 model years. The latter includes the 128i, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5, and Z4 models. Although these figures amount to more than 1.4 million units, BMW says the recalls overlap and cover about one million examples. Nearly all cars have been sold in the United States, while about 15,000 are from Canada. The recalls may expand to other countries in the future, but no specific announcement has been made as of this writing.

The first recall for the 3 Series models only will address a wiring issue for heating and air conditioning system. According to the company’s report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the systems may overheat and could increase the risk of a fire in the car. BMW has reportedly been monitoring the issue since 2008 and has made some improvements in 2011, but some incidents from 2015 and 2016, which led to injuries, prompted a mass recall. The second recall is about a valve heater issue that may cause damage to the engine compartment. No injuries or crashes related to this problem have been reported so far. All cars involved will have their wiring harnesses and valve heaters replaced at BMW dealers, free of charge.

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Don't Fall Out! Ford F-150's Doors Can Fly Open

Don’t Fall Out! Ford F-150’s Doors Can Fly Open

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks over door latch issue

Ford is issuing a safety recall for roughly 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duties from 2015 to 2017 over concerns the door latch can become inoperable, which could lead to the door not opening, or worse, the door flying open while driving. Ford says two mechanical problems can lead to the condition. One, the latch could become frozen and two, the cable running from the inside handle to the latch can become kinked. In either scenario, serious safety problems arise.

Basically, it boils down to the door not latching or unlatching when it shouldn’t. That’s bad, especially if somebody needed to enter or exit quickly, say in an emergency. What’s worse, Ford says the door could appear closed, yet the latch be unsecured. That could lead the door to fling open while taking a turn. Forget to put a seatbelt on, and somebody is leaving the truck in a bad way.

Thankfully, Ford says it has no reports of injuries stemming from this problem but is replacing door latches on a select number of aluminum-bodied F-Series trucks. These include the current-generation F-150 built from March 2014 up through the new 2017 Super Duty built in 2016. The full list of recalled trucks is below. The recall covers 1,101,107 F-Series trucks in the U.S., 222.408 in Canada, and 21,090 in Mexico for a total of 1,344,605.

Ford’s solution to the problem is installing a “water shield” over the door latches to prevent water from getting inside. Ford didn’t specify whether the latches freeze due to rust or if actual ice was accumulating in colder weather. Regardless, Ford dealership technicians will inspect the parts and repair them if necessary.

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Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Exactly three Escapes and four Explorers are affected

Ford just issued two of the smallest safety compliance recalls in history. The automaker has reason to believe three 2016 Escape crossovers and four Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles left the factory with defects, which could potentially cause harm to users. These laughably small recalls are juxtaposed against another recall announced at the same time. This one affects 402,000 Transit vans built between 2015 and 2017. While these larger recalls have seemingly become “business as usual” for automakers, it’s rare to hear a voluntarily recall for vehicles in the single digits.

In fact, only BMW has Ford beat, according to online information. It recalled a single – one, uno, 1.0 – 2017 X3 xDrive28i back in October of 2016 for an issue with its electronic power steering. Of course, I’m not counting boutique automakers with relatively tiny production numbers like McLaren, Pagani, and Koenigsegg. At the opposite end of the recall spectrum, the ongoing Takata airbag recall has entangled more than two-dozen automakers and nearly 70 million vehicles. The recall began in 2013 due to faulty inflators that could explode upon airbag deployment, sending metal shrapnel into passengers’ faces. Sadly, at least 11 deaths and more than 150 injuries have been reported in the U.S. alone. Thankfully, Ford has no reports of injuries resulting from the Explorer, Escape, or Transit van. So what exactly is prompting these recalls? Keep reading to find out.

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Transport Canada Gets Our Approval With HIlarious Star Wars-Related Recall

Transport Canada Gets Our Approval With HIlarious Star Wars-Related Recall

Get those AT-ATs fixed, Darth Vader!

Transport Canada may be one of the last places our Canadian friends will look to for some snickers and laughs these days, but you have to give credit to the government agency for embracing a little bit of humor on Star Wars Day. If you haven’t heard yet, Transport Canada issued a recall yesterday – recall #2017242 – involving serious powertrain defects to a number of All-Terrain Armored Transport Imperial Walkers, or as their more popularly known, AT-AT Walkers.

According to the recall notice, the AT-AT Walker’s central hydraulic system “could fail in extreme cold temperatures,” particularly in far-flung locations like Northern Canada or, you know, planet Hoth. Apparently, the issues with the hydraulic system could lead to a domino effect of problems for these walkers, including the malfunction of the walker’s laser cannon tracking and the overall ability of these massive metallic elephants to walk. If all these issues come into the fray, the walker’s are reportedly susceptible to crashing, thus causing injury or death to any unfortunate imperial trooper stuck inside. If the walker’s supposed issues aren’t enough to draw giggles, Transport Canada took its gag recall a step further by adding that 10,000 AT-AT Walkers are possibly affected. Who knew the Republic had that many AT-ATs to begin with?

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Super Limited Lamborghini Venenos Isn't Immune From The Recall Bug

Super Limited Lamborghini Venenos Isn’t Immune From The Recall Bug

Massive Lamborghini recall also includes five year’s worth of Lamborghini Aventador models

Just because a car that’s limited to just 12 units – three coupes and nine roadsters – and costs $4.5 million each, doesn’t mean it’s impervious to technical malfunctions. The ultra-limited Lamborghini Veneno found that out the hard way after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included the ridiculously powerful and obscenely expensive supercar among a list of Lambos that are at risk of catching fire.

According to a report, Lamborghini submitted to the NHTSA, issues in the fuel tank’s EVAP could cause liquid fuel to get into the EVAP system in certain circumstances. This includes filling the fuel tank to the brim and “particular handling situations.” We can only assume those handling situations include instances when a car’s fuel is getting splashed inside. Hard accelerations, perhaps? Super tight cornering? Sudden brakes? In any event, if the fuel does end up into the EVAP system, there’s a good chance flammable vapor can escape, which in turn could ignite and cause a fire.

In addition to the exclusive Veneno, the recall also affects 2012 to 2017 model years of the Lamborghini Aventador and all of its variants, of which the Veneno. All in all, a report from Bloomberg indicates that a total of 1,453 Lamborghinis are affected in the U.S. and around 4,500 units all over the world.

Like with most recalls (this one is without question is a high-profile one), owners of affected cars should expect to be notified by Lamborghini, which in turn will schedule an appointment to have the EVAP system fixed with all the repairs coming at no cost to the car owners. So if you have an affected Lamborghini Aventador or one of the 12 Venenos that are also affected, exercising caution when driving your cars would be a great idea. Better yet, why don’t you keep it under the sheets, at least until Lamborghini fixes the issues.

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Ford Recalls 2017 Super Duty over Fuel Tank Straps

Ford Recalls 2017 Super Duty over Fuel Tank Straps

Fuel tank could drop down should the straps break

Ford has issued a voluntary safety recall for the all-new, 2017 Super Duty pickup. The recall includes roughly 8,000 pickups, which might have missing reinforcements for the fuel tank strap. Ford says that over time, the straps could separate from the truck’s frame, allowing the fuel tank to make contact with the ground, potentially leading to a fire.

Ford has no reported incidences from owners, so no injuries are associated with the recall. The affected trucks were built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between August 10 and September 17. Ford says 7,103 of the affected trucks are inside the U.S., while 964 are in Canada. Oddly enough, two more Super Duties are somewhere in U.S. federalized territories.

As with all recalls, vehicle owners will not be charged for inspection, repair, or replacement of the parts in question. Ford dealerships will inspect the fuel tank straps, checking for the presence of a reinforcement bracket on the No. 3 crossmember at the front of the fuel tank. If no bracket is found, one will be installed.

This marks the first recall for Ford’s new Super Duty. It’s highly doubtful this issue will slow buyers from snatching up the new model. Ford has released information saying Super Duty sales are up 33 percent in its first three months on the market. Truck-centric markets in Texas show an even bigger lead. Sales in Houston are up 38 percent, while Dallas sales are up a staggering 45 percent.

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NHTSA Investigating 1 Million Ram Pickups, Dodge SUVs for Rollaway Risk

NHTSA Investigating 1 Million Ram Pickups, Dodge SUVs for Rollaway Risk

More problems with electronics shifters, this time with the rotary dial

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investing nearly a million Ram pickup trucks and Dodge Durango crossovers over complaints registered against the rotary dial transmission shifter. The complaints allege vehicles roll away after being parked and point to the rotary electronic shifter as the culprit.

The news comes from Automotive News, which says FCA is cooperating with the NHTSA over the concerns. The NHTSA says it has reports of 25 crashes and nine injuries from owners claiming their vehicles rolled away after being parked. No deaths have been reported in relation to the rotary shifter issue. That is in contrast to FCA’s previous electronic shifter issues. Most notably, “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin was killed when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his steep driveway, pinning the 27-year-old against a brick pillar of his security fence in June of 2016.

Unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300, the Ram trucks and Dodge Durango in question uses the rotary dial rather than the joystick-like gear shifter. However, this now puts both versions of FCA’s electronic shifter into question.

The NHTSA is specifically investigating the 2013 through 2016 Ram 1500 pickup and 2014 through 2016 Dodge Durango. Both vehicles are equipped with the ZF-scoured, eight-speed automatic transmission that requires an electronic shifting mechanism. The rotary shift knob was designed by FCA.

Jaguar Land Rover also uses the same transmission with a similar rotary knob. The NHTSA is including roughly 39,000 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar XF vehicles within its investigation after seven reports of rollaway crashes. Four injuries were associated with the reports. The affected model years include the 2012 through 2014 JLR products.

FCA is urging owners of these vehicles to set the parking brake before exiting the vehicle. We’ll bring you more information as we have it.

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Does Your Hemi-Powered Ram Feel Underpowered? It Might be a V-6!

Does Your Hemi-Powered Ram Feel Underpowered? It Might be a V-6!

Ram issues TSB for wrongly badged Ram 1500s

Ram Trucks has issued a Technical Service Bulletin for an undisclosed number of 2017 Ram 1500 special edition pickups that left the factory with “Hemi 5.7-liter” badges mounted to their fenders, when in reality, the trucks were equipped with the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

According to Automotive News, TSB number 23-053-16 calls for FCA dealerships to remove the Hemi badges whenever an affected truck comes in for service. The TSB reads: "If the vehicle has Hemi emblems installed and the vehicle does not have a Hemi engine, the emblem will need to be removed." Owners will likely be notified of the issue, at least by the dealership completing the TSB at the time of service.

It’s unknown if the affected trucks also came with the $1,150 up-charge that corresponds with the Hemi V-8 option. If so, owners will surely see a refund check coming their way.

What’s worse, unwitting customers could feel duped by FCA or their local dealership. The potential for false advertisement lawsuits is real possibility. Hopefully Ram and dealership management will be able to quell customer concerns before legal action ensues. Perhaps these customers will get a great deal on a (truly) Hemi-powered Ram in a trade negotiation. We’d hope so, at least.

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NHTSA Issues Recall Of Jaguar F-Type SVR Because Of A Suspension Bolt

NHTSA Issues Recall Of Jaguar F-Type SVR Because Of A Suspension Bolt

It’s easy to laugh about it now, but the consequences are serious

Recalls happen in the auto industry far more often than most people realize. It could be any number of things affecting any kind of model, but if the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration deems it necessary, these recalls are going to happen time and time again. I say this because Jaguar has announced a recall of its most exotic model, the range-topping variant of the F-Type sports car, the F-Type SVR, over faulty suspension bolts.

Actually, the only defect is a single suspension bolt that connects the rear lower control arms to the knuckle assembly. The specifics of the defect wasn’t mentioned, only that if the bolt “fails,” the entire rear control arm assembly may separate from the car, resulting in a “loss of control and increased risk of a crash.”

There’s something sneakily hilarious about a recall for the Jaguar F-Type SVR being implemented because of a single suspension bolt, but the ramifications of not heeding the recall are certainly no laughing matter. As such, the recall for the 23 F-Type SVR affected units in the US, built between February 2016 to August 2016 US, should be treated with utmost importance.

The recall is expected to begin on December 19, 2016, although Jaguar will also notify affected owners ahead of schedule. Like always, owners are urged to bring their F-Type SVRs to their local dealerships, where the bolt will be replaced at no cost to the owner.

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Trio Of Safety Bulletins Issued For Slingshot

Trio Of Safety Bulletins Issued For Slingshot

The old saying that “trouble comes in threes” seems to hold true for North American Slingshot owners as Polaris Industries releases three safety bulletins that have resulted in a recall in Canada with the same probably on the horizon for U.S. Slingshot SL and SLR owners. When it comes to safety-related problems, I view the Slingshot the same way I view motorcycles; every problem is a safety-related problem. Even if you don’t share my pessimistic views on the subject, I think you’ll have to agree that all three of these rate as mildly alarming at the very least. The following recall numbers are for Canada, but we can probably expect similar numbers here in the States.

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Ford to Recall Mustang GT350 and GT350R Models For Shoddy Oil Cooler Lines

Ford to Recall Mustang GT350 and GT350R Models For Shoddy Oil Cooler Lines

Engine oil cooler assemblies will be replaced under warranty

Ford has launched a safety recall for 2015 to 2017 model years of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R over issues pertaining to potential oil leaks brought about by defects in the assembly of the engine oil cooler. According to the company, affected vehicles may have “insufficient crimps” on the hose of the engine oil cooler tubes, which in turn could lead to the hose separating in some fashion, resulting in oil leaking out of the car. You don’t need to be a car wizard to ascertain that such a scenario could lead to an engine failure or worse, an actual fire in the event the oil leaks in the presence of an ignition source.

Approximately 8,026 vehicles are affected by the problem including 6,523 models in the U.S., 957 in Canada, 346 in Mexico, and another 59 in federalised territories. Fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported pertaining to the issue, but regardless, Ford is still issuing the safety recall as a pre-emptive strike to fix the issue before this problem manifests itself in any one of the 8,000-plus affected models.

It must be noted that the recall comes directly from Ford itself and that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has yet to make its own recall announcement. This is important to remember because owners looking to see if their models are affected can only do so by contacting their local Ford dealerships and have their VIN numbers run to check for their respective status. Running the vin number in the NHTSA’s vin checker will yield no results.

In the event a specific model is included in the list of recalled units, owners are encouraged to inform their dealerships immediately. The dealers will take care of everything, including replacing the engine oil cooler tube assembly at no cost to the Mustang owner.

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BMW Issues the Smallest Recall Ever; One BMW X3 Affected

BMW Issues the Smallest Recall Ever; One BMW X3 Affected

I wonder just how they managed to single out this one examaple...

Normally when we announce recalls here at TopSpeed, there’s a good reason for it. Usually, it involves something major and should be taken care of immediately. It also normally accounts for a wide range of models or, at the very least, a significant number of vehicles from one model line. Well, today things are a little different, and the sheer intriguing nature of the recall was enough to convince me to tell you all about it. So, what’s so special about this recall? Well, it only affects a single example of the 2017 BMW X3. Yes; you read that correctly, it’s a single model. More specifically, it’s a 2017 BMW X3 xDrive 28i that was manufactured on July 7, 2016.

According to the NHTSA, the vehicle in question is equipped with electronic power steering (commonly abbreviated as EPS.) Apparently, the contact pins on the EPS control unit may not have been welded correctly, which could lead to increased electrical resistance in the connection that could lead to a fire. According to the NHTSA, the risk of fire is there even when the vehicle is parked, and the ignition is turned off. As always, BMW will notify the owner and will make the repair free of charge. If the build date and specific model happens to matche your X3, you can plug in your car’s VIN here to see if you happen to be that one lucky owner.

On a side note, if you happen to be that one person with a faulty EPS unit, reach out to us here. We would love to hear your story and your experience with the dealer that rectifies the situation.

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A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models

A New Round Of Recalls Are Coming For Certain BMW M Models

If Your BMW M2, M3, or M4 was recalled last January, it’s likely to be recalled again

Recalls are a hassle, but when one recall leads to another recall, that’s when things get annoying. Unfortunately, that’s the predicament certain owners of the BMW M2 Coupe, M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe, and M4 Convertible are now facing after BMW North America announced a new round of recalls for 2015 to 2017 model years of the aforementioned models, all because BMW dealerships messed up on a repair involving the rear differential during a previous recall last January 2016.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW dealers used the same rear sub-frame bolts to replace the rear differential on the M cars. The problem with that is that these bolts were designed to be used only as one-time-use fasteners, as per the automaker’s own vehicle assembly process. If they’re used more than once, there’s a good chance that the “clamp force may not be achieved when torquing down the bolts,” resulting in the possibility of them loosening as they wear out. When that happens, the car’s handling and control could be compromised, which could then lead to the possibility of a crash taking place.

All told, 66 units are potentially affected by the new recall, including five M2 Coupe made from May 31 to June 20, 2016; 32 M3 Sedans manufactured from June 17, 2014 to June 13, 2016; 26 M4 Coupes built from May 2, 2014 to June 14, 2016; and three M4 Convertibles assembled from May 29, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Fortunately, no incidents have been reported concerning the condition of the affected models.

It must be said though that the NHTSA has absolved BMW dealerships of any blame for the fresh round of recalls. Apparently, BMW didn’t give specific instructions to use new rear sub-frame bolts, which could’ve led to dealership engineers using the same bolts to replace the differential.

The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2016. In the days leading up to it, BMW will be notifying affected owners and certain dealerships of the impending recall. The latter is expected to replace the affected rear sub-frame bolts with new bolts without owners incurring any costs.

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More than 300,000 Toyota RAV4 and Lexus HS250H Models Recalled for Faulty Suspension Component

More than 300,000 Toyota RAV4 and Lexus HS250H Models Recalled for Faulty Suspension Component

This is the third recall for the same problem

In the world of mass-produced vehicles, automakers try to cut corners as much as possible as end pricing of new vehicles slowly increase. This being the case, it’s become so common for safety-related recalls that it seems there’s at least one serious recall each month of the year. Well, we’re only two days into September 2016, and sure enough, another recall notice manages to make its way to my desk. This time, Toyota is performing a recall for 2006 to 2011 Toyota RAV 4 models built between October 31, 2005 and September 7, 2010, and 2010 Lexus HS250h models built between July 6, 2009 and August 26, 2010.

While this is a safety related recall, it’s not as bad as some of the other recalls that have been announced this year. The problem involves the rear control arm on the aforementioned models. If, during a four-wheel alignment, the nut on the rear tie rods aren’t tightened properly, the threads on the tie rod can rust, and the nut could suddenly sheer off. If this happens, the wheel alignment is drastically affected can cause sudden loss of control.

This is a pretty serious problem, but you’re only at risk if the nut wasn’t tightened properly during the last alignment. As is the usual case with safety-related recalls, your local dealer can carry out the recall procedure which involves replacing the rear tie rods. The recall is expected to begin on September 30, 2016, and Toyota will notify all owners on record. There is a total of 337,449 vehicles affected.

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Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Recalls are just a way of life these days.

Recalls used to be something that didn’t really happen all that often, but these days, it seems like every manufacturer is taking a bite of shame pie. Ford is the most recent company to pop out recalls this month. Two of the recalls are safety related, and one is compliance related, leading to more than 100,000 vehicles affected. The first and most important involves Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and the Lincoln MKS and MKT models built for the 2013 to 2015 model years. These models, if equipped with the twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 could have a faulty fuel pump control module that could cause the engine to stall while driving, increasing the risk of an accident. A total of 88,151 of these vehicles are affected.

The next recall is also fuel related and involves the 2015 to 2016 Ford Transit with a 3.2-liter diesel engine. This model could have been equipped with a faulty fuel injection pump that could prevent the engine from starting. No injuries or accidents have been associated with this recall, but I’m sure a few owners have been pretty unhappy when their almost-new Transit failed to start in the morning. A total of 2,472 Transit vans are included in this recall.

The final recall involves the power window system of the 2017 Ford Escape. According to Ford, “the power window system configuration may exceed the regulatory requirement for remote actuation closing force, increasing the risk of injury.” So in other words, you, your child, or your dog could get one of your extremities pinched inside the window when it is being rolled up. A total of 23,150 examples of the 2017 Escape are affected and can be repaired with a simple update to the vehicle’s onboard computer software.

Before you call the dealer to schedule your appointment, you can head over to the NHTSA’s website and plug in your vehicle’s VIN to see if it is affected by these or any other recall campaigns on file.

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