A recall notice on your car is an inconvenient thing, but they happen to all makes and virtually all models. Even the makes with the best reputations, Honda, Toyota, etc experience recalls fixing safety issues. Generally, the recalls come in a trickle. Once in a while, though a rash of automotive recalls surprise consumers and carmakers alike. This month, June 2019, is one of those times. Here is a list of recalls plaguing the industry. If your car is on this list, expect a note in the mail sooner than later.
A fractured rear toe link can cause a sudden change in vehicle handling and increase the risk of a crash. Years Affected: 2011-2017.
Dodge Ram 1500:
The flash memory of the vehicle’s air bags and seat belt pre-tensioners. Disabled airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Years Affected: 2019-2020.
The driver and passenger head-level airbags may not have been properly aligned with the trim during installation. These airbags could be impaired during deployment. Year Affected: 2019.
The metal core of the steering wheel may have flaws which can potentially disable the driver’s airbag or cause it to deploy without warning. Year Affected: 2019.
Acura RSX and ZDX:
The front passenger airbag inflator may have been installed incorrectly. Years Affected: 2009-2014.
The passenger air bag deactivation indicator light may turn off incorrectly. Also, incorrect indicator warning lights may lead the driver and/or passengers to be unaware of deactivated airbags or unfastened seat belts, increasing the risk of injury. Year Affected: 2019.
The transmission shifter cable may degrade over time. The condition could allow the driver to move the shift lever to Park and not know that the action never took place. The vehicle could unexpectedly move, increasing the risk of a crash or injury to the driver and passengers. Years Affected: 2013-2016.
The brakes are deemed too weak for safety purposes, should the regenerative braking system fail. Years affected: 2019-2020.
Land Rover Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport:
The driver’s seat belt Emergency Locking Retractor may not lock as designed, leaving the driver vulnerable to serious injury if a major collision takes place. Years Affected: 2016-2017.
A loose battery ground connection may result in an intermittent loss of power steering assist and/or a stall, on Pacifica equipped with proprietary Chrysler engine stop/start systems. Years Affected: 2017-2019.
The front passenger seat Occupant Classification System could mis-classify an adult occupant as a child and deactivate the front airbag. Years affected: 2010-2013.
The internal acceleration sensor can misinterpret vibrations, such as from poor road conditions or a flat tire, as a malfunction and disable the vehicle’s airbags. Years Affected: 2017-2018.
The rear suspension toe link flange lock nuts may not have been properly tightened, possibly resulting in a sudden change in vehicle handling. Year Affected: 2019.
Chevrolet Silverado 2500, and 3500, along with GMC Trucks with the same number designation:
The engine block heater cord and/or the terminals that connect the heater cord to the block heater may short circuit and fail. A short-circuit may damage the engine components and increase the risk of sudden fire. Years affected: 2017-2019.
Water can enter the air conditioning blower control unit, causing an electrical short circuit. Years Affected: 2010-2016.
The wire harnesses for the side airbag sensors located in the front doors may crack and corrode, possibly causing the non-deployment or improper deployment of both the front seat side airbags and the curtain shield airbags. Years Affected: 2015-2017.
Jag to Yaris, and Porcshe to Pacifica minivan. Whew, that is a rash of automotive recalls over a short period of time, in this case, the last 2.5 months. Contact you dealership if your car is here. That will put your car on the top of the repair list, and get you safely back on the road. Gildshire always wants you to be first and safe.