In the ever-evolving auto industry amidst manufacturing, quality control, and safety checks no system is entirely foolproof. Occasionally cars are shipped to customers with defects that can potentially lead to accidents, injuries, or even fatalities. In such situations, the remedy is often a product recall—a process that can be disruptive to both manufacturers and consumers alike. For this reason, staying up-to-date with automotive recalls is crucial for all stakeholders.
In the past month, a number of car manufacturers announced high-profile recalls affecting millions of vehicles, citing issues ranging from defects in power steering systems to suspension issues, degrading ball joints, potential fire hazards, failures around trailer hitch wiring, fast-wearing tires and windshield wipers and software glitch issues. This summary aims to provide a thorough review of the most recent automotive recalls, note the reasons behind them, and discuss the possible consequences for consumers.
How to Find Out About Recalled Vehicles
Identifying vehicle recalls in the United States is fairly simple, thanks to resources like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. Here's a simple process to follow:
Locate Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): Your VIN, a unique identifier composed of 17 characters, is specific to your vehicle. This code is usually found on the dashboard on the driver's side or on the driver's side door post. Additionally, your VIN can be found on official documents associated with your vehicle, such as your registration or insurance card.
Access the NHTSA Website: Navigate to the NHTSA's dedicated recall webpage, which you can find at www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.
Input Your VIN: On the NHTSA website, there is a designated area where you can input your VIN to search for any associated recalls. Enter your VIN into this field and select 'Check for Recalls'.
Review Recalls: If any active recalls exist for your vehicle, the website will display them. Each listed recall will include a brief description of the safety risk involved and the suggested remedy if one is available.
It is important to know that all safety recall repairs should be conducted at no cost to you by your vehicle’s manufacturer. If you are not the original owner of a vehicle, you are still entitled to free-of-charge recall fixes. So, it is always worthwhile to verify if you have any doubts.
Vehicle Model, Year & Batches
Moreover, it is essential to be aware that recalls usually impact certain production batches of vehicles, not every single vehicle of a given model or year. That is why it is imperative to check automotive recalls using your unique VIN because this ensures the most accurate results tailored to your specific vehicle.
Subscribe to Recall Alerts
Lastly, just because there are no active recalls for your vehicle, that doesn't mean that there won't be any in the future. Automotive recalls can be issued at any time. Therefore, it is a sound practice to check recall information periodically. To stay ahead, you can also subscribe to NHTSA's recall alerts. This service will send you email notifications about future recalls that could potentially impact your vehicle.
Which Vehicles Were Recalled in June?
The past month witnessed a series of recalls affecting various vehicles, from family cars and SUVs to luxury models and electric vehicles, with issues ranging across different components and systems. Understanding which vehicles were affected and why they were recalled is crucial for vehicle owners and it also gives insights into broader trends and developments in the automotive industry.
Latest General Motors Recalls
General Motors (GM) recalled more than 300,000 GL-, R-, and ML-Class vehicles due to a potential fuel leak that could cause a fire.
Latest Ford Recalls
Ford had a busy June. The following vehicle makes and models were recalled:
Ford Motor Company recalled nearly 49,000 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles due to a battery issue that could cause the vehicle to lose power while driving.
Ford also recalled almost 30,000 2022-2023 Ford Bronco, 2023 Super Duty F-250, and 2019-2023 Ranger vehicles because The Tire and Loading Information (TREAD) label on these vehicles may state the incorrect load carrying capacity, which could lead to an overloaded vehicle.
Ford also recalled some 2020-2023 Ford Escape, 2022-2023 Maverick, and 2021-2023 Corsair vehicles due to a manufacturing issue with the engine that could cause it to fail, resulting in an engine fire. The recall covers over 125,000 vehicles in the US and Canada.
Over 30,500 2022-2023 GM 2500HD, 2022 RAM 3500, Ford F-250, F-350, F-550, and 2023 GM 3500 vehicles were recalled due to corrosion on the remote control circuit board, which could cause the remote to stop working, making it difficult to lock or unlock the vehicle.
Over 638,500 2018-2023 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles were recalled in June because the rear head restraints may not have instructions on how to adjust them for optimal protection in the event of a rear collision.
Over 25,000 2022-2023 Ford F-150 BEV vehicles were recalled because the rear lightbar may not illuminate when the vehicle is put in reverse.
Ford recalled 366 2023 Lincoln Nautilus vehicles because the rear shock absorbers may have been manufactured incorrectly. This can cause the rear brake hose, rear axle half shaft, wheel speed sensor, and/or stabilizer bar end links to be damaged.
Ford also recalled over 14,452 2019-2020 Ford Fusion PHEV vehicles because the battery energy control module (BECM) may become damaged due to excessive voltage and current flow. This can cause the BECM to fail, which can lead to a loss of power or fire.
Latest Volkswagen Recalls
In June 2023, Volkswagen issued a recall for 3,791 2023 Golf R A8 and Golf GTI vehicles because the strut mount may deform. This can cause the front suspension to fail, which could lead to a loss of control of the vehicle. Latest Nissan Recalls
Nissan recalled over 18,000 2023 Nissan Rogue vehicles due to concerns that the rear seat belt fastener may not be properly secured, which could prevent the seat belt from properly restraining the occupant in the event of a crash.
Nissan also recalled 293,000 2021-2023 Nissan Rogue, 2022-2023 Pathfinder, and 2022-2023 INFINITI QX60 vehicles, for fears that the driver's powered seat may not be fully secured to the seat frame, which could cause the seat to move unexpectedly.
Nissan also recalled almost 121,000 2022 Nissan Sentra vehicles because the driver's side cowl area may have an improperly sealed seam, which could allow water to leak into the vehicle.
Latest Tesla Recalls
Tesla recalled a total of 135,000 2022-2023 Tesla Model Y vehicles due to a faulty bolt, which could cause the steering wheel to disconnect from the steering column, potentially resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicle.
In June Tesla also recalled 137,000 2023 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles because the pyrotechnic battery disconnect, which is designed to disconnect the battery in the event of a crash, may not function properly.
Latest Stellanis Recalls
The Stellanis Group also recalled over 700 2017-2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and 2018-2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vehicles equipped with carbon ceramic brakes for fear that the carbon ceramic brake rotors may fracture due to excessive clamp force during certain driving manoeuvres.
Latest Toyota Recalls
In June Toyota recalled over 156,500 2022-2023 Toyota Corolla Cross vehicles because the passenger-side airbag sensor may not be properly calibrated, which could prevent the airbag from deploying properly in the event of a crash.
The car giant also recalled 117,00 2023 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid vehicles because the lug nuts on the rear wheels may not have been tightened properly, which could cause the wheels to detach from the vehicle.
Latest Honda Recalls
Honda recalled over 1.3 million 2018-2023 Honda Odyssey, 2019-2022 Pilot, and 2019-2023 Passport vehicles because the rearview camera image may not be displayed.
Latest Mercedez Recalls
Mercedes recalled 38,000 2022-2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450, AMG EQS, EQS 580, and 2023 AMG EQE vehicles due to a software error in the electric drivetrain that could cause a loss of drive power.
Mercedes-Benz also recalled over 143,000 2021-2023 C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, CLS, SL, GT, GLC, GLE, GLS, and G-Class vehicles because the fuel pump may shut down unexpectedly, which could cause the vehicle to lose power.
Latest Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Recalls
FCA recalled up to 441,000 2022-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021-2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vehicles because the rear coil springs that may have been incorrectly installed, which could cause the springs to fracture.
Over 1.2 million 2014-2019 Ram 1500 and 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with 3.6L V6 engines were recalled because the crankshaft position sensor may fail, which could cause the engine to stall or run rough. The same vehicles had recalls due to a rearview camera issue that could prevent the image from displaying.
Up to 92,300 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles were also recalled due to a software error that may cause the engine to shut down without warning.
Latest Hyundai Recalls
in June, Hyndai, recalled over 63,000 2023 Hyundai Palisade vehicles because the brake booster diaphragm may be improperly aligned, which could cause a loss of power brake assist.
Hyundai and Kia have recalled over 2.9 million vehicles worldwide due to a software issue that could cause the engines to stall. The recall affects 2017-2022 Hyundai Elantra, Accent, Veloster, Sonata, and Santa Fe models.
Latest Mazda Recalls
In June, Mazda recalled over 34,000 2024 Mazda CX-90 vehicles because some steering and suspension bolts may be missing or improperly tightened, which could cause the steering intermediate shaft, the front anti-lock brake system (ABS) wheel speed sensor harness, or the front upper control arm to detach.
Latest BMW Recalls
BMW recalled over 22,300 2022-2024 BMW iX xDrive50 and iX M60 vehicles because the cruise control system may be unintentionally activated when the driver touches the gear selector.
17,000 2023 BMW 740i, 760i xDrive, and i7 xDrive60 vehicles were recalled in June because the front seat may have been improperly welded, which could cause the seat to break during a crash.
June even saw 12 recalls for Bugatti for their 2023 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport vehicles due to incorrect wheel installations on some of their vehicles. So, it does happen to the best of them!
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