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  • Ben Beck

May Automotive Recall News

In the ever-evolving automotive industry, recalls remain a persistent concern, highlighting the ongoing struggle between innovation and safety. The most recent spate of automotive recalls in the United States once again highlights this crucial issue. In the past month, several prominent car manufacturers announced recalls affecting millions of vehicles, citing issues ranging from defects in power steering systems to potential fire hazards, fast-wearing tires and software glitches. These recalls not only impact the brands' reputations but also raise significant questions about consumer safety and the automotive industry's ability to meet stringent quality and safety standards amidst the race towards technological advancement. This summary aims to provide a comprehensive overview of these recent recalls, the causes behind them, and the potential implications for consumers.


If you are a vehicle owner in the US, on this page, you can find out about the latest recall information and automotive recall news and carry on with your business.

How to Find Out About Recalled Vehicles

Checking for vehicle recalls in the United States is relatively straightforward and can be done through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Identify Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): The VIN is a unique 17-character code assigned to each vehicle. It can be found on the driver's side of the dashboard or on the driver's side door jamb. It may also be listed on your vehicle's registration or insurance card.

  2. Visit the NHTSA Website: Go to the NHTSA's recall webpage at www.nhtsa.gov/recalls.

  3. Enter Your VIN: On the NHTSA website, there's a field where you can enter your VIN to search for recalls. Input your VIN and click "Check for Recalls".

  4. Check Recalls: The site will display a list of active recalls for your vehicle, if any. Each recall will include a summary of the safety risk and the remedy, if available.


Remember...

Remember that all safety recall repairs should be completed free of charge by your vehicle’s manufacturer. If you are a second or subsequent owner of a vehicle, manufacturers are required to fix the problem free of charge, so it's worth checking if you are uncertain.


Also, keep in mind that recalls often affect certain batches of vehicles, not every single vehicle from a model or year. That's why it is so important to check using your VIN; it ensures the most accurate results for your specific vehicle.


Lastly, even if there are no active recalls for your vehicle now, it is a good idea to check periodically, as recalls can be issued at any time. You can also sign up for NHTSA's recall alerts to receive email notifications about future recalls affecting your vehicle.


Which Vehicles Were Recalled in May?

Recalls undeniably pose considerable challenges for vehicle owners, who often grapple with disruptions, safety worries, and possible monetary expenses. The broader auto industry also bears the brunt of recalls, encountering repercussions such as revenue loss, tarnished brand image, and potential legal complications.


Nevertheless, recalls are a crucial mechanism to uphold vehicle safety and preserve the public's confidence in the automotive sector. Through swift and efficient corrective measures, car manufacturers can mitigate safety risks, thereby safeguarding the welfare of drivers and all those sharing the roadways.


Latest General Motors Recalls

General Motors (GM) is recalling certain 2014-2017 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles due to a potential for the driver's airbag inflator to explode, which could send sharp metal fragments into the vehicle's cabin, resulting in serious injury. The recall affects approximately 994,763 vehicles in the United States.


GM has also recalled 668,187 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles because of a defect in the child seat LATCH system. The defect could prevent child seats from being properly installed, which could increase the risk of injury in a crash.


Latest Ford Recalls

Ford had a busy May. The following vehicle makes and models have been recalled:

  • Ford is recalling certain 2020-2023 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and 2020-2022 Lincoln Corsair vehicles due to a potential for the rearview camera image to not display. The defect could cause the camera to display a distorted image, which could make it difficult to see behind the vehicle, causing the driver reduced visibility when backing up, and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall affects approximately 422,000 vehicles in the United States.

  • Ford is also recalling certain 2004-2006 Ranger vehicles that received replacement front passenger airbag inflators under a previous recall. During a previous recall, the replacement front-passenger airbag may have been installed incorrectly. This may cause it not to deploy properly in a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger. The recall affects approximately 232,000 vehicles.

  • Ford is also recalling certain 2020-2022 Explorer vehicles that may have an incomplete powertrain control module (PCM) update. This incomplete update may cause the park system to be damaged, which could lead to a vehicle rollaway. The recall affects approximately 382,759 vehicles.

  • Ford is also recalling certain 2016 Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 vehicles due to a potential for the front airbag to not deploy properly in the event of a crash, which could increase the risk of injury to the driver or passenger. The recall affects approximately 310,203 vehicles.

  • Ford is recalling certain 2021-2023 Ford Bronco vehicles due to a potential for the seat belt latch to be difficult to access, which may encourage the driver or passenger not to wear their seat belt, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. The recall affects approximately 176,000 vehicles.


Latest Mitsubishi Recalls

Mitsubishi is recalling certain 2022-2023 Outlander and 2023 Outlander PHEV vehicles due to a software error that may prevent the backup camera image from displaying on the infotainment screen. This may cause reduced visibility when the driver is backing up, increasing the risk of a crash.


The same models have also reported defects in the power steering, which could cause the power steering to fail, making it difficult to control the vehicle.


These recalls affect approximately 90,000 vehicles in the United States.


Latest Jaguar Recall

Jaguar is recalling 6,367 I-PACE vehicles from model years 2019-2024 due to a potential for the high-voltage battery to overheat. The overheating could increase the risk of a fire. Jaguar will update the battery energy control module software free of charge.


Latest Mercedes-Benz Recalls

Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain 2022 EQS 450, EQS 580, 2023 Maybach S 580, Maybach S 680, and S 580e vehicles because the electronic stability control (ESP) software may malfunction, which can result in disabled vehicle dynamics control systems, including the anti-lock brake system, acceleration slip regulation, and electronic brake force distribution. A malfunction of the ESP system could increase the risk of a crash. The recall affects approximately 7,500 vehicles in the United States.


Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz has recalled 3,823 vehicles, including the EQE 350, S580e, and EQS models from 2022-2023, due to a software error in the high-voltage battery monitoring system. The error could prevent the driver from being alerted to a battery malfunction, which could increase the risk of a crash, injury, or fire. Dealers will update the battery management system software free of charge.


Latest Nissan Recalls

Nissan is recalling certain 2013-2017 LEAF vehicles because the Owner's Manual instructions for defroster operation are incorrect. This could result in reduced defroster performance under specific conditions, which could limit visibility out of the windshield, increasing the risk of a crash. Approximately 110,000 vehicles are affected in the United States.


Furthermore, Nissan is recalling certain 2023 LEAF vehicles because the right-hand brake tube may have been damaged during production and could corrode, possibly causing a hole in the brake line and a brake fluid leak. This can reduce braking performance and extend the distance required to stop, increasing the risk of a crash. Approximately 20,000 vehicles are affected.


Latest Hyundai Recalls

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2023 Genesis GV60 vehicles equipped with an all-wheel drive powertrain system. The rear driveshafts may fracture, which can result in a loss of drive power, which can increase the risk of a crash. The recall affects approximately 1,800 vehicles.


Latest Volkswagen Recalls

Volkswagen is recalling certain 2021-2022 ID.4 vehicles due to a potential for the vehicle doors to open unexpectedly. This can increase the risk of injury to the occupants or others. The recall affects approximately 35,325 vehicles.


Being aware of and tracking the latest recalled vehicles can prevent an accident and keep you safe on the road.

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