Ford Explorers that were manufactured between 2011 to 2015 are under investigation by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a possible exhaust leak which is leading to heavy fumes inside the vehicle. The NHTSA has received 154 complaints of strong exhaust odors inside the vehicle which may lead to increased levels of carbon monoxide gases inside the cabin as well. Carbon monoxide exposure could be deadly to occupants.
According to Ford, they are working with NHTSA to investigate the issue and will respond promptly to any recalls that might be necessary to correct the issue with their Explorers. Customer complains that the exhaust fumes is particularly bad when the vehicle is under acceleration or load. Ford has been proactive and issued a technical service bulletin to service the Explorers when customers bring in their vehicles reporting similar issues. However, the fix has not been successful in fixing the issue and the exhaust circulating into the cabin continues.
Ford has issued a recall on some of their 2014-2015 Ford Explorer and 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles. The problem has been isolated to the rear suspension toe links which might have gone through incorrect welding during production which could cause fractures in the part.
So far one accident has been linked to this recall. When the suspension part fails, it can result in noises coming from the rear suspension, increased resistance during steering, or a worse case is a loss of steering control, which all can increase the risk of an accident.
Currently, the recall affects 81,036 Ford Explorers with a build year of 2014 and also Ford’s Police Interceptor Utility vehicles. Of those vehicles, 4,615 cars reside in Canada. If you own one of these vehicles Ford will notify you soon on the recall. Or alternatively, we would also recommend you contact your local dealers for more information.
Subaru is set to recall their 2015-2016 WRX and Forester 2.0XT. In total 18,200 examples of these cars are affected by the recall. Subaru identified the issue as a defective turbocharger intake duct which can crack and result in a poorly running engine.
The problem originates from defective materials which were used in the production of the intake duct. If you own a WRX with a production date between April 10, 2015, and October 21, 2015, or a Foresters with a build date between April 10, 2015, to October 20, 2015, contact your local dealers for more information about the fix.
Dealer service includes a full inspection of the turbocharger and the intake system. If the part is deemed defective, it will be replaced at no cost to the owners.
General Motors has issued a recall on 895,232 2014-2015 Silverados and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups in the US. The problem has been identified as a faulty steel cable that connects the seatbelt to the car. With prolonged use and repeated bending the part can fail.
So far, no injuries or deaths have been linked to this recall. GM has issued a fix for the seatbelt issue and dealers will inspect and replace the entire seatbelt tensioner assembly as required.
Owners of these vehicles are encouraged to contact their local dealers for more information as GM has not yet began their recall campaign.
Volkswagen and the Porsche group has issued a recall for approximately 800,000 Touaregs and Cayenne SUVs globally. The issue has been identified as a faulty component on the brake pedal assembly, specifically a circlip that could potentially come loose on the bearing bracket for the pedals. Currently, 391,000 Touaregs and 409,477 Cayennes with a build date between 2011 and 2016 are impacted by the recall.
If the circlip comes loose, the brake pedal could possibly lose its functionality. No accidents or deaths have been linked to the recall at this time. Owners of impacted vehicles are urged to contact their local dealership for more information.
As a car owner, we all at one time or another had to take our cars in for service at a dealership. Once you drop off your car, then comes the dreaded waiting of getting your car back. This could be a short 3 hours for a quick dealer oil change, or it could be days for a more substantial service. In either case, when the dealership can give you a loaner car to send you on your way that translates to one thing that makes for a good dealership experience. But that’s not where the life of a loaner car ends. It lives a dual life and can play a pivotal role in helping automakers sales numbers.
BMW pays its dealers to purchase new BMWs to put into their service car line up. On the surface, this tactic helps promote the brand, give customers a great service experience, and lastly boost sales. Under the surface, every new BMW sold is another unit added to the year end tally that helps the automaker gain the annual crowning achievement of most vehicles sold. One perspective is that this sales tactic is just padding the books. On the flip side, it simply boils down to smart sales technique.
Generally, BMW’s competition will look at this tactic in the former perspective, that BMWs year end total car sold number is indeed inflated by their service vehicles. This is not an uncommon tactic by automakers, its just that this year competition is crying foul as BMW has been quite aggressive to ensure they hold on to the crown. After accounting for all sales, BMW outsold Lexus by about 1,400 cars in 2015 and Mercedes by almost 3,000 in the US.
Nissan Motor Co. has issued a statement to recall about 870,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada. The issue has been identified as a potentially faulty hood latch. This isn’t the first time Nissan has recalled their vehicles for such an issue. More specifically, this is the third time the manufacturer has had to issue a recall of this nature since 2014.
The impacted vehicle is the Nissan Altima which were built between 2013-2015. The hood latch, specifically the secondary hood latch, may not close properly and leave the hood unlatched due to production issues with a rust coating. When the hatch is not closed properly, this could lead to the hood opening while driving which restricts drivers view of the road and may cause an accident.
Of the 870,000 vehicles identified in North America, 24,895 vehicles are located in Canada with the same problem. Starting in February, owners can schedule their vehicles into a local dealer where the hood latch will be replaced with a new unit.
For additional information, we encourage owners to get into contact with their local dealers.
Mercedes-Benz has identified an issue with the electric power steering control unit software in their C-Class line of vehicles. The faulty software can cause the power steering to fail resulting in the loss of power assistance to the steering wheel. Mercedes has issued a recall which impacts the 2015 C300 4Matic and 2015 C400 4Matic sedans with a build date between January 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014.
Owners will be contacted by Mercedes about the recall and to schedule their vehicle in to their dealer for the repairs.
A fuel line recall has been issued by Porsche Cars North America, Inc. which affects 21,835 vehicles. The recall is focused on 2015-2016 Macan S vehicles with a manufacture date between March 27, 2014, to October 27, 2015. The recall also extends to 2015-2016 Macan Turbo vehicles with a manufacture date between March 5, 2014, to October 27, 2015.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. says the recall is to fix a low pressure fuel line in the engine compartment that could possibly leak and result in a fire risk as it is isolated to an area with an ignition source. Owners will be notified to bring their vehicle in to their local dealership for the recall to be completed. Dealers will fix the problem by installing a redesigned and improved low pressure fuel line at no cost to the owners. Due to parts shortages, owners should have received initial correspondence from Porsche Cars North America, Inc. on November 9, 2015 and a follow up notification will be mailed once parts are available.
Owners are encouraged to contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243 for any additional information referencing recall number AF06.
The new C Class from Mercedes-Benz has been making waves since its introduction at the Detroit show earlier this year. Redesigned from the ground up, the new C moves upscale as the CLA Class takes over the entry level Mercedes-Benz moniker. Packed with features from the E and S Class, the new C redefines the luxury sports segment shared by the BMW 335, and the Audi S4. The question is, will the C400 4Matic be good enough to unseat BMW as the market leader?