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BMW Recalls 189,000 SUVs


BMW will be issuing a recall on their SUV’s due to a risk associated to the child seat anchor bars. The issue has been isolated to some European brands of children seats which use a mounting mechanism that can damage the anchor bars in the car. On a positive note, most North American children seats use a flexible anchoring system which does not damage the anchor bars.

BMW’s recall is strictly preventative in nature. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and weld in a reinforcing bracket to ensure the anchor bars cannot get damaged. Vehicles included in this recall are the 2011-2017 BMW X3 and the 2015-2017 X4.

Kia Sedona Recalled Hood Latch


Kia is issuing a recall on their Sedona which were manufactured between 2006-2014. The issue has been identified as a faulty primary hood latch which can rust and not close properly. This ultimately will increase the risk of an accident should the latch let go and release the hood while the vehicle is moving.

If you own one of these vehicles, we recommend you contact you local dealers immediately for more information. Dealerships will schedule your vehicle in for an inspection and the recall will be completed free of charge to the owners. The fix requires the dealers to inspect, lubricate the latch or replace the latch as needed.

Honda Goldwing gets Airbags Recalled


It looks like not even the two wheeled vehicles can escape the wrath of Takata’s airbag crisis. Honda’s only motorcycle which has a factory installed airbag is now being recalled for its faulty airbag inflators. The recall issued by Honda will impact a total of 2,701 motorcycles which were built between 2006 to 2010.

Like its four wheeled counterparts, areas with high humidity and frequent temperature fluctuations have been hit the hardest by the recall as the issue becomes much more prevalent under these weather conditions. If you own a Goldwing but unsure if this impacts you, we encourage owners to call Hondas information line at 1.866.784.1870 to get more information directly from Honda.

Rental Cars Must Get Recalls Fixed

rental car

As of yesterday, the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put a new law into effect which requires rental car companies to repair any open recalls on their fleet of rental cars. Why it took so long for a law like this to pass is beyond me. Any vehicle which is put to use on the road, whether for private or commercial purposes, should be 100% in compliance with all safety standards so they don’t increase the risk of causing accidents on the road.

The law now states that any company or dealer with a fleet vehicles larger than 35 must complete all recalls to their fleet prior to renting the vehicle out to a customer. For the family of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck, sisters who died in an unrepaired rental vehicle, they have to live with the aftermath of this lack of regulation in the past. According to Anthony Foxx, US Transportation Secretary, “When a family picks up a rental car on vacation, they should be able to expect it is free of any known safety defect.”

Chevy Fined for Selling Unfixed Recalled Cars

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

Federal laws prohibit dealerships from selling vehicles that have an open recall without first fixing the vehicles to ensure they conform to all safety regulations. When Sands Chevrolet of Phoenix, Arizona got caught selling unfixed vehicles, they were fined $40,000US and agreed to pay the penalty as part of their settlement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to Jerry Moore, the operator of the dealer, “It was something that happened a few years ago, and we’re moving on from it.” When the news of the dealer’s investigation made headlines back in 2014, it was said that the dealer had sold two Malibu Eco sedans which had not received the proper repairs based on the national recall campaign that was active at the time.

FCA Recalls Fiat 500e EV


FCA is recalling 16,549 Fiat 500e EVs that were manufactured between 2013 to 2016. The issue has been identified as a faulty engine management software in the vehicles. The specific problem is that the software could misread operating conditions and results in the computer shutting down the car’s engine.

Once the recall starts, FCA will get customers to bring their cars into their local dealership for a diagnosis. Technicians will resolve the issue by installing the correct software into the car’s computer to prevent the car from turning off. Currently, only U.S.-spec 500e EVs are affected by the recall.

Maserati Recalled for Failing Suspension


Maserati is issuing a recall on their 2014-16 Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans which has a build date between February 1, 2013, and September 18, 2015. This recall impacts approximately 26,464 vehicles in the US.

The issue has been identified as an improperly tightened bolt in the rear suspension which secures the tie-rod to the hub carrier assembly. If the bolt does come loose, it can be catastrophic as the suspension assembly will come apart and results in an imminent accident. So far no accidents have been linked to this recall.

If you do own one of these vehicles, it is recommended that you contact your dealership immediately. Technicians will inspect the suspension assembly, check the bolts for tightness, and replace any necessary parts to get you back on the road.

Ford Recalling 270,000 F-150


Ford is issuing a recall on their F-150s that were produced between 2013-2014. The issue has been identified as a faulty brake master cylinder. Specifically, brake fluid could leak from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster and affect the car’s ability to brake. This particular recall impacts approximately 270,000 vehicles.

So far, nine alleged accidents have been linked to this recall. No injuries have been connected to this issue. Ford will begin to contact customers through their dealerships. If your car is affected, bring it into your dealership where technicians will inspect your braking system and replace the appropriate braking components as needed.

Fiat 500 Gets Recalled


Fiat is issuing a recall on their 500 which impacts 39,217 vehicles which were built between 2012 to 2016. The issue has been identified as a faulty clutch release in the transmission which “may exceed design parameters” resulting in imminent damage to the mechanical parts of the transmission.

Fiats recall will require an upgrade to the clutch release systems in the 500. Once the recall begins, dealers will complete the service to the vehicles at no cost to the owners.

FCA Recalls Jeep Wranglers


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is issuing a recall on their Jeep Wranglers which were built between 2007 to 2010. The issue has bee identified as impacting the airbags. In total, 392,464 Jeep Wranglers are affected in the US.

Details released about the issue centers on an excessive amount of dust and dirt accumulating on the steering wheel which could weaken the clockspring in the steering assembly which ultimately increases the risk of the airbag not deploying in an accident. The Jeep Wrangler is naturally more susceptible to this because the car is constant open to the elements and used in rugged dusty environments.

The impacted cars will get inspected by the dealer and a new covers and shrouds in the steering assembly will be installed. If you own one of these vehicles, we encourage you to contact your local dealer as soon as possible.

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