Every month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes a list of manufacturer recalls affecting motor vehicles and components. For October 2016, there were 95 new recalls on the list. This is an important service that contributes to safety on America’s freeways, highways and streets. Some of the most significant recall notices that appear in NHTSA’s October 2016 report appear below.
Has your vehicle been recalled? You can find out by visiting NHTSA’s recall search page and entering the model, make and year of your vehicle.
Kia Motors America is recalling certain model year 2016 Kia Optima vehicles manufactured November13, 2015, to April 23, 2016. The right front axle driveshaft may exhibit cracks at the wheel end area. If the driveshaft cracks and separates from the vehicle, it will increase the risk of a crash. Kia dealers will replace the front axle driveshaft, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC139.
Daimler Trucks North America is recalling certain model year 2017 Thomas Built Buses Saf-TLiner C2 school bus chassis manufactured November 25, 2015, through April 27, 2016. The brake transmission shift interlock feature may be inoperable making it possible to shift into a drive gear without first pressing the brake pedal. This condition can result in the vehicle moving unintentionally or rolling away, increasing the risk of injury or a crash. Daimler dealers will update the vehicle’s software, free of charge. Owners may contact Daimler customer service at 1-800-547-0712. Daimerler’s number for this recall is FL-726.
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles manufactured September 21, 2016, to September 23, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the knee guard bracket may not be properly attached to the steering beam assembly. If the knee guard is not properly attached and the driver is not wearing a seatbelt, the knee guard may not be able to properly restrain the driver’s lower body in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Subaru dealers will inspect the knee guard welding on each vehicle’s steering beam, replacing the beam as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTL-72.
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2010-2016 Genesis Coupe vehicles manufactured December 12, 2008, to June 11, 2016. The electrical harness connector for the front passenger seat Occupant Classification System (OCS) may dislodge when the seat is moved. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, the disconnected OCS would, by default, cause the first stage, and only the first stage, of the air bag to deploy, whether there is a child seat in the front seat and the bag should not deploy or if the crash is severe and both stages should deploy. Either scenario increases the risk of injury to the front seat occupant. Hyundai dealers will secure the OCS connector to prevent it from disconnecting, free of charge. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 151.
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2017 Versa vehicles manufactured August 1, 2016, to August 16, 2016. A seam in the fabric section of the side curtain air bags may tear during side curtain air bag deployment, potentially affecting the performance of the air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating side curtain air bag deployment, if the side curtain air bags do not deploy as intended there would be an increased risk of injury. Nissan dealers will replace the left and right side curtain air bags, free of charge. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Honda is recalling certain model year 2016 Honda Civic two door and four door 1.5L turbo and 2.0L vehicles. The electric parking brake (EPB) may not engage if it is applied immediately after turning the ignition off. If the EPB is not applied, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda dealers will update the vehicle’s software, free of charge. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is KC6.
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured June 16, 2015, to August 14, 2016. In certain crash conditions, the front impact sensor wiring may be pulled until it detaches before a signal can be received by the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC). If the ORC module does not receive a signal from the front impact sensor, both frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Chrysler dealers will reroute the front impact sensor wiring and relocate the impact sensor branch, free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S76.
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2016 Dodge Viper vehicles manufactured May 24, 2016, to August 28, 2016. The wires for the driver’s frontal air bag may be pinched. If the driver’s air bag wires are pinched, the air bag may not deploy properly in the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, increasing the risk of injury. Dodge dealers will replace the driver’s frontal air bag and clockspring, free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s recall number for this recall is S75.
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Prius vehicles manufactured August 6, 2015, to October 3, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with a foot-operated parking brake system that has a parking brake cable that may disengage. If the parking brake cable disengages from the mechanism and the transmission is left in a gear other than ‘Park’ while the ignition is on and the driver leaves the vehicle, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota dealers will install a clip at the parking brake cable end to prevent the cable from disengaging, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota’s number for this recall is G01.
Kia is recalling certain model year 2016 Kia Sorento vehicles manufactured March 3, 2016 to March 21, 2016. The driver’s seatback frame may have been produced with inadequate weld joints and, as a result, the seatback may not function as designed in the event of a rear-end collision. In the event of a crash, the driver seatback frame could break and fail to restrain a seat occupant, increasing the risk of injury. Kia dealers will inspect the welds and replace the driver seatback frame, as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC140.
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured November 18, 2015, to June 7, 2016. The fabric of the side-impact air bag cushion may tear during deployment. If the air bag tears during deployment, the air bag may not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash. GM dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the air bag module, free of charge. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 16079.
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling certain model year 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR vehicles built between February 19, 2016 and August 15, 2016. Due to assembly corrections during manufacturing, the bolts connecting the rear lower control arms to the knuckle assembly may fail prematurely. If the lower control arm bolt connecting bolt fails, it may result in a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash. Jaguar dealers will replace
the bolt that connects the rear lower control arm to the rear knuckle joint, free of charge. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar’s number for this recall is J076.
Mack Trucks is recalling certain model year 2017 Pinnacle CHU and CXU trucks manufactured March 9, 2016, to May 19, 2016 and equipped with Goodyear G399A LHS 295/75R22.5 LRG tires. The tires on the affected vehicles may have cured improperly causing an incomplete adhesion, possibly resulting in a partial tread separation and increasing the risk of a crash. Mack dealers will inspect the tires and if the tires are of the suspected lot, they will be replaced, free of charge. Owners may contact Mack customer service at 1-800-866-1177. Mack’s number for this recall is SC0405.
Continental Tire is recalling certain Crosscontact LX20 tires, size P275/55R20 111S, manufactured May 3, 2015, to May 9, 2015. The tires, sold as replacement tires as well as original equipment on certain General Motors full size trucks and SUVs, may have insufficient adhesion within the belt package. The insufficient adhesion can cause
partial or full tread/belt loss, increasing the risk of a crash. Continental dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. Owners may contact Continental customer service at 1-888-799-2168.
Vega Helmet Corporation is recalling certain motorcycle half helmets, models XTA and XTA Touring, manufactured from February 2013 through December 2014. The affected helmets may not adequately protect the user’s head in the event of an impact such as can happen during a crash. As such, these helmets fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 218, “Motorcycle Helmets.” In the event of a crash, the helmet may not adequately protect the wearer increasing the risk of injury. Vega will notify owners, and provide a full refund or a free replacement helmet. Owners may contact Vega helmet customer service at 1-800-728-4898.