January 2013 Auto Recalls

Vehicle Recalls

Ford Motor Company is recalling a number of 2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Ford Fusion vehicles. These vehicles are being recalled due to coolant system leaks that may cause the engines to overheat and leak flammable engine fluids. If these fluids come into contact with the vehicles’ hot exhaust systems, this could result in a vehicle fire. Ford Motor Company will notify the affected owners and dealers will inspect the engines for coolant leaks and then reprogram the powertrain control module and instrument cluster with an updated calibration and overheat strategy software at no charge. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company’s Customer Relationship Center at (866) 436-7332 for further information.

Honda has recalled a number of 2003-2004 Honda Pilots and Honda Odysseys as well as a number of 2003-2006 Acura MDX vehicles due to the failure of the interlock lever of the ignition switch which may deform and allow the interlock function to fail on vehicles with an automatic transmission. Removal of the ignition key when the gear selector of a vehicle with an automatic transmission has not been shifted to the park position can allow the vehicle to roll away and increase the risk of a crash. Honda will notify the affected owners beginning on February 7, 2013. Owners can contact Honda at (800)999-1009.

Mercedes-Benz has recalled a number of 2011-2012 S400, S550, S63AMG, C300, E350, GLK350, CL550, vehicles that were manufactured between April 18, 2011, and July 12, 2011 due to an irregularity stemming from the molding process of the fuel filter which may cause the fuel filter flange to crank when operated in high temperatures. If the fuel filter flange cracks, it will leak fuel which may lead to a fire if an external ignition source is present. Mercedes-Benz will notify owners and dealerships will replace the fuel filter free of charge. Owner’s may contact Mercedes-Benz at (800) 367-6372.

Hyundai has recalled a number of 2012 Hyundai Velosters with manual transmissions that were manufactured between July 2, 2011, and February 27, 2012, due to parking brake issues. Moisture and road grime may cause the parking brake components to bind which can cause the parking brake to operate improperly. The parking brake may drag while driving or may not fully engage when parked. If the parking brake is not fully engaged when parked, a manual transmission may move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a crash. Hyundai owners can contact Hyundai at (800) 633-5151.

Hyundai has also recalled a number of 2012 Hyundai Velosters equipped with panoramic sunroofs that were manufactured between November 1, 2011, and April 17, 2012, due to a weakened panoramic sunroof assembly. If the panoramic sunroofs assembly was weakened at the factory, the panoramic glass panel may break while the vehicle is moving which can lead to personal injury or crash. Hyundai will notify owners this month and Hyundai dealerships will replace the sunroof glass assembly as needed. Hyundai can be contacted at (800) 633-5151.

Jaguar Land Rover has recalled a number of2013 Jaguar XF vehicles manufactured between October 3, 2012, and October 12, 2012, due to the failure of the electronic modules which control the fuel pump. This defect can cause the engine to stall without warning while driving and may lead to a loss of power, a loss of power brakes, and a loss of power steering, each of which can lead to an accident. Jaguar Land Rover will begin to notify owners on January 18, 2013, and can be contacted at (800) 452-4827.

Porsche has recalled a number of 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 vehicles manufactured between May 15, 2009 and February 11, 2010. The rear wheel hubs may be prone to failure under certain driving conditions. Also, the original suggested maintenance intervals may be insufficient to prevent wheel hub failure. If the rear hub fails, there may be a loss of vehicle control which can increase the risk of a crash. Porsche will notify owners and Porsche dealerships will replace the wheel hubs on the rear axle free of charge. The service interval specifications will also be revised and owners will be notified of the new schedule. Owners can contact Porsche at (800) 767-7243.

Chrysler has recalled a number of 2013 Dodge Durango vehicles that were manufactured between April 27, 2012, and September 14, 2012, due to incorrect seating capacity information labels. The label may overstate the seating capacity which violates the requirements of FMVSS number 110. As a result, the vehicles may be filled over capacity which could increase injury during a vehicle crash. Chrysler will notify the affected owners beginning in February 2013 and provide free replacement labels. Owners can contact Chrysler directly at (800) 247-9753.

General Motors has recalled a number of 2010-2012 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured between November 9, 2009, and August 28, 2012, due to the failure of the hood latch. The hood may be missing a secondary hood latch and if the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly. If this were to happen while driving, the driver’s view would be obstructed and a crash could result. GM will notify owners beginning January 17, 2013. GM can be contacted at (866) 996-9463 and Chevrolet can be reached at (800) 630-2438.

American Suzuki has recalled a number of 2007 Suzuki XL-7 vehicles that were originally sold or registered in Arizona, California, Texas, and Nevada, and manufactured between June 13, 2006 and December 22, 2006, due to a potential for fuel leaks. The affected vehicles have a condition in which the plastic supply or return port on the fuel pump module may crack, which could cause a fuel leak. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. America Suzuki will notify owners beginning late January 2013. American Suzuki can be reached at (714) 996-7040.

Subaru has recalled a number of 2010-2011 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback vehicles as well as 2006-2012 Subaru Tribeca vehicles and 2009-2012 Subaru Forester vehicles. Up to 53,999 of these vehicles may have been equipped with accessory puddle lights that, when illuminated, brighten the area under the doors of the vehicle. A short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source, such as road spray that contains salt, and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s). If the light short circuits, this may generate heat which can melt the plastic and result in smoke or a fire. Subaru will notify affected owners beginning in February 2013. Subaru can be reached at (800) 782-2783 for more information.

Lamborghini has recalled a number of 2012 Lamborghini Aventador vehicles manufactured between July 15, 2011 and April 20, 2012, for failure of the headlights. The headlights in the affected vehicles may be aimed horizontally but not vertically. An incorrect headlight aim could reduce the driver’s visibility and potentially blind oncoming traffic causing a crash. Lamborghini is notifying the affected owners and Lamborghini’s dealerships will enable the vertical aiming and disable the horizontal aiming of the headlights. Owners can contact Lamborghini at (866) 681-6276.

Jaguar Land Rover is recalling a number of 2012 Land Rover LR2 and 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vehicles that were manufactured on June 11, 2012 due to the insufficient torqueing of rear brake caliper retaining bolts. Insufficiently torqued brake caliper bolts may result in the brake caliper detaching and this can lead to a loss of brake function. In addition, the caliper may strike a wheel resulting in the sudden deflation of a tire. Either situation may increase the risk of a crash. Jaguar Land Rover will notify affected owners beginning on January 18, 2013. Jaguar Land Rover owners can call Jaguar Land Rover at (800) 637-6837.

Motorcycle Recalls

BMW has recalled a number of 2013 C600 Sport Maxi Scooters due to fasteners on the front side trim panels having insufficient strength to retain the panels at high speeds. If the panel separates, it could interfere with riding and handling of the scooter and increase the risk of a crash. BMW will notify the affected owners and BMW’s dealerships will reattach the left and right front side trim panels with stronger “snap-lock” fasteners. The recall began this month and owners can call BMW at (800) 525-7417.

BMW has recalled a number of 2012-2013 BMW S1000 RR motorcycles manufactured between September 2011 and December 2012. Due to a manufacturing fault, the side-stand attachment bolts could start to loosen and the loosening can cause the stand to separate from the frame of the motorcycle, which can cause injury. BMW will notify affected owners beginning January 13, 2013, and BMW dealerships will clean the side stand mounting plate threads and replace the side-stand mounting plate bolts. BMW can be contacted at (800) 525-7417.

Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc., (BRP), has recalled a number of 2008-2012 Can-Am Spyder GS, RS, and RT series motorcycles due to fuel cap fitting issues. The fuel cap may not fit onto the fuel tank filler neck, preventing it from sealing properly. If the fuel cap does not seal properly, it may leak fuel vapors and fuel vapors in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire and personal injury. BRP will notify affected owners beginning mid-January 2013, and send them a replacement fuel cap. BRP can be contacted directly at (888) 638-5397.

Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc., (BRP), has also recalled a number of 2008-2009 Can-Am Spyder GS and 2010 Can-AM Spyder RS series motorcycles due to fuel vapor issues. Fuel vapors may exit the fuel vapor canister vent hose in the enclosed engine compartment and fuel vapors in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire and personal injury. BRP began to notify affected owners on December 21, 2012, and they are replacing the fuel vapor canister vent hose when needed. BRP can be contacted directly at (888) 638-5397.

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Debbie Horowitz

Deborah L. Horowitz, an attorney who has been licensed in California to practice law for over 15 years, has dedicated her entire legal career to protecting consumer rights. She has settled over 8,000 lemon law cases and achieved excellent results for her clients.