This Week In Automobile Recalls

 

2011 Chrysler 200 Vehicles Stall

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun to investigate the 2011 Chrysler 200 convertible after having received consumer complaints regarding engine system defects. NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigations has received fifteen consumer complaints regarding stalling on 2011 Chrysler 200 vehicles with the 3.6 liter engine. The complaints have stated that when decelerating at stop signs or red lights, the vehicle’s engine unexpectedly loses all power and stalls out. The ODI plans to work with engineers at Chrysler to determine the cause of these stalling issues and determine whether safety recalls will be needed. If you have experienced similar problems, NHTSA recommends filing an on-line complaint at www.SaferCar.gov.

 

2011 Ford Explorers Lose Power Steering

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun to investigate the 2011 Ford Explorer after having received consumer complaints regarding the Electric Power Assisted Steering system. NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigations has received numerous complaints stating that a dash warning light comes on that says there is no power steering. In addition, restarting the vehicle  may not correct the steering issue. The ODI plans to work with engineers at Ford to determine the cause of these power steering issues and determine whether safety recalls will be needed. If you have experienced similar problems, NHTSA recommends filing an on-line complaint at www.SaferCar.gov.

 

GM Recalls 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Due to Engine Shield Fire Hazard

General Motors has recalled 413,418 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles in order to change the engine shield under the vehicle to help prevent fluid, such as oil, from becoming trapped in the engine compartment where it can lead to the starting or spreading of a fire. GM will also inspect the vehicles included in this recall to check that welds in the rear compartment were properly applied. Missing or partially completed welds in up to 249 vehicles may affect the attachment of the secondary brackets of the fuel tank strap to the floor structure. GM will begin to mail out recall notices starting July 11, 2012. All Cruze vehicles with manual and automatic transmission systems built in United States between September 2010 and May 2012 are included in the engine shield modification recall. GM has described the danger as follows: “During an oil change, if a spill or oil drops come into contact with the hot engine or exhaust system surfaces, and the engine shield, the engine shield could ignite and burn, resulting in a possible engine compartment fire.” GM’s statement also says, “In Cruzes with manual transmissions, continuing to drive with a completely worn clutch may cause hydraulic fluid to be expelled from the clutch housing vent hole. Under certain circumstances, the fluid could be burning as it exits the vent hole. If it contacts the engine shield, the shield may ignite and burn and a fire may spread to the engine compartment.”  In April 2012, the NHTSA opened an investigation as a result of two engine compartment fires in 2011 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles. The NHTSA later added the 2012 model year to the investigation. Changing the engine shield should take approximately thirty minutes at a Chevrolet dealership service department and will be done for free. The inspection for the missing weld should only take a few minutes and in cases where it has been confirmed that the welds are missing, the repair will take about three hours to complete. If you believe that your car may be affected by this, please call your local Chevrolet dealership with your vehicle identification number in hand and they should be able to tell you whether your vehicle is included in the recall.

 

BMW Has Recalled 2012 and 2013 X5 and X6 Sport Utility Vehicles Due to Leaking Power Steering Fluid

BMW of North America has recalled approximately 2,642 of its X5 and X6 sport utility vehicles according to NHTSA. Certain models of the 2012 BMW X5 SUV equipped with a diesel engine and 2013 X5 and X6 SUVs may leak power steering fluid. If the flammable liquid sprays onto hot engine exhaust parts, an engine compartment fire may occur. According to NHTSA, the leaking power steering fluid is a result of a “machining error” in the steering gear surface during the production of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 vehicles.  In July 2012, BMW will begin to notify owners affected by this safety recall and mechanics at BMW dealerships will inspect and if necessary, replace the defective steering gear at no cost to the consumer. For more information, please call the toll free customer support line at BMW of North America at (800) 525-7417.

 

Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedans Recalled Due to Rear Suspension Problems

According to NHTSA, Mercedes-Benz, USA, is recalling 2007-2009 E350 4matic wagons. About 3,600 of the E350 vehicles have a load leveling rear suspension system that may fail and reduce the driver’s control and increase the risk of a crash, says the NHTSA. In August 2012, Mercedes-Benz is expected to begin notifying owners of the 2007-2009 E350 vehicles that are affected by this recall. Owners with affected vehicles will be instructed to bring their cars to local dealerships where mechanics will inspect and replace the level control connecting rod for free. For more information, please call Mercedes-Benz’ toll free telephone number (800) 367-6372.

 

Honda Has Issued a Recall for 2012 Honda Civic Sedans Due to Driveshaft Problems

American Honda Motors is recalling its new 2012 Honda Civic sedans, warns NHTSA. More than 50,000 of the Honda vehicles have improperly installed driveshafts, which may separate and cause the Civics to fail to shift into any gear. Further, a parked Civic may roll away if the vehicle’s manual parking brake is not engaged, says NHTSA. Last year, the 2012 Honda Civic was also recalled for leaky fuel lines due to misplaced O-rings during production. As with that recall, no injuries have been reported with the manufacturing snafu involving the Civics’ driveshafts. Around June 21, 2012, Honda was going to begin to notify Civic owners affected by this recall to bring their sedans into local dealerships. Mechancis there will inspect and if needed, replace the vehicle’s driveshaft for free. For more information, consumers can call American Honda’s toll free customer support line (800) 999-1009 and reference Honda’s internal recall number S40. If you believe that you have been affected by this recall, please call Honda for more information.