Here we go again – more auto recalls!

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Not sure if you have noticed, but it seems like every time I open up a newspaper or look at a news website, I am reading about another auto recall. According to a report from NHTSA,  the US market is on pace to break a record for recalls. In 2013, 22 million cars were recalled.  In 2014, it looks like we will well in front of that number.

GM

General Motors is recalling 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans because the brake pads can stay partially engaged even when they’re not needed, increasing the risk of a fire.    The recall involves Cadillacs from the 2013-2015 model years and Impalas from the 2014 and 2015 model years. There are 205,309 vehicles affected in the U.S.; the rest of the vehicles are in Caanada and elsewhere.  GM says the electronic parking brake arm that applies pressure to the back of the brake pads may not fully retract after use. If the brake pads stay partially engaged with the rotor, excessive brake heat may result in a fire.  GM says it knows of no accidents or injuries related to the defect.  GM will notify owners and repair the vehicles for free.

Chrysler

Chrysler Group is recalling about 350,000 cars — including some Jeep and Dodge brand vehicles — for an ignition key problem similar to the one that plagued General Motors.

Chrysler is recalling about 350,000 cars – including some Jeep and Dodge brand vehicles — for an ignition key problem similar to the one that plagued General Motors.  But Chrysler said it knows of only one minor accident associated with the issue and that it is not aware of any injuries. Chrysler said its ignition switch problem can cause a key to not return to the “on” position after the driver turns it to the “start” position when starting the car. If that happens, the windshield defroster and wiper may not work. But  it said it is also possible, but less likely, that when the key is not properly in the “on” position, it can move inadvertently move past the “on” position to the “accessory” or “off” positions, similar to what happened with the GM cars. In that case, the cars can lose power, power steering and some safety features including the air bags. Chrysler said it will repair the ignition switch, but until the repairs are made, drivers should make sure the key properly moves into the “on” position after starting the vehicle.  The Chrysler cars being recalled are all 2008 models and include three popular models — the Dodge Charger, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chrysler 300 — as well as the Dodge Magnum station wagon and the Jeep Commander

Also, Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.  The recall covers some 2011 models with 3.6-liter V6 or 5.7-liter V8 engines. Chrysler says a relay can fail, increasing the risk of a crash, although the company said that as of Aug. 25, it wasn’t aware of any crashes or injuries. The company began looking into the problem in October of 2013 and traced it to a spring that can become deformed because of heat.  The vehicles also might not start, and the fuel pump could keep working even when the engine is shut off. The recall covers SUVs built from Jan. 25, 2010 through July 20, 2011, according to the NHTSA documents.  Dealers will replace the fuel pump relay for free starting Oct. 24.  Chrysler said it is investigating consumer complaints and retrieving components from vehicles in the field for a closer analysis. The company says its vehicles meet all federal safety standards.  The center’s petition said that Chrysler’s “Totally Integrated Power Module,” which includes a computer, relays and fuses, distributes electrical power through the entire vehicle. In addition to stalling, the faulty modules have may have caused air bags not to inflate and fuel pumps to keep running, causing unintended acceleration and fires, the petition said.  Ditlow said the company started phasing them out in 2012, but they remain in the 2014 Jeep Wrangler and the Dodge and Chrysler minivans.

Ford

Ford is recalling 850,000 cars because of the risk of a short circuit that could prevent its air bag from deploying in a crash. The automaker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem. Ford said the air bag warning light should go on, indicating a problem with the safety systems. But Ford will replace the computer module in the cars that are the source of the potential problem.   The models covered by the recall include some of the the Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014.

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