Manufacturer recalls for July 2017
Here is the list of recalls that were issued in the month of July.
Honda announced a massive recall that affects 2.1 million Accords worldwide to replace a battery sensor that posed a fire risk. The 12-volt battery sensor in question was not properly sealed from moisture which can cause the part to rust over time, which in turn can cause short circuiting. The recall affects Accords built between 2013 and 2016. Due to the large magnitude of the recall, dealers will apply an adhesive to the sensors as a temporary fix. The sensor will be replaced later, free of cost.
Takata Corp, infamous for their faulty airbag inflators that sparked numerous recalls around the world, has now recalled another 2.7 million of their airbag inflator units as they fear that these units may rupture during deployment. This recall affects a specific kind of driver frontal airbag inflator named PSDI-5 that uses Calcium sulfate as the moisture absorbent. According to CNN Money, 2.2 million Ford vehicles will be affected by this recall along with 515,000 units of the 2007-2012 Nissan Versa (Tiida and Sunny) and 6,000 Mazda B-Series pickups.
Mazda expands this recall campaign to cover 205,377 vehicles which now includes 2007-2011 CX-7, 2007-2011 CX-9, and 2009-2011 Mazda6. The front passenger side airbags of these vehicles were found to be faulty and will be replaced free of cost. Mazda has already fixed these vehicles temporarily by replacing the faulty inflators with identical units. This had given the users some relief as the Takata inflators are only known to degrade over time. Now, this recall is a permanent fix to the problem as it will use improved parts. These will use a different type of propellant than the original units.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has added 7,802 Dodge Challenger vehicles to the rollaway recall it has been doing for a while. As of now, only the models fitted with the 5.7-litre Hemi V8 engine are affected. These vehicles tend to roll away if their drivers slot their gearbox in the park position and leave without applying the parking brake. The information system may provide them with wrong information regarding the gearbox position which can lead to this confusion, or even worse, an accident. Out of these cars, only 119 were sold outside North America, so expect to find only a few Challengers in the GCC with this fault.
Now, some diesel news. It is not very relevant to the gas-loving Middle East market though. Adding up to the Dieselgate scandal affecting the VW Group, Porsche has been asked to recall 22,000 Cayenne SUVs by the German authorities as they’ve found evidence that Porsche is using emissions cheat devices. Only the models fitted with the 3.0-litre diesel engine are affected. Porsche has said that they too have “discovered” the glitch and they will offer a free software update for these vehicles. The German transport minister who announced this discovery also thinks that the VW Touareg SUVs fitted with the same engine may also have the same problem, but it is unconfirmed so far.
Audi has joined Porsche as they have recalled 850,000 vehicles to improve their emissions. They are providing a software update to all the Euro 5 and Euro 6 six and eight-cylinder diesel engines. This process will be conducted in close consultation with Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).
Almost all of the modern diesel Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe are subjected to a recall similar to the one Audi is conducting. This €220 million recall will cost nothing to customers. They have already started to contact the owners of the models in question, starting with the V-Class people mover.
BMW has also announced a recall for all Euro-5 diesel vehicles it has built, for updating the engine control software. This update is not necessary for the Euro-6 models, BMW says.
Ping your dealer if your car has popped up in any of these lists.