Manufacturer recalls for August 2018
Volkswagen, BMW, Ram and more. The past month of August recorded a number of recalls from different manufacturers which are listed below.
As a response to 27 recorded fires in South Korea which triggered a backlash from the Asian customers, BMW is now getting ready to recall 324,000 of their diesel vehicles in Europe. BMW apologised to their Korean customers for the accidents, the cause of which was traced back to a defect found in the exhaust gas recirculation system. About 103,000 examples across 42 models in Korea have already been recalled due to this issue.
Ford aims to trace and repair the remaining 2006 Ranger trucks fitted with the faulty Takata airbags. For this, they’ve announced a $1,000 per vehicle incentive for the dealers. The company hopes that this will prompt the dealerships to intensify their search.
The Volkswagen Group has been asked by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority, the KBA to recall almost 124,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. According to German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche, the presence of a carcinogen was found in the charging systems of electrified vehicles from Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche. The 0.008 grams of Cadmium is well insulated and does not pose an immediate threat to the life of humans but can be an environmental hazard when the car reaches the end of its life. The models getting recalled are the e-Golf, e-Up!, Golf GTE, and Passat GTE.
About 300 owners of the new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV will get a new SUV as the company did not properly spot weld the B-Pillar during manufacturing. The robot programming had a glitch that caused this issue and Subaru says that there is no possible physical fix for the issue. This can weaken the SUV which may prove dangerous during a crash. Thus the SUVs with the improper welds will be destroyed and the owners will be given a new SUV. Subaru says that the firm had only sold 9 of these SUVs and the rest of them were still at the dealers’.
FCA is recalling 1.4 million Ram trucks fitted with a malfunctioning power tailgate. The truck models including Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 from 2015 to 2017 are suspected to be affected. The trucks with the 5-foot-7 and 6-foot-4 cargo beds are being inspected and the trucks with 8-foot bed are omitted as they have manual tailgates. The powered tailgates have a problematic tailgate actuator tab that may break and cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while driving.
Just like General Motors, Nissan gears up to recall a number of vehicles over an issue that concerns the ignition switch. But this time, there are no million vehicles involved unlike the case of GM. 166,000 vehicles across models like 2017-2018 Juke, Frontier, Sentra, Versa, Versa Note, NV, NV200 and taxicab models are being recalled. These vehicles were sold in the United States and Canada only so it is unlikely that any of the UAE vehicles will be recalled.
About 210,000 FCA vehicles, including 2018 Dodge Journeys, 2019 Jeep Cherokees, 2018-2019 Dodge Grand Caravans and 2018-2019 Jeep Compasses, are being recalled over a possible braking issue. They are so new that one-thirds of these vehicles are still at the dealers. The coating on the rear brake calipers are found to be inadequate that may cause gas pockets to form in the brake fluid of these vehicles. These bubbles in the brake lines can bring a decrease in the performance in the braking of the car. The brake systems of these cars will be inspected and re-bled as a part of the repair procedure.
A huge recall of 700,000 vehicles is on the cards from the house of Volkswagen, again. This is to rectify a problem with the panoramic sunroof circuit in which a short circuit can burn the roof lining. This can cause a huge fire. This information was revealed by a German Trade magazine Kfz-Betrieb and was re-reported by Reuters. There had been no official word about the same by the manufacturer yet. The recall spans over the Tiguan and Touran models internationally.
That’s all for the month of August. Call your local dealer to check if your car is eligible for one of these recalls.