Manufacturer recalls for June 2021
With comparatively fewer recalls, June 2021 ends as a relatively quiet month. Here is the list.
Tesla’s smaller models, the Model 3 and Model Y, are being recalled over two separate seat belt issues. The first recall covers 5530 cars, 2018-2020 Model 3s, and 2019-2021 Model Ys, for improper fastening of the front seat belt to the pillars. The second recall is triggered by the second row of left and right seat belts, improperly attached to the C-pillars. 2166 Model Y vehicles are included in this recall. In both these recalls, the fix will be to replace the fasteners and it will be done free of cost.
Yet another recall from Tesla affects their smallest models, again. More than 6000 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles are believed to have brake calipers with loose bolts. NHTSA documents say that this can cause a drop in tyre pressure in “very rare circumstances”. No crashes or injuries are reported yet, in connection with this issue. Tesla will inspect and tighten these bolts to their correct specification as a fix.
The latest models of the Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks, about 17,000 trucks spanning model ranges of F-350, F-450, F-550, and F-600, are being recalled. These vehicles are fitted with front-wheel extenders and dual rear wheels. As per Ford, the problem sits with the nuts connecting the wheel hub extender to the rotor. These nuts may not be torqued to the correct specification, and hence this worry. Dealers will inspect the nuts and torque them to the right numbers if they are not already.
The BMW 5-Series sedans are known for their performance credentials, especially the top rung of M models. Forget the blazingly quick M5, the 2021 BMW M550i xDrive is also a hoot and a half to drive. As per BMW’s claims, the car should hit 60 mph (96 kph) from 0 in 3.6 seconds. But Car and Driver tested the M550i xDrive extensively and the best they could achieve was 4.1 seconds. A retest saw the time drop to 3.9 seconds, still more than BMW’s claims. Responding to that, BMW rolls out an over-the-air software update that helps the M550i xDrive deliver its power better. The power is there for sure, but some errors in communication between the engine and stability management systems end up losing a bit of boost pressure. So, a software update will help in laying the power down more effectively. As an Over-The-Air update, this does not constitute a recall but a rather interesting story of improving the car after it was sold.
Cadillac issued a recall of 380,498 vehicles including 2010-2016 Cadillac SRX and 2011-2012 Saab 9-4X crossovers. In these vehicles, a toe link can go loose, reducing stability. At highway speeds, this can be dangerous. As per NHTSA’s study, some SRX drivers experience swaying while driving. Owners are advised to park their vehicles if they experience any uncontrolled steering motion, warning lights, etc. The adjustable toe link in these vehicles will be replaced by a fixed unit after inspection.
That winds up the June 2021 list of automotive recalls. If you think any of these recalls apply to you, contact your local dealer.