Road trip season is here. Don’t park your plans due to an open recall!
No one really wants to receive a recall notice in the mail. Don’t think of them as a necessary evil, but as a friend. It’s always better to know of a possible problem before hand than to learn of one during an emergency situation. Summer is in full swing, don’t let an open recall sideline your summer road trip plans.
Here are a few of the most recent recalls along with important notification dates and customer service information.
Chrysler recall affects a reported 1 million+ Ram pickup trucks
Certain driving conditions like off-road driving or debris striking the vehicle may cause the roll state sensor to trigger a fault within the ORC (occupant restraint controller). If this fault occurs, the rollover side curtain air bag and seat belt pretensioner will be disabled from deploying. If these two safety features are disabled, the risk of injury during a rollover accident is greatly increased.
2013-2016 RAM 1500
2013-2016 RAM 2500
2014-2016 RAM 3500
Chrysler dealerships will update the ORC software free of charge. Owners will be notified by Chrysler beginning June 23, 2017. For more information owners can call Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 referencing recall #T25.
Audi recall affects popular A7 Sedan
The head curtain air bags may not deploy properly in the event of a crash. If the head curtain air bag doesn’t deploy properly in a crash, unbelted passengers have an increased risk of injury. This recall affects 17,694 Audi A7 sedans.
2015-2017 Audi A7
Audi dealerships will replace head curtain air bags free of charge. Notifications to owners will begin on June 29, 2017. Owners can contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834 referencing Volkswagen recall #69R2.
Hyundai recall affects 2 of the brand’s popular models
Hyundai Motor America is recalling 572,000 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport models. Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within engines. This will cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
2013-2014 Sonata & Santa Fe Sport
Hyundai dealerships will inspect the engine and replace the engine short block as needed free of charge. Hyundai Motor America has begun notifying owners. If you have not received a notification and want to know if your vehicle is included in this recall, call Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Reference recall number #162 when calling.
Popular Lacrosse model affected in Buick recall
During manufacturing the rear suspension toe-links may have been incorrectly installed, as a result they may loosen and disconnect from the rear suspension system. If it disconnects, it may cause a loss of vehicle control increasing the risk of a crash. 11,246 vehicles are affected by this recall.
2017 LaCrosse vehicles
GM dealerships will inspect the left and right rear suspension toe-link assemblies, correcting their installation as necessary free of charge. Owner notifications will begin on June 20, 2017. Owners can call Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 for more information. The GM recall number is 17168.
Recall repairs can be time consuming but they should always be FREE. If you have a question about any recall, feel free to call the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline for more information 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.