New Year, New Recalls: Don’t let a recall ruin your car, get it fixed!
While we’re all enjoying the New Year and wishing we had more days off, we’re also thinking of our New Year’s resolutions. If one of your resolutions is to take better care of your car, don’t let an open recall sideline your New Year driving adventures. Take your car in for those important recall repairs.
Here are a few of the most recent recalls along with dates and customer service information.
Mercedes-Benz Electric Power Steering Recall Affects SL & E-Class Models
This recall covers two potential issues. Models affected may experience a loss of electric power steering assist. Improperly soldered contacts inside the control unit could result in the power steering system deactivating while driving increasing the chances of a crash. An increase in pin contact resistance (in the same control unit) can also increase the risk of fire even with the car parked and the ignition off.
2013-2014 SL63 AMG
2014 E350 Cabriolet & E350 Coupe
2015 E350 Bluetec
2016 E550 Coupe
Mercedes-Benz USA will replace the electric power steering control unit free of charge. Recalls are expected to begin February 2017. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372 for more information.
Land Rover Front Lower Control Arm Issue Affects 2 Popular Models
Vehicles may have front lower control arm fasteners that may fail due to assembly error which could result in the separation of the steering knuckle. The knuckle is the part that contains the wheel hub/spindle and attaches to the suspension components. If the fasteners fail, causing the knuckle to separate, vehicle handling will be significantly affected increasing the risk of a crash.
2016-2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport manufactured May 30, 2016 – August 24, 2016
2016-2017 Range Rover Evoque manufactured June 7, 2016 – August 26, 2016
Land Rover dealerships will replace the hardware that connects the front lower control arm to the knuckle free of charge. Recalls are expected to begin January 30, 2017. Customers can contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837 for more information. The Land Rover recall code for this issue is Q650 or Q651.
Buick Brake Line Recall Affects Envision Model
The master cylinder brake lines may crack or leak. If there is a loss of brake fluid, braking performance may be significantly reduced or lost increasing the risk of a crash.
2016 Buick Envision vehicles manufactured January 19, 2016 – March 18, 2016
GM/Buick will replace the master cylinder brake lines free of charge. No recall notification date has been announced. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300. The GM/Buick recall number for this issue is #16169.
Nissan Airbag Recall Affects 3 Top Models
Front airbags may not deploy due to software issue. An incorrect occupant classification system (OCS) electronic control unit (ECU) may have been installed in the front passenger seat of certain models. The wrong ECU and seat combination may misclassify the front passenger seat occupant. In the event of an accident, the air bag may deploy incorrectly increasing the risk of injury.
2013-2015 Altima’s manufactured January 3, 2013 – July 29, 2013
2015-2016 Rogue’s manufactured October 14, 2014 – August 12, 2016
2016 Maxima’s manufactured June 4, 2015 – August 19, 2015
Nissan dealerships will replace the ECU and update the OCS software free of charge. Nissan will notify owners beginning February 12, 2017. Contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261 for more information on this recall.
Check your car for a recall
Always remember if your car is part of a major recall, all repairs are free of charge. 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.