You can’t fix it if you don’t know about it.
Vacation season is over and the new school season is in full effect. Along with the new school season comes the never-ending drop off and pick up lines. Is your car up to the challenge? You may have scheduled and taken your car in for routine maintenance but have you checked for any open recalls?
Here’s a list of the most recent recalls that could affect your car.
Popular Sport Convertible Included in BMW Recall
The Problem: Vehicles may have incompatible vehicle-sensitive locking mechanism which could cause the seat belt to not restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash. This seriously increases the risk of injury in a crash.
2018 430i and 430i xDrive
2018 440i and 440i xDrive
2018 M4 Convertible
The Fix: BMW North America will begin notifying owners on October 9th. Dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the front seat belt assemblies free of charge. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Dodge Recall Affects Two of The Brands Most Popular Models
The Problem: Vehicles with the Hellcat engine may have engine oil cooler (EOC) hoses that may fail resulting in rapid loss of engine oil. If the EOC line fails, oil may spray onto the windshield or contact a hot surface, impairing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash or fire.
2017 Dodge Challenger
2017 Dodge Charger
The Fix: Chrysler will start notifying owners on September 22nd. Dealers will replace the engine oil cooler lines for free. Owners can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. The Chrysler internal recall number is T48.
Recall Update on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
In June Chrysler recalled the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica (RU) Hybrid (plug-in) minivan due to a potentially faulty diode within the power inverter module (PIM). If the part stopped functioning altogether it could lead to a total power-train shutdown, increasing the risk of a crash. Along with the recall, Chrysler also stopped sales of the 2017 hybrid model.
Chrysler notified owners in July and dealers reprogrammed the power-train control module, battery pack control module, the on board charging module and the PIM for free in the affected vehicles. Now that the recall repairs have been made we are happy to announce that Chrysler has resumed sales of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid with the 2018 model.
Mazda Recall Affects 300,000+ Vehicles
The Problem: Driver’s frontal air bag may rupture in the event of a crash. If the air bag deploys, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or the other occupants causing serious injury or death.
2003 – 2008 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 Mazda Speed 6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
The Fix: Mazda has begun notifying owners. Mazda dealers will replace the driver’s frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator free of charge. Owners can contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda’s internal recall number is 1417G (this recall supersedes recall 15V-382).
Recall Affects Popular Mercedes-Benz Coupe and AMG Model
The Problem: The engine control unit (ECU) and the transmission control unit software may have compatibility conflicts that could cause the engine to shut down when the driver brakes to stop or accelerates following an ECO start. If the engine shuts down, the risk of a crash is increased.
2016 – 2017 GLE43 Coupe
2017 AMG GLE43
The Fix: MBUSA has begun notifying owners. Dealers will reprogram the engine and transmission control units software free of charge. Owners can contact MBUSA customer service at 1-877-496-3691.
If you think your car is included in a recall but have not received any type of notification from the manufacturer, please visit www.safercar.gov. There you can search by your VIN to find any open recalls.