Don’t Let A Recall Derail Your Family Plans.
Everyone is super busy with their daily lives in which our cars play a significant role. Schedules and plans must be coordinated daily to make sure everyone makes it to work, school and yoga classes on time. Nothing can derail your plans like a car that has to go in for repairs unexpectedly due to a recall issue that has not been addressed.
Here’s some important recall news to help keep you and your family safe on the roads.
Toyota Recalls Affects 310,000+ of the Popular Sienna Minivans
Grease inside the shift lever assembly could transfer to other internal parts causing them to malfunction. This could allow the shift lever to move out of the “Park” position without depressing the brake pedal. If this occurs when the parking brake is not engaged, it could lead to the vehicle rolling away, increasing the risk of a crash.
2005 – 2007
2009 – 2010
Toyota will begin notifying owners in mid-December. Dealers will then remove and replace an appropriate amount of grease in the shift lever and replace the shift lock solenoid with a new one. Owners can call Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 with questions and/or concerns.
Hyundai Hybrid Vehicle Recalled
The electronic power control unit (EPCU) which supplies power to the vehicles motor and charges the vehicles high voltage battery has an aluminum housing that may contain voids. The voids can possibly allow coolant to contact the control unit’s circuit board, potentially causing the vehicle to stall. If the vehicle stalls it could increase the risk of a crash.
Dealers will inspect and replace the EPCU as necessary free of charge. Owner notifications began late September. If you haven’t received a notification, you can call Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151 to see if your car is included in this recall. The internal Hyundai recall number is 166.
Recall on Popular Mazda Sedan Affects 51,000 Plus Vehicles
Due to variations in the manufacturing process there may be excessive weld splatter on the front passenger seat frame. When the seat is occupied the wire harness may splatter and become worn over time causing damage and becoming short circuited. This could cause a loss of power steering assist and deactivation of air bags which could increase the risk of injury in an accident.
Mazda will begin notifying owners in late October. Dealers will inspect and attach a protective pad to the seat frame if necessary. If the harness is damaged, an insulating tape will be applied for protection.
Kia Recall Affects Its Most Popular SUV
Kia is recalling certain 2017 Sorento SUVs. Sorento’s with the 3.3L engine may have crankshafts that have been improperly heat treated and may fail. If it fails, the engine will stall increasing the risk of a crash and fire.
2017 Sorento with 3.3L engines
Kia will begin notifying owners on November 6th. Dealers will inspect the crankshaft and as necessary replace the engine sub assembly free of charge. To see if your vehicle is included in this recall, call Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. The internal Kia recall number is SC153.
Porsche Recalls 50,000 of Its Flagship SUV
Affected vehicles have fuel pump flanges that may crack allowing fuel to leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
2003-2006 Cayenne S
2003 – 2006 Cayenne Turbo
2004 – 2006 Cayenne
2006 – Cayenne S “Titanium Edition”
Dealers will replace the fuel filter flanges with new fuel filter flanges that have a protective film. Customers can call Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. The internal Porsche recall number is AH10.
Possible Ford Recall May Affect 1.3 million SUVs
A full fledged recall hasn’t been issued by Ford yet but the company is addressing a major concern about one of its most popular SUVs, the Ford Explorer. More than 2700 complaints, 41 injuries and 3 accidents have been reported. The popular SUV has also been pulled from service by several police departments across the country. The problem is that some Explorers may leak carbon monoxide into the vehicle cabin due to cracks in the exhaust manifold. The exhaust manifold carries exhaust fumes from the engine to the tailpipe. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can cause drivers and passengers to fall unconscious, increasing the risk of accidents.
Ford is offering a solution to give customers peace of mind. Beginning November 13th, letters will be mailed to customers and they can take their vehicles in for inspection. If a crack is found in the manifold, it will be repaired free of charge. Ford has also setup a dedicated hotline (1-888-260-5575) for customers to call with any questions or concerns.
Safety is always our first concern when driving. Don’t let an open recall jeopardize the safety of your car and your family. Remember recall repairs should always be free. Check for open recalls on your car by visiting www.safercar.gov