August was a busy month for auto recalls with more than 250,000 individual vehicles being called back for defects. Below are the five largest auto recalls from August.
August saw only 11 new car recalls, and only 6 included a number of vehicles over 4 figures. Fiat Chrysler had the largest recall of August, involving more vehicles than any of the other recalls combined. Dodge Grand Caravans and Journeys, Jeep Compasses and Cherokees had insufficient coating on the rear brake caliper pistons. This could lead to air pockets and less effective rear brakes.
Ford recalled about 49,000 Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi electric cars. Each vehicle was equipped with 120-volt convenience charge cords that, unfortunately, catch fire when used with an AC outlet that is not a dedicated circuit, or is corroded, or damaged. You should bring in your Ford for new charge cords, which includes a thermistor that identifies overheating.
An issue concerning the powertrain control module affected almost 167,000 FCA vehicles. A chip in the module may fail, causing the vehicle to stall, or not start. You can bring your vehicle in to a dealer and they will replace the powertrain for free.
About GLE and GLS-Class SUVs from Mercedes were recalled in August. These Mercedes vehicles are affected by a very similar to the FCA vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons weren’t correctly coated, which again causes gas to be released temporarily into the rear brake hydraulic circuit, reducing braking abilities. And as with FCA, Mercedes dealers will bleed the rear brakes for free.
About 84,000 Volkswagen vehicles also had brakes issues with the brake caliper mounting bolts. The work for dealers, however, is a lot more complicated here for this issue. The fix includes everything from inspecting the brake-caliper bracket bolt tightness, replacing and re-torqueing the bolts to checking calipers, fasteners and bleeder valve components to inspecting the parking brake cable for Passats specifically.
Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.
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