Recall Recap: June Automobile Recalls
BMW, Kia, Toyota, and Chevrolet issued vehicle safety recalls for 2006 through 2017 model years during the past week, affecting nearly 430,000 cars and SUVs.
The majority of the recalled vehicles were Sport Activity Vehicles produced by BMW. The details of each safety recall are below.
2011-2017 BMW X3 and 2015-2017 BMW X4
- Number of vehicles affected: 188,668
- Date of manufacture: July 2, 2010 to April 15, 2016
- Issue: The recall affects certain model-year 2011-2017 BMW X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, and X3 xDrive35i vehicles manufactured July 2, 2010 to April 14, 2016; 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014 to March 31, 2016; and 2015-2017 BMW X4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i, and X4 xDrive M40i vehicles manufactured March 3, 2014 to April 15, 2016. The affected vehicles have lower anchor bars used for securing child restraints that may become damaged when using the European-ISOFIX-type, rigid-style connector child restraint system, increasing the child’s risk of injury in the event of a crash.
- Remedy: BMW will notify owners. BMW dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body at no charge to the customer.
- Timing: The recall is expected to begin on July 12, 2016.
- NHTSA recall number: 16V333000
2011 BMW X5, X5 M and 2011 BMW X6, X6 M, X6 Active Hybrid
- Number of vehicles affected: 21,493
- Date of manufacture: April 7, 2010 to November 17, 2010
- Issue: Certain 2011 BMW X5 xDrive 35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, X5 xDrive35d, and X6 Active Hybrid vehicles have a front driveshaft universal joint that may not seal out water and debris from getting in and damaging the joint, which could lead to its failure and affect vehicle traction. Additionally, continued driving of the vehicle with a broken front universal joint may damage other components. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.
- Remedy: BMW will notify owners. BMW dealers will replace the front driveshaft at no cost to the customer.
- Timing: The recall is expected to begin on July 1, 2016.
- NHTSA recall number: 16V311000
2015-2016 Chevrolet Sonic, 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark, 2015-2016 Chevrolet Trax
- Number of vehicles affected: 18,780
- Date of manufacture: Recall affects vehicles from the 2013-2016 model years
- Issue: Affected vehicles are equipped with a Bring Your Own Media radio, which may fail to produce an audible warning chime when the driver leaves the key in the ignition or fails to fasten their seat belt.
- Remedy: GM will notify owners. GM dealers will update the radio software for free.
- Timing: A notification schedule has not yet been provided by the manufacturer.
- Manufacturer recall number: 45340
- NHTSA recall number: 16V422000
2006-2012 Kia Sedona
- Number of vehicles affected: 97,884
- Date of manufacture: June 15, 2005 to August 14, 2012
- Issue: Salt water exposure, such as from road salt use, may cause the front lower control arms to break due to corrosion. A broken control arm can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
- Remedy: Kia will notify owners. Kia dealers will replace the front lower control arms on 2006-2007 models. Sedona vans from the 2008-2012 model years will either have additional anti-corrosion coating will be applied or their front lower control arms replaced. These repairs will be performed for free.
- Timing: The recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2016.
- Manufacturer recall number: SC133
- NHTSA recall number: 16V387000
2015-2016 Scion FR-S, 2015-2016 Scion tC, 2016 Toyota Camry, 2016 Toyota Highlander, 2015-2016 Toyota Tundra
- Number of vehicles affected: 2,520
- Date of manufacture: Recall affects 2015 and 2016 model years
- Issue: Affected vehicles include model-year 2016 Toyota Camry and Highlander, and 2015-2016 Toyota Tundra, Scion FR-S, and tC. The load-carrying capacity modification label may not reflect the correct added weight of the installed accessories, possibly leading the owner to overload the vehicle.
- Remedy: Toyota will notify owners and provide them a free corrected label for placement over the inaccurate label.
- Timing: The recall will begin on July 14, 2016.
- NHTSA recall number: 16V420000