Last week, numerous vehicle recalls were issued, the largest pertaining to Hyundai models that are regularly driven in regions where road salt is used to combat icing on roads. For all of the details on this recall and others, presented in alphabetical order, continue reading below.
BMW X5 xDrive35d
BMW is recalling 1,540 units of the 2009-2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d built between June 13, 2009, and November 9, 2009. In the affected vehicles, the fuel filter heater could experience an electrical overload and become permanently activated, leading to a dead battery or an overheating condition that could cause a fire.
BMW is notifying affected owners and will replace the fuel filter heater at no charge to the customer. The recall starts in August of 2013, and is an expansion of a previous recall. Owners with questions can contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417, referencing recall 11V-441. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign ID for this action is 13V339.
Hyundai Azera and Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai is recalling 239,000 vehicles originally sold in, or currently registered in, regions where road salt is used in the winter. In the affected vehicles, road salt and water may enter portions of the rear cross-member, leading to corrosion and the possible detachment of one of the rear control arms. If one of the rear control arms detaches, the rear-wheel alignment will change, negatively affecting vehicle handling and increasing the risk of a crash.
The affected models are 2006-2010 Sonatas built between March 1, 2005, and January 21, 2010, and 2006-2011 Azeras built between September 27, 2005, and November 22, 2010. Only those vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the following states are included in the recall: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
The recall is expected to begin by the end of September of 2013. Dealers will replace the rear cross-member assembly at no charge to the customer. Owners with questions can call Hyundai at 1-734-337-9499, referencing Hyundai recall number 113 and NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V354.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Hyundai is recalling 20,300 units of the redesigned 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport built between July 13, 2012, and March 12, 2013, and equipped with the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. In these vehicles, due to a manufacturing flaw, the right front axle shaft may fracture. If this occurs, the SUV will suffer a loss of power delivery to the right front wheel and, if parked without the parking brake engaged, the SUV could roll away.
Hyundai dealers will replace the front axle shaft assembly at no charge to the vehicle owner. The recall begins in August of 2013. Owners with questions can contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151, referencing Hyundai recall number 112 and NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V355.
Jaguar is recalling 940 units of the XF model equipped with certain 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines. The cars were built between July 2012 and May 2013, and may be equipped with a Charge Air Cooler hose that may be loose and out of position, allowing the hose to detach. If the hose detaches, the engine will stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the car will lose power assistance for the steering and brakes, further increasing the risk of a crash.
Jaguar is notifying the affected vehicle owners, and the recall is expected to start by the end of September. Dealers will inspect the Charge Air Cooler hose to ensure it is in the right position and the clamp is in the right position. Owners with questions can contact Jaguar at 1-800-452-4827, referencing Jaguar recall number J034 and NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V341.
Jaguar XK Convertible
Jaguar is recalling 1,989 units of the 2010-2014 XK Convertible to address a design issue that fails to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 118. The recall pertains to the way the power convertible roof switch in the overhead console operates.
Dealers will install a new switch at no charge to vehicle owners, starting by the end of September 2013. Owners with questions can contact Jaguar at 1-800-452-4827, referencing Jaguar recall number J030 and NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V340.
Ram Heavy Duty
Chrysler Group LLC is recalling a small number of Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 trucks built between May 3, 2012, and August 7, 2012. A total of 85 units are affected. In the affected trucks, a loose snap ring inside of the transmission may cause a loss of power transfer to the rear wheels, increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler will notify the owners of the affected trucks, and the recall is scheduled to start by the end of September. To remedy the problem, dealers will replace the transmission at no cost to the owner. Owners with questions can call Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753, referencing Chrysler recall number N50 and NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V344.
Source: JD Power And Associates