Recalls issued by federal agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) inform the public about potentially dangerous and defective products in the marketplace. Following are some of the automotive, auto products and consumer products affected by Recalls in April 2020.
Navistar, Inc. (Navistar) is recalling certain 2017-2021 IC CE School Buses equipped with Cummins B6.7 diesel engines with fuel module option number FS90301 or FS90453. The electric fuel heater within the fuel module may overheat and cause plastic in the fuel heater to melt and potentially catch fire. It may also lead to engine stalling. The remedy for this recall is still under development. A fire increases the risk of injury. An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.
Navistar, Inc. (Navistar) is recalling certain 2017-2020 International WorkStar and International DuraStar, 2018-2019 IC 1300 FBC Commercial and IC HC Commercial, 2018-2021 IC CE Commercial, International MV and International HV, and 2019-2021 IC TC Commercial buses with Cummins B6.7 diesel engines with a fuel module option number FS90301 or FS90453. The electric fuel heater within the fuel module may overheat and cause plastic in the fuel heater to melt and potentially catch fire. It may also lead to engine stalling. The remedy for this recall is still under development. A fire increases the risk of injury. An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 Impreza, Outback, Legacy, and Ascent vehicles. The low pressure fuel pump may become inoperative. If the low pressure fuel pump fails, the engine may stall without the ability to restart the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain Rugger Liner hard, tri-fold tonneau covers sold as accessories for 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 series trucks. The attachment system may not properly secure the cover to the pickup bed. If the cover separates from the truck bed, it could be a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2020 Expedition vehicles. The front passenger seatbelt buckle’s Belt Tension Sensor (BTS) may malfunction and may result in the seat occupant being misclassified. In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not provide the intended level of protection, increasing the risk of injury.
Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2006-2020 Freightliner Columbia, 2006-2021 Freightliner Business Class M2, 2007-2020 Freightliner Coronado, 2014-2021 Freightliner 122 SD, 2007 Sterling A 9500, 2006 Freightliner Argosy, 2006-2007 Sterling AT9500, 2008-2021 Freightliner Cascadia, 2006-2008 Freightliner Classic, 2006-2011 Freightliner Century Class, 2006-2010 Freightliner FLD, and 2017 Western Star 5700 vehicles. The rear reflective tape may be partially covered by the mudflap hanger bracket, which may reduce the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers on the road. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” The vehicle’s rearward visibility may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.
Honda and Nissan are recalling vehicles manufactured with Takata Corporation (Takata) PSDI-5D driver air bag inflators. Due to a manufacturing error, the air bag inflator may not function properly or the inflator may explode in the event of a crash that necessitates driver air bag deployment. An explosion of an inflator within the driver frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver, front seat passenger or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2020 Freightliner 108SD and 2020-2021 Freightliner Coronado, 114SD, and Western Star 4700 and 4900 vehicles. The Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) on the certification label may be incorrect, possibly resulting in the vehicle being overloaded. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 120, “Wheels and Rims – Other Than Passenger Cars.” An overloaded vehicle can increase the risk of a crash.
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Ram 1500, 1500 Classic and Jeep Compass vehicles. The windshield wiper arm or arms may loosen, possibly causing the wipers to not operate properly and reduce the driver’s visibility in certain weather conditions. Reduced visibility increases the risk of a crash.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain XV250 motorcycles. An oil passageway in the engine side cover may not be properly manufactured, possibly blocking lubricating oil to the engine. Improper lubrication of internal engine components can result in the engine stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2020 Nexo and Sonata vehicles. The Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) software may fail to prevent vehicle movement upon detection of an RSPA system malfunction. Unintended vehicle movement increases the risk of a crash.
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain Mopar Rear Bed Step Kits, part numbers 82215842AD and 82215842AC, sold as accessory equipment for Ram heavy duty trucks. In certain side loading conditions, the bed step may unexpectedly fail while in use. A bed step that unexpectedly fails while in use increases the risk of injury.
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 Pick-up trucks equipped with an accessory bed step. In certain side loading conditions, the bed step may unexpectedly fail while in use. A bed step that unexpectedly fails while in use increases the risk of injury.
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2020 Corolla Hatchback vehicles. A rear hatch wire harness connector may have been damaged during assembly, which may cause the back-up lights to fail. If the back-up lights fail, there can be an increased risk of a crash while the vehicle is reversing.
PACCAR Incorporated (PACCAR) is recalling certain 2008-2019 Peterbilt 330, 335, 337, 340, 348, 365, 367, 384, 386, 387, 388, 389, 567, 579 and 587 vehicles and 2008-2020 Kenworth T170, T270, T370, T660, T680, T800, T880, and W900 vehicles equipped with NAMUX Software. In the event that the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) loses battery and/or ignition power to the controller, the dash warning light for the ABS may not illuminate to warn the driver of the loss of ABS. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 121, “Air Brake Systems,” and 136, “Electronic Stability Control System on Heavy Vehicles.” If the driver unknowingly operates the vehicle without the ABS functioning, there would be an increased risk of a crash.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2020 Ranger and F-150 vehicles equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions and certain 2020 Expedition vehicles equipped with a “police” package. The transmission shift cable lock clip may not be fully seated, allowing the transmission to actually be in a different gear than the gear shift position selected by the driver. If the transmission selection does not match the indicated gear selection, and the parking brake is not applied unintended vehicle movement can occur, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
Isuzu Technical Center of America, Inc. (Isuzu) is recalling certain 2018-2020 FTR and Chevrolet 6500XD vehicles. The chassis wire harness outside the relay box may have been improperly routed, potentially allowing the harness to contact the suspension’s leaf spring hanger bracket, allowing the harness to get chafed. Depending on which wire gets damaged, the vehicle can experience stalling and/or reduced functionality of the ABS, increasing the risk of a crash.
Isuzu Technical Center of America, Inc. (Isuzu) is recalling certain 2019 NPR GAS, 2019 NPRHD GAS and 2019 Chevrolet 4500 vehicles. The brake line clips for the rear driver side brake line may have been incorrectly installed, potentially allowing the brake line to contact a grounding bolt, potentially causing a loss of the rear driver side brakes. If the rear driver side brake fails, the vehicle may experience reduced braking, increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2020 Jeep Gladiator and Jeep Cherokee, 2019-2020 Ram 1500 Pickup, Ram 2500 Pickup, Ram 3500 Pickup, Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Jeep Renegade and 2019 Dodge Challenger vehicles equipped with 8.4″ or 12″ radio displays. A software error can cause the rearview camera image to remain displayed after the vehicle has been shifted out of reverse. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, “Rearview Mirrors.” The lingering rearview image can distract the driver, increasing the risk of a crash.
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 Crosstrek vehicles with rear seat belt assemblies with a dual-mode locking mechanism. The seat belt webbing sensor locking mechanism may not lock as intended. In the event of a crash involving multiple impacts, the seat belt may not properly restrain the occupant, increasing the risk of injury.
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2012-2017 NV Cargo and NV Passenger Van, 2013-2015 Titan and Armada and 2011-2012 Infiniti QX56 vehicles. Due to a manufacturing issue, the air bag inflator may not function properly or may rupture during deployment. An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicles. The door-handle cable inside the rear doors may be too long, allowing contact with the window when it is opened, possibly damaging the cable. A damaged cable may cause the rear door to open unintentionally when the rear window is opened. Additionally, it may cause the rear inside door handle to not work. If the rear door opens while driving, or the door handle fails to open the rear door, there is an increased risk of injury to the rear passengers.
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2013-2016 328d xDrive sedans and 2013-2015 328d xDrive station wagon vehicles. The constant-velocity joint which transfers power between the transfer case and the rear drive shaft, may become damaged, possibly resulting in loss of power to the rear wheels. A loss of power to the rear wheels can affect vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the vehicle is parked after a loss of power to the rear wheels and the parking brake is not engaged, unintended rollaway can occur, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.
Daimler Vans USA, LLC (DVUSA) is recalling certain 2019 Freightliner Sprinter and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vehicles. The Operator’s Manual may not contain the correct information about how the automatic parking function (“Auto-P”) operates. If the driver relies on the Auto-P function as described in the Operator’s Manual, vehicle rollaway or movement may occur, increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles. The front differential may have been assembled with pinion gears that are insufficiently hardened, which can lead to the gear teeth wearing down. If both pinion gears have their teeth sufficiently worn off, torque power cannot be transferred from the front wheels to the driveline, resulting in loss of power while driving and loss of the PARK function when stationary. A sudden loss of power while driving or loss of the transmission PARK function can increase the risk of a crash.
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Land Rover) is recalling certain 2020 Range Rover Evoque headliners, part number LR117807. The headliners may have been improperly manufactured without a metal plate, possibly reducing the headliner’s head impact protection. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 201, “Occupant Protection in Interior Impact.” An improperly manufactured headliner may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain 2020 Challenger motorcycles. The engine output shaft bearing may not have been sufficiently lubricated during assembly, possibly resulting in bearing failure at very low mileage. Engine output shaft bearing failure could cause a sudden loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Daimler Vans USA, LLC (DVUSA) is recalling certain 2019 Freightliner Sprinter and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vehicles. The rear part of the fender liner on the front axle may contact and chafe the brake hose, possibly resulting in a loss of brake fluid. Loss of brake fluid can extend the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Fiesta, 2014-2016 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles sold, or ever registered in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A component within the door latches may break making the doors difficult to latch and/or leading the driver or a passenger to believe a door is securely closed when, in fact, it is not. A door that is not securely latched could open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of injury to a vehicle occupant.
Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Freightliner Business Class M2 and Freightliner 108SD vehicles equipped with Meritor MX 120 EVO Front Drive Steer axles. The axles may have insufficient lubrication, which may result in damage to the wheel end bearings. If the bearing are damaged, the wheel may separate and cause a sudden loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of crash.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2021 E-350 and E-450 vehicles. A wire harness in the rear of the vehicle may contact the vehicle frame, resulting in damage to the circuits that support the fuel pump and the anti-lock braking system (ABS). Damage to the fuel pump circuit in the wiring harness could result in an unexpected engine stall. Damage to the ABS wiring can lead to reduction of ABS functionality and a loss of roll stability control (RSC) functionality. These scenarios increase the risk of a crash.
Other Consumer Recalls
Polaris Recalls Model Year 2018 to 2020 Ranger XP 1000 Off-Road Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard. The clutch belt can break and damage the secondary clutch and the fuel line, posing a fire hazard to the rider. Polaris has received four reports of clutch belts breaking which resulted in fuel line damage and fires. Polaris has received four reports of clutch belts breaking which resulted in fuel line damage and fires.
Polaris Recalls Model Year 2019 to 2020 Ranger XP 1000 Off-Road Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard. The fuel line can be misrouted above the bracket that protects the fuel line from a clutch belt failure, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Polaris Recalls PRO XD and Ranger Utility Vehicles Due to Injury Hazard. Model Year 2019 Polaris PRO XD and model year 2020 Ranger Utility vehicles. The seat belts on the vehicles can fail, posing an injury hazard to the user if they were to be in a collision or tip-over incident.
MTD Southwest Recalls Trimmers and Polesaws Due to Laceration Hazard. This recall involves Troy-Bilt, Craftsman-branded trimmers and Remington-branded polesaws powered by a 25cc 2-Cycle gasoline engine. The trimmer’s housing is red and black and Troy-Bilt or Craftsman is printed on the top of the unit. The polesaw’s housing is orange and black and Remington is printed on the top of the unit. The head of the trimmers and polesaws can continue to rotate when the throttle is released, posing a laceration hazard.
Pass & Seymour Recalls Commercial-Grade Electrical Receptacles Due to Burn Hazard. A manufacturing error within the receptacles could lead consumers to incorrectly force the plug into the receptacle, causing the plug blades to overheat, posing a burn risk to the consumer.
Camso Recalls Yeti SnowMX Conversion Kits Due to Crash Hazard. The brakes on the snow bike can fail after the conversion kit has been installed, posing a crash hazard to the user. Camso has received 12 incidents of the brakes failing.
Joybird Recalls Dressers Due to Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards. This recall involves Joybird’s Blythe dressers. The recalled dressers are unstable if not anchored to the wall, posing tip-over and entrapment hazards that may result in death or serious injuries to children. The dressers do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard.
Stelpro Design Recalls Sonoma Wall Fan Heaters Due to Fire Hazard. This recall involves ASSO and ASSOS Sonoma wall fan heaters. The heaters are white, with the Stelpro name on the front. An internal part of the heater fails to meet flammability performance requirements, posing a fire hazard. Stelpro has received five reports of overheating.
Southern Motion Recalls “Wireless Power” Reclining Furniture Due to Fire Hazard. This recall involves “Wireless Power” reclining furniture powered by lithium-ion batteries. The batteries are installed internally as an optional equipment upgrade in custom configurable reclining furniture and are visible when looking under the upholstery in the rear of the furniture in a black mounting bracket. The lithium-ion batteries used to power the “Wireless Power” reclining furniture can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The company is aware of six incidents of batteries overheating and causing fires to the chairs and floor coverings.
Manhattan Toy Recalls Musical Lili Llama Due to Choking Hazard. This recall involves Musical Lili Llama wooden activity toy. The llama-shaped wood toy has a multi-colored metal xylophone on the top, two wood mallets, a detachable maraca tail on the back, four spinning squares on the front, two clacking panels on the sides and two spinning flowers on the sides. Manhattan Toy has received seven reports of loose screws falling off the toy, including two reports of children putting the screws in their mouths. The screws used to attach the spinning flowers to the sides of the toy can become loose and fall off, posing a choking hazard for young children.
Woom bikes USA Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall and Injury Hazards. This recall involves woom bicycle models 4 (20 inch), 5 (24 inch) and 6 (26 inch). The bicycle’s front fork can loosen and detach, posing fall and injury risks to the rider. The company has received two reports of the fork becoming loose or detaching in the U.S.
Kawasaki USA Recalls Off-Highway Utility Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard. This recall involves recall involves 2015 through 2020 MULE PRO-FX, MULE PRO-FXR, MULE PRO-FXT and 2016 – 2020 MULE PRO-DX and MULE PRO-DXT utility vehicles. The steering shaft can develop excessive wear and affect steering control resulting in a crash hazard, posing a risk of injury or death. The company has received 453 reports of incidents of steering problems.
Kawasaki USA Recalls Off-Highway Utility Vehicles Due to Oil Leak, Fire Hazard. This recall involves model year 2015 through 2020 MULE PRO-FX™, MULE PRO-FXR™ and MULE PRO-FXT™ off-highway utility vehicles. Debris can ignite on the vehicle’s exhaust manifold; and frozen water can block the breather hose allowing oil to leak, posing a fire hazard. Kawasaki has received 165 reports of oil leakage and 84 reports of vehicles catching on fire, resulting in three injuries, including one report of a burn to the user’s foot, one report of a burn to the user’s arm, hand and buttocks and one incident of smoke inhalation. Kawasaki is aware of more than $131,000 in property damage claims, excluding the cost of damage to vehicles.
For more information about automotive recalls, visit safercar.gov, the official website of the NHTSA where automotive safety and recall information can be found. You can search the site for your vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number) to find out if you are affected by recalls.
For more information about consumer product safety and recalls, visit CPSC.gov.