An important aspect of consumer safety involves automobile and other vehicle recalls, as well as auto products recalls like defective tires. Following are some of the latest recalls issued by auto and auto products manufacturers, and reported by government watchdog agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This list includes automobiles and auto products affecting both passenger and commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles. In our work investigating automobile crashes that involve serious injuries and death, we often find an auto products liability claim. The system for sharing automotive recall information with consumers is imperfect, at best, often distributed by mail and not always reaching the current vehicle owner. Take a moment to review the following list to see if your vehicle may be affected.

Automotive Recalls

Ford Motor Company, Inc. (Ford) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Lincoln MKX and 2019-2020 Nautilus vehicles equipped with 16-way electric tilt seats. The seat cushion frame edge may contact the wire harness when the seat occupant uses the tilt function of the seat, potentially damaging one or more wires within the harness, which can result in either inadvertent deployment of the air bag or non-deployment of the air bag in the event of a crash. An air bag that deploys inadvertently increases the risk of a crash. An air bag that does not deploy in a crash increases the risk of injury.

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019 A220 vehicles. The air conditioning condensation drain hose may not be installed properly. This may allow water to enter the driver and passenger foot wells and the center tunnel area, potentially damaging certain electrical components. Water entering electrical components can result in malfunctions of the supplemental restraint system, failure to start, activation of the limp-home mode while driving and an impairment of other features, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2020 LEAF electric vehicles. Under certain circumstances, the images for the back-up camera can disappear while in reverse. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, “Rear Visibility.” The lack of an image in the back-up camera display increases the risk of a crash.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2021 F-650 and F-750 trucks equipped with 7.3L gasoline engines. The underbody heat shield and other heat-protection components were not installed during assembly. Without these components, the interior cabin floor and seat attachments may reach elevated temperatures in certain driving conditions. Skin contact with certain areas of the cabin interior floor or seat attachments in these high temperature conditions may cause injury.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2020 Escape and Transit vehicles. The affected vehicles may have an improperly crimped diffuser in the side curtain air bags, which may result in the diffuser detaching from the inflator in the event of an air bag deployment. In the event of a crash, if the diffuser detaches from the inflator during air bag deployment, the curtain air bag may not inflate properly, increasing the risk of injury.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2020 Toyota Tundra vehicles equipped with LED headlight assemblies. Due to a wiring error, the front turn signals may not flash brightly enough. 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.” If the turn signal or hazard lamps do not flash brightly enough, other drivers may fail to see that the turn signal or hazard lamp functions have been activated, increasing the risk of a crash.

Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2018 Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) XBP, 2016-2019 XCM, 2017-2020 XCS, 2018-2019 XBR, 2017-2019 XBS, 2016-2019 XCL, 2017-2020 XCP and 2016-2020 XCR recreation vehicle chassis that received the “inspection-only” remedy from recall 18V-582. The rear mounted Power Distribution Module (PDM) may have been damaged during manufacturing, possibly resulting in the rear marker lights, brake lights, or turn signals not functioning. Non-functioning exterior marker lights can increase risk of a crash.

Daimler Coaches North America (DCNA) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Setra S407 and 2019-2020 Setra S417TC motorcoaches. These vehicles are equipped with a driver-selected Electronic Stability Control (ESC) “OFF” switch for disabling the traction control portion of ESC, allowing it to remain disabled at speeds above 20 km/h. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 136, “Electronic Stability Control.” If the vehicle is operated above 20 km/h while the electronic stability control system is disabled, there is a greater chance of loss of stability control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain 2014-2019 Outlander and 2018-2019 Outlander PHEV vehicles. The second-row center seat belt buckle may interfere with the right-side seat belt buckle when the seat backs are folded down. The interference may cause the right-side seat belt buckle cover to come off, making the buckle latch inoperable and unable to restrain an occupant. An unrestrained occupant has an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Kia Motors America (KIA) is recalling certain 2020 Sedona vehicles. The battery positive (B+) terminal nut on the alternator may not have been tightened properly during assembly, possibly causing it to loosen over time. If the alternator B+ terminal nut loosens, electrical arcing may result, increasing the risk of a fire.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2013-2018 Audi S8 and A8 vehicles. The seal around the engine compartment may come loose and contact hot engine components. If the seal contacts hot engine components, there could be increased risk of a fire.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2008-2010 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan and 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro vehicles. These vehicles may have a loose or missing brand emblem in the center of the steering wheel. The loose emblem or the securing nuts for the emblem within the driver air bag module may become projectiles in the event of a driver air bag deployment. Projectiles as a result of a driver air bag deployment in the event of a crash can increase the risk of injury.

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019-2020 C63 AMG, C63 AMG S, AMG GT 53, AMG GT 63, AMG GT 63 S, and 2020 GLC 63 AMG, GLC 63 AMG S vehicles. An incorrect Electronic Stability Program (ESP) software version may cause the ESP system to react inaccurately. If the ESP does not react properly to a driving situation, it may increase the risk of a crash.

Daimler Coaches North America (DCNA) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Setra S407 and 2019-2020 S417 passenger coaches. The engine compartment flap may not have sufficient welding seams on the hinges, allowing the hinge connection to fail and the engine compartment flap to detach from the coach. If the engine compartment flap detaches from the coach while it is in motion, it can become a projectile, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Land Rover) is recalling certain 2013-2016 Range Rover and 2014-2016 Range Rover Sport vehicles. These vehicles were previously recalled and repaired under Recall 19V-392, however the repair may not have been completed properly. Due to a problem with the Keyless Vehicle Latching System (KV Latch), the doors may appear to be closed but may be unlatched. Unlatched doors may open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of a crash.

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Kia Soul Electric Vehicle (EV) vehicles. The parking mechanism may become damaged if the driver moves the gear shift lever into Park ‘P’ before the vehicle comes to a complete stop. If the parking mechanism is damaged, unintended vehicle movement may occur when the gear shift lever is in the Park ‘P’ position and the parking brake is not applied. Unintended vehicle movement can increase the risk of a crash.

Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain 2017-2021 Freightliner Cascadia tractor trailers. The single brake modulator valve may be affected by chemical corrosion, which can slow down the release timing and cause the brakes to pull to the affected side during automatic braking events. Brakes that pull to one side during automatic braking events may cause a sudden change in vehicle direction, increasing the risk of a crash.

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2011-2012 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata Hybrid, 2012 Accent and Veloster vehicles. The 12V accessory socket outlet may have been over-tightened during installation, possibly disabling the thermal fuse and allowing the outlet to overheat with prolonged use, such as by using the Tire Mobility Kit air compressor to inflate a tire. An overheated accessory outlet increases the risk of a fire.

Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo) is recalling certain 2018-2021 VNL and VNR buses. The Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for the rear drive axles stated on the Federal Certification Label exceeds the rating of the wheel hubs. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.” If the rear axles are overloaded, over time the wheel hub may fail prematurely, increasing the risk of a crash.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe vehicles. The front axle differential bracket may not have been tightened correctly. If it comes loose, the differential could potentially cause damage to surrounding components. Components such as the fuel tank or drive shafts may become damaged from the loose differential. Damage to the fuel tank can result in fuel leakage, which in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of a fire.

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2020-2021 740Li, 740 Li xDrive, 750Li xDrive, M760Li xDrive, and Alpina B7 vehicles. The top child seat tether anchor on the rear middle seat may not be readily accessible. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 225, Section 6.1(b) “Child Restraint Anchorage Systems.” A child restraint system placed on the vehicle’s rear middle seat without utilizing the three-point safety belt could increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Volvo Cars of N.A., LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain 2008-2016 V70 and XC70, 2007-2016 S80, 2011-2018 S60 and V60, 2016-2018 S60 Cross Country, 2014-2020 S60L, 2009-2015 S80L, 2009-2016 XC60 and 2015-2018 V60 Cross Country vehicles. The flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the front outboard seating positions may fatigue over time, causing the seat belt to not secure the occupant in the event of a crash. An unsecured occupant has an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2020 Ram Promaster vans and 1500 pickups. The affected vehicles may have an improperly crimped diffuser in the side curtain airbag, which may result in the diffuser detaching from the inflator in the event of an air bag deployment. In the event of a crash, if the diffuser detaches from the inflator during air bag deployment, the air bag may not inflate properly, increasing the risk of injury.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain MOPAR steering 4×4 drag link assemblies (part number 68369907AA), and the associated components, jam nuts (part numbers 06510749AA and 06510750AA), drag link inner (part number 68111304AA), drag link outer (68111301AA), and drag link adjuster (part number 68111302AA) sold for replacement use on Heavy Duty Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks. The outboard steering linkage jam nut may loosen, allowing one end of the drag link to separate. The drag link assemblies may have been installed as part of a vehicle repair; the drag link assemblies installed during vehicle manufacturing were subject to NHTSA Safety Recall 19V-021. A drag link separation can cause loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling two 2018 Golf GTI vehicles. The VIN printed on the Federal Certification label may not match the actual VIN on the vehicle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.” If the stamped VIN does not match the VIN on the Vehicle Certification Label, owner may be unable to tell if their vehicle is under an important safety recall, possibly exposing them to an increased risk of crash, fire or injury.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2019-2020 RAV4 and 2020 RAV4 Hybrid vehicles equipped with electric power steering (EPS). Water may enter through the steering gear box cover and cause a loss of electric power steering assist. A loss of power steering assist could increase steering effort at low vehicle speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2013-2015 Prius and 2014-2017 Prius V vehicles not included in recall 18V-684. Excessive voltage in the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) within the inverter may cause the hybrid system to shut down, causing the vehicle to stall while being driven. An unexpected hybrid power system shut down may increase the risk of a crash.

Tire Recalls

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC (BATO) is recalling certain V-Steel Snow Wedge tires, size 385/95R25, and V-Steel Highway Service tires, size 445/95R25, designed for use on mobile cranes. The affected tires do not include the Department of Transportation (DOT) symbol, tire identification number, maximum speed, maximum load and corresponding inflation pressure, and ply number/composition markings on the tire sidewall. Note: The tires do contain alpha-numeric sidewall markings for both the load index and speed rating; however, these markings are not displayed in the required format. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires, Other than Passenger Cars.” If the operator unknowingly exceeds the maximum speed, load, and corresponding inflation pressure specifications, there may be an increased risk of a crash.

American Pacific Industries, Inc. (American Pacific) is recalling certain Gladiator X-Comp A/T tires, size LT285/75R16, Load Range E and with DOT date codes 0718 to 0420. Endurance testing found the sidewall may separate from the tire. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 139, “New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles.” Sidewall separation can lead to tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Vee Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd. (Vee Tyre) is recalling certain Taiga A/T tires, size LT285/75R16. Due to a manufacturing issue, the sidewall may separate from the tire. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 139, “New Pneumatic Radial Tires for Light Vehicles.” Sidewall separation can lead to tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Auto Products Liability Lawyers

It is important to remember if you are handling a case involving serious injuries or death resulting from a vehicle crash, especially a single-vehicle accident where it seems the extent of the injuries exceeds what would be expected, there may be a defective auto product to blame. This may include both passenger and commercial vehicle crashes. For more information about this type of claim, contact Cole Portis, head of our Personal Injury & Products Liability Section, or Chris Glover, Managing Attorney of our Atlanta office. They and their teams would be happy to discuss these cases with you.

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