Just 144,688 vehicles were recalled in Canada over the month of June, though the number of affected models added up to 40, from 14 brands, with the surprising trend being a number of ultra-performance brands affected.
The biggest recall of the month affected Kia vehicles, with 65,559 Forte and Forte Koup compacts, Optima mid-sized sedans and Sedona minivans from model years 2010 through 2013 afflicted with airbag control unit circuits that could get damaged, resulting in airbags and seatbelt pretensioners perhaps not deploying in collisions where they’re supposed to deploy.
The Sedona was also named in another recall concerning the power sliding door control module that may not be calibrated correctly, nullifying the “pinch-protection” feature that makes a closing door stop and reverse direction if it encounters an object. That recall affects 9,578 minivans from 2015 through 2019.
The second biggest recall of the month involved 40,603 Nissan Versas from 2010 to 2012. It was part of the massive Takata airbag recall that affects scores of millions of vehicles world wide. To refresh, the frontal airbag propellant module could rapture during deployment and spray shrapnel into the cabin.
The Takata recall also affected Ferrari California, F12, FF and 458 ultra-performance coupes and convertibles from model years 2012 and 2013.
Ferrari wasn’t the only supercar-maker affected by recalls over the month — Lamborghini issued two different recalls in the month (for 2012-2018 Aventador and for 2017 Centenario Roadster), Maserati recalled Ghibli, Levante and Quattroporte models from 2018, and Porsche Panameras from 2017 and 2018. Even the 2019 Corvette was recalled in June.
Also of note was that the new Volkswagen Atlas was named in three separate recalls — 9,396 Atlases were recalled over middle-row seatbelt buckles that might get damaged if a child seat with a larger than recommended base is installed in the centre position, and it was part of other recalls over brake line bubbles (along with the Beetle, Golf, Golf Wagon, GTI and Passat, and the Audi Q5) and airbags (along with Tiguan).
And on a final note, 10,938 Chrysler Pacificas were recalled to address an issue with the manual park release cover on the transmission shifter. It could be manipulated without the use of a tool, and lead to unintended vehicle movement.