The beginning of a new year means a round of new model years added to the massive Takata airbag recall, and January saw the recall numbers explode from the previous month, as nearly 880,000 vehicles, covering 88 models, were named in recalls from 27 brands.
The biggest chunk of the 879,883 total, though, was the result of adding older vehicles, most of them from 2009 but also from latter years, right up to 2016, to the Takata recall roll, which is really one recall, but every company has to give notice to the government of what it is requesting from its customers.
The numbers were staggering — over half a million vehicles (500,667 to be exact), consisting of 47 models from 16 makes — with some models, such as the Ford Ranger and Pontiac Vibe, no longer in production. The Ranger was also part of a priority recall due to the occurrence of two deaths linked to the issue over the past year, as was it’s re-branded “twin,” the Mazda B-Series pickup.
However, there were also some significant recalls outside of the ongoing Takata saga that has touched millions of vehicles worldwide, and just about every manufacturer on the planet.
January also saw a massive recall of nearly a quarter of a million Ram pickups (249,513), from model years 2009-2017, to address an issue with a faulty brake/transmission shift interlock that prevents the vehicle from being taken out of gear without the brake pedal depressed, which would result in the pickups rolling away, sometimes without anybody behind the wheel.
Mitsubishi also recalled over 103,000 vehicles in three separate recalls — Lancer, Lancer Sportback, Outlander and RVR (45,156 vehicles in total) from 2008-12 were recalled because of a drive belt that could detach, leading to battery depletion, which would result in a loss of motive power and power steering assist; 39,131 Outlanders and RVRs from 2013-16 may have a stuck parking brake shaft, which would affect parking brake performance and might result in brake dragging; and, 19,219 Lancer, Lancer Evo, Lancer Sportback and Outlander models from 2007-10 may have a sunroof that is not properly bonded, and it could separate from the vehicle.
Ram pickups were also named in another recall over faulty fire extinguishers in the vehicles’ Roadside Emergency Kit, which may have components break or fall off, or the extinguisher may not work at all. The recall of 7,300 vehicles also affects Chrysler Pacifica and Town & Country, Ram Promaster and Promaster City, Jeep Cherokee, Compass and Patriot, and Dodge Caliber, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey. Model years vary but cover as early as 2004 up to and including 2018.
And a total of 7,457 Chrysler Pacific minivans from 2015-16 were also named in an engine related recall, whereby the 3.6-litre V-6 could stall, due to a loss of crankshaft position sensor synchronization.
Other notable names recalled include the Aston Martin DB11, Hyundai Ioniq, Maserati Quattroporte and Tesla Model S, among others.