Car Safety

Over 120,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in September

Total of 16 actions affect 25 models from 14 different brands

<strong>2011-13 Jeep Grand Cherokee</strong>
Posh appointments in the five-seater cabin and Mercedes-like refinement added to the Grand Cherokee&rsquo;s considerable appeal. The luxury Jeep commands big money &ndash; yet owners complain it breaks down too often for such an expensive vehicle. A faulty TIPM module can introduce starting problems, stalling at speed, dead batteries and alternators, and other electrical quirks. The optional air suspension system can break, the steering shaft may require replacement and other failures make this Jeep (and the related Dodge Durango) a risky second-hand buy.

A total of 121,378 vehicles were named in 16 recalls issued in Canada over September 2017. Ranging from compact sedans to full-sized heavy duty pickups, there were 25 models in all, representing 14 brands

2017-18 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD

System: Seatbelts

Number of vehicles affected: 320

Details: On Double-Cab pickups with a manual “ON/OFF” switch for the passenger side front airbag, the front passenger seat belt retractor assembly may not have the correct torsion bar. The result is that an adult in the front passenger seat may not be properly protected in a front crash, especially if the front passenger airbag is manually turned off and inadvertently left off, posing a higher risk of injury.

Correction: Dealers will replace the passenger retractor.

2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica

System: Seatbelts

Number of vehicles affected: 1,926

Details: On 8-passenger minivans, the second-row middle position seat belt buckle could cause the left outboard seat belt to become unlatched under certain conditions, which raises the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Correction: Dealers will install a shorter middle-row centre seating position seatbelt buckle.

2011-14 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

System: Braking

Number of vehicles affected: 42,034

Details: The left rear inflatable seatbelt buckle may have a rivet that was improperly staked during assembly, which may allow the left rear seatbelt assembly to separate from its mounting bracket in a crash, potentially resulting in injury.

Correction: Dealers will inspect the left rear seatbelt buckle rivet, and replace the seatbelt buckle assembly, if necessary.

2017 Ford F-150, Super Duty (F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550)

System: Seats

Number of vehicles affected: 57

Details: Pickups equipped with a front passenger side manual seat track may insufficient weld penetration between the seat belt anchor and the seat cushion frame, which may leave the front seat passenger improperly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Correction: Dealers will replace the manual seat track.

2018 Ford F-150

System: Structure

Number of vehicles affected: 3

Details: Super Cab Raptor pickups without the moonroof may be missing roof brace attachment rivets, due to an error in assembly. This could reduce the structural integrity of the roof, which might increase the risk of injury to occupants in the event of a rollover.

Correction: Dealers will check for missing rivets on the roof brace attachments, and re-rivet as needed.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

System: Electrical

Number of vehicles affected: 173

Details: On dedicated electric vehicles, the aluminum housing of the Electronic Power Control Unit (EPCU) may contain voids which could allow coolant to contact the control unit's circuit board, possibly resulting in a loss of motive power while the vehicle is in motion, with the potential loss of power raising the risk of a crash.

Correction: Dealers will inspect the EPCU assembly, and replace as needed.

2017 Infiniti Q50

System: Airbag

Number of vehicles affected: 54

Details: Certain sedans may have been equipped with an out of spec driver airbag inflator, which may cause the airbag to not deploy property in the event of crash.

Correction: Dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag inflator.

2017-18 Jeep Cherokee

System: Labelling

Number of vehicles affected: 5,736

Details: Some vehicles may be missing tire and rim size information on the certification label, which could lead to the wrong tire and rim size being fitted on the vehicle. That might potentially affect vehicle handling, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Correction: Dealers will replace the certification label.

2016 Mazda6

System: Electrical

Number of vehicles affected: 2,886

Details: Some sedans may have an excessive weld spatter on the front passenger seat frame due to a manufacturing issue. Over time, this could cause the occupant classification sensor wire harness to chafe from rubbing against the weld splatter, leading to an electrical short. This could result in a loss of steering assist (leading to unexpectedly increased steering effort, which could increase the risk of a crash) and/or deactivation of the entire airbag system (which would mean they wouldn’t deploy when needed for a crash (which could increase the risk of injury to vehicle occupants).

Correction: Dealers will inspect the wire harness and add a protective pad to the seat frame to prevent the wire harness from chafing, and apply insulating tape on the harness if it is already chafed. If the harness is damaged beyond repair, dealers will replace the bottom seat cushion containing the sensor, and harness.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC

System: Steering

Number of vehicles affected: 1

Details: The contacts inside of the electric power steering control unit may not have been properly welded, resulting in a sudden loss of steering assist if the pins were to completely lose contact. The resultant unexpected increase in steering effort could increase the risk of a crash.

Correction: Dealers will replace the electric power steering rack.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLS

System: Structure

Number of vehicles affected: 6

Details: On certain panoramic sunroofs, the bonding of the front glass cover and the rear glass element might not meet specifications, resulting in the sunroof glass possibly separating from the vehicle while the vehicle is driving, which could prove a road hazard for other road users, and increase the risk of a crash.

Correction: Dealers will inspect the panoramic sunroof, and replace it if necessary.

2004-06 Mitsubishi Lancer

System: Airbag

Number of vehicles affected: 9,552

Details: The passenger front airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure during airbag deployment, which may cause the inflator to rupture and spray metal fragments at vehicle occupants, increasing the risk of injury. The high internal pressure could also damage the airbag module, which might prevent proper deployment when it’s needed in a crash and possibly increase the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. This is a follow up to a 2015 recall, which replaced the defective inflators with new inflators of the same type (new inflators were less prone to increased internal pressure until they had some years of use).

Correction: Dealers will replace the passenger side front airbag inflator on all vehicles (including those who had the 2015 fix) with a new, non-ammonium-nitrate-based inflator.

2003-06 Porsche Cayenne

System: Fuel

Number of vehicles affected: 4,817

Details: On certain vehicles, the fuel pump flange may develop fine cracks or fissures that could result in a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this could lead to an underhood fire.

Correction: Dealers will replace the fuel pump flange.

2013-17 Ram HD (2500, 3500, 4500, 5500)

System: Engine

Number of vehicles affected: 49,109

Details: The water pump on the 6.7 litre diesel engine could fail, which under some circumstances could result in an underhood fire.

Correction: Dealers will replace the water pump.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

System: Electrical

Number of vehicles affected: 534

Details: The factory installed block heater could overheat during use, which could increase the risk of an underhood fire.

Correction: Dealers will inspect the block heater, and replace if necessary.

2004-07 Volkswagen Touareg

System: Fuel

Number of vehicles affected: 4,170

Details: On certain vehicles, the fuel pump flange may develop fine cracks or fissures that could result in a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this could lead to an underhood fire.

Correction: Dealers will inspect the fuel pump flange. If no cracks are detected, a protective cover will be applied to the filter flange to prevent oxidization and the potential for future cracks. If cracks are found, the fuel pump will be replaced.

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