With the summer doldrums firmly entrenched in the auto industry, recalls have also slowed down, with just 15 recalls logged in Canada for July. And although just 24 models assigned to 9 brands were affected, they did account for 344,348 affected vehicles.
The main reason for that was a Ram recall that affected 260,315 pickups (1500, 2500 and 3500) from model years 2015 through 2017. On those vehicles, the power locking mechanisms on their tailgates may have a small internal component that could break over time, which might cause the pickup tailgate to come unlatched.
Ford recalled Escape crossovers and Fusion sedans from model years 2013 through 2016, affecting 36,887 vehicles. On those vehicles, the bushing that attaches the shift cable to the transmission may degrade over time and could come loose, which would allow the transmission to be in a gear different than that selected by the driver. It might also allow the driver to move the shifter to Park and remove the ignition key without the transmission actually being in Park.
Volkswagen accounted for two separate vehicles affecting nearly 42,000 vehicles: 24,123 Golfs and Golf Wagons from models years 2015 through 2018 were also recalled to address with the transmission not being in Park but allowing the ignition key to be removed, though its problem was traced to faulty electrical contacts on a switch; and 17, 829 Tiguans from 2018 were recalled to remedy an overheating LED ambient light module for the panoramic sunroof ambient light bar.
Also of note, Audi recalled 2,672 cars (A6, A7, S6, S7 and RS7) from 2016 through 2018 to address a problem with the passenger occupant detection system, which might not properly classify the front passenger, causing the front airbag to not deploy as needed in a crash.
Other vehicles recalled over the month included the BMW 5 Series, X3 and X4, Chrysler 300 and Pacifica, Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Cherokee, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class and G-Class.