With the auto industry firmly mired in its summer doldrums, there was also apparently little cause for recalls, with just 62,009 vehicles recalled in Canada in August, even though the 22 actions affected 55 models from 18 makes.
The biggest action affected 19,385 General Motors vehicles from model years 2018 and 2019, to address a problem with the rear brakes, which may cause gas bubbles to form in the brake fluid, which could result in mushy pedal feel and a reduction in braking effectiveness. The recall affects the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, GMC Terrain, and Chevrolet Bolt, Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu and Volt.
The issue also affected 2,212 Mercedes-Benz GLEs and GLSs from model year 2018.
Not far behind GM, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled 19,005 vehicles from Dodge and Jeep, also from model years 2018 and 2019 and also over a nearly identical brake problem involving compromised brake fluid and mushy pedal feel. The vehicles affected are the Dodge Grand Caravan and Journey, and Jeep Cherokee and Compass.
FCA also had a recall that affected the most models, if not the most vehicles. The company recalled 1,525 models from model years 2018 and 2019 that may have been built with a faulty powertrain controller that may result in failure, causing the engine to stall even when the car is being driven. Fifteen models are affected — Chrysler 300, Pacifica and Town & Country, Dodge Challenger, Charger, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, Fiat 500X, Jeep Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler, and Ram 1500 and Promaster.
Nissan had a big recall, also, requesting owners of 13,223 models from model years 2017 and 2018 to address a problem with the ignition, where key-ignition systems might have a spring that could wear and eventually break over time, allowing the key to turn from ON to ACC while driving, causing the engine to shut off, resulting in loss of power. Affected vehicles are the Frontier pickup, Micra city cars, NV and NV200 vans, Sentra compact and Versa Note subcompact.
Other models recalled over the month include BMW 2, 3 and 4 Series, Cadillac ATS and CTS, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford C-Max, Focus and Fusion, Genesis G80, Mercedes-Benz E- and CLS-Classes, Mini Cooper Countryman, Toyota Avalon, Volkswagen Atlas and Passat, and the Volvo XC40.