A total of 783,779 vehicles were flagged in 33 separate recalls in Canada in September, affecting 60 nameplates from 17 brands, for a variety of issues ranging from airbags to seatbelts.
Nearly half that number came in a single Ford recall affecting 339,884 F-150 pickups from model years 2015 through 2018, to fix a problem with the front seatbelt pretensioners, whose deployment could cause the ignition of the pretensioner exhaust gases and the surrounding materials in the B-pillar area, which could result in a cabin fire.
The next largest recall came from Honda, which recalled 263,289 Acura and Honda models (Acura CSX, RL, TSX and ZDX, and Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Crosstour, Element, Fit, Insight, Pilot and Ridgeline) from model years 2010 through 2014. The recall is the latest wave of vehicles in the massive Takata airbag recall (where front airbag deployment could rupture the airbag inflator and spray metal fragments at cabin occupants), which also claimed 6,494 Mazda B-Series pickups from model years 2004-2006.
The Honda Accord and Insight (albeit the latest generation Civic-based hybrid, rather than the Fit-based sedan from the previous generation) were also named in a recall to address a software issue affecting the rearview display in the centre stack. The recall affects 14,521 cars from 2018.
Mazda also recalled 15,306 Mazda6s from 2009-10 for a manufacturing defect that could result in the front cross member rusting out, causing reduced steering control and raising the potential of a crash. Affected vehicles are registered in heavy-road-salt usage areas (New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island).
Also of note, 95,832 General Motors vehicles from 2015 were recalled over a software issue that could result in the electric steering assist to switch off (resulting in increased steering effort for the driver) followed by a sudden return of assist that could cause drivers to over correct their low-speed steering manoeuvres and possibly crash. The recall affects Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Sierra and Yukon.
Brake issues resulted in the recall of 19,761 Infinitis (2017 QX60) and Nissans (2015-17 Maxima, Murano and Pathfinder) due to a leaky ABS actuator pump that could damage an electronic circuit board, resulting in the ABS warning light illuminating. Not addressing the issue could damage the ABS module and result in an underhood fire.
Other models recalled over the month include Acura NSX; Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio; BMW 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Series, X1, X2, X3, X4 and X6; Cadillac CTS; Chevrolet City Express and Tahoe police and service vehicles; Ford Edge; Infiniti QX50; Lincoln MKX; Mercedes-Benz C-, E-, GLC- and S-Class; Mini 3- and 5-door, Clubman, Convertible and Countryman; Range Rover and Range Rover Sport; Subaru Legacy and Outback; and, Toyota Prius.