Manufacturer Recalls -- Is Your Car On One?
Chances are you've heard about the Takata airbag recall that affects Toyotas, Hondas and many other makes and models of vehicles. Many recalls happen "under the radar," though, and it can be easy to either not hear about them or to ignore any letters that come to your mailbox. Here's a quick rundown of recalls for late-model vehicles. Is your car or truck one of them?
- Ford F150: F271,000 2013 and 2014 F150s are being recalled for brake fluid leaks.
- Jeep Wrangler and Fiat 500: Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 400,000 Wranglers for faulty steering wheel airbag assemblies, and 40,000 Fiat 500s for problems with the clutch release
- Ford Explorer: 75,000 2014-15 model Explorers are being recalled for problems with the rear suspension's toe link.
- Chevy Sonic, Trax, Spark: 317,000 2013-16 models being recalled for software update on audio system and key chime
- Jeep Cherokee: 32,000 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees are being recalled for a wiring harness problem that could cause the shifter to become locked in Park or Neutral.
- Subaru Outback, Legacy: Subaru is recalling 48,500 2015-16 models of these vehicles for a steering defect that could cause the steering wheel to turn freely without affecting the direction of the car.
- Dodge Journey: Drivers in cold climates are advised of a problem that could result in power steering lines freezing up in extremely cold weather. 10,000 vehicles in the US are being recalled, along with over 185,000 in Canada.
- Ford Mustang, F150, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator: Almost 100,000 2011-12 models are being recalled for a transmission defect that can cause the unit to shift itself into first gear with no warning.
- Nissan Maxima, Murano: 2016 models are being recalled for a problem with the ABS braking system, which could result in loss of brake fluid, longer stopping distances and vehicle control/stability problems.
- Chevrolet Silverado, Sierra: 1 million of these popular trucks are being recalled for a seat belt problem; a steel cable that connects the seat belt and secures it can fatigue and cause the belts to fail. GM has issued a stop-sale notice on 2014-15 models until the problem can be fixed.
Everyone remembers the 1970s Ford Pinto and its nasty tendency to explode when rear-ended. Recalls today might not be so dramatic and can be a little tricky to find out about, but they can mean the difference between a safe, reliable vehicle and...one that isn't. Don't get any nasty surprises! At American Tire, we're here to serve you -- if you've got any concerns about your car or just need a little bit of repair or maintenance work, give us a call and set up an appointment.