Some 2017-2023 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) could experience a loss of drive power. The suspect period began in August 2016, when production of the Chrysler Pacifica began, and ended in January 2023, when Stellantis (Chrysler) started containing vehicles suspect to have the defect.
Chrysler became aware of this issue in August 2022, when the Stellantis Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (TSRC) opened an investigation into certain Chrysler Pacifica PHEVs after receiving reports of unexpected loss of motive power. The investigation revealed six customer assistance records, 242 warranty claims, and 59 field reports potentially related to this issue. Chrysler decided to issue a recall.
According to the defect report, there could be an internal transmission wiring connector that could short and unexpectedly shut down the engine. An unexpected engine shut down and a loss of motive power can increase the chance of a vehicle crash.
The remedy is a Product information management (PIM) and Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) software update for 2017-2018 model year vehicles and a PIM software update for 2019-2023 model year vehicles. This update will provide messaging to the drivers giving them sufficient drive time to exit traffic before the vehicle completely shuts down. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed out in March 2023. Stellantis number for this recall is 03A and the NHTSA campaign number is 23V-010.
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Ford will be asking the owners of certain 2023 Bronco Sports vehicles, to return to their dealerships to repair a problem that could lead to unexpected brake problems. Ford used supplier records to determine the population of affected vehicles in which the problematic Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) is installed. (Component Part Number: LX6C-2B373-LG)
In December 2022, Ford was contacted by the manufacturer of their ABS, about a quality issue affecting the Hydraulic Control Unit (HCU) of an Electronic Brake Booster (EBB). According to the defect report, a foreign object was introduced into the tool that assembles the Normally Closed (NC) valves used in the ABS Module. This object could create a “flat spot” damage to the ball which creates the seal. This damage could allow an unintended leak path through the valve. If the valve leaks, the driver may experience inconsistent brake pedal travel without warning. Additionally, the driver-selectable Auto Vehicle Hold feature may not operate as intended. The vehicle could creep unexpectedly after an auto-hold event is initiated.
Owners who receive notices will be asked to return to their dealerships to have the ABS module replaced. Ford’s number for this recall is 23S01 and the NHTSA campaign number is 23V-021.
This is the third recall affecting the 2023 Ford Bronco Sport.
In November 2022, Ford recalled half a million 2020-2023 Escape and 2021-2023 Bronco Sport vehicles equipped with 1.5L engines. A fuel injector may crack and leak fuel inside the engine compartment and cause an under hood fire. (NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V-859)
In September, Ford recalled 2022-2023 Bronco Sport and 2022 F-150 vehicles because the parking lights may flicker during any of the three following scenarios. (NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V-859)
- Scenario 1: When the customer manually selects the “position lamp on” mode.
- Scenario 2: When the customer manually selects “Headlamp On” Mode.
- Scenario 3: When the customer is driving in automatic headlamp mode, and the environment gets dark enough to trigger “Night Mode”, which turns on the headlamp and parking lamp function.
Certain 2023 Volvo automobiles could experience a diagnostic error in the Brake Control Module 2 (BCM2) that could cause a loss of the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and traction control.
The vehicles affected include:
|2023 Volvo C40
|2023 Volvo S60
|2023 Volvo V60
|2023 Volvo V60CC
|2023 Volvo V90CC
|2023 Volvo XC40
|2023 Volvo XC60
|2023 Volvo XC90
Volvo first became aware of this condition in October 2022 when they received the first report of issues with the brake pedal in a 2023 Volvo vehicle. As reports increased, an investigation was opened to find a possible common root cause. In December the investigation was escalated to the Critical Concern Action Process (CCAP) and the Critical Concern Management Team (CCMT) initiated a technical investigation to evaluate the risk assessment and root cause. In January the technical investigation was completed and a recall was initiated.
According to the defect report, certain diagnostic tests that check the grounding of the BCM2 could put it in a faulty state that could result in a loss of brake support functions. The problem is caused by a lack of robustness in software compatibility with a specific BCM2 HW version.
The customer may experience a hard/stiff brake pedal and potential loss of brake support functions such as:
- ABS, ESC, and traction control.
- ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), Pilot assist and OPD (One pedal drive)
- All active safety and city safety functions described in the user manual that involve braking.
The driver display will warn the customer with DIM messages and malfunction indication lamps if this issue occurs. This is an intermittent issue, and the faulty state will remain through the drive cycle until the vehicle enters deep sleep.
Volvo will release an over-the-air (OTA) BCM2 software update to correct the problem. Volvo Car’s number for this recall is R10217 and the NHTSA campaign number is 23V-012.
Ford Motor Company (Ford) has decided that a defect affecting the seat belt warning system could exist in certain 2020-2023 Lincoln Aviator and 2020-2023 Lincoln Corsair vehicles. The vehicles affected are equipped with a Revel Audio System.
The problem was discovered in November 2022 when Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group received complaints pertaining to the seat belt warning chime reminder on a 2022 Lincoln Aviator PHEV.
The seat belt reminder system was tested on various combinations of powertrain and audio systems of Lincoln Aviators in an attempt to reproduce the problem. It was discovered that some Lincoln Aviator PHEV vehicles could experience an initial chime duration of fewer than 4 seconds. An audible signal that is activated for less than 4 seconds can result in decreased safety belt usage, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.
The engineering team and audio supplier conducted a design of experiments to gain a better understanding of the cause and scope of the problem. They found that the problem affected vehicles equipped with the Revel audio system, introduced on the 2020 Lincoln Aviator and Corsair. Further seat belt reminder system evaluations were conducted at Ford assembly plants and it was concluded that 2020-2023 Lincoln Aviator and 2020-2022 Corsair vehicles could experience the symptom of a chime duration of fewer than 4 seconds
According to the defect report, when the driver’s seat belt is not buckled and the vehicle is started, the seat belt warning system may activate the audible warning chime for an insufficient amount of time of fewer than 4 seconds. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for occupant crash protection.
Owners receiving notices will be asked to contact their dealers about updating the audio control module software in their vehicles. Ford’s number for this recall is 22C35 and the NHTSA campaign number is 22V-953.
A small number of 2019-2020 Volvo vehicles could experience a steering wheel lock up because of a manufacturing assembly error at the supplier. Owners of the affected vehicles will be sent notification letters with instructions on how to get their vehicles repaired.
Volvo’s Critical Concern Management Team (CCMT) first became aware of the problem in December 2022 when one of their supplier’s contacted them about a manufacturing error with a small number of steering gears. CCMT ordered a technical investigation which determined it was a critical safety issue that requires repair. They have initiated a recall for all vehicles that could be affected.
According to defect report, a manufacturing error at the supplier’s production multi O-assembly line may have fed double screws on top of each other when assembling the steering gear screw assembly. If the extra screw falls down into the gearbox housing, it could become jammed in the steering wheel gears and the steering wheel could lock up. In most cases, there is no prior warning, but some drivers may notice a grinding noise when turning and a stiffness in the steering prior to the steering locking up.
The vehicles affected include:
|2019-2022 Volvo V60CC
|2019-2022 Volvo XC60
|2019-2022 Volvo XC90
Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their dealership to have the steering gear replaced in their vehicle’s. Volvo Car’s number for this recall is R10213 and the NHTSA campaign number is 23V-001.
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General Motors (GM) has decided that a defect affecting seat belt safety exists in certain 2017-2023 Chevrolet Bolt EVs. GM will be contacting owners of affected vehicles with instructions to return to their dealership to have the problem corrected by installing fire barriers.
GM first became aware of the problem in September 2022 after receiving a report of a 2018 Chevy Bolt EV that experienced a fire. The fire seemed to originate in the right side lower pillar in the area of the pretensioner. GM opened an investigation into the incident and identified a total of three field incidents where exhaust from a deployed pretensioner ignited carpet fibers near the B-pillar. By December, GM’s Safety Field Action Decision Authority (SFADA) decided to conduct a safety recall.
The problem arises during certain crash conditions that require the front seat belt pretensioners to deploy. According to the defect report, the temperature of the exhaust from a deployed pretensioner may be sufficient enough to ignite carpet and other materials in close proximity to the pretensioner.
Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their dealership to have a metal foil barrier added between the carpet and pretensioner. Some vehicles will also require the installation of a pretensioner cover that will prevent the ignition of carpet material from pretensioner exhaust.
This recall will be launched in two phases, under bulletins N222383790 and N222383791. Notification to owners of vehicles that require only the installation of the foil barrier is estimated to begin on January 30, 2023. Owners of vehicles that also require installation of the pretensioner cover will begin receiving interim notification on January 30, 2023, with a second notification when parts become available. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 22V-930.
A small number of 2023 Kia Forte vehicles could experience a loss of steering control due to a manufacturing problem at the supplier.
The problem was first discovered in late October 2022 when a front left steering knuckle was found broken in a 2023 Kia Forte at one of their manufacturing plants. Kia worked with the supplier to investigate the cause of the knuckle crack and revealed a manufacturing procedure that was not followed by a worker at the knuckle supplier. Although a field analysis of data finds no customer complaints or warranty claims for loss of steering due to knuckle crack or fracture, Kia decided to recall certain 2023 Kia Forte vehicles.
According to the defect report, a manufacturing issue at the supplier of the front left steering knuckle installed in the subject vehicles may have been cast improperly. An improperly cast knuckle can fracture and may result in the loss of steering control.
All owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by first-class mail with instructions to bring their vehicles to a Kia dealer to have the left front steering knuckle inspected. If the knuckle is identified as being part of the affected production lot, the knuckle will be replaced with a new one. Kia’s number for this recall is SC259 and the NHTSA campaign number is 22V-907.
Kia will also be contacting the owners of certain 2020 Niro EVs because of a problem with the Electric Power Control Unit (EPCU). In November 2022 Kia became aware of Niro EVs in the European market involving complaints loss of motive power. An investigation identified seven warranty claims in the US, involving loss of motive power for the same reasons.
According to the defect report, the Electric Power Control Unit (EPCU) assembly in the affected vehicles may have been produced by the supplier with improper sealing. The EPCU could leak coolant internally and contact the EPCU circuit board. If coolant contacts the EPCU circuit board, the vehicle could unexpectedly stall. Drivers may notice a “Check Electric Vehicle System” warning light.
Dealers will inspect and replace the EPCU as necessary. Kia’s number for this recall is SC258 and the NHTSA campaign number is 22V-897.
General Motors (GM) will be contacting the owners of certain HD and XD trucks because of a problem affecting the suspension in their vehicles. If the problem is not fixed, it could lead to difficult steering and an increased risk of an accident.
In November 2022, GM received information from one of their suppliers that there was an investigation into a manufacturing quality problem in certain flange lock nuts used in 2021-2022 model year Chevrolet Silverado medium-duty vehicles. After consulting with their supplier, GM’s Safety Field Action Decision Authority (SFADA) decided to conduct a recall.
The vehicles affected include:
|2021-2022 Chevrolet 4500HD
|2021-2022 Chevrolet 4500XD
|2021-2022 Chevrolet 5500HD
|2021-2022 Chevrolet 5500XD
|2022 Chevrolet 6500HD
According to the defect report, certain hex flange lock nuts used in several locations on the suspension in some HD and XD trucks were not properly formed and heat treated by the supplier. Over time, the nuts could loosen and cause a loss of tension in the suspension joints. Over time, drivers will notice a degradation in vehicle handling.
Parts are not currently available, but when parts are available owners will be asked to return to their dealerships to have the hex flange lock nuts replaced. GM’s number for this recall is N222391080 and the NHTSA campaign number is 22V-874.