The secondary steering torque sensor may not be properly calibrated on certain 2018-2023 Ford Mustang, 2018-2020 Ford F-150, 2018-2021 Ford Expedition, and 2018-2021 Lincoln Navigator vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with electronic power assist steering (EPAS) gears, which were installed as replacement service parts and are now found to have potential calibration issues.

This issue came to light when Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) was alerted by the supplier about an assembly problem affecting certain steering gears. To thoroughly understand the extent of this problem, Ford’s CCRG conducted a detailed review that included examining supplier maintenance records, warranty reports, and vehicle testing data. The findings prompted Ford’s Field Review Committee to decide on issuing a recall to address the defect.

The defect report indicates that the electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS) gears, which were sold as service parts, may have an incorrectly calibrated secondary digital torque sensor in the steering gear. Specifically, the polarity of this sensor may be inverted. If the primary steering torque sensor fails or develops a fault, and the secondary digital torque sensor’s polarity is inverted, the steering wheel could start oscillating without warning. This means the steering wheel might alternate between clockwise and counterclockwise movements when the driver attempts to steer, leading to unintended steering assist from the electronic power steering gear.

This oscillation poses a significant safety risk as it can make steering unpredictable and difficult to control, potentially leading to accidents. Recognizing the severity of this issue, Ford has taken measures to address it.

Ford dealers will update the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) software in the affected vehicles to correct the calibration issue. This update is intended to ensure the proper functioning of the secondary torque sensor, thereby preventing the unintended steering oscillation.

Owner notification letters were mailed on August 5, 2024, to inform vehicle owners about the recall and the necessary steps to have their vehicles repaired. Ford has assigned this recall the number 24S45, and it is also registered under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 24E-055.

Ford Issues Recall for Certain 2024 Mustang Models Due to Under Hood Fire Risk

Ford Motor Company (Ford) have identified a problem that could potentially lead to under hood fires in certain 2024 Mustang vehicles. Owners of the affected vehicles will receive notification letters with detailed instructions on how to get the necessary repairs. These letters are expected to be mailed by June 17th, 2024.

Discovery of the Problem

Ford became aware of the issue in April 2024 after receiving two reports of under hood fire allegations in 2024 Mustang models equipped with manual transmissions. Upon receiving these reports, Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) promptly conducted inspections of both vehicles to determine the root cause of the fires. Following their investigation, the company decided to issue a recall to address the identified defect.

Details of the Defect

The defect report indicates that the vehicle’s clutch pressure line may not be properly secured to the vehicle’s firewall stud. An improperly retained clutch pressure line can come into contact with hot exhaust components and potentially melt, leading to brake fluid leakage. Although this leakage does not affect the brake system’s fluid volume or functionality, it can significantly impact the clutch system. Specifically, the defect can result in an inability to change gears, and in certain situations, the engine may stall when the throttle is released. Moreover, if the leaked brake fluid accumulates near a hot surface, there is a risk of smoke and an under hood fire, posing a serious safety hazard.

Recall Details and Repair Process

To address this issue, Ford dealers will inspect the clutch pressure line and perform necessary repairs to ensure it is properly retained. The recall has been assigned Ford’s internal number 24S36, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number is 24V-394.

What Should Owners Do?

If you own a 2024 Mustang, especially one with a manual transmission, it is crucial to stay informed about this recall. Keep an eye out for the notification letter from Ford, which will provide specific instructions on how to proceed with the necessary repairs. In the meantime, if you experience any issues with your vehicle’s clutch or observe any unusual smoke from under the hood , contact your local Ford dealer for repairs, immediately.

Could Your Vehicle Be A Lemon?

The Lemon Law is a consumer protection statute designed to provide relief to car buyers who purchase vehicles that fail to meet quality and performance standards. It ensures that consumers can seek recourse if their new car has serious defects that the manufacturer cannot fix within a reasonable number of attempts. An essential aspect of leveraging the Lemon Law is maintaining accurate and detailed paperwork whenever your vehicle undergoes repairs. This documentation includes repair orders, work performed, dates, and technician notes. Accurate records are crucial because they serve as evidence of the recurring issues and the attempts made to resolve them, which can substantiate a Lemon Law claim. Without proper documentation, proving that your vehicle qualifies as a “lemon” can be challenging, potentially hindering your ability to receive a replacement, refund, or compensation.

2022 Kia Niro EV ChargingKia has identified a potential safety issue with certain 2022 Kia Niro Electric Vehicle (EV) models. The problem affects the high-voltage battery safety plug, which may overheat and melt due to electrical resistance.

What Happened?

The issue came to light in July 2023 when a dealer reported a case involving a 2022 Niro EV that shut off while driving without entering “Ready” mode. Further investigation revealed an isolated melted safety plug. Kia’s Safety Office monitored the issue and found no other incidents except for one isolated case.

What Did Kia Find?

Kia’s Safety Office conducted field data analysis and discovered that the melted safety plug was caused by high temperatures, not any issues with the battery cells or temperature sensors. The investigation also revealed a manufacturing process deviation in the supplier’s Female-Female terminal, which affected specific vehicle production lots.

Recall Alert

As a result of the findings, Kia has issued a recall for certain 2022 model year Niro EV vehicles due to the potential safety risk posed by the faulty safety plugs. The recall was announced on May 15, 2024.

Symptoms and Risks

If the electrical resistance in the safety plug occurs while driving or during battery charging, it may melt, increasing the risk of:

  • Loss of motive power
  • Fire

Drivers may notice an illuminated EV Service Warning light and/or a burning smell (melting plastics and smoke).

What to Do?

Owners with affected vehicles are advised not to charge their vehicle in a garage or any other covered structure until the recall repair is completed. Dealers will replace the safety plug, and owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on July 19, 2024.

Kia Recall Information

  • Kia’s number for this recall: SC314
  • NHTSA campaign number: 24V-358

General Motors (GM) has announced a safety recall affecting a small number of its 2024 Cadillac XT5 vehicles. This recall addresses a potential defect with the driver front airbag. This defect may pose a risk to vehicle safety.

The issue was identified when GM’s airbag module supplier observed a tear in the airbag cushion during a routine lot-acceptance test. This incident, which occurred in February 2024, prompted a thorough investigation by GM. The supplier was able to isolate the affected batch and performed additional tests on these airbags across various temperature settings to assess their reliability and safety.

The tests revealed that the airbag cushions could tear during deployment due to a recent design change in the airbag modules. Following these findings, GM’s Safety Field Action Decision Authority (SFADA) made the decision to issue a recall for all vehicles equipped with airbag modules from the affected production lot, manufactured the day before the problematic batch.

It is important for consumers to understand that a tear in the airbag cushion during deployment can significantly impair the airbag’s performance in the event of a crash, thereby increasing the risk of injury to the occupants.

To address this safety concern, GM is taking proactive steps. The company will replace the driver’s front airbag module at no cost to vehicle owners. GM plans to begin notifying affected Cadillac XT5 owners through formal letters, which are scheduled to be sent out on June 17, 2024. The recall has been officially recorded under GM’s number N232439241 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 24V-311. GM has confirmed that there have been no field incidents or injuries reported in relation to this defect.

Mini CooperA manufacturing issue was identified in a small batch of 2021-2023 Mini Hardtop 2 Door Cooper SE vehicles. These electric cars were found to have a high voltage battery housing that did not meet the company’s assembly specifications. This discovery came to light after a concerning incident in the U.S. in October 2023, where one such vehicle experienced what is known as a thermal event—a significant overheating.

Following this incident, BMW initiated a thorough engineering analysis to pinpoint the cause. It was found that during certain production periods, there was a flaw in how the battery housing was sealed. Specifically, an inadequate amount of sealing compound was applied between the two halves of the battery module’s housing. This oversight made it possible for water to seep into the battery enclosure.

Water entering the high voltage battery compartment can trigger what is called an isolation fault. This type of fault compromises the battery’s integrity, leading to performance issues and safety concerns. Initially, such water ingress prompts the vehicle to display a warning message, alerting the driver of the fault and advising them to have the vehicle checked at a MINI service center.

Should the water exposure continue, the situation can escalate. The accumulation of moisture can cause multiple isolation faults, potentially causing the vehicle to stall. In more severe cases, particularly after long periods of inactivity, these faults could cause the battery to overheat significantly. Such overheating, while rare, could lead to a thermal event, even if the car is not in use.

To address this issue, BMW is recalling affected vehicles to inspect, and if necessary, repair the sealing of the battery housing. This includes a thorough leak test to ensure the integrity of the battery enclosure. Owners of the affected Mini Cooper SE models will be notified by mail with instructions to visit their dealer. Notification letters are scheduled to be sent out on June 21, 2024. The recall has been officially recorded under the NHTSA campaign number 24V-302.

Vehicle owners are encouraged to respond to the recall notice promptly to ensure their safety and the proper functioning of their vehicle.

If you are a Tesla owner and you have a Lectron Vortex Tesla Supercharger (NACS) to Combined Charging System (CCS) adapters in your vehicle, you may be contacted by Dropcases Ltd., regarding a potential problem affecting the safety of your charging system.

Some NACS to CCS adapters may not securely latch to the charger. An unsecured adapter may be disconnected without shutting off the charger power, increasing the risk of an electrical shock.

Dropcases LTD, the manufacturer of the adapters, became aware of the the problem in April 2024 when they saw a YouTube video showing a customer who was unable to latch their charging unit to a Tesla Supercharger. Dropcases LTD contacted the user, requesting the return of the adapter for evaluation and an internal investigation was initiated. It was determined that an error in the supplier’s processes resulted in a limited number of non-conforming units being shipped to customers, specifically within the first 1,121 units. Out of an abundance of caution, Dropcases LTD chose to recall the part.

According to the defect report, the adapters affected include certain Vortex Plug Tesla Supercharger to CCS Adapter 500A / 1,000V. The adapter enables charging at Tesla Supercharger stations for non-Tesla CCS1 electric vehicles. The issue affects the NACS latching mechanism on certain adapters.

Some units feature a latch pin that deviates from the intended design, impacting secure locking of the charger coupler. If the adapter does not latch securely, the charger coupler can potentially be forcibly removed by the user without depressing the NACS latch. If the adapter does not securely latch and a user attempts to disconnect it from the charger without releasing the NACS latch and cutting power from the charging station, there is a heightened risk of an electrical event, which could increase the risk of injury.

Dropcases Limited will be sending owners notification letters with instructions on how to get the adapter replaced. These letters are expected to be mailed May 3, 2024. NHTSA Campaign Number: 24E-033.

In recent years, advancements in automotive technology have led to increasingly sophisticated control systems within vehicles, aimed at enhancing performance, efficiency, and safety. However, with these advancements come the potential for unforeseen challenges and issues to arise.

One such challenge has been identified in certain models of Ford vehicles, specifically the 2021-2024 Ford Bronco Sport and the 2022-2023 Ford Maverick. The concern centers around the failure of the body control module (BCM) and powertrain control module (PCM) to accurately detect changes in the state of charge of the 12-volt battery. This oversight has significant implications, as it could result in a loss of drive power, thereby increasing the risk of accidents and compromising the safety of both drivers and passengers.

The issue first came to light in October 2023, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation (NHTSA ODI) initiated an inquiry following reports of loss of motive power (LOMP) and subsequent loss of 12-volt accessories in 2021 model year Bronco Sport vehicles. Upon receiving 29 potentially relevant Vehicle Owner Questionnaires (VOQs) from NHTSA, Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) promptly launched an investigation to delve deeper into the matter.

Subsequent testing and analysis revealed a fundamental flaw in the BCM and PCM calibrations, rendering them incapable of accurately detecting battery failure in the affected vehicles. This deficiency becomes particularly pronounced during instances where the alternator struggles to meet the electrical load demand or during Auto Stop-Start events. As a result, drivers may experience unexpected loss of drive power, posing a serious safety hazard.

In response to these findings, Ford’s Field Review Committee took decisive action and authorized a vehicle recall to address the underlying issue. Under the recall, authorized dealerships will undertake corrective measures by re-calibrating the BCM and PCM to ensure accurate monitoring of the 12-volt battery state of charge. The recall process is expected to commence soon, with owner notification letters slated to be mailed out on May 13, 2024.

However, the implications of this issue extend beyond the immediate safety concerns. Ford acknowledges a significant number of warranty reports, field reports, and customer complaints related to this issue, totalling 917, 11, and 54 respectively. Moreover, there have been alarming reports of three unverified incidents of fire and two property damage claims allegedly linked to this concern. These statistics underscore the urgency of addressing the issue promptly and comprehensively.

In light of these developments, Ford has assigned a unique recall number, 24S24, and the corresponding NHTSA campaign number is 24V-267.

Jaguar I-PaceIn a recent development, owners of 2019 Jaguar I-Pace vehicles are being urged to take immediate action due to a critical safety concern that could potentially lead to vehicle fires. The issue revolves around battery packs manufactured within a specific time frame, which have been identified as prone to technical faults, posing a significant risk of thermal overload.

The affected battery packs, produced between March 1, 2018, and May 31, 2018, have exhibited several technical deficiencies that increase the likelihood of short circuits within the battery cells. These short circuits generate excessive heat, particularly when the battery state of charge exceeds approximately 85%, ultimately triggering a thermal overload condition.

While some vehicles have undergone modifications through a previous safety recall (H441), mitigating the risk to some extent, Jaguar is ensuring the safety of all potentially affected vehicles and a new safety recall, identified as H484, has been initiated to address this critical issue.

The ramifications of a vehicle thermal overload event, such as fire or smoke, are severe and pose significant risks to occupants and bystanders alike. Occupant injury, damage to property, and even injury to persons outside the vehicle are potential outcomes of such incidents, underscoring the urgency of addressing this issue promptly and comprehensively.

In response to this safety concern, Jaguar has outlined interim measures for affected vehicle owners to mitigate the risk until a permanent solution is implemented. Owners are advised to park and charge their vehicles outdoors, away from structures, and to limit charging to a maximum of 75% state of charge. These precautions aim to minimize the risk of thermal overload incidents until the necessary repairs are completed.

Notification letters are scheduled to be dispatched to affected owners starting April 26, 2024. The recall process, identified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 24V-183, aims to rectify the underlying issue and ensure the safety and peace of mind of Jaguar I-Pace owners.

It’s imperative for owners of 2019 Jaguar I-Pace vehicles to heed this safety warning and comply with the manufacturer’s instructions promptly. Failure to address this issue in a timely manner could potentially lead to catastrophic consequences. Additionally, owners are encouraged to stay informed about further developments regarding the recall and to take appropriate action as advised by Jaguar and regulatory authorities.

NOTE: This recent safety recall, identified by NHTSA Recall Number 24V-183, is not the first instance where concerns regarding the same problem have been raised. Previous recalls, such as, NHTSA Recall Numbers 24V-085, 23V-709, and 23V-369, have also addressed issues related to thermal overload and potential fire hazards in Jaguar I-Pace vehicles. These recalls underscore the seriousness of the underlying technical issues and the manufacturer’s ongoing efforts to rectify them. Owners should be vigilant and proactive in responding to these recalls to ensure the safety and integrity of their vehicles.