Ford will be contacting the owners of certain 2022-2023 Ford F-150 Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) due to a problem that may cause inoperative or flickering back-up lights. This issue came to the attention of Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) in March 2023, following reports of moisture in the rear light bar of select F-150 BEV Platinum and Lariat vehicles from the 2022 and 2023 model years. These vehicles feature a rear light bar that spans the tailgate and houses the supplemental tail lamp and reverse lamp functions. Upon further investigation, Ford discovered an increased rate of warranty reports citing moisture in the rear light bar, which consequently resulted in certain claims of malfunctioning or flickering rear supplemental tail lamps and reverse lamps.

Upon examining the returned parts, Ford observed the presence of water droplets or condensation within the lamp, indicating micro cracks in the outer lens of the light bar. Testing conducted on the parts retrieved from the field revealed that over half of them had either inoperative or flickering supplemental tail lamps and/or reverse lamps. The investigation by the CCRG pinpointed the cause of stress on the light bar to be static and dynamic loading during the assembly plant fit process, which involves aligning the tailgate and surrounding components. Additionally, extreme tailgate surface loading in temperatures below -40 Celsius was also identified as a factor. The forces exerted on the light bar and its housing result in stress being transferred to the lens, potentially leading to the development of micro cracks.

To address this issue, owners who receive notices will be required to visit their dealerships to have the rear light bar replaced. Ford has assigned the recall number 23S30 to this specific recall, while the NHTSA campaign number is 23V-418.

In situations where vehicle owners encounter persistent issues with their newly purchased vehicles, such as the problems described above, they may be protected by lemon laws. Lemon laws vary by jurisdiction but are generally designed to provide legal recourse to consumers who unknowingly purchase vehicles with substantial defects that affect their safety, value, or use. These laws typically require manufacturers to either replace the defective vehicle or refund the purchase price if the vehicle cannot be adequately repaired within a reasonable number of attempts. If you suspect that your vehicle is a lemon, it is advisable to familiarize yourself with the lemon law provisions in your jurisdiction and consult with a legal professional to understand your rights and options for resolution.

Certain 2022 Chevrolet Silverado and 2022 GMC Sierra vehicles equipped with a high-mounted brake light accessory sports bar, may fail to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) for lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment.

General Motors (GM) first became aware of the problem in April 2022, when a GM engineer observed an accessory sports bar installation problem on a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado. The problem was reported to GM’s Speak Up For Safety (SUFS) program and a formal investigation was opened. The investigation reviewed customer field data and found 15 claims related to this condition

According to the defect report, some 2022 Chevrolet Silverado and 2022 GMC Sierra trucks may have a dealer-installed accessory sports bar that contains a high-mounted stop lamp that will not operate as intended when installed according to the provided instructions. The installation of the bar also blocks the vehicle’s existing high-mounted stop lamp. If the high-mounted stop lamp is not working or is not visible to other drivers, it will increase the risk of an accident.

The instructions for wiring the accessory sports bar is not compatible with the electrical design of certain 2022 Silverado and Sierra trucks. 2019-2021 model year vehicles and 2022 model year vehicles built with the previous electrical architecture (RPOs J21 and AMK) are not affected by this problem. This accessory is not intended for use on 2500/3500 series vehicles.

GM is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this condition. Investigators analyzed sales records to identify potentially affected trucks and over the counter sales and have decided to conduct a noncompliance recall. Approximately 242 vehicles are affected.

Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their Chevy or GMC dealer to have the installation of the sports bar inspected and repaired as necessary. GM’s recall number for this recall is N222368110 and the NHTSA campaign number is 22V-463.

Hyundai will be asking the owners of certain 2011 Equus and 20092011 Genesis cars to return their vehicles to a manufacturer approved repair facility for a safety problem affecting the braking system. According to reports filed with the NHTSA website, diode failure within the stop lamp circuit could result in the lights becoming inoperative. If the stop lamps are not working, a following vehicle may not recognize that the vehicle is slowing or stopping, increasing the chance of a rear end crash. Owners wanting more information about the problem are asked to contact Hyundai customer service at 1-714-865-3920. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 125 and the NHTSA Campaign number is 14V713.

Certain 2008-2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles could experience taillight failure as a result of an electrical problem with the tail light ground pin connector. The automobile manufacturer and the NHTSA launched an investigation into the lighting problem in August 2013 after receiving twenty one complaints from customers who say they experienced a loss of one or more rear lamp assemblies and experienced melted connectors that resulted in smoke and fires in the trunk. Continue reading

General Motors is recalling certain 2012 Buick Regal vehicles for a problem with parking lamps. According to the recall report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the parking lamps do not activate when either the parking lamps or headlamps are turned on. The inadequate lighting will reduce the visibility of the vehicle and increases the potential for an accident. GM will be notifying owners this month and will fix the issue by reprogramming the body control module. For more information about the problem, contact GM customer services at 1-800-521-7300.

Toyota is recalling certain 2009 Camry sedans and 2009-2011 Venza mid size crossover SUV (CUV) vehicles over a manufacturing defect that could leave drivers with inoperative brake lights. According to the recall report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), silicon grease may have gotten on the contacts of the stop lamp switch increasing the resistance of the switch. This problem with the brake lights could lead to a no start condition, and the driver may not be able to shift out of the “park” position. Toyota will be notifying and replacing the stop lamp switch starting in April. Owners wanting more information about the problem can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Maserati is recalling certain Granturismo and Granturismo convertible sports cars manufactured between June 2008 to March 2010. According to the recall report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), faulty lap assemblies could lead to the rear tail and brake lights failing. The visibility of the vehicle will be reduced increasing the chance of an accident. Owners wanting more information about the recall can contact Maserati at 1-201-816-2600.

BMW will be notifying certain 3-Series drivers of an electrical malfunction recall that could leave motorists without tail, brake or signal lights. The problem is being blamed on an increased resistance in the electrical contacts of the lighting system within the vehicles body panels. Non working or intermittent working tail, brake, or signal lights will increase a drivers chance of getting into an accident. BMW will begin notifying customers of the recall starting in October. Owners wanting more information can contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417. The vehicles involved in the recall will include:

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