Manufacturers Announce Safety Recalls

Ford and General Motors each have announced multiple safety recalls this week, including those that may impact new and undelivered vehicles. These vehicles will remain on “stop-delivery” until all necessary repairs are made.

The first of two new Ford recalls involves certain 2013-2014 model year Escape vehicles that may have been produced with misaligned exterior door handles. This condition may result in a door that is difficult to close, or a door that opens while driving. Ford service technicians are to inspect all four exterior door handles and, if necessary, reposition them to the correct specifications.

In the second campaign, Ford is recalling certain 2013-2014 C-Max and Escape models for a software error that may cause delayed deployment of the safety canopy in certain roll-over situations. To remedy this condition, Ford service technicians will need to reprogram the restraint control module.

GM also announced two safety recalls this week. The first involves 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD models equipped with the (LML) Diesel Engine and (N2N) Dual Fuel Tanks. In certain affected vehicles, improperly torqued fuel pipe nuts may allow fuel to leak at the transfer pump when it is activated to bring fuel from the rear tank to the forward tank. This condition presents a potential fire hazard. The fuel pipe nuts will need to be tightened by a GM service technician.

Lastly, GM is recalling 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu vehicles equipped with a 17-inch front brake assembly, which may have been built incorrectly with the rear brake rotor. This will cause the brake pad life to be significantly shortened. In addition, the outer brake pad could become disengaged from the caliper bracket and the diagonal corners of the brake system could lose hydraulic integrity. To remedy this condition, service technicians must inspect both front brake rotors and, if necessary, install new rotors and replace both front brake pads.

For undelivered vehicles involved in safety recalls, all repairs must be completed at the delivering dealership prior to delivery. For vehicles already in service, the manufacturer will notify owners of record, instructing them to schedule a service appointment with their dealership. All recall-related service work is performed at no charge to the customer.

Please contact your ARI representative if you have any concerns.