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Recent Vehicle Safety Recalls Including Kia, Ford, Subaru and Others

In the latest automotive safety announcements, numerous vehicle manufacturers have issued recalls due to various safety concerns that could pose significant risks to drivers and passengers. These recalls highlight potential defects that, if left unaddressed, could lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been instrumental in identifying these issues, emphasizing the importance of vehicle owners taking immediate action to ensure their safety and compliance with these recalls.

Key Recalls to Note

  • Kia America, Inc. has identified a risk with the Kia Telluride (2020-2024) models, where the vehicle could roll away due to a disengaged driveshaft. Owners of these models should be vigilant and verify their vehicle’s status.
  • Porsche Cars North America, Inc. has issued recalls for multiple models of the Porsche Taycan (ranging from 2020 to 2024 models), including the 4 Cross Turismo, 4S, 4S Cross Turismo, GTS, GTS Sport Turismo, Turbo, and Turbo S variants due to the risk of high-voltage batteries short-circuiting.
  • Ford Motor Company has announced recalls for the 2024 Mustang over concerns that the fuel supply line may leak, and for the 2023 Bronco Sport and Maverick models due to improperly manufactured tires. Additionally, the 2023-2024 Ford Transit is being recalled due to the possibility of tire damage from contact with the wheel arch liner.
  • Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC has identified a defect in the 2024 E350 and E450 models where a damaged wiring harness could result in a loss of drive power.
  • Subaru of America, Inc. is recalling the 2020-2022 Legacy and Outback models because of airbags that may not deploy as expected.
  • Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. has issued recalls for the 2022-2024 Audi E-Tron GT and RS E-Tron GT models, also due to the risk of high-voltage batteries short-circuiting.
  • Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) (Stellantis) has identified a concern with the 2024 Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager, where the windshield may detach during a crash, failing to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 212.

What is a Recall?

A recall is initiated when a manufacturer or the NHTSA finds that a vehicle model has a safety-related defect or does not comply with federal safety standards. The manufacturer is then obligated to fix the problem at no cost to the owner. This may involve repairing the vehicle, replacing it, offering a refund for the equipment, or, in rare instances, repurchasing the car.

Next Steps for Vehicle Owners

If your vehicle is involved in a recall, it’s crucial to act promptly to mitigate any potential risks. You should receive a notification letter from the manufacturer detailing the issue, the remedy, and instructions on how to have your vehicle repaired free of charge. If you suspect your vehicle is affected but haven’t received a letter, contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or reach out to your vehicle manufacturer or dealership directly.

To verify if your specific vehicle is affected by a recall, you can use the NHTSA’s VIN Look-up Tool. Entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) will inform you of any recalls that apply to your vehicle.

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