Weekly Recalls: Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Toyota/Lexus


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FORD (Takata)

Safety recall expansion for vehicles containing certain Takata airbag inflators

As part of the fourth planned expansion of vehicles included in Takata inflator recalls described in National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations Takata coordinated remedy order, Ford is expanding its safety recall on vehicles with certain passenger frontal airbag inflators after Takata declared those inflators defective. This action represents a planned expansion of previously recalled vehicles to additional model years within the geographic zones defined earlier by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S01.

A total of approximately 953,000 vehicles have been added to this expansion, including 782,384 in the United States and federalized territories and 149,652 in Canada.

Affected vehicles include:
  • 2010 Ford Edge and 2010 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Nov. 28, 2008 to July 12, 2010
  • 2010-11 Ford Ranger vehicles built at Twin Cities, Aug. 14, 2008 to June 21, 2014
  • 2010-12 Ford Fusion, 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ and 2010-11 Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 3, 2008 to July 29, 2012
  • 2010-14 Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, June 8, 2009 to Dec. 16, 2011

Ford is not aware of any injuries associated with the passenger side frontal inflators included in this safety recall.

Dealers will replace the passenger frontal airbag inflator or module at no cost to the customer.

FORD

Safety compliance recall on select 2019 EcoSport vehicles for insufficient front seat back weld

Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall on certain 2019 Ford EcoSport vehicles with an insufficient weld between the side member and A-bracket on the front seat back. A seat back with an inadequate weld may have reduced strength that may not meet the seat back strength requirements of FMVSS 207/210, potentially increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from this condition.

This action affects approximately 87 EcoSport vehicles in North America including 63 in the United States and federalized territories and 13 in Canada. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18C08.

Dealers will replace front seats on affected vehicles with new seats.

TOYOTA

Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2019 Model Year Corolla Hatchback vehicles in the United States. Approximately 3,400 vehicles are involved.

In the involved vehicles, there is a possibility the torque converter in the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) could fail. Under certain conditions this could result in a loss of motive power. Loss of motive power while driving at higher speeds could increase the risk of crash.

For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will replace the Direct Shift-CVT with a new one containing a new torque converter not affected by this issue at no cost to customers. Toyota is currently obtaining parts. Owners of all involved vehicles will receive direct notification via first-class mail by mid-February.

Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, customers should check their vehicles status by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information. Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: .

Customer support is also available by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1.800.255.3987. .

MERCEDES-BENZ

Mercedes-Benz is recalling approximately 6,100 vehicles, all equipped with all-wheel drive.

They include certain:
  • model-year 2015-16 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedans
  • model-year 2017-19 C300 cabriolets and coupe
  • model-year 2017-19 Mercedes-AMG C63 cabriolets
  • model-year 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S sedans
  • model-year 2018-19 Mercedes-Benz C300 and C350e sedans
  • model-year 2018-19 Mercedes-AMG C63 sedans, C63 S coupes and C63 S cabriolets
  • model-year 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 cabriolets and coupes, C63 S sedans and C63 S coupes, and Mercedes-Benz E300, E400 cabriolets and coupes
  • model-year 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS450 sedans
  • Mercedes-Benz E450 cabriolets and coupes

The problem is a locknut in the steering rack may break under high load, possibly causing the steering to become stuck in one position, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering rack for free.

Mercedes-Benz will begin mailing interim letters to owners Jan. 25, 2019; a second letter will be mailed once remedy parts become available. Owners can call the automaker at 800-367-6372, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or to check their and learn more.

LEXUS/TOYOTA

This safety recalls involve certain 2018-2019 Model Year Tacomas, 2008-2019 Model Year Land Cruisers and 2008-2019 Model Year Lexus LX 570 vehicles in the United States.

Land Cruiser and LX 570 Recall
Approximately 89,700 vehicles are involved in this recall. The front passenger occupant classification system has a seatbelt tension sensor that could malfunction over time and could cause the airbag warning light and the passenger airbag OFF indicator to illuminate. In addition, the front passenger airbag, knee airbag, and the passenger seat-mounted side airbag may be deactivated. If these airbags are deactivated, there is an increased risk of injury to the occupant in the event of a crash.

Toyota is currently developing the remedy and will notify owners by mid-February 2019.

Tacoma Recall
Approximately 44,000 vehicles are involved in this recall. Due to improper manufacturing processes by a part supplier, a seal in certain brake master cylinders may become damaged over time and leak brake fluid internally. The brake pedal feel could change, and front brake performance could be suddenly reduced. This could result in increased vehicle stopping distance and may increase the risk of a crash.

For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will replace the brake master cylinder with a new brake master cylinder that is not affected by this condition at no cost to customers. Owners of all involved vehicles will receive direct notification by first-class mail starting in late-January 2019.

Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, customers should check their vehicles status by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information. Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: .

For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1.800.331.4331 or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at 1.800.255.3987.
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