Recent Automotive Recalls
Sometimes, car problems affect thousands of vehicles at the same time. When this occurs, manufacturers will recall the vehicles, usually for a free repair.
You can check your vehicle for safety issues and recalls using your 17-character VIN with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many news outlets, including Roadshow by CNET, also release information about the biggest auto recalls affecting consumers.
Most recently, Roadshow has covered a recall of 85,550 Volvos, a Mercedes-Benz recall affecting 342,000 cars, and a recall affecting 18,800 Jeep Cherokees made in 2021.
Volvo Recalls 85,550 Sedans, Wagons, and SUVs for Faulty Fuel Pumps
If you drive a Volvo, issues with your fuel pump could cause your car to stall, which could be dangerous on the freeway. According to the NHTSA, Volvo has recalled 85,550 for low-pressure fuel pumps that can blow a fuse and break. The recalls affect gas-only and hybrid vehicles made in 2019 and 2020, including S60 and S90 sedans, V60 and V90 wagons, and XC60 and XC90 SUVs.
Fortunately, the defect has not yet caused any accidents or injuries, but you should take your car to the Volvo dealer to get your fuel pump replaced – free of charge – as soon as possible.
Mercedes-Benz Recalls 342,000 Cars for Glitchy Backup Cams
All cars manufactured after 2018 must have working backup cameras to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Although Mercedes-Benz cars are equipped with backup cams, the display may not boot up correctly and sometimes goes dark after about 50 seconds of use.
Cars from the 2019 to 2021 model years may be affected, including A-Class vehicles, E-Class vehicles, Mercedes-Benz SUVs, and CLA-Class and CLS-Class vehicles.
The manufacturer may be able to fix this problem with a software update, but some car owners will need to see a dealership technician for an in-person repair.
Jeep Recalls 2021 Cherokees for Leaky Transmission Hoses
A leaking transmission hose could cause a fire, which is why Jeep was quick to recall 18,800 2021 Jeep Cherokees with an increased risk of fluid leaks and fires.
The transmission oil cooler hose in these vehicles is improperly cured, so dealers will need to replace the hose and refill your transmission. You should get in touch with your dealer about the repair sooner rather than later because leaking fluid could make contact with your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause a fire.
For more information, contact your local Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership and reference recall Y18.
What Do You Do If Your Car Is Recalled?
If your car is recalled, the manufacturer will notify you of the need to repair and provide the service at a local dealership at no cost to you. If the problem cannot be fixed, the manufacturer must replace your car with an identical vehicle or a similar model.
All you need to do is follow the instructions on the recall notice you receive in the mail. Usually, this means scheduling an appointment with the dealer and taking your car in for a repair.
If you are still experiencing car problems after addressing the recall and receiving all recommended repairs, find out if your car is a lemon or defective vehicle. You may be entitled to protection under the California Lemon Law (Civ. Code, § 1793.22), and California Lemon Lawyers, APC may be able to help you get a refund or a new car.
If your car is constantly in the shop, it’s time to give us a call at (818) 960-1945 or schedule a free consultation online. We can help you get on the road again!