The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working tirelessly to ensure that vehicles that pose safety and other life-threatening risks to drivers are being repaired promptly.
The year of 2014 has been especially harsh for auto makers, mostly because vehicles have been recalled more often this year than any other year in recorded history in the United States. With that being said, it’s important for consumers to keep their eyes peeled at all times in order to ensure their vehicles are fixed if they have been subject to a recall campaign.
According to the two latest reports published by the NHTSA, BMW of North America, LLC has issued a recall announcement that affects all units of the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-door vehicles that were specifically manufactured between January 7, 2014 and July 21, 2014. The firm has announced through the release published by the federal agency that the spare wheel in these vehicles may have been attached under the vehicle in the factory with a type of nut that may not be self-locking. Since this issue may have been caused by the company’s own assembling staff, the issue is considered to be a failure to comply with federal regulations.
According to the firm, the vibrations that may occur while the vehicle is in use may cause the potentially defective nut to come loose, which could then cause the wheel to separate from the vehicle. If that occurs while the vehicle is traveling, the spare wheel may become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a serious auto crash.
BMW has indicated that dealers will have all of the affected vehicles inspected and repaired if needed. According to the NHTSA, the vehicles will be fitted with a new securing self-locking nut entirely for free.
This recall has affected thousands of vehicles and consumers should not ignore it.
The second recall reported by the NHTSA affects over 28,000 vehicles that have been fitted with certain Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems that may not function correctly, which could cause the vehicle’s system to loose the location of the car’s individual tire sensors. If that takes place when the vehicle is in use and the tire pressure is low, the driver might not know since the warning light will be illuminated when the system is not working correctly. If the driver thinks the light is on simply because of a problem in the system, thus missing the fact the tires may not be inflated up to standards, tire failure may occur, increasing the risk of personal injury accidents.
The affected vehicles include the 2014 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, as well as the 2013 and 2014 LR4 vehicles that were manufactured between September 16, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
The company has indicated that all affected vehicle owners are being promptly contacted via mail. Owners should have their vehicles inspected and repaired if needed. According to Land Rover, the Body Control Module software in the affected vehicles will be updated so that this problem does not increase the risk of accidents.
You may follow this link to learn more about this recall.
Contact the NHTSA if you have any reports associated with potential accidents or issues linked to your recalled cars to register with the federal agency.