The weekend wasn’t easy on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s staff.
The federal agency was busy issuing reports on recalls impacting vehicles manufactured by some of the top automakers in the world. And as far as we can see, most of the vehicle models impacted by the recalls are popular cars driven by countless Americans daily.
The first recall announcement was issued by Nissan North America. The company recalled 76,242 units of the 2014 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured between June 11, 2013 and June 7, 2014. The impacted vehicles come with certain nickel plating of components that are part of the fuel pump that may not be proper for the model. The use of the improper parts could cause a fuel pump failing, which could then lead to a possible crash since the fuel pump may fail unexpectedly.
Consumers who may have been impacted by the recall are urged to contact the company if Nissan does not contact all impacted car owners in the near future. At the authorized dealers, the fuel pump will be replaced entirely for free. Avoid accidents by acting promptly. The announcement issued by Nissan was released after the company learned about the problem and consumers should act promptly by heeding to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You may click here to read more.
Another recall announcement that got the NHTSA attention was issued by Chrysler.
The recall impacts over 5,000 vehicles. According to the NHTSA, the company decided to launch the campaign after it learned that the 2013 through 2015 Fiat 500 EV vehicles may have been fitted with incompatible software between Electric Vehicle Control Unit (EVCU) and Batter Pack Control Module (BPCM). If that’s the case and the vehicle goes in to limp home mode, the electric propulsion system may shut down fully.
The vehicle may experience an electric propulsion system shut down, which could cause a stall-like condition. The problem could increase the risk of an accident.
The company has indicated that all impacted vehicle owners will be contacted soon. Once the vehicle is taken to an authorized dealer, the staff should be able to update the vehicle software to make sure the software is compatible between both components. Making sure your vehicle is inspected and repaired at an authorized dealer could help you to stay safe.
Unfortunately for many car owners, recall campaigns often come late. While no incidents associated with either of these recalls have been reported by the NHTSA, consumers should not ignore the announcements to avoid crashes.