Recalls to Keep an Eye On

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued three recalls from Ford Motor Company (Ford), BMW, Newmar Corporation (Newmar), and Daimler Vans USA, LLC (Daimler).

Ford

Ford recently issued a safety recall for select truck models. According to the company, the affected vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards because the front windshields are inadequately bonded to the vehicle body structure.

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Ford is also recalling certain 2005-2014 Mustang, 2004-2011 Ranger, 2009-2011 Mercury Milan, 2006 Ford GT, 2008-2012 Fusion, 2007-2010 Edge and Lincoln MKX, and 2009-2010 Lincoln MKZ vehicles. According to NHTSA, the vehicles may be equipped with a driver or passenger frontal air bag inflator used as a replacement service part that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.

“In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the frontal airbag, an inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death,” a portion of NHTSA’s safety report reads.

This recall impacts more than one thousand vehicle owners.

Ford stated it will notify all affected vehicle owners of its latest safety recall.  Auto glass companies working on the recalled models can assure their customers that Ford will inspect the driver and passenger air bag module, and replace either the module or the inflator, if necessary, at no charge to the customer. Shop owners can advise their impacted Ford vehicle owners to contact the manufacturer’s customer service center if they have additional questions at 1-866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236. This recall is set to begin March 8, 2021. Ford’s number for this recall is 21S05.

BMW

BMW recently issued a recall that impacts roughly 14,000 of its 2020 and 2021 228i and M235i vehicle models because of sunroof issues. This issue according to the vehicle manufacturer, stems from the vehicles lack of compliance with a certain Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS).

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Newmar

Newmar is recalling more than one thousand of its vehicles because of visibility issues involving the vehicle’s brake lights. According to NHTSA, the company’s 2021 Kountry Star and 2017-2021 Dutch Star motorhomes are impacted. The brake light switch may chafe against the windshield wiper mechanism, which could damage the brake light switch or its wiring, and cause the brake lights to not illuminate.

“If the brake lights do not illuminate, other motorists will be unaware of the driver’s intention, increasing the risk of a crash” a portion of NHTSA’s release reads.

The recall is expected to begin April 18, 2021.

Newmar stated the company will notify all of its impacted vehicle owners. Auto glass companies working on the recalled models can assure their customers that their brake light switch will be inspected and replaced if necessary, at no cost. Shop owners can advise their impacted Newmar vehicle owners to contact the manufacturer’s customer service center if they have more questions at 1-888-327-4236 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Daimler

Diamler is recalling nearly two hundred of its vehicles because of visibility issues involving the vehicle’s rearview camera. According to the company, its 2019-2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter and Freightliner Sprinter vehicles equipped with the multimedia system “Connect 5” and a rearview camera vehicle models are impacted.

NHTSA states the rearview image may not display within two seconds from the start of the backing event. “In addition, the rearview image may be obscured or covered by the visual display of the Emergency Call (eCall) pop-up window if the eCall system is activated while the reverse gear is engaged,” a portion of NHTSA’s release reads. “As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, Rear Visibility.”

The recall is expected to begin March 22, 2021.

Diamler stated the company will notify all of its impacted vehicle owners. Auto glass companies working on the recalled models can assure their customers that Diamler will perform a software update on the vehicles, at no cost. Shop owners can advise their impacted Diamler vehicle owners to contact the manufacturer’s customer service center if they have more questions at 1-877-762-8267 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236. The reference number for this recall is VS3RUECON.

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