This week’s recalls: Alfa Romeo, Audi, Dodge, Lexus, Maserati, Ram and Toyota
In case you missed it: Vehicle recalls that came across our desk during the past week. Materials for this recap are received via email from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) copied directly from the www.safercar.gov website.
2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia, Stelvio
Units Affected: 307
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio vehicles. The braking system on these vehicles may have been filled with contaminated brake fluid, possibly damaging the system and affecting its performance.
A reduction in braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
Alfa Romeo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the braking system, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Feb. 8, 2018. Owners may contact Alfa Romeo customer service at 1-844-253-2872. Chrysler's number for this recall is T84.
2018 Audi A5
Units Affected: 8,037
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Audi A5 Coupe vehicles. The affected vehicles were built with head curtain air bag assemblies that may not unfold properly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 226, "Ejection Mitigation."
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the head curtain air bag, if the air bag does not deploy properly, the vehicle occupants have an increased risk of injury.
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will modify the head curtain air bags so that they deploy properly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 31, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69T7.
2005 Dodge Dakota
Units Affected: 16,900
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup trucks equipped with heated seats. These driver and passenger seats may develop hot spots that can result in the seat cushion or seat back having burn holes.
The hot spots and burn holes can injure the seat occupant and can increase the risk of a fire.
Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will update the seat heating system control features, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Feb. 8, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T80.
2018 Maserati Quattroporte, Ghibli
Units Affected: 1,406
Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain 2018 Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles. These vehicles have a fuel delivery pipe in the engine compartment that may leak fuel at the connections.
A fuel leak within the engine compartment increases the risk of a fire.
Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will install a new fuel delivery line kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Feb. 9, 2018. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-510-2369. Maserati's number for this recall is 363.
2016-2017 Ram 3500; 2011-2017 3500, 4500, 5500; 2009-2017 1500; 2010-2017 2500, 3500
Units Affected: 1,482,874
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of less than 10,000 pounds, 2011-2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles, 2009-2017 Ram 1500 and 2010-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, all equipped with a column shifter. Pushing the brake pedal for prolonged periods when the vehicle is running and in PARK may cause the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) pin to stick in the open position. With the pin in the open position, the transmission can be shifted out of PARK into any gear without pushing the brake pedal or having the key in the ignition.
Being able to shift the transmission without pushing the brake pedal and/or without a key in the ignition can increase the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin Feb. 8, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T79.
2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner, Tundra; 2018 Highlander, RAV4, Lexus GX460; 2017 Toyota Sienna, Tacoma
Units Affected: 649
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner and Tundra, 2018 Toyota Highlander, RAV4 and Lexus GX460 and 2017 Toyota Sienna and Tacoma vehicles. These vehicles may have incorrect load carrying capacity labels. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
An incorrect load information label can result in the operator overloading the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota will notify owners and provide them with corrected labels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 15, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are H0Z for Toyota vehicles, and HLF for Lexus vehicles.
Note for all recalls: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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