Several major car manufacturers, including Ford, Toyota, and Tesla, have active recalls that could affect vehicle performance and safety. The following recalls came out between March 13 and April 6. Check to see if your car is still safe!
The most recent major recall comes from Tesla. The electric car maker is issuing a recall for over 70,000 Model S vehicles from 2012-2016. The Model S is the second most popular plug-in electric car in history.
The problem with the car lies with a group of aluminum bolts. The bolts, attached to the power-steering frame, can become corroded. Also, the corroded bolts might break in cold temperatures.
Should the bolts break, drivers will lose power-steering, making it very difficult to turn at low speeds. Tesla will replace the faulty parts for free at any dealer.
Toyota, Ford, Hyundai Also Issuing Recalls
Another recall comes from Toyota. The 2018 Toyota Camry is facing an engine problem. The issue is present in only approximately 1,700 vehicles.
The affected models have larger engine pistons than they are supposed to. The enlarged cylinder leads to unwanted noise, smoke, warning lights, and potentially loss of engine power. Toyota will begin notifying customers in late May and will fix the issue at no charge.
Also, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ owners are facing repairs. Around 1.3 million Fusions and Lincoln MKZs, both manufactured by Ford, have an issue with the steering wheel. The recall affects model years of 2014-2018 for both cars.
The bolt in the steering wheel may loosen and, as a result, allow the device to detach. Without a steering wheel, drivers would be unable to turn, increasing the potential for an accident.
Ford says they are aware of multiple accidents related to the issue. The company will replace and strengthen the piece at no cost to the car owner.
Lastly, 2,800 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrids from years 2016, 2017 and 2018 are facing recall. The voltage protection device in the cars may be faulty. The VPD can trigger without reason and potentially cause loss of power when the vehicle is in electric mode.
To fix the issue, Hyundai is removing the VPD and installing a different battery management system. The manufacturer will start alerting customers on May 4 and will repair the problem for free.
To see if a recall is active on your car, visit your manufacturer’s website and enter your Vehicle Identification Number.