This is not a good week to be a Ford driver. Or a Chrysler driver. Or a Bentley driver!
All three automakers issued major recalls this week. Here’s what happened–and how to find out if you are impacted by the news.
Once again, an automaker is recalling the same lot of vehicles for the third time! We were shocked when Nissan recalled Altimas (again) for the faulty hood latch, but they are not alone in their shame. Ford just issued a recall for more than 2 million vehicles, produced between 2011 and 2016, for a faulty door latch. Some of them have already been “fixed” twice.
The faulty door latches can pop open while driving. That’s clearly a major problem, and one that Ford needs to prioritize fixing. Some of the vehicles received repairs in 2015 and 2016, but obviously the measures were not enough.
Affected vehicles include:
The 2014-2016 Transit Connect passenger wagon was also recalled in May of this year. The vehicles have a faulty seal between the sunroof and the body. Over time, water can get in–and, in some cases, the sunroof assembly can fly off while driving.
Ford is also recalling 344,000 F-150 pickup trucks this week. Some trucks may have a leaky brake master cylinder. The leak can prevent the front brakes from functioning, and Ford admits that crashes have occurred.
Get it together, Ford!
Bentley is recalling a quarter of the total Bentayga SUVs on the road. The luxury vehicles can catch on fire due to a fault in the fuel supply line quick connector.
“On some of the affected vehicles, the integrity of the quick connector of the fuel line located in the engine compartment may not have met the design specification,” the company stated in the official recall notice.
If the Betayga is close to an ignition source, the engine could go up in flames. Bentley says that no injuries or property damage have been reported. The company identified the parts supplier, a Hungarian company, and assured drivers that they will begin rolling out the recall at the end of July.
Bentley isn’t alone in dealing with fire risk recalls this week. Fiat Chrysler Automotive will recall almost 30,000 Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The 12V battery in these vehicles may have a bad connector.
FCA is issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution. They claim no actual fires have started because of the defect. Only Pacifica Hybrids made between 2017 and 2020 are part of this recall. An authorized technician will check the connector for corrosion and, if necessary, replace it.
Until the recall is completed, drivers should not park their Pacifica vans inside their garage, just in case.