If there was such a thing as recall week, the last week would qualify. Honda issued yet another airbag recall, FCA has problems with emissions, and Hyundai needs to check something in the engine.
The Honda airbag recall was the most significant, but FCA isn’t too far behind. Let’s take a look at some of the most significant recalls announced this week.
Honda Airbag Recall
Honda is recalling over 1.2 million vehicles including 84,000 in Canada for reasons we have heard before. A faulty inflator mechanism installed after the initial 2014 Tanaka airbag recall can still lead to shrapnel flying inside the car if the airbag deploys.
To see if your Honda or Acura vehicle is affected, you can check Honda Canada’s recall lookup page. You can also call Honda Canada’s airbag recall hotline at 1-877-445-7754. Acura owners, visit Acura’s recall page. Finally, you can also consult the recall page on Transport Canada’s website.
Certain Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler models from 2011 to 2016 are having problems with their catalytic converters which can lead to increased nitrogen oxide emissions. Unlike the Volkswagen dieselgate, there is no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of FCA.
The voluntary recall will happen over the course of the year. Nearly 1 million cars are being recalled with 103,000 in Canada. The affected cars are the following: 2011-2016 Dodge Journeys, 2011-2014 Chrysler 200s and Dodge Avengers, 2011-2012 Dodge Calibers and 2011-2016 Jeep Compass/Patriots.
Hyundai Recall – UPDATED
Hyundai issued a recall concerning 255,000 Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Tucson, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport models sold in Canada. More specifically, the 2011-2018 Sonata, the 2014 and 2015 Tucson and the 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport are included in the recall.
UPDATE Note: A previous version of this story mentioned that “Hyundai dealers will have to reprogram the engine control module to prevent any potential failures….” In actuality, the software does not prevent the failure.
“The Knock Sensor Detection Software update was issued as a preventative measure to provide advance warning to the vehicle operator of an engine problem in the unlikely event that one should occur. The Knock Sensor Detection technology uses software innovations and leverages existing engine sensors to continuously monitor for symptoms that may precede an engine problem. If the software is triggered, the vehicle will be put into engine protection mode, allowing the customer to drive to the nearest Hyundai dealer for diagnosis and repair”, Hyundai Corporate Communications Manager Sandy Indig wrote by email.