More Safety Recalls from BMW, Chrysler, Subaru, Toyota

BMW, Chrysler, Subaru and Toyota have issued safety recalls on more than 300,000 vehicles for fuel leaks, sudden stalling, fires, bad airbags, and defective parking brakes, according to documents made public by NHTSA.

In the largest recall affecting 136,188 vehicles, BMW of North America said in-tank fuel pumps may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts, leading to fuel leaks or sudden stalling. Dealers will replace the fuel pump modules. Affected are various 2007-2011 model year X5 and X6 crossovers, as well as 5- and 6-series cars. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Chrysler, aka FCA US, is recalling model year 2011-2014 Dodge Charger Police vehicles, 2007-2013 RAM 3500 Cab Chassis, 2008-2013 RAM 4500 and 5500 Cab Chassis, and 2013 RAM 2500 and 3500 vehicles. The affected vehicles have a Denso 220-amp alternator that may suddenly fail because of bad diodes. If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. There is also the possibility that the alternator may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire. Parts are not currently available, but beginning on November 25, 2016 owners will be notified of the recall and they will be sent a second letter when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

Chrysler is also recalling 14 model year 2016 Dodge Viper vehicles manufactured May 24, 2016, to August 28, 2016. The wires for the driver’s frontal air bag may be pinched.  The air bag may not deploy properly in the event of a crash increasing the risk of injury. Dodge will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s frontal air bag and clockspring. The recall is expected to begin on November 18, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 91,585 model year 2016-2017 Prius vehicles manufactured August 6, 2015, to October 3, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with a foot-operated parking brake system that has a parking brake cable that may disengage.  If the cable disengages from the mechanism and the transmission is left in a gear other than ‘Park’ while the ignition is on and the driver leaves the vehicle, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a clip at the parking brake cable end to prevent the cable from disengaging. The recall is expected to begin December 11, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.



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