Mercedes, BMW recalls overshadow Mopar parking brake adjustments

2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee special edition car

Last week, NHTSA announced numerous recalls for passenger cars, including one to properly adjust the parking (emergency) brakes of the 2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger and the 2023 Chrysler 300. Only around 2,000 vehicles are affected, globally, and since buyers tend to leave automatic transmissions in Park (and manual transmissions in first or reverse)—and since … Read more

Jeep defrosters and many competitors’ recalls

2024 Jeep Wrangler Willys

The 2022-24 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2021-24 Jeep Wrangler are being recalled for broken defrosters/defoggers. Around 200,000 vehicles sold in the US, and others sold elsewhere, have software errors which can prevent the defroster/defogger from running, in recall 24V111000. The software upgrade has to be done by the dealer. Software updates were also the subject … Read more

Recall Monday: loose bolts, bad welds, and that Jeep recall


The week’s recall roundup includes some odd GM and BMW gaffes, randomly opening Ford doors, and, at last, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe recall announced by Stellantis two weeks ago.

At GM, the 2023-24 Cadillac Lyriq may have badly welded seat belt brackets, and the Hummer and Silverado EVs may have loose seat belt buckle bolts. These may seem like embarassing mistakes if they hadn’t been released with Ford’s 2015 Fiesta, 2016 Fusion, and 2016 Lincoln MKZ recall for doors which may open while driving.

Recall Monday: Wrangler and other companies


The Wrangler 4xe recall last week, which got perhaps more attention than it deserved (as only 1% of the vehicles actually have the flaw), grabbed headlines; but today’s list of recalls from the NHTSA is remarkably short, excluding as we always do commercial and recreational vehicles. The worst recall belongs to Land Rover’s 2023 Defender, … Read more

Jeep Wrangler 4xe recall and fire warning (updated)

2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe

Jeep is recalling some 32,125 US-market 2021-24 Wrangler 4xes due to fire risk, though only around 1% have the flaw. The company advises that owners do not recharge them, but that they do park them away from structures and other vehicles, until the software is updated. The software update will include an automated check of … Read more

32 Pacificas a’flaming, and other recalls

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Road Tripper minivan

Chrysler is recalling just 32 2023 Pacifica PHEVs, ironically because the 12-volt battery’s isolator post may not have been installed correctly. This could result in a fire whether the vehicle is moving or parked. Owners are asked to park outside and away from buildings until the recall has been finished. All affected vehicles were made … Read more

Recall Monday dominated by Mercedes, with windows falling out

recalls (generated for Mercedes windows falling out)

Mercedes is dominating the week’s recalls—and Stellantis is absent from it. The main issue is a missing brake inspection gauge on a variety of 2019-21 Mercedes models, along with a sunroof that may close unexpectedly in the 2020 GLS580.

Finally, finishing a rough recall week for the Germany maker, the 2024 GLC300 may have windows come out…

Luxury Wagoneer has its third recall

Wagoneer rear vent-seat screen

Around 100,000 2022-24 Wagoneers have apparently been made so far—if this recall is any indication. The vehicles may have third row seat belt buckles which “may not allow occupants to properly access or fasten the seat belt to the buckle.” The fix is replacing the third row seat belt buckle. Only around 1% of vehicles … Read more

2022-24 Rams not looking back, and other recalls

2023 Ram 2500 Rebel HD

A software glitch has left roughly 300,000 Rams—an odd mix of Ram 1500s (2022-23),  light-GVWR Ram 3500 chassis cabs (2022-23), and Ram 2500s (2022-24)—without the rear view image displaying when in Reverse. The fix is simply a software update, which must be done at the dealership. The Ram 3500s affected are only chassis cabs with … Read more

Hornet/Tonale and Ford fires and other recalls

Ford on fire recalls

There was a single Stellantis recall this past week, for loose battery cables which can cause fires in the 2023-24 Hornet and Tonale. Fewer than 5,000 vehicles were involved, all plug-in hybrids; the 12-volt battery positive cable and/or high voltage connector may be loose, causing fires while parked. In other recalls, 2024 BMW crossover knee … Read more

Ford trucks breaking axle shafts, and other mainly-Ford, non-Mopar recalls

2023 Ford display with Tremor, Transit

Ford is recalling its 2023 “Super Duty” F-250 and F-350 pickups because the left rear axle shaft may break, which can cause loss of power or vehicle rollaway. The recall affects 41,555 trucks in the US. Ford is also recalling the 2023 Edge because the right-side headlight is too bright; and the 2023 Explorer because the turbo oil line may be damaged. Ah, one more Ford recall: various Ford and Lincoln vehicles from 2018 to 2023 (Navigator, Aviator, Transit, Bronco) may lose their rear view camera image.