Recall Monday: Ford fires, slipping; Ram’s revised recall

The weekly summary of NHTSA recalls brings up Ram’s engine compartment fires, a low-probability but high-damage event caused by bad intake heater grids; Ram announced this last week. It affects 2021-23 Ram pickups and chassis cabs with Cummins diesel engines only—no gasoline engines are affected.

2022 Ford Mustang
These are the Mustangs that roll away, not the EV crossovers with the same name

It also brought up some Ford recalls eerily reminiscent of times passed—a combination of rollaway and fuel tank fires which may remind some of the time Tauruses were slipping into Reverse even as Pinto fires were in the news. In this case, it’s the 2023 Ford Transit with poorly welded fuel tanks, compared with two rollaway recalls—one in the 2020-22 Ford Explorer, caused by a computer flaw; and one in the 2022-23 Bronco, Explorer, F-150, Mustang, and Lincoln Aviator (in short, the company’s hottest vehicles and a Lincoln) where a loose bolt in the transmission may let the vehicle just roll away.

Other interesting recalls included falling upper bunks in Freightliner Coronados, wheels flying off from Subaru Solterras, unwanted awning extensions in Thord Rize and Scope RVs, and of course all Teslas with “full self-driving software” that puts the car into the opposing traffic lanes at speed, runs through pedestrians, runs “late yellow” lights, refuses to slow down when the speed limit drops, and so on. Oh, and Mercedes cameras and rearview mirrors may “detach” in the 2022 EQS580.

Less interesting recalls for the week come from Subaru (poorly installed replacement airbag inflators in 2004-05 Impreza/WRX and battery harness corrosion in Crosstrek Hybrid); Navistar (bad roof joints); and Nissan (side airbag emblems may come off).

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