Car recalls: Why they happen and what buyers should know
Why do car recalls happen? Here’s what to know if your car has an open recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued multiple recalls last week including nearly 250,000 Honda vehicles for manufacturing error in the connecting rod bearing.
Are you looking to see if any recalls were issued on your vehicle? If the car isn’t listed below, owners can check USA TODAY’s automotive recall database or search NHTSA’s database for new recalls. The NHTSA website allows you to search for recalls based on your vehicle identification number or VIN.
Here are the vehicle recalls published by the NHTSA from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18.
See what else is being recalled: Check USA TODAY’s recall database
Honda Recall: Connecting rod bearing error
Honda is recalling 248,999 of its 2015-2020 Acura TLX, 2016-2020 Acura MDX, 2016 and 2018-2019 Pilot, 2017 and 2019 Ridgeline, and 2018-2019 Odyssey vehicles because of a manufacturing error in the connecting rod bearing. The connecting rod bearing in the engine may wear and damage the engine. A damaged engine may cause it to stall, which increases the risk of a fire, crash, and injury, according to a NHTSA report.
Dealers will inspect and repair the engine as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are anticipated to go out by Jan. 2, 2024. Should owners require assistance, they can reach Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. The recall numbers are XG1 and GG0.
- 2016-2020 Acura MDX
- 2015-2020 Acura TLX
- 2018-2019 Honda Odyssey
- 2016, 2018-2019 Honda Pilot
- 2017, 2019 Honda Ridgeline
BMW is recalling 155,627 vehicles because of camshaft timing bolts that can loosen. The aluminum bolts on the vehicle that seal the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) may gradually loosen over time. If the VANOS that hold bolts loosen, it can increase the risk of injury and crash because the engine may stall, according to a NHTSA report.
Dealers will offer complementary replacement of the four VANOS bolts. Letters alerting owners will be sent out on Dec. 12. A second letter will be sent out when the solution is figured out. Owners can get in contact with BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
- 2010-2012 BMW 1 SERIES
- 2010-2012 BMW 3 SERIES
- 2010-2011 BMW 5 SERIES
- 2010-2011 BMW X3
- 2010-2011 BMW X5
- 2010-2011 BMW Z4
Subaru recall: Rearview image
Subaru is recalling 95,830 of its 2021 Crosstrek, 2022 Forester, 2021-2023 Legacy, and Outback vehicles because of rearview image problems. A defective weld might make some water pour into the inhibitor switch, which can cause it to malfunction. An inhibitor switch that is nor functional can result in the failure of reverse lights to illuminate the rearview camera image to display, raising the likelihood of a collision according to a NHTSA report.
Dealers will replace the inhibitor switch at no charge. Notification letters will be sent out on Jan. 8, 2024. Owners can reach Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. The recall number is WRQ-23.
- 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
- 2022 Subaru Forester
- 2021-2023 Subaru Legacy
- 2021-2023 Subaru Outback
Subaru recall: Broken driveshaft
Subaru is recalling 3,732 of its 2024 Crosstrek, Impreza, 2023-2024 Forester, and 2023 WRX vehicles for a broken driveshaft. Cracks and breaks may be present in the front driveshaft assemblies outer race. A broken driveshaft may result in a loss of drive power during operation or vehicle movement when parked without the parking brake engaged. Both situations could increase the potential for a collision according to a NHTSA report.
Dealers will conduct inspections and, if required, replace the left and right front driveshafts at no cost. Notifications for owners are scheduled to be mailed by Jan. 8, 2024. For further assistance, owners can reach Subaru’s customer service at 1-844-373-6614. This recall from Subaru is WRP-23.
- 2024 Subaru Crosstrek
- 2023-2024 Subaru Forester
- 2024 Subaru Impreza
- 2023 Subaru WRX
Volkswagen recall: Fire retardant insufficient
Volkswagen is recalling 23,883 2023-2024 ID.4 vehicles for fire retardant insufficiency. The interior sunshade designed for the panoramic glass roof may lack adequate fire retardant properties. These vehicles do not meet the specifications outlined in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 302, “Flammability of Interior Materials.” Fabric that does not have fire retardant properties can increase the risk of an injury according to a NHTSA report.
Dealers will provide a cost-free application of flame retardant to the sunshade fabric. Notifications addressed to owners are anticipated to be sent out by Jan. 5, 2024. Owners can contact Volkswagen’s customer service at 1800-893-5298. This recall number for Volkswagen is 60G3.
- 2023-2024 Volkswagen ID.4