Dodge and Volkswagen vehicles are being recalled for air bag issues, while Mazda is bringing the CX-9 back to dealers to address a recall that involves the suspension. Find out if your vehicle is involved in this edition of the Recall Roundup.
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Automaker: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Affected Models: 2011–2014 Dodge Charger
Vehicles Involved: 284,153
Problem: Dodge Charger models built between May 6, 2010 and June 5, 2014 may have a side-impact air bag sensor that could cause the air bags to deploy if the door is slammed too hard. FCA says they are aware of three minor injuries that have occurred as a result of this problem.
Solution: Owners will be notified and asked to head to their local dealer where the occupant restraint control module will be recalibrated. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cautions owners to shut the doors carefully until the recall has been addressed.
Affected Models: 2007–2014 Mazda CX-9
Vehicles Involved: 193,484
Problem: Mazda CX-9 SUVs built between October 24, 2006 and December 28, 2013 have an issue with the ball joints in the front suspension. Water can get into the ball joint fitting and cause corrosion. If the corrosion becomes severe, the front lower control arm could separate from the vehicle and cause steering loss.
Solution: Mazda will be notifying owners in September and alerting them about the recall. A second notice will follow, telling owners that their local Mazda dealer has the parts. Dealers will replace left and right lower control arms.
Mazda will be performing this recall in three phases. Phase one will take place in September and alert owners of 2007-2009 CX-9s that are registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Phase two will deal with 2010-2014 CX-9s in the same states. Phase three will move the recall to the entire nation.
Affected Models: 2010–2013 Volkswagen Eos, 2010–2013 Volkswagen Jetta, 2010–2014 Volkswagen CC, 2010–2014 Volkswagen Passat, 2010–2014 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2011–2014 Volkswagen Golf, 2011–2014 Volkswagen GTI
Vehicles Involved: 420,000
Problem: A steering wheel clock spring could be contaminated by debris and move the clock spring’s guide loops out of position. With the spring out of the loops, the electrical cable that controls the driver’s air bag could be torn. This will cause the air bag light to come on, alerting the driver of a problem, and the air bag will not deploy in an accident.
Solution: Volkswagen is currently working on a solution to the problem. In the meantime, the automaker is telling owners to bring their vehicles to the dealer for repair if the air bag light comes on.
Check out the myCARFAX smartphone app if you want to be kept up to date when a recall has been announced on your vehicle. This app will notify you about open recalls on your vehicle, and you can use the app to track your vehicle’s service history, receive alerts for upcoming service and find trusted repair shops. You can download myCARFAX for free through Google Play or the iTunes store.