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Recall Roundup: Ford, Jeep and Subaru

It seems that every day, an automaker makes the announcement that one or many of the vehicles is being recalled for a serious problem. Trying to keep track of who recalled what is difficult due to the volume of recalls. Here at CARFAX, we want to keep you abreast of the recalls that could affect your vehicle. Thus, we introduce the Recall Roundup. Every two weeks, we’ll be bringing you the latest in recall news.

Recall information for your vehicle can also be accessed by visiting www.safercar.gov, or you can log onto myCARFAX, which will keep you up to date with recall alerts on your specific vehicle. You can also make sure your vehicle is up to date by visiting our Recall page.

Automaker: Ford

Affected Models: 2015 Ford C-Max, Escape, and Focus
Vehicles Involved: 374,781
Problem:
Models built from April 1, 2014 to June 12, 2015 may have a faulty Body Control Module, which could cause the vehicle to continue running when the key is turned to the off position or the button is pressed to turn it off.
Solution: Starting on July 20, dealers will reprogram the software in the module at no cost to the owner. For more information, you can contact Ford customer service online or by calling 866-436-7332.

Affected Models: 2014 to 2015 Ford Escape, Transit Connect
Vehicles Involved: 182,520
Problem:
When the vehicle starts up, the instrument cluster, warning messages, lights, and chimes may not work. This is in violation of the federal motor vehicle code.
Solution: Owners of affected vehicles can expect this recall to begin around August 10. Dealers will perform a software update at no cost to the owner. For more information, you can contact Ford customer service online or by calling 866-436-7332.

Automaker: Jeep

Affected Model: 2014 to 2015 Jeep Cherokee
Vehicles Involved: 99,436
Problem:
In Cherokee models with a power liftgate, the power module for the liftgate may come in contact with moisture, which could cause a short circuit and fire. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was alerted to this problem when a Cherokee caught fire (no injuries were reported). The investigation revealed that the power module was the cause.
Solution: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles urges owners to keep the cargo area of Cherokee as dry as possible till they can make it to dealer. Dealers will inspect the module and replace it if they detect damage. Dealers will also install a shield to protect the module. Owners can contact Fiat Chrysler customer service online or at 800-853-1403 for more information.

Automaker: Subaru

Affected Models: 2015 Subaru Impreza, Legacy and Outback: 2016 Subaru WRX
Vehicles Involved: About 72,000
Problem:
Vehicles equipped with the EyeSight system have a problem with the pre-collision braking system. A switch that activates the brake lights could fail, causing the lights to stay illuminated and potentially causing failure of the braking system.
Solution: Dealers will reprogram the EyeSight system. For more information, owners can contact Subaru customer service online or at 800-782-2783.

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. You can also 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.

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