So long as the world keeps spinning, automakers will continue to issue recalls to address issues in new vehicles. This week's batch includes the new 2010 Ford Transit Connect van, and a number of Dodge and Jeep trucks.
The Problem: Owners of the vehicles listed above may experience a significant reduction in braking performance. According to Chrysler, the symptom is caused by an improperly formed brake tube that runs from the master cylinder to the hydraulic control unit. The tube assembly could potentially leak fluid, decreasing braking performance and increasing the possibility of a collision.
The Fix: Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Dealers will replace the faulty tubes free of charge. Owners should receive recall notifications by early August, and by that time, dealers nationwide should have the parts in-stock to perform the repair
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 22,739 vehicles globally, including 87 right-hand-drive Wranglers.
The Problem: According to Ford, the pushpins used to secure the headliner to the Transit Connect's headliner to the B-pillar are too stiff, and don't meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. In fact, the pins don't absorb enough energy in a collision, and can simply pop out, possibly causing the headliner to fall on occupants.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the B-pillar pins free of charge. Dealers were notified last week of the service campaign, but owners should expect to receive notice of the recall beginning next week.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 33,728 vehicles in the U.S. and federalized territories.