Pinching liftgates in the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are main cause of concern in this week’s latest round of recalls, along with headrests in certain BMW 3 Series models. Ferrari is also concerned over a problem with the crankshaft that could damage the engine in some 458 Italia and California models.
2012 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan
The Problem: Chrysler has announced it will be recalling certain 2012 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans due to an issue with the power liftgate. According to Chrysler, the pinch sensor on the right side of the power liftgate may not work, and may require increased force to stop it from closing during its final stages. This increases the risk of injury if someone accidentally gets their arm or leg trapped in the liftgate.
The Fix: Chrysler and Dodge will replace the right-side liftgate pinch sensors in the Town & Country and Grand Caravan free of charge. The recall will begin this month.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 471 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravans built between March 9, 2012 and March 121, 2012 are affected by this recall. Concerned owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s internal recall number is M17, and the NHTSA campaign ID number is 12V191000.
The Problem: Front seat head restraints on certain 3 Series models fail to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Head restraints extended to the highest position go 25 mm over the downward movement limit, which can cause them to unexpectedly move down in the event of a crash and increase the risk of injury.
The Fix: BMW will attach a clamp to the front seat head restraint posts to fix the problem. BMW will begin notifying owners this month, and will perform the fix for free.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 7600 BMW 3 Series built between October 19, 2011 and March 18, 2012 are affected by the recall.
Ferrari 458 Italia, California
The Problem: Certain Ferrari 458 Italia and California models may be equipped with an incorrectly assembled crankshaft that can cause increased vibrations, which in turn can ruin the engine if the problem isn’t fixed.
The Fix: “We are writing to all clients affected now, asking them to return the car to a dealer for the work to be done,” a Ferrari spokesman told Autocar.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 206 California and 458 cars are affected by this recall worldwide. So far, 16 cars in the U.K. are affected.
Source: NHTSA, Autocar