Recall Central: Dodge Charger Cop Cars, 2012 Nissan Versa; Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator

A recall has been issued for 36,608 units of the 2012  Nissan Versa due to a flaw with the automatic transmission, while the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator are recalled for an issue with the head restraints. The police-spec version of the Dodge Charger has also been recalled for headlamps that could dim and stability control/ABS fuses that could overheat.

2011-2012 Dodge Charger Police Vehicles

The Problem: Chrysler’s recall on the 2011-2012 Dodge Charger Police Vehicles concerns two separate kinds of overheating. The first problem is that the low-beam headlight bulb harness connector could overheat and cause the low-beams to dim or not turn on. If the power distribution fuse for the electronic stability control and the anti-lock braking system overheats, those systems could also fail leaving the vehicle without ABS or stability control.

The Fix: Owners will be notified, and dealers will replace the headlight jumper harness, as well as relocate the ESC/ABS fuse free of charge. Owners will begin being notified next month, but can also call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 regarding recall number M01.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 9688 2011-2012 Dodge Charger Police Vehicles, produced from July 5, 2010 to December 20, 2011.

2012 Nissan Versa

The Problem: Certain 2012 Nissan Versa models equipped with the automatic transmission can be shifted out of the park position without stepping on the brake pedal, increasing the risk of a crash or injury to passersby if the driver shifts into gear without applying the brake. This is caused by interference between the shifter rod and the shift knob.

The Fix: Nissan will start notifying affected owners beginning February 20, and will inspect the shifter knob and assembly. If Nissan finds parts that are affected, they will be replaced free of charge.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 36,608 automatic 2012 Nissan Versa models manufactured from June 9, 2011 through January 13, 2011.

2012 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator

The Problem: The head restraint equipped on the right-hand seat in the second row may not provide the proper amount of support in a crash because it may have inadequate welds on the support brackets.

The Fix: Ford will replace head restraints (if necessary) at no cost to the owner, and will begin notifying owners around February 20, 2012. Owners can also contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 569 Expedition and Lincoln models manufactured from November 19, 2011 through December 2, 2011.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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2012 Nissan Versa

2012 Nissan Versa

MSRP $10,990 1.6 S (Manual) Sedan

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