Toyota announced it plans on recalling roughly 740,000 vehicles for issues pertaining to brake cylinders, while Chrysler, Dodge, and Volvo have issued recalls for a range of vehicles facing two different defects involving airbags and steering assemblies.
The Problem: The seal on the end of the brake master cylinder may dry out over time if it comes in contact with non-OEM brake fluid, allowing it to curl during brake application. If this happens, a small amount of brake fluid could leak from the master cylinder into the brake booster itself, triggering a brake warning light, delivering a spongy brake pedal feel, and possibly reducing braking performance.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a newly-designed unit at no charge. Owners will be notified of the campaign in early November.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 740,000 in the U.S; 1.5 million worldwide
The Problem: The aforementioned vehicles may have been fitted with faulty power steering pressure hoses, which could come loose, separate, and disperse power steering fluid into the engine bay. With the right conditions, the fluid could catch fire.
The Fix: Dealers will treat afflicted 300s, Avengers, Challengers, Journeys, Sebrings, and Ram 1500 trucks to new power steering pressure hoses, hopefully eliminating any possibility of leaking power steering fluid.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 26,397
2010-2011 Volvo S80, 2010 V70, 2011 XC60, 2010-2011 XC70
The Problem: The driver’s airbag assembly may possess a bad clockspring wiring connector, which will impact airbag deployment. In the event of a crash, the airbag may could either deploy improperly or not at all.
The Fix: Dealers will install a metal shim in the existing wiring connector to take care of the problem.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 9746
Source: Toyota, NHTSA