Recall Central: 2011-2012 Volvo S60, 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
2011-2012 Volvo S60
The Problem: 2011-2012 Volvo S60 sedans equipped with the base 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine - or T5, in Volvo parlance - may have been built without activating the engine's oil pressure sensor within the car's central electronics module. This in turn prevents the oil pressure sensor from triggering any in-car warning when oil pressure (and levels) drops too low. Subsequently, owners may continue operating their vehicle without knowledge of a low oil situation, and cause severe damage to the engine.
The Fix: Volvo will upgrade the software installed on the S60's CEL module so that the oil pressure sensor communicates properly with the driver's information center. Volvo says it should complete owner notification of the campaign by December 31, 2013.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Volvo says this recall targets 30,929 2011-2012 Volvo S60 sedans, all built between June 22 of 2010 and May 14 of 2012. According to the automaker, each and every S60 T5 model built between those dates is likely to exhibit the defect.
2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
The Problem: 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid models may have been built with a faulty transmission range sensor. That sensor's output may be delayed, allowing the powertrain control module to be tricked into thinking the car is in neutral, not park. As such, the car can then be shifted out of park without applying the brakes, increasing the chances of either the car accidentally rolling or the transmission entering a fail-safe mode.
The Fix: Dealers will reprogram powertrain control modules with updated software that prevents the aforementioned conditions at no charge to owners. Affected vehicles in dealer inventories will be updated before demonstration or delivery. Ford says its campaign to notify owners began on December 9th and should have ended on December 13th.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Ford's recall affects 7153 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid models in the U.S. market. Ford does not know what percentage of that figure exhibit the aforementioned condition.
2013 Nissan NV200
The Problem: Some NV200 vans were subjected to an off-line inspection process at Nissan's plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. During this process, the steering columns were removed from the vehicles, and according to Nissan, may not have been reassembled properly. If so, the upper joint assembly may detach from the upper steering shaft, resulting in a loss of steering.
The Fix: Nissan has already notified owners, inspected affected vehicles, and repaired as needed.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Only seven NV200s were subjected to this off-line inspection, and may exhibit the defect.