This week’s Recall Recap brought to you by brakes, engines, and electrical gremlins.
Ram Trucks are experiencing parking brake failures and engine compartment fires, Jeeps are stalling out, Dodge Darts want to go sledding downhill, Dodge Nitros are chucking crankshafts, Chrysler LX and Mitsubishi RVR cars are lying to you, and Mitsubishi and the Koreans are having brake light issues. Yep, it’s one of those weeks.
First up, Ram 1500 trucks may have an improperly adjusted parking brake equalizer installed from the factory. If your truck in part of this recall, don’t park on any steep slopes near water unless you want your pickup to turn into a pontoon boat.
Also from Ram, 2500 and 3500 series trucks may be melting their engine covers. No, not the hoods (that would look seriously bad ass). We’re talking about those plastic engine covers everyone hates. There’s some fiery death potential with this one.
The soft-road Jeep twins are having fuel supply issues this week. Compass and Patriot models may stall out due to fuel starvation. This is caused by dino juice not moving around the tank as it should. It’s a good thing these vehicles aren’t “Trail Rated”.
The Dodge Dart wants to play like its bigger truck brother and become a pontoon boat as well.
This is my favourite recall of the week. Remember the Dodge Nitro? It’s okay if you’ve completely forgotten about it. You see, the driveline tunnel heat shield may drop down and get frisky with the driveshaft. Doesn’t sound like a massive issue, until you realize you may get a driveshaft through the butt then slapped with an airbag. I really feel bad for the poor sucker who found this one out, mostly because he was driving a Dodge Nitro.
One more Chrysler recall? Sure. The LX triplets (300, Charger, Challenger) are lying to you. Mainly about airbags. They could be lying about other things, too, but that isn’t covered in this recall. The airbag warning light could become illuminated when it shouldn’t and deactivate the airbag when it shouldn’t.
The award for biggest recall of the week goes to Hyundai and Kia. Combined, this recall covers over 350,000 vehicles. I guess it is “go big or go home” for the Koreans on everything, including safety issues. This recall has to do with brake lights not illuminating when you hit the slow down pedal. Also, if you’ve rear-ended a Hyundai or Kia recently, this recall could have some…*cough*…ramifications. Heh.
Mitsubishi RVRs may run out of fuel without you knowing it, due to factory workers not installing a wiring thingy. And it gets another recall for a brake light switch that doesn’t work, allowing you to shift out of park without depressing the brake pedal. Nifty.
Last recall: Braun – who makes low-floor Caravan conversions for our handicapable friends – forgot to weld some stuff for the rear suspension.