The latest safety campaigns in North America cover some airbags issues on Ford’s Transit vans and on certain 2016 BMW 7-Series, and seatbelt problems for GM’s Silverado and Sierra pickups.
The most comprehensive recall affects 895,232 model year 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups in the United States because the flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle can fatigue and separate over time as a result of the driver repeatedly bending it. The recall includes a stop-sale of approximately 3,000 new 2014 and 2015 model year pickups still on dealer lots. The fix involves enlarging the side shield opening, installing a pusher bracket on the tensioner, and if necessary, replacing the tensioner assembly. GM will also voluntarily recall and repair these models in other countries where they are sold, including Canada, Mexico, and several countries in Latin America and the Middle East. The total number of trucks to be called back globally is 1,037,982. The cost is not expected to be significant and is covered within normal and customary warranty reserves.
Ford Motor has also issued a recall, targeting certain model year 2015-2016 Transit vans built between March 12, 2014, to March 18, 2016. In the affected vehicles, 37,066 units, the side curtain airbags may not deploy with the proper trajectory because they were incorrectly packed, following an error in the assembly process at the TRW facility in Mexico. Ford will notify owners and dealers will inspect and re-orient the side curtain airbag assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 16, 2016.
And the final one, the most premium of the bunch, BMW of North America is recalling some model year 2016 740Li, 750Li, and 750Lxi flagship sedans manufactured July 1, 2015, to December 11, 2015. The luxury brand said that the affected models had an airbag control module that may randomly reset due to an electrical short circuit and it may not deploy, as a result of residual metallic particles from the manufacturing process. As in the case of Ford’s vans, the recall will begin on May 16 and dealers will replace the airbag control module.