The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced vehicle recalls in late March including overheating BMWs, Hondas with steering issues, and loss of brake stability in certain Toyota models.
BMW of North America announced recalls across several models that sound almost as complicated as German engineering, but ultimately could lead to overheating. They are recalling nearly 400,000 model year 2004-2010 5-Series, model year 2004-2010 6-Seires, model year 2006-2010 M5 and 2007-2010 M6 vehicles.
NHTSA cites the following problems: “The insulated bulkhead connector for the positive battery cable may have been incorrectly attached to the trunk floor panel, which can lead to a loosening of the bolt connection. As it loosens, an increase in electrical resistance is possible and could cause the connection to overheat.” This could lead to a fire, even when the vehicle is not in motion.
BMW recommends owners to park outdoors until the recall is completed. The recall is expected to begin in April. Owners should call BMW at 1-800-525-7417.
Honda is recalling about 1,400 model year 2006 CR-V vehicles due to possible steering issues, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall is expected to begin in mid-April. Owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
Gulf States Toyota is recalling less than 400 model year 2012 4Runners and Siennas that were equipped with non-original remote engine starters. “A malfunction in the Audiovox Electronics brand remote engine starter module can prevent normal communication of the vehicle’s controller area network. If this condition occurs, antilock braking and stability control may be lost, increasing the risk of a crash,” NHTSA stated in the recall notice.
Gulf State Toyota will contact owners and will replace the remote engine starter free of charge. Owners may call 1-800-444-1074.
– Elise Rambaud Marrion, @emarrion_cmn