Recalls impacting Nissan, Ford, Audi owners

Nissan, Ford and Volkswagen -- the maker of Audis -- are recalling more than 78,000 vehicles between the three of them due to safety concerns that could cause traffic collisions and injury. Read on:
  • Nissan is recalling more than 62,000 vehicles because of problems that can cause the engine to stall without warning. The company is recalling 28,294 2011 Jukes made between April 9, 2010 and May 12, 2011 because a defective weld can cause the turbocharger boost sensor bracket to separate from the air inlet tube. If the bracket comes off, the vehicle could stall without warning while the engine is idling. Meanwhile, 33,803 2010-2011 Nissan Sentras made between May 11 and May 22, 2010 are being recalled because the zinc coating applied to the terminal stud bolt in vehicles equipped with MR20 engines is thicker than it's supposed to be. This can create a drop in voltage that could make it difficult to start the engine and could damage the engine control module. This could cause the vehicle to stall while it is moving and maybe not restart. Both these problems pose a danger to drivers and their passengers by increasing the risk of collision. Nissan will notify owners and dealers will inspect and repair the issue for free. Both recalls are to begin next month. For information, Nissan owners can call the company at (800) 647-7261.
  • Ford is recalling 16,091 heavy duty trucks because the transmission can be shifted out of park without pressing the brake due to brake interlock problem. Should the driver accidentally shift the vehicle into gear without depressing the brake, this creates a safety hazard for other road users. The trucks impacted by the recall are the 2011 F-150 and 2012 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 – all made in September 2011. Ford will notify owners of the recall and dealers will inspect the brake shift interlock switch and replace it if necessary. The recall is to begin this week. Ford truck owners can contact the company's customer service department at (866) 436-7332.
  • Volkswagen is recalling 317 Audi A6's made between April 8 and May 26, 2011 because of a problem with the stitching of the curtain airbag. The seam may not be stitched properly, leaving vehicle occupants vulnerable to head trauma in the event of a traffic collision. Volkswagen will contact vehicle owners regarding the recall, which is to begin next month. Dealers will inspect and replace the curtain air bag if necessary for free. For information, contact the company at (800) 822-8987.
Vehicle owners also can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.
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