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Toyota/Chrysler/Subaru Recalls this Week

TOYOTA Parking Brake Cable may Disengage from Lever

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V741000
Component(s): PARKING BRAKE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 91,585
Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
SUMMARY: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Prius vehicles manufactured August 6, 2015, to October 3, 2016. The affected vehicles are equipped with a foot-operated parking brake system that has a parking brake cable that may disengage.
CONSEQUENCE: If the parking brake cable disengages from the mechanism and the transmission is left in a gear other than ‘Park’ while the ignition is on and the driver leaves the vehicle, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a clip at the parking brake cable end to prevent the cable from disengaging, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 11, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota’s number for this recall is G01.

CHRYSLER Alternator may Fail Resulting in Engine Stall/Fire

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V739000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 74,823
SUMMARY: Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Charger Police vehicles, 2007-2013 RAM 3500 Cab Chassis, 2008-2013 RAM 4500 and 5500 Cab Chassis, and 2013 RAM 2500 and 3500 vehicles. The affected vehicles have a 220 amp alternator that may suddenly fail.
CONSEQUENCE: If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. There is also the possibility that the alternator may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
REMEDY: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the alternator with a revised alternator, free of charge. Parts are not currently available, but beginning on November 25, 2016 owners will be notified of the recall and they will be sent a second letter when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is S68.

SUBARU Power Relay may Fail Allowing Air Pump to Overheat

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V738000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 100,127
SUMMARY: Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2008-2014 Impreza vehicles and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, all equipped with turbo-charged engines. The relay that controls the secondary air injection pump may fail, causing the pump to continuously operate and overheat.
CONSEQUENCE: If the air injection pump overheats, it may melt and increase the risk of a fire.
REMEDY: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the secondary air injection pump relay, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTM-73.


Several models of Ford vehicles have been found to leak fuel, leading to a recall of approximately 500,000 vehicles.
The recalls covers the following:
8,026 – 2015-17 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles that could contain a potential oil leak. The engine oil cooler tube assemblies may have crimps on the hose that could lead to a hose separation and an oil leak.
400,000 – 2010-12 Ford Escape and 2010-11 Mercury Mariner vehicles with 3.0-liter engines that may contain issues with fuel delivery systems. The vehicles’ fuel delivery module supply port could develop a crack, causing a possible fuel leak that could lead to fire.
182 – 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab vehicles with midship fuel tanks. The vehicles may include inadequate adhesion of the protective shield on the fuel conditioning module that could allow it to be dislodged by road debris or water spray. If the protective shield is dislodged, road debris or water spray may force open the drain valve on the module. This can lead to air entering the fuel system or a substantial fuel leak, according to Ford.
Ford states that it is not aware of any fires, accidents, or injuries related to these issues.


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Wayne Hogan

Wayne Hogan, a Jacksonville native, has been with the firm since 1977. He graduated from Florida State University, where he received both his bachelor’s and J.D. degrees. He specializes in all areas of personal injury law. In addition to participating in many professional associations, he and his wife, Pat, are also actively involved in the community.