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This week’s recalls: BMW, Ford, Kia, Maserati, Nissan

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2017 Kia Niro (Image courtesy of Kia Motors America)

In case you missed it: Vehicle recalls that came across our desk during the past week. Materials for this recap are received via email from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) copied directly from the www.safercar.gov website.

2017 BMW X5
Units Affected 36

BMW of North America, Inc. (BMW) is recalling certain 2017 X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 xDrive35d, and X5 xDrive40e vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with passenger frontal air bag modules using certain air bag inflators that may not vent properly in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag.

If the inflator cannot vent properly, the inflator may rupture, resulting in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants and causing serious injury or death.

BMW has notified owners, and dealers will replace the air bag modules, free of charge. The recall began on March 20, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.


2017 Ford Mustang
Units Affected 5,470

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2017 Ford Mustang vehicles. The return spring for the driver side interior door handle may come loose, allowing the driver's door to unlatch in a side impact crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 206, "Door Locks and Door Retention Components."

If the door unlatches in a crash it can increase the risk of injury.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the driver-side interior door handle and repair the return spring, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 24, 2017. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for the recall is 17C04.


2017 Kia Niro
Units Affected 135

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Niro vehicles. The affected vehicles may have a damaged Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) connector resulting in a loss of electric power steering assistance.

Loss of power steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may increase the risk of a crash.

Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the MDPS motor, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 7, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC145.


2017 Maserati Levanti
Units Affected 3,299

Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain 2017 Levante vehicles. Due to an engine software problem, at slow speeds such as stop-and-go traffic, the transmission may unexpectedly shift into neutral or the engine may shut off.

If the transmission shifts into neutral unexpectedly or if the engine shuts down without warning, it can increase the risk of a crash.

Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 31, 2017. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-510-2369.


2013-2014 Nissan Murano
Units Affected 56,766

Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling certain 2013-2014 Murano vehicles. The power steering hose clamp may not adequately secure the hose, allowing the hose to detach and leak power steering fluid.

If the power steering fluid leaks onto a heat source such as hot engine or exhaust components, there could be an increased risk of a fire.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install a power steering high pressure hose kit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

Note for all recalls: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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