US: NHTSA lists Ford, Jaguar and Porsche recalls

By Graeme Roberts | 15 December 2014

A new list of recalls announced by the US NHTSA includes Ford, Porsche and Jaguar models.

Ford is recalling 113,418 2014 F-150 trucks and Flex SUVs made between 1 March 2014 and 31 May 2014. These were built with a reduced clearance between the seat frame and the seat track assembly which can cause the occupant classification system (OCS) to inaccurately register passenger weight and improperly suppress the passenger front airbag when the passenger seat is occupied by an adult passenger. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 208 Occupant Crash Protection.

NHTSA said improper suppression of the passenger airbag increases the risk of an injury to the seat occupant in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger airbag.

Dealers will widen the gap between the seat frame and seat track assembly and recalibrate the seat OCS. The has already begun.

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling certain 272 Jaguar F-type sportscars made between 25 August 2014 and 12 September 2014, plus 2015 model year XF models made 3-12 September 2014 plus XJs made from 21 August 2014 to 11 September 2014. In the affected vehicles, the front end accessory drive (FEAD) belt, power steering (PAS) pump pulley and/or battery positive cable at the alternator may detach.

If the battery positive cable loosens, an electrical short may result, increasing the risk of a fire. If the FEAD belt looses or detaches, the vehicle may lose power assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the affected engine mounted components for the proper threading and torque, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. This recall has already begun.

Porsche's recall affects 1,382 vehicles and has not yet begun. The automaker will call back 2014-2015 911, Boxster, and Cayman vehicles manufactured from 7 May 2014, to 23 September 2014 because front hood [bonnet] upper lock components were not manufactured to specification and may fail to securely latch the hood during operation.

A failure of the hood latching mechanism may cause the hood to suddenly open during vehicle operation and will severely impede the driver's ability to see out the front windshield, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Dealers will replace the lock free of charge.