Carmakers recalled around 175,000 vehicles across two continents on Thursday. In the US, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s Maserati unit recalled over 13,000 vehicles because of a faulty “park” mode; in China, Jaguar Land Rover began recalling more than 11,000 vehicles due to faulty crankshaft sensors; while in Malaysia, Honda Motor Co Ltd recalled nearly 150,000 to replace front passenger air bag inflators, as part of a global recall involving potentially deadly air bags from supplier Takata Corp.
As many as 13,092 of the Quattroporte and Ghibli luxury cars were recalled in the US because they may roll away after drivers mistakenly believe they have engaged the vehicles in “park” mode, documents posted on a government website Thursday showed. In April, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.1 million vehicles worldwide over the same issue, including the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles, over a confusing gear-shift lever. The new recall covers 2014 Maserati cars with an eight-speed transmission.
The company didn’t immediately respond to questions about whether the recall covers any vehicles outside the US. Maserati North America said in documents posted with NHTSA it was unaware of any injuries or crashes linked to the issue. It is investigating whether a software re-flash will fix the problem and hopes to have the fix ready later this year.
Fiat Chrysler said on Wednesday it was speeding up its software fix for 1.1 million recalled vehicles for rollaway risks, like the recalled Jeep Grand Cherokee that was involved in the recent death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin.
Yelchin, 27, was killed when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled away and pinned him against a fence and mailbox in Los Angeles, police said on Sunday. Police haven’t determined if the recall defect was to blame for his death.
The Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover began the recall due to faulty crankshaft sensors, China’s quality watchdog said. The recall affects 6,067 imported Land Rover Discovery 4 SUVs manufactured between April 2012 and October 2012.
Apart from that, 5,214 imported Range Rover models produced between April 2012 and October 2012; and one New Range Rover car made on May 9, 2012 will be recalled, a statement from General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
Faulty crankshaft position sensors may cause the engine to stall when driving. Some of the cars may even fail to start, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The carmaker will check all the affected vehicles and replace defective parts free of charge.
In Malaysia, Honda recalled 147,894 vehicles to replace front passenger air bag inflators. The recall applies to models built from 2003 to 2011, Honda Malaysia said in a statement. Models include the City, Accord and Civic, among others. Honda last month said it would recall 21 million vehicles to replace Takata inflators, on top of 30 million already recalled.
Regulators fear the inflators could explode with excessive force after prolonged exposure to heat and humidity. The inflators have been linked to 13 deaths and over 100 injuries, mainly in the US.
Honda in May said driver-side inflators supplied by Takata ruptured in two crashes involving Honda cars in Malaysia earlier this year. The drivers died in both crashes.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the deaths, Honda Malaysia spokesman Jordhat Johan told Reuters on Thursday.