Recall Central: 2013 Buick Encore Steering Wheel May Detach

2013 Buick Encore

The Problem: On 2013 Buick Encore crossovers with a heated steering wheel, a fastener may have been installed incorrectly. Over time, this could allow the steering wheel to separate from the steering column, likely causing a loss of vehicle control and potentially causing a crash. However, GM claims there are no reports of crashes thus far.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the steering wheel to ensure the fastener is tightened properly.

Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 144 2013 Buick Encore crossovers, of which only 59 have so far been sold to customers.

2005-2009 Subaru Outback, Legacy

The Problem: If salt water splashes through a gap near the fuel-tank protector, it could touch the car’s brake lines and eventually cause them to rust. If the brake lines rust excessively, they could leak and reduce the car’s braking ability.

The Fix: If brake fluid isn’t currently leaking, dealers will install an anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid is already leaking, dealers will replace the brake lines and install the anti-corrosion wax.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Subaru has not yet determined how many vehicles are affected by this recall.

2012 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS; 2013 Ford Explorer

The Problem: A problem during the molding process means some fuel tanks may have a slight opening in a seam. That could allow the tank to more easily rupture during a crash, or to leak fuel during normal operation. While Ford hasn’t received any reports of fires or injuries, leaking fuel could cause a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the fuel tank seams and, if necessary, replace the tanks.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 3037 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and Ford Explorer models.

Source: NHTSA

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