Recall Roundup: BMW, Chrysler, Maserati, Mercedes Issue Recalls

Several automakers have announced recalls on various models, asking owners to return their vehicles to dealerships to address potentially hazardous issues. Details are below, in alphabetical order by make and model.

2013 BMW X3

BMW is recalling three 2013 X3 xDrive 28i/xDrive35i vehicles. Due to a production process error, the tear seam on the instrument panel was not manufactured correctly. As a result, in the event of a crash, the air bag could deploy improperly, thereby reducing the effectiveness of the air bag's protection and increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger. In addition, parts or fragments from the air bag system could strike and injure the front passenger or other vehicle occupants.

BMW has notified owners and dealers will replace the instrument panel free of charge. The affected vehicles were manufactured February 11, 2013, through February 27, 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com and reference National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall campaign ID number 13V570000.

2013 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ram 1500

Chrysler is recalling a total of 4,194 model-year 2013 Chrysler 300 AWD, 2013 Dodge Charger AWD, and 2013 Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles equipped with ZF all-wheel drive 8-speed transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission output shaft may fracture, which could result in a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite being in "Park."

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmissions, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is to begin in January 2014. Customers may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall number is N65. Owners may also reference NHTSA recall number 13V610000.

2014 Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati is recalling 63 model-year 2014 Quattroporte GTS V8 vehicles. The affected vehicles have an improper Y-connection crimp in the alternator-starter motor wiring harness, which could cause the battery's positive cable to short to ground, which may cause the wiring harness to overheat and result in a fire. The car may also stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the alternator-starter wiring harness free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late December 2013. Owners may contact Maserati at 1-201-816-2600, and may reference NHTSA recall number 13V589000.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 290 model-year 2014 S550 vehicles. In the affected S-Class vehicles, the front seat belt anchor might not be installed correctly, which could allow the belt to come loose in a crash, possibly rendering the occupant improperly secured, increasing the risk of injury.

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the front seat belt anchor fitting, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. The affected vehicles were manufactured April 11, 2013, through October 14, 2013. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372. Mercedes' recall number is 2013110008. Owners may also reference NHTSA recall number 13V576000.

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