Closed defect investigations of vehicles, tires and child car seats

If you are having a safety-related problem with your vehicle, your tires or a child car seat, complete the defect complaint form.

This table lists the defect investigations that Transport Canada has recently closed. Investigations are closed when a defect is identified and a recall notice is issued by the manufacturer, or when the evidence collected does not indicate the existence of a safety-related defect.

Transport Canada file no. Year, make, model Outcome of defect investigation Date closed

3280-09-27

Husqvarna Vitpilen 701
2018-2020

Husqvarna Svartpilen 701

2019-2020

Rear axle nut separation:

 

 

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2021-379

2021-07

3280-04-73

Ford Escape
2017

Intermittent brake booster vacuum leak resulting in hard brake pedal and extended stopping distances:

In 2017, Transport Canada received and documented two complaint reports of hard brake pedal on Ford Escape sport-utility vehicles. The two occurrences took place shortly after purchasing the vehicles new and were diagnosed to have been caused by a leaking brake booster. Ford identified a small number of brake boosters produced by their supplier over a two day period that may have been assembled incorrectly and could potentially have a small vacuum leak. After reviewing the manufacturer’s complaint and warranty data, it was noted that the number of occurrences was very low and that the problem presented itself early in the vehicle’s life, mostly on first start in the morning, and with a clear indication of a change in pedal feel to the driver. Transport Canada has not received any new complaint reports since 2017. The department is also not aware of any collisions, injuries and/or fatalities related to this issue. In light of the above, this defect investigation was deactivated.

2021-03

3280-10-68

Land Rover Range Rover Sport
2010-2011

Detachment of the rear spoiler upper cover, which may create a hazard for other road users or bystanders:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2020-473

2020-10

3280-03-58

Ford Fusion
2010-2012

Lincoln MKZ
2010-2012

Loss of Power Steering Assist:

In June 2013, Transport Canada opened an investigation after receiving four complaints involving the loss of electric power steering assist in the subject vehicles. During the course of the investigation, the manufacturer identified a defect with a connector in the power steering module in some 2011 to 2013 model year vehicles, resulting from a production change at the supplier level, and issued TC Recall No. 2015-224 in May 2015. All 2010 model year vehicles were built prior to the production change and are not affected by the defect. Transport Canada did not identify a latent defect in 2010 model year vehicles. The department is also not aware of any related collisions, injuries and/or fatalities. In light of the above, this defect investigation was deactivated.

2020-08

3280-10-37

Hyundai Santa Fe
2007-2012

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2013-2018

Hyundai Santa Fe XL
2013-2019

Hyundai Veracruz
2007-2012

Trailer lighting module fire:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall Nos. 2020-091 and 2020-233

2020-05

3280-10-62

Mitsubishi Lancer
2008-2010
2011-2016

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2008-2010
2011-2016

Mitsubishi Lancer EVO
2008-2015

Mitsubishi Outlander with a 4-cylinder engine
2008-2013

Mitsubishi RVR
2011-2016

Front crossmember/subframe failure due to corrosion:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2020-216

Note: The recall does not cover 2011-2016 Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Sportback, nor does it cover any Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, since these vehicle models have a full under body covering that protects the crossmember/subframe from road salt. The manufacturer presented warranty data that showed these vehicle models do not have the same corrosion issue.

2020-05

3280-10-63

Ford F-150
2015-2018

Ford F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty
2017-2019

Note: Trucks with remote tailgate release feature only

Unintended tailgate opening:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall Nos. 2019-609 and 2020-023

2020-03

3280-04-77

Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV
2015-2017

Chevrolet Silverado and Silverado LD
2014-2018

Chevrolet Suburban
2015-2018

Chevrolet Tahoe
2015-2018

GMC Sierra and Sierra LD
2014-2018

GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
2015-2018

Vacuum pump failure resulting in hard brake pedal and extended stopping distances:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2019-324

2019-12

3280-37-02

Remoulded Tires Manufactured by Techno Pneu (Moldex)

Failures of Ecolo MZ1 Tires:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2019-344

2019-11

3280-10-60

Mazda6
2009-2013

Front Subframe Failure Due to Corrosion:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall Nos. 2018-504 and 2019-201

2019-06

3280-09-26

Ford F-150
2011-2013

Ford Expedition
2012-2013

Ford Mustang
2012-2013

Lincoln Navigator
2012-2013

Sudden, unintended transmission downshift while driving causing the rear wheels to slide or lock up in vehicles outside of TC recall 2016-183 (Ford Recall 16S19):

Manufacturer issued TC recall no. 2019-065 involving certain 2011-2013 F-150 pickup trucks. The Expedition and Navigator sport-utility vehicles were not included in the recall because of significantly lower safety risk owing to differences in vehicle architecture and dynamics, but a similar software upgrade will be available to owners through a customer satisfaction campaign (19B05). A separate field service action (Ford Customer Satisfaction Campaign 19N01) will provide extended warranty on the transmission molded leadframe on affected 2011-2013 F-150 and 2012-2013 Expedition/Navigator vehicles. The Mustang is equipped with a similar 6R80 transmission, but it was excluded from either program based on an absence of field reports. If any new information is received, Transport Canada will re-evaluate the situation and, if necessary, reopen the investigation.

2019-04

3280-36-03

Nissan Rogue
2017-2018

Nissan Qashqai
2017-2018

Inappropriate Activation of the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) System:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2019-090

2019-03

3280-10-43

Keystone Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers
2000-2011

Failure of the Chassis Frame at the Pin Box:

Transport Canada received and documented 48 complaints pertaining to chassis frame failures on various Keystone and Forest River fifth wheel recreational vehicle (RV) trailers. Specifically, cracks and tears occurred in the structure that supports the pin box. These frames were supplied by Lippert Components, Inc. The driver was usually alerted to a failure by sensing excessive “chucking” of the trailer or by seeing its nose drop toward the top of the pickup truck box. The department is not aware of any collisions, injuries or fatalities related to this issue.

This defect investigation was deactivated as there was insufficient evidence to support a finding of a safety-related defect. The failures occurred across a broad spectrum of model and model years having different body and frame designs. Excessive/improper loading, rough road operation, chassis/body design variants, and manufacturing quality deviations all appeared to have played a role toward the failures. The failure rate was relatively low and declined over the last several years. No reports of a trailer separation or loss of control event were received.

2019-01

3280-10-44

Forest River Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers
2000-2011

Failure of the Chassis Frame at the Pin Box:

Transport Canada received and documented 48 complaints pertaining to chassis frame failures on various Keystone and Forest River fifth wheel recreational vehicle (RV) trailers. Specifically, cracks and tears occurred in the structure that supports the pin box. These frames were supplied by Lippert Components, Inc. The driver was usually alerted to a failure by sensing excessive “chucking” of the trailer or by seeing its nose drop toward the top of the pickup truck box. The department is not aware of any collisions, injuries or fatalities related to this issue.

This defect investigation was deactivated as there was insufficient evidence to support a finding of a safety-related defect. The failures occurred across a broad spectrum of model and model years having different body and frame designs. Excessive/improper loading, rough road operation, chassis/body design variants, and manufacturing quality deviations all appeared to have played a role toward the failures. The failure rate was relatively low and declined over the last several years. No reports of a trailer separation or loss of control event were received.

2019-01

3280-07-39

Ford F-150
2004-2008

Ford Expedition
2005-2006

Lincoln Mark LT
2006-2008

Lincoln Navigator
2005-2006

Engine Stall Due to the Failure of the Fuel Pump Driver Module (FPDM):

Transport Canada received 21 complaints involving a failure of the FPDM on the subject vehicles. The allegations ranged from poor engine performance to a sudden engine stall with an inability to restart. Analysis of part sales data and the availability of this component from various aftermarket suppliers provided an indication that this is a common replacement part.

The reported cause of most failures was due to corrosion of the housing, which allowed moisture contamination of the printed circuit board. The module is mounted to the underside of the vehicle chassis and is exposed to environmental contaminants. Ford provided a revised mounting arrangement for the module in 2008 to help address contaminant buildup and corrosion.

The department’s decision to deactivate this file was based on the following facts:

  • When considering vehicle population and time in service, the number of complaints is extremely low;
  • Failures were commonly preceded by some type of prior warning, such as rough engine performance or a malfunction indicator lamp; and
  • The department is not aware of any reports of failure which involve a crash or injury.

2018-11

3280-11-35

Mini Clubman
2009-2014

Mini Convertible
2010-2015

Mini Coupe
2012-2015

Mini Hatch
2007-2013

Mini Roadster
2012-2015

Footwell module failures (fires):

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2018-544

2018-11

3280-10-48

Hyundai Santa Fe
2013-2018

Panoramic Sunroof Glass Panel Breakage:

Transport Canada documented 55 complaints of shattered sunroof in the subject vehicles. The majority reported that the sunroof shattered while the vehicle was in operation. Three complaints involved minor scratches or cuts from contact with the glass particles, some of which occurred after the fact when removing glass particles from the vehicle. The department is not aware of any related collisions or injuries that required medical attention.

This investigation did not reveal any evidence of a defect in the design, fabrication or assembly of the sunroof in the subject vehicles that could explain such failures. The majority of cases appear to be the result of external damage from impact with airborne projectile, such as a piece of ice, gravel or other debris, hitting and damaging the glass. In some cases, the glass broke on impact. In other cases, the damaged glass broke at a later time with temperature shifts or a vehicle jolt. Such breakage was most prevalent in provinces where gravel road treatments for ice/snow and severe temperature shifts are common.

Additionally, the department confirmed that the subject vehicles comply with the safety standard, which requires that automotive glass be designed to break into small particles with relatively dull edges to reduce injury risk to vehicle occupants.

In light of the above, this defect investigation was deactivated.

2018-10

3280-14-56

Ford F-150
2015-2018

Fire following the deployment of a front seat belt pretensioner:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2017-470

2018-10

3280-03-65

Nissan Versa
2010-2011

Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist:

Transport Canada received three complaints alleging a loss of electric power steering (EPS) while driving involving 2010 Nissan Versa. One of the complaints involved a minor curb impact. Additional information obtained from Nissan revealed that a significant number of 2010-2011 Nissan Versa had the EPS control unit replaced under warranty. Further investigation found that there was a logic error in the EPS control unit algorithm (subsequently addressed with a software update) that could only occur during vehicle engine start up that would cause the EPS to shut off. In such instances, a warning message was provided to the vehicle operator. No correlation between this start up logic problem and the three alleged failures while driving was found. The root cause of the three alleged failures while driving was not identified.

In light of the fact that no safety defect trend was identified and that Transport Canada has not received another power steering-related complaint on any model year Versa in the past two years, this defect investigation was deactivated. If any new information is received, Transport Canada will re-evaluate the situation and, if necessary, reopen the investigation.

2018-07

3280-08-47

Ford F-150 with 3.5L V6 GTDI EcoBoost Engine
2011-2013

Unexpected Reduction in Engine Power During Hard Acceleration:

Transport Canada documented 124 complaints associated with this defect investigation. The majority of complaints indicate intermittent engine stumble and/or misfire on hard acceleration after an extended drive at highway speeds during high humidity or damp conditions.

The investigation revealed that the predominant root cause of these specific symptoms was moisture accumulation in the charge air cooler (CAC). While operating at steady speed under significantly humid and rainy conditions, condensation could form and accumulate inside the CAC tubes. This condensation could then be ingested into the engine during particularly hard acceleration. An engine misfire could occur if the amount of condensed water released from the CAC exceeded the engine's operating threshold for water ingestion, and this may result in either a steady or flashing malfunction indicator lamp. The investigation also revealed that the vehicles did not decelerate, but rather exhibited acceleration levels that may be lower than drivers would prefer for a short period of time.

To address this unique misfire condition and improve customer satisfaction, the manufacturer issued a series of technical service bulletins that included the addition of air deflector plates to reduce the potential for condensation build up within the CAC as well as improved misfire detection software to mitigate induced catalyst damage. Corresponding changes were also implemented into production. The manufacturer believes the corrective actions that have been implemented in production and service are effective and appropriate to address this issue. Transport Canada has no indication to the contrary. The department is also not aware of any collisions, injuries and/or fatalities related to this issue.

In light of the above, this defect investigation was deactivated.

2018-02

3280-03-57

Dodge Journey
2009-2013

Dodge Avenger
2007-2013

Chrysler Sebring/Chrysler 200
2007-2013

Power Steering Hose Failure:
Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2016-202

Transport Canada reviewed the public feedback along with technical information provided by FCA in response to the Preliminary Determination regarding failures on the passenger car models. Engineering analysis and testing showed that, while the passenger car models use components similar to those on the Dodge Journey, they are functionally different and, as a result, are not affected in the same way.

See Notice of Decision for additional information

2017-12

3280-06-60

Ford Explorer
2011-2017

Rear Suspension Toe Link Failures (Different Model Year Range and Different Failure Mode Than TC Recall No. 2016-182) Resulting in a Loss of Vehicle Control:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall Nos. 2017-224, 2017-577 and 2019-280

2017-12

3280-04-70

Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011-2014

Dodge Durango
2011-2014

Brake Booster Failures After TC Recall No. 2014-112 (FCA Recall No. P14) Potentially Leading to Extended Stopping Distances:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2017-450

2017-10

3280-14-55

Kia Soul
2010-2013

Overheating Seat Warmers:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2017-469

2017-10

3280-04-68

Ford F-150 with 3.5L V6 GTDI EcoBoost Engine
2011-2012

Vacuum Pump Failure Resulting in Hard Brake Pedal and Extended Stopping Distances:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2017-246

See also Notice of Decision for additional information

2017-07

3280-11-32

Ford Fiesta
2011

Loss of Exterior Lighting or Vehicle Stall Due to Corrosion in the Battery Junction Box (Under-Hood Fuse Box):

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2017-274

2017-06

3280-07-44

Arctic Cat 'Twin Spar' Chassis Snowmobiles
2007-2009

Fuel Leakage Due to Cracking at the Fuel Pump Mounting Flange:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2017-006

2017-01

3280-07-43

Nissan X-Trail
2006

Fuel Leakage Due to Corrosion of the Fuel Filler Pipe in Vehicles Outside of TC Recall No. 2014-030 (Nissan Recall No. R1401):

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2016-633

2016-12

3280-08-61

Yamaha SRViper Snowmobiles with MPI Turbo Kit
2016

Fire Caused by a Piston Connecting Rod Failure:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2016-525

2016-11

3280-14-47

Jeep Wrangler
2007-2010

Clockspring Problem Causing the Airbag Readiness Light to Illuminate and the Driver's Airbag to Potentially Fail to Deploy in a Crash:

The manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2016-216, which applies to 2007 through 2010 model year Jeep Wrangler vehicles. The manufacturer also issued extended warranty X68 for 15 years, unlimited kilometrage, for the clockspring in 2011 through 2016 model year Jeep Wrangler vehicles, built up to May 2, 2016. The design of the steering column shrouds were revised for the 2011 model year, reducing the potential for dirt/dust intrusion into the clockspring. Additional improvements to the clockspring, steering wheel back cover and steering column shrouds were implemented on May 2, 2016 at the vehicle assembly plant to further reduce the potential for dirt/dust intrusion into the clockspring tape.

2016-07

3280-10-50

Kia Sorento
2011-2013

Panoramic Sunroof Glass Panel Breakage:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2016-210

2016-04

3280-08-40

Ford F-150
2006-2010

Spacing Between Brake and Accelerator Pedals:

Transport Canada documented 34 complaints alleging a sudden unintended acceleration or vehicle runaway event under various circumstances involving the subject vehicles. Seven of these complaints involved a minor collision with no injuries. The majority of the vehicles associated with these 34 complaints were inspected, no mechanical or electrical issue was identified and no floor mat interference was found. The evidence suggests that these events were the result of a pedal misapplication. Pedal geometry in the subject vehicles was compared to that of peer vehicles. The spacing between the brake and accelerator pedals in the subject vehicles, while slightly closer, was within industry standard. Further analysis established that these events involved drivers who were new to, or unfamiliar with the vehicles. No safety-related defect was identified. Accordingly, this investigation was deactivated.

2016-03

3280-16-34

Mitsubishi Eclipse
2008-2009 and 2011-2012

Mitsubishi Endeavor
2004-2011

Mitsubishi Galant
2006-2007 and 2009-2010

Mitsubishi Lancer
2008-2011

Mitsubishi Montero
2004-2006

Mitsubishi Outlander
2007-2011

Mitsubishi
RVR 2011

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensor Valve Stem Failures Due to Corrosion:

Transport Canada documented 120 complaints of TPMS sensor valve stem failures due to corrosion across vehicles of various makes and models from the subject three manufacturers. The department started receiving complaints in 2009, the number of complaints peaked in 2012-2013, and they have been declining ever since. Some complaints involved multiple failures on the same vehicle.

Number of Complaints Received by Calendar Year

2009: 2 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
3 for General Motors,
0 for Mitsubishi,
5 in total

2010: 10 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
3 for General Motors,
2 for Mitsubishi,
15 in total

2011: 10 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
1 for General Motors,
2 for Mitsubishi,
13 in total

2012: 23 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
3 for Mitsubishi,
26 in total

2013: 19 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
2 for General Motors,
6 for Mitsubishi,
27 in total

2014: 16 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
4 for Mitsubishi,
20 in total

2015: 7 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
4 for Mitsubishi,
11 in total

2016: 2 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
1 for Mitsubishi,
3 in total
Grand Total: 120

Our investigation found that the sensor's valve stem can corrode, develop a crack, leak, and separate. The sensor retaining nut can also corrode and separate from the valve stem allowing the sensor to fall into the tire and rim assembly. Both failure modes result in a rapid loss of tire air pressure.

In some cases, the failures occurred while the vehicle was stationary, either when the vehicle was left unattended or when an attempt was made to remove the valve stem dust cap to check the tire inflation pressure. These failures presented a very low risk to motor vehicle safety.

In other cases, the failures occurred while the vehicle was in motion, but in all of these cases the driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and bring it to a stop. The department is not aware of any collisions, injuries and/or fatalities related to this issue.

Changes were made to the materials of the TPMS sensor valve stem assemblies to make them less susceptible to corrosion in the Canadian environment. The improved TPMS sensor valve stem assemblies have been used in production and as replacement parts starting in 2009.

In light of the above, this defect investigation was deactivated.

2016-03

3280-16-32

Chrysler Sebring
2007-2010

Chrysler Town and Country
2006-2009

Dodge Avenger
2008-2010

Dodge Caliber
2007-2010

Dodge Grand Caravan
2008-2010

Dodge Charger
2008-2009

Dodge Dakota
2008-2009

Dodge Journey
2009-2010

Dodge Ram 1500
2008

Dodge Ram 2500
2008-2009

Jeep Cherokee
2007-2010

Jeep Compass
2007-2010

Jeep Patriot
2007-2010

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensor Valve Stem Failures Due to Corrosion:

Transport Canada documented 120 complaints of TPMS sensor valve stem failures due to corrosion across vehicles of various makes and models from the subject three manufacturers. The department started receiving complaints in 2009, the number of complaints peaked in 2012-2013, and they have been declining ever since. Some complaints involved multiple failures on the same vehicle.

Number of Complaints Received by Calendar Year

2009: 2 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
3 for General Motors,
0 for Mitsubishi,
5 in total

2010: 10 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
3 for General Motors,
2 for Mitsubishi,
15 in total

2011: 10 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
1 for General Motors,
2 for Mitsubishi,
13 in total

2012: 23 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
3 for Mitsubishi,
26 in total

2013: 19 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
2 for General Motors,
6 for Mitsubishi,
27 in total

2014: 16 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
4 for Mitsubishi,
20 in total

2015: 7 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
4 for Mitsubishi,
11 in total

2016: 2 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
1 for Mitsubishi,
3 in total
Grand Total: 120

Our investigation found that the sensor's valve stem can corrode, develop a crack, leak, and separate. The sensor retaining nut can also corrode and separate from the valve stem allowing the sensor to fall into the tire and rim assembly. Both failure modes result in a rapid loss of tire air pressure.

In some cases, the failures occurred while the vehicle was stationary, either when the vehicle was left unattended or when an attempt was made to remove the valve stem dust cap to check the tire inflation pressure. These failures presented a very low risk to motor vehicle safety.

In other cases, the failures occurred while the vehicle was in motion, but in all of these cases the driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and bring it to a stop. The department is not aware of any collisions, injuries and/or fatalities related to this issue.

Changes were made to the materials of the TPMS sensor valve stem assemblies to make them less susceptible to corrosion in the Canadian environment. The improved TPMS sensor valve stem assemblies have been used in production and as replacement parts starting in 2009.

In light of the above, this defect investigation was deactivated.

2016-03

3280-16-31

Buick Enclave
2007-2008

Buick Lacrosse
2007

Chevrolet Equinox
2007-2009

Chevrolet Express
2008

GMC Acadia
2007-2008

GMC Savana
2008

Pontiac Grand Prix
2007-2008

Saturn Aura
2007

Saturn Outlook
2007-2008

Saturn Sky
2008

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensor Valve Stem Failures Due to Corrosion:

Transport Canada documented 120 complaints of TPMS sensor valve stem failures due to corrosion across vehicles of various makes and models from the subject three manufacturers. The department started receiving complaints in 2009, the number of complaints peaked in 2012-2013, and they have been declining ever since. Some complaints involved multiple failures on the same vehicle.

Number of Complaints Received by Calendar Year

2009: 2 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
3 for General Motors,
0 for Mitsubishi,
5 in total

2010: 10 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
3 for General Motors,
2 for Mitsubishi,
15 in total

2011: 10 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
1 for General Motors,
2 for Mitsubishi,
13 in total

2012: 23 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
3 for Mitsubishi,
26 in total

2013: 19 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
2 for General Motors,
6 for Mitsubishi,
27 in total

2014: 16 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
4 for Mitsubishi,
20 in total

2015: 7 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
4 for Mitsubishi,
11 in total

2016: 2 for FCA (formerly Chrysler),
0 for General Motors,
1 for Mitsubishi,
3 in total
Grand Total: 120

Our investigation found that the sensor's valve stem can corrode, develop a crack, leak, and separate. The sensor retaining nut can also corrode and separate from the valve stem allowing the sensor to fall into the tire and rim assembly. Both failure modes result in a rapid loss of tire air pressure.

In some cases, the failures occurred while the vehicle was stationary, either when the vehicle was left unattended or when an attempt was made to remove the valve stem dust cap to check the tire inflation pressure. These failures presented a very low risk to motor vehicle safety.

In other cases, the failures occurred while the vehicle was in motion, but in all of these cases the driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and bring it to a stop. The department is not aware of any collisions, injuries and/or fatalities related to this issue.

Changes were made to the materials of the TPMS sensor valve stem assemblies to make them less susceptible to corrosion in the Canadian environment. The improved TPMS sensor valve stem assemblies have been used in production and as replacement parts starting in 2009.

In light of the above, this defect investigation was deactivated.

2016-03

3280-11-20

Ford Focus Station Wagon Models
2000-2007

Rear Hatch Wiring Harness Failure Causing Various Electrical Problems:

Transport Canada documented 47 complaints of rear hatch wiring harness cyclic bending failures at the rear hatch door left hinge in the subject vehicles. Nine involved complete failures of the vehicle's stop lamps, five involved failures of the center high mounted stop lamp, and one alleged unintended activation of the vehicle's rear hatch latch causing cargo to spill onto the roadway. Other complaints involved electrical problems affecting other functions, i.e., rear defroster, rear wiper, hatch anti-theft inhibit switch, license plate lamp(s) and/or parking/tail lamp(s).

The department is not aware of any collisions, injuries and/or fatalities related to this issue. The last year of production of the subject vehicles was 2007 and, as a result, the risk of exposure will lessen each year as fewer and fewer of these vehicles are on Canadian roadways. This defect investigation was deactivated as there was insufficient evidence to support a finding of a safety-related defect.

To address this quality/durability issue and improve customer satisfaction, the manufacturer made available a revised wiring harness that will simplify and lower the cost of the repair process for vehicles that need service.

2016-03

3280-04-69

Nissan LEAF
2013-2015

Brake System Malfunction in Severe Cold Temperatures:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2016-096

2016-03

3280-06-57

Nissan Versa
2007-2012

Front Suspension Coil Spring Fracture Resulting in Tire Puncture

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2015-402

2016-02

3280-14-49

Jeep Wrangler
2011-2013

Door Fires:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-447

2014-10

3280-09-21

Arctic Cat 4x4 ATVs
2008-2009

Failure of the Front Differential:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-433

2014-10

3280-07-36

All Zstar ATVs

Fuel Leaks and Electrical Problems:

This defect investigation was deactivated as there was insufficient evidence to support a finding of a safety-related defect. Publication of the investigation on Transport Canada's website did not generate any new complaints or enquiries. Due to lack of cooperation from the importer during the course of the investigation, the company's pre-authorized commercial importation clearance privileges were withdrawn. The company subsequently appeared to have gone out of business. If any new information is received, Transport Canada will re-evaluate the situation and, if necessary, reopen the investigation.

2014-09

3280-03-48

Honda Fit
2007-2008

Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-345

2014-08

3280-09-20

Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup Trucks
2009-2010

Driveshaft Separation and Rear Axle Lock-Up:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall Nos. 2012-327 and 2013-044

2014-08

3280-03-51

Mazda Tribute
2008-2011

Loss of Power Steering Assist

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-197

2014-07

3280-03-49

Ford Escape
2008-2011

Loss of Power Steering Assist

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-193

2014-07

3280-03-54

Ford Explorer
2011-2013

Loss of Power Steering Assist

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-194

2014-07

3280-13-11

Chevrolet Malibu
2004-2012

Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
2004-2007

Pontiac G6
2005-2010

Saturn Aura
2007-2010

Brake Light Malfunction

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-173

2014-07

3280-08-38

BRP Outlander 650 and 800 cc ATVs
2005-2007

Excessive Engine Heat Resulting in Melted Body Panels:

This defect investigation was deactivated as there was insufficient evidence to support a finding of a safety-related defect. Since the defect investigation was opened and subsequently published on Transport Canada's website, only five relevant public complaints were received, none involving an injury or a fire. Transport Canada's investigation findings and test results were unable to attribute the excessive exhaust heat generation to a precise design or manufacturing defect. Severe engine operating conditions (i.e., extensive low-speed riding or idling combined with severe load applications) and vehicle maintenance were influencing factors. The following service actions by the manufacturer also address several aspects of the exhaust heat problem:

  • Engine Control Module Reflash (revised spark timing and fan on/off temperature) (Service Bulletin 2006-12)
  • Revised Heat Shield (Service Bulletin 2007-10)
  • Coolant Reservoir Vent Kit (Service Bulletin 2008-14)

2014-02

3280-13-10

Kia Vehicles:
Multiple Years and Models

Loss of Brake Lights:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall Nos. 2013-098 and 2013-324

2013-09

3280-13-09

Hyundai Vehicles:
Multiple Years and Models

Loss of Brake Lights:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall Nos. 2013-099 and 2013-325

2013-09

3280-10-45

Toyota Corolla
2009-2010

Unexpected Closing of the Trunk Lid:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2013-317

2013-09

3280-11-24

BMW 3-Series
2007-2011

BMW 1-Series
2008-2012

BMW X1
2012

BMW Z4
2009-2011

Complete Power Failure of the Vehicle Electrical System:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2013-048

2013-02

3280-11-22

Nissan Titan King Cab Pickup Trucks
2004-2006

Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Wiring Harness Failure After TC Recall No. 2006-323:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-436

2012-12

3280-09-18

Honda Odyssey and Pilot
2003-2004

Acura MDX
2003-2006

Ignition Key Interlock Malfunction:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-415

2012-12

3280-10-41

Smart Fortwo
2005-2006

Seizing of the Door Latch:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-400

2012-12

3280-03-55

BMW X5 xDrive35d (3.0 L Diesel Engine)
2009-2012

Loss of Power Steering Assist:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-396

2012-11

3280-03-47

Chevrolet Malibu
2005, 2006 and 2008

Chevrolet Malibu Maax
2005, 2006 and 2008

Pontiac G6
2005, 2006 and 2008

Saturn Aura
2008

Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-331

2012-10

3280-13-08

Chevrolet Optra
2004-2006

Failure of Low- and High-Beam Headlights:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-275

2012-08

3280-13-07

Suzuki Swift+
2004-2007

Suzuki Verona
2004-2006

Failure of Daytime Running Lights:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-278

2012-08

3280-13-06

Chevrolet Aveo
2004-2007

Chevrolet Epica
2004-2006

Chevrolet Optra
2004-2007

Pontiac Wave/G3
2005-2007

Failure of Daytime Running Lights:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-274

2012-08

3280-16-30

Maxi-Cosi Mico

Safety 1st Enspira

Safety 1st Alpha Omega

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite

Safety 1st Vantage

Cosco Alpha Omega

Cosco Alpha Omega Elite

Eddie Bauer 3-in-1

Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1

Eddie Bauer Comfort

Eddie Bauer SureFit

Schwinn All Terrain

Harness Slippage in Child Car Seats:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall Nos. 2007-281, 2008-455 and 2011-060

2012-08

3280-08-45

Chevrolet Cruze
2011

Engine Compartment Fires:


Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-187

2012-08

3280-03-46

Dodge Ram Pickup Trucks
2003-2010

Steering Tie-Rod Breakage or Separation:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2011-253

2012-02

3280-03-50

Mini Cooper and Cooper S
2002-2005

Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-029

2012-02

3280-09-19

Ford Freestar
2004-2005

Transmission Torque Converter Failure:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-004.

2012-01

3280-07-35

Ford F150
1997-2004

Ford F250
1997-1999

Lincoln Blackwood
2002-2003

Fuel Tank Strap Failure Due to Corrosion:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2011-281.

2011-07

3280-11-21

Yamaha FJR1300 Motorcycles
2006-2009

Engine Stall:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2011-247.

2011-07

3280-08-42

Nissan Altima
2002-2003

Engine Stall Due to Sensor Failure (complaints not covered by TC Recall Nos. 2003-267 and 2006-161):

Our investigation found that the sensors failed late in the life of the vehicles, indicating that the failures were due to natural wear and tear, and that the failure rate was low, which suggests that no defect trend exists.

2011-07

3280-08-39

Toyota and Lexus Vehicles:
Multiple Years and Models

Review of Unintended Acceleration in Toyota and Lexus Vehicles:

An analysis was performed of all of the 374 complaints of unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles that were received from September 2009 to June 2011. In 74 cases, detailed vehicle and collision scene examinations were conducted. Event data recorders were downloaded in the 41 cases where it was possible to do so, and the pre-crash data were analyzed.

Some of the incidents of unintended acceleration appeared to be the result of driver pedal misapplication, and others were due to the use of incompatible or improperly secured floor mats that interfered with the accelerator pedal. No vehicle-related issue, other than sticking accelerator pedals and interference by floor mats, which Toyota addressed through TC Recall Nos. 2009-290, 2009-359, 2010-012 and 2010-124

2011-06

3280-27-01

Toyota Vehicles:

Avalon
2005-2010

Camry
2007-2010

Corolla
2009-2010

Highlander
2010

Matrix
2009-2010

RAV4
2009-2010

Sequoia
2008-2010

Tundra
2007-2010

Review of the Timeliness of Toyota's Reporting of the Sticking Accelerator Pedal Defect (TC Recall No. 2010-012):

Transport Canada reviewed over 60,000 pages of internal documents provided by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and Toyota Canada Inc. No evidence of non-compliance with the Motor Vehicle Safety Act was found.

2011-06

3280-15-04

Chevrolet Avalanche
2006

Chevrolet Silverado
2003-2007

Chevrolet Suburban
2003-2006

Chevrolet Tahoe
2003-2006

GMC Sierra
2003-2007

GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
2003-2006

Overheating of Blower Motor Resistor:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2011-074.

2011-02

3280-10-40

Ford Windstar
1999-2003

Control Arm Detachment Due to Subframe Corrosion:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2011-038. The effectiveness of the recall repairs is being monitored.

2011-02

3280-03-45

Saturn Ion
2003-2007

Chevrolet HHR
2006-2010

Loss of Power Steering Assist:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2010-447.

2011-01