Mar 2023

Hyundai Recalls 568,000 Crossovers

Hyundai Motor America is recalling nearly 568,000 pickups and crossovers in the U.S. that are potentially equipped with trailer harness modules that could catch fire. The recall covers 2019-23 Santa Fe midsize crossovers, including 2021-23 hybrids and 2022-23 plug-in hybrids, as well as 2022-23 Santa Cruz compact pickups.

Hyundai is advising owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures until a repair is completed. Those vehicles might be equipped with an accessory tow hitch assembly available for purchase through Hyundai or a dealership.

Dealers and owners will be notified starting May 16th.

Mar 2023

Microchip Shortage: Lowest in Months

Automakers cut remarkably fewer vehicles from their production schedules worldwide last week because of the microchip shortage — just 2,400 vehicles, one of the lowest weekly totals in months, according to the latest estimate by AutoForecast Solutions.

All of the new reductions occurred at European factories, with plants around the rest of the globe getting a reprieve from the supply problems that have ravaged factory and supply chain planning since early 2021.

Automakers are still coping with other supply chain problems, but they are less frequently blaming them on the semiconductor shortage, said Sam Fiorani, vice president of global vehicle forecasting at AutoForecast Solutions.

“More than two years into this problem, it reflects poorly on a manufacturer or supplier who has not secured sourcing of chips,” Fiorani wrote in an email.

About 714,600 vehicles have been cut from global production plans this year due to chip shortages, according to the company. It expects that figure to rise to about 2.78 million vehicles by the end of the year.

Projections for loss by region are as follows:

Mar 2023

Honda Recalls 448,613 U.S. Vehicles

American Honda Motor Co. said it will recall 448,613 vehicles in the U.S. and more in Canada, Mexico, Panama and St. Marten over seat belt buckles that may not latch properly. The recall covers the 2017-20 Honda CR-V, 2018-19 Accord, 2018-19 Accord Hybrid, 2018-20 Odyssey and 2019 Insight, and the 2019-20 Acura RDX.

A manufacturing issue with the front seat belts may prevent the buckle from latching. The surface coating on the channel for the buckle may deteriorate and lead to the belt release button shrinking at lower temperatures, documents show.

Dealers will replace the driver and front passenger seat belt release buttons or buckle assemblies. Owners who paid for repairs related to the issue will be eligible for reimbursement. Vehicle owners will be notified by mail starting April 17th.

Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Fusion and MKZs

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 1.3 million older model sedans globally for front brake hoses that might rupture and leak brake fluid. The recall covers certain 2013-18 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. It affects nearly 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S., about 66,000 in Canada and 18,000 in Mexico, Ford said.

If the front brake hose ruptures and leaks brake fluid, drivers “may experience an increase in pedal travel together with a reduction in the rate of deceleration, increasing the risk of a crash,” according to a recall report released Thursday. To fix the issue, dealers will replace the front brake hoses. Ford said it expected to notify dealers starting Monday. Owners will be notified starting April 17th.

Mar 2023

Microchip Shortage: North American Outlook Worsens

The number of vehicles cut at North American plants so far this year because of the microchip shortage more than tripled last week, according to the latest estimate by AutoForecast Solutions, which added about 343,800 vehicles to its forecast.

Automakers are front-loading their production cutbacks because of the ongoing shortage, which is expected to improve in the second half of the year, said Sam Fiorani, the company’s vice president of global vehicle forecasting.

Meanwhile, the outlook in most other markets improved from the previous week.

Projections for loss by region are as follows:

Mar 2023

Stellantis Cut Offs

Due to unprecedented demand, Stellantis Fleet has announced the early cut off effective Thursday, March 16th (at the close of business) for the following models:

Stellantis Fleet will attempt to accommodate all orders submitted on time, defined by your time zones order sweep on the above listed dates, however, cannot guarantee production nor offer price protection.

Mar 2023

Microchip Shortage: More North America Cuts

North American assembly plants took another blow from the global microchip shortage last week, with 25,600 vehicles axed from production schedules, according to the latest estimate by AutoForecast Solutions. The cuts in North America came as the rest of the world got a reprieve. AutoForecast Solutions projects that no further vehicles are being eliminated from plans in any other region.

North American factories have so far lost fewer vehicles because of semiconductor shortages than Europe and Asia, but the region is still expected to cut the most vehicles by year’s end. AutoForecast Solutions projects that U.S., Canadian and Mexican manufacturers will end up cutting about 936,400 vehicles by the end of the year — roughly a third of the projected global total.

That level would be significantly lower than the chip-related production losses of 2022 and 2021, when a total of 4.85 million North American vehicles were lost, according to AutoForecast Solutions.
Projections for loss by region are as follows:

Mar 2023

Nissan Recalls 809K+ Rogues

Nissan North America is recalling more than 809,000 Rogue and Rogue Sport compact crossovers in the U.S. and Canada for collapsing ignition keys that could inadvertently shut off the vehicle while driving. The recall covers 2014-20 Rogue and 2017-22 Rogue Sport vehicles equipped with a jackknife-style ignition key. Those keys might collapse into a folded position while driving, increasing the risk of a crash if the vehicle turns off.

The automaker said 712,458 of the vehicles are in the U.S. The remaining 96,900 units are in Canada. Nissan is advising vehicle owners not to attach any accessories to the key and to only use it in the unfolded position until a remedy is available, according to a NHTSA recall.

Once the remedy is available, dealers will insert a spacer into the key slot of the ignition key. Owners will be notified by mail starting March 17th.

Nissan Rogue SV Supply Chain Issues

Nissan is temporarily suspending the MY23 Rogue SV trim due to supply chain issues with the tires. Other trims of the Rogue are not impacted. Any previous SV orders will not be impacted and only pertains to future orders. Time for the suspension being lifted is currently unknown at this time.

Feb 2023

Subaru Ordering Closes March 13th

Subaru of America will be closing its remaining open MY23 Commercial Fleet ordering banks effective close of business Monday, March 13th.

Subaru plans on opening our MY24 Commercial Fleet ordering banks on Friday, March 31st for Crosstrek, Impreza, Legacy and Outback.

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