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New Recalls for Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Subaru

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/10/2014 Eric Weiner

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Problem: Squeaky and difficult to maneuver steering wheels in certain 2015 C-Class units prompted the recall. The issue has to do with a steering coupling that was left open instead of locked. Although the issue was detected in two European units, and U.S. models are built separately in Vance, Alabama, the recall is in effect anyway as a precautionary measure.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the steering coupling and adjust it to a locked position if it is open.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 10,500 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class units.

2008-2011 Mitsubishi Lancer, Lancer Evolution, Outlander; 2009-2011 Lancer Sportback and Outlander Sport

The Problem: Engine pulleys that help run the alternator, cooling fan, and power steering pump in the 4B1 inline four-cylinder engines used in these vehicles could wear excessively and cause the drive belt to detach. In turn, the detached drive belt could become damaged, the battery could discharge, and the engine could stall.

The Fix: Dealers will replace damaged drive belts as well as any worn pulleys. There is no current schedule for notifying owners, but the repairs will be performed at no cost to consumers.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 165,923 2008-2011 Mitsubishi Lancer, Lancer Evolution, Outlander; 2009-2011 Lancer Sportback and Outlander Sport.

2013 Nissan Altima

© Provided by MotorTrendThe Problem: A defect with the inner hood panel and secondary latch function, exacerbated by debris or corrosion could cause the secondary latch to become stuck in an unlatched position. If the hood were to become inadvertently opened using the primary latch while the car is in motion, it could fly up into the driver's field of vision, seriously increasing the risk of crashing.

The Fix: Nissan owners can bring vehicles in to the dealer, which will inspect, repair, or replace the mechanism as necessary.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 220,423 2013 Nissan Altima units.

2015 Subaru Outback

© Provided by MotorTrendThe Problem: In models produced with a trailer hitch assembly accessory, the hitch mounting nuts could have been overtightened. As a result the mounting studs could either fail or break, which could possibly cause the trailer to detach from the vehicle or otherwise function improperly.

The Fix: Dealers will replace all eight mounting nuts and tighten them to the proper specification. The mounting studs will also be inspected and if necessary replaced in the event of damage.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 56 2015 Subaru Outback units.

2015 Mercedes Benz C400 4Matic© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mercedes Benz C400 4Matic

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