Deactivated Defect Investigations

Defect Investigations and Recalls Division
Motor Vehicle Safety Directorate

If you believe that you may be experiencing a safety-related problem with your vehicle, your tires or a child car seat, whether or not it is listed below, please complete the on-line Defect Complaint Form or contact us.

The following table summarizes the results of defect investigations that Transport Canada has recently deactivated. Investigations are deactivated 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. Further information concerning the Defect Investigations program can be found on our Defect Investigations and Recalls web page.

TC File No. Year, Make, Model Outcome of Defect Investigation Date Closed
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

Dec 2017
3280-06-60 Ford Explorer
2011-2015

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 and 2017-577

Dec 2017
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

Oct 2017
3280-14-55 Kia Soul
2010-2013

Overheating Seat Warmers:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2017-469

Oct 2017
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

July 2017
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
June 2017
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
Jan 2017
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
Dec 2016
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
Nov 2016
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.
July 2016
3280-10-50
Kia Sorento
2011-2013
Panoramic Sunroof Glass Panel Breakage:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2016-210
Apr 2016
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.

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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.
Mar 2016
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
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
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.

Mar 2016
3280-04-69
Nissan LEAF
2013-2015
Brake System Malfunction in Severe Cold Temperatures:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2016-096
Mar 2016
3280-06-57
Nissan Versa
2007-2012
Front Suspension Coil Spring Fracture Resulting in Tire Puncture

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2015-402
Feb 2016
3280-14-49
Jeep Wrangler
2011-2013

Door Fires:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-447

Oct 2014
3280-09-21
Arctic Cat 4x4 ATVs
2008-2009

Failure of the Front Differential:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-433

Oct 2014
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.

Sep 2014
3280-03-48
Honda Fit
2007-2008

Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-345

Aug 2014
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

Aug 2014
3280-03-51
Mazda Tribute
2008-2011

Loss of Power Steering Assist

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-197

July 2014
3280-03-49
Ford Escape
2008-2011

Loss of Power Steering Assist

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-193

July 2014
3280-03-54
Ford Explorer
2011-2013

Loss of Power Steering Assist

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2014-194

July 2014
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

July 2014
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)
Feb 2014
3280-13-10
Kia Vehicles:
Multiple Years and Models

Loss of Brake Lights:

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

Sep 2013
3280-13-09
Hyundai Vehicles:
Multiple Years and Models

Loss of Brake Lights:

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

Sep 2013
3280-10-45
Toyota Corolla
2009-2010
Unexpected Closing of the Trunk Lid:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2013-317
Sep 2013
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
Feb 2013
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

Dec 2012
3280-09-18
Honda Odyssey and Pilot
2003-2004
Acura MDX
2003-2006

Ignition Key Interlock Malfunction:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-415

Dec 2012
3280-10-41
Smart Fortwo
2005-2006

Seizing of the Door Latch:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-400

Dec 2012
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
Nov 2012
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
Oct 2012
3280-13-08
Chevrolet Optra
2004-2006

Failure of Low- and High-Beam Headlights:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-275

Aug 2012
3280-13-07
Suzuki Swift+
2004-2007
Suzuki Verona
2004-2006

Failure of Daytime Running Lights:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-278

Aug 2012
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

Aug 2012
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

Aug 2012
3280-08-45
Chevrolet Cruze
2011

Engine Compartment Fires:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-187

Aug 2012
3280-03-46
Dodge Ram Pickup Trucks
2003-2010

Steering Tie-Rod Breakage or Separation:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2011-253

Feb 2012
3280-03-50
Mini Cooper and Cooper S
2002-2005

Loss of Electric Power Steering Assist:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-029

Feb 2012
3280-09-19
Ford Freestar
2004-2005

Transmission Torque Converter Failure:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2012-004.

Jan 2012
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.

July 2011
3280-11-21
Yamaha FJR1300 Motorcycles
2006-2009

Engine Stall:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2011-247.

July 2011
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.

July 2011
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
June 2011
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.

June 2011
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.

Feb 2011
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.

Feb 2011
3280-03-45
Saturn Ion
2003-2007
Chevrolet HHR
2006-2010

Loss of Power Steering Assist:

Manufacturer issued TC Recall No. 2010-447.

Jan 2011
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