Ford Motor Co. is recalling certain 2016-18 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with a 1.0L Fox GTDI engine and a 6-speed manual transmission.


The clutch may fracture, resulting in damage to the transmission assembly and possibly a transmission fluid leak.


Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update vehicles with software that detects and prevents prolonged clutch slip, and will replace the clutch, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 7.


Ford's number for this recall is 18S07. This recall is an expansion of Recall 18V-169.

The results of a new survey revealed the majority of drivers (63 percent) do not have active extended warranties despite seeing their value.


In fact, 60 percent agreed warranties provide value and 62 percent of consumers with active warranties reported benefitting from them within the past year.


The biggest barriers to consumers purchasing a warranty are: cost (35 percent), not thinking they need one (32 percent), and lack of availability at the time of purchase (29 percent).

Furthermore, nearly half of those surveyed (48 percent) only somewhat understand their existing manufacturer's warranty, and seven percent say they don't understand it at all.


Younger consumers are the primary buyers: 54 percent of 16- to 24-year olds have an extended warranty, while only 25 percent of those 55 and up have an extended warranty.


Generational differences also surfaced when respondents were asked how well they understand their existing manufacturer's warranties. Nearly 40 percent of 16-24 year olds said very well, while only 22 percent of those 65 and older said the same.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is recalling 5,987 2007-12 Audi Q7 and 2009-12 Audi Q5 vehicles, previously repaired under NHTSA recall 16V-660.


These vehicles were previously repaired with an interim repair of installing butyl tape to the fuel pump flange, until replacement remedy parts became available.


Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump flange and install butyl tape, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Dec. 31.


Volkswagen's number for this recall is 20BJ.

Volvo Car USA LLC is recalling 17,548 2017-19 Volvo XC90, S90, V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, XC40, XC60, and V90 Cross Country vehicles.


The software installed in the vehicle connectivity module (VCM) may have an error causing the telematics and driver support systems to function improperly. As a result, the GPS will not provide location information to emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.


Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 7.


Volvo's number for this recall is R39917.

Yokohama Tire Corp. is recalling certain Yokohama RY023 tires, size 295/75R22.5 (14G), that have DOT date code 2318.


The rubber compound may be incorrect, possibly resulting in the tread separating from the casing. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119, "New Pneumatic Tires-Other than Passenger Cars." If the tread separates, the driver may experience a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.


Yokohama has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the tires, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began Nov. 28.

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