Possible fuel leaks, cracked cylinder heads, and failing handbrakes are among the problems that have seen major manufacturers recall vehicles over the past month.
Vehicle recalls are common in the automotive industry and are generally a result of the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), or the manufacturer determining that a fault in a vehicle constitutes a safety defect. According to the DVSA Code of Conduct, a car must be recalled if: “a failure due to design and/or construction, is likely to affect the safe operation of the product/aftermarket part without prior warning to the user and may pose a significant risk to the driver, occupants and others. This defect will be common to a number of products/aftermarket parts that have been sold for use in the United Kingdom”.
Among the key recalls since the start of the year were:
Vehicles affected: A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 built between 02/04/2011 and 01/08/2015
Concern: Auxiliary heater element in air conditioning may fail and/or overheat
Details: The auxiliary heater element in the air conditioner may fail as a result of overheating in the area of the connectors, in conjunction with smoulder damage or potential fire
Remedial action: Fit an auxiliary heater element with optimised electrical connectors. The activation of the electric auxiliary heater must be adjusted by updating the software for the air conditioning control console.
Vehicle Id: WAUZZZ8F9BN017814 to WAUZZZ8F3GN002622; WAUZZZ8K3BA148578 to WAUZZZ8K8GA006511; WAUZZZ8R0BA099157 to WAUZZZ8R9GA037179; WAUZZZ8T6BA072380 to WAUZZZ8T4GA015182
Models affected: Kuga, Focus, C-Max, Fiesta ST built between 03/06/2010 and 20/13/2014
Concern: The engine cylinder head may crack
Description: Localized overheating of the engine cylinder head may cause the cylinder head to crack.This may cause a pressurized oil leak which in extreme circumstances could result in a fire in the engine compartment.
Remedial action: Replace affected components and fit a Coolant Level Sensor along with associated software to provide and audible and visual warning to the driver..
Vehicle Id: WF0AXXWPMACS52904 to WF0UXXWPGUEA27692; WF0AXXWPMACS52904 to WF0UXXWPGUEA27692; WF0AXXWPMACS52904 to WF0UXXWPGUEA27692; WF0AXXWPMACS52904 to WF0UXXWPGUEA27692
Models affected: CT200h built between 21/11/2016 and 07/04/2017
Concern: Possibility of a fuel leak
Description: There is a possibility that the resin weld between the fuel tank and the fuel inlet pipe may be insufficient because the fuel tank and fuel inlet pipe were misaligned during the manufacturing process.
Remedial action: On affected vehicles replace the fuel tank with a correctly manufactured version.
Vehicle Id: JTHKD5BH#02293377 to JTHKD5BH#02303423
Models affected: Mazda2 built between 02/04/2016 and 27/12/2016
Concern: Handbrake may disengage unexpectedly
Description: On the subject vehicles the tolerances of the teeth on the handbrake sector gear are outside Mazda Corporations design specifications. This reduces engagement between the handbrake sector gear and the ratchet pawl and can cause the handbrake to disengage unexpectedly. This could cause the parking brake to release unintentionally and the vehicle to move unexpectedly.
Remedial action: Replacement of Handbrake lever mechanism.
Vehicle Id: MMZDJ****1W201928 to MMZDJ****1W248878; MMZDJ****0W300201 to MMZDJ****0W314782
Models affected: AMG GT, AMG GTS
Concern: Passenger seat occupancy sensing system may malfunction
Description: The passenger seat occupancy classification system may not function as specified. This may cause or adversely affect the operation of the passenger air bag deployment.
Remedial action: On affected vehicles update the software and, if necessary replace the passenger seat cushion.
Vehicle Id: WMX1903772A012769 to WMX1903782A012734
Models affected: E-Class
Concern: Seatbelt pretensioner may not operate
Description: Due to a deviation in the suppliers production process a specific squib batch may not comply with specifications, In the event of an accident during which the left or right hand seat belt tensioner in the rear is activated with out squib ignition the belt may not fully restrain the occupant.
Remedial action: On affected vehicles replace the left and right hand rear seat belts with a correct version.
Vehicle Id: WMX1903772A012769 to WMX1903782A012734
Models affected: Karoq built between 20/10/2017 and 31/12/2017
Concern: A-pillar passenger protection trims may peel off in sub-zero temperatures
Description: A-pillar trims are fitted to the vehicle affected with a fleece on their inner side which may peel off during temperatures below zero. This fleece should prevent the broken off parts of the A-pillar trim from entering the vehicles interior during a head airbag activation. If the fleece has peeled off, the broken parts of the trim could penetrate into the interior potentially injuring the occupants.
Remedial action: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and fit new front A-pillar trims.
Vehicle Id: TMBMJ7NU0J5013502 to TMBMJ7NUXJ5015399
Models affected: Avensis, RAV4 built between 23/06/2016 and 26/10/2016
Concern: Bolts on the exhaust side of the turbocharger assembly may be incorrectly tightened
Description: Affected vehicles have a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine. There is a possibility that the bolts on the exhaust-side of the turbocharger assembly may not have been correctly tightened during manufacture.
Remedial action: On affected vehicles check bolts. Where necessary replace the turbocharger.
Vehicle Id: SB1BT76L##E016925 to SB1BT76L##E019991; JTMWPREV##D019728 to JTMWPREV##D023248; JTMYPREV##D019862 to JTMYPREV##D022673; JTMZPREV##D019951 to JTMZPREV##D023108; SB1ET76L##E016918 to SB1ET76L##E019999