Brake failure and fire risks – the latest safety recalls from major car brands

Brake failure and fire risks – the latest safety recalls from major car brands
Brake failure and fire risks – the latest safety recalls from major car brands

Car makers BMW, Vauxhall, Seat, Volkswagen and Toyota are among several brands to have recalled vehicles over safety concerns in the last month.

Major potential issues included nearly 40,000 Vauxhalls whose brakes could stop working properly and more than 165,000 BMWs that face a potential fire risk.   

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”.

Key recalls from last month were:

BMW

Vehicles affected:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Series, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6 built between 12/03/2011 and 25/04/2015

Details: Exhaust gas recirculation module cooler could leak, presenting a fire risk

Remedial Action: A visual inspection of the EGR cooler to check for leaks and excessive build-up of deposits. The EGR cooler will be replaced if required.

Vehicle Id: WBALZ72050C955400 to WBA6G12070GT41585; WBA1N32080J156802 to WBA1E72080J275800; WBAKS420900C48805 to WBAKS620600P86421; WBA1C520X0E981900 to WBA1C92000P879744; WBALX72020DL73500 to WBA6J120X0GD54982; WBAKV220600H12502 to WBAKV220000R00350; WBA3P320X0KE99000 to WBA3S92040K580945; WBA3U12020J848604 to WBA3U52090P658917; WBAWY52050LL19001 to WBAWY520400R03858; WBA3E120X0F161709 to WBA3E52090K615205; WBA3Y32040DZ26301 to WBA3Z92090D862921; WBAXX520100F90603 to WBAXX520900F90817; WBA3L52010F191503 to WBA8J72020K574090; WBA1H12030VW99902 to WBA1H32000V352393; WBA4B52030D572501 to WBA4G12000G298909; WBAVZ92010VR60201 to WBAVM72010VS55143; WBAYG42040DW89405 to WBAYG420X0D999896; WBAYC22040C999401 to WBAYC22070D255561; WBAXB72050DM70500 to WBA5J72090D222311; WBAXC62020DW87400 to WBA5N42050D287742; WBA6A62080DG65003 to WBA6E220X0GA38220; WBAFW92040C960900 to WBA5D52080GL96378

Citroen  

Vehicles affected:  C Crosser, C4 Aircross built on 13/12/2011

Details: Ancillaries drive belt tensioner mounting may not be correct to specification.

Remedial Action: Check and if necessary replace the ancillaries drive belt tensioner.

Vehicle Id: VF7******8U967078 to VF7******AZ900411; VF7******8U967078 to VF7******AZ900411

Vehicles affected:  C Crosser built between 18/04/2007 and 19/09/2009

Details: There is a possibility that the sunroof glass assembly could detach itself from the outer frame,

Remedial Action: Replace the sunroof assembly.

Vehicle Id: VF7******8U951377 to VF7******8U951440

Infiniti

Vehicles affected: Q30,QX30 built between 18/08/2015 and 15/01/2018  

Details: Rear door child lock function in the Owner’s Manual incorrectly indicates the locked & unlocked positions,

Remedial Action: Place addendum in the Owner’s Manual correcting the lock and unlock position of the rear child lock.

Peugeot

Vehicles affected: 107 built between 01/02/2005 and 21/11/2013

Details: The bonding of the rear door window glass to the hinge assemblies may not conform to specification.

Remedial Action: Check and if necessary replace the rear window or re- bond the rear window glass hinges.

Vehicle Id: VF3******88002044 to VF3******88675991

Renault

Vehicles affected: Captur built between 20/02/2018 and 15/04/2018

Details: Incorrect welding of the catalytic convertor.

Remedial Action: Check the welding of the catalytic converter and replace it if necessary.

Vehicle Id: VF12R011560259930 to VF12R011A60396688

Seat

Vehicles affected: Ateca built between 02/05/2018 and 01/09/2018

Details: The rear back rest head restraint mounting is not correctly welded.

Remedial Action: Check and replace rear back rest frame if required.

Vehicle Id: VSSZZZ5FZJ6582419 to VSSZZZ5FZJ6585840

Skoda

Vehicles affected: Octavia, Karoq built between 30/04/2018 and 30/08/2018

Details: The rear back rest head restraint mounting is not correctly welded.

Remedial Action: Check and replace rear back rest frame if required.

Vehicle Id: TMBKP7NU1J2029960 to TMBKG7NU2J5043722; TMBBP7NE4K0006341 to TMBBG7NE3K0017556; TMBKG7NE3J0367445 to TMBKP7NE6J0371683

Subaru

Vehicles affected: Legacy, Outback, Impreza built between 01/01/2008 and 31/07/2010

Details: Fuel pump wiring poor connection.

Remedial Action: Replace fuel pump harness and inspect pump flange or damage. Replace if required.

Vehicle Id: JF1BL5KF36G018005 to JF1GH7KW49G027707; JF1BL5KF36G018005 to JF1GH7KW49G027707; JF1BL5KF36G018005 to JF1GH7KW49G027707

Toyota

Vehicles affected: Avensis, Corolla, Verso built between 10/07/2002 and 12/06/2004

Details: Airbag control module could be susceptible to internal shorting, causing possible inadvertent airbag deployment

Remedial Action: Replace the airbag sensor assembly.

Vehicle Id: 00015142-00053744 to 0R019531-0R043184; 0R000001-0R039165 to 0R000014-0R060488; 0E000501-0E161734 to 6E063120-6E072189

Vauxhall

Vehicles affected: Astra built between 23/03/2015 and 15/08/2018

Details: Extended brake pedal travel and a reduction in braking power where the brake pedal is applied slowly and constantly.

Remedial Action: Replace numerous brake and clutch hydraulic components.

Vehicle Id: W0LBD6EG0G8024539 to W0VBF8ELXJ8073118

Volkswagen

Vehicles affected: Passat.Arteon, T-Roc, Golf built between 02/05/2018 and 01/09/2018  

Details: The rear back rest head restraint mounting is not correctly welded.

Remedial Action: Check and replace rear back rest frame if required.

Vehicle Id: WVWZZZAUZKW000153 to WVWZZZAUZKW000483; WVWZZZAUZJP146492 to WVWZZZAUZJW913161; WVWZZZ3CZJE222249 to WVWZZZ3CZJE236900; WVGZZZA1ZJV084552 to WVGZZZA1ZJV118253; WVWZZZ3HZJE527191 to WVWZZZ3HZJE530730; WVGZZZA1ZKV000144 to WVGZZZA1ZKV001253

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