23 recalls announced in November 2017 – Tesla and Renault struggled with back seats
5. 12. 2017 Category: Monthly Overviews
In November of 2017, 23 recalls from 26 models of 16 manufacturers were announced via the EU Rapex system. The most affected were Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi (3 recalls) while Citroën and Peugeot had two each. The oldest recalled cars were made 14 years ago in 2003 – the Toyota Landcruiser and Lexus IS models.
November Rapex recalls began with Toyota. Several models from the various years of production were recalled over because of problems with the driver side and passenger side airbags, which might not deploy as expected in an accident. The recalls included the Landcruiser (2003 – 2016) and Verso-S (2010 – 2015) models in addition to premium Lexus IS (2003 – 2016). The defect found in Toyota’s was also in Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars produced from January to May 2017. However, in these the passenger side airbag should work correctly.
Mercedes also recalled its French-made vans, which are sold under the name of Citan. The units produced in September 2017 may suffer from poorly secured bolts that secure the seat belts to the B and C pillars on the left side of the vehicle. Airbags issues do not spare even electric cars. In the event of passenger side airbag activation in Mitsubishi i-MiEVs made between 2010 and 2013, a risk of bursting of the inflator was found and its fragments could cause injuries to passengers.
Speaking of electric cars in November, Tesla S and Tesla X models produced in 2016 and 2017 were recalled over a badly installed cable adjustment mechanism in the second-row seats. In the event of a crash, the backrest could move forward which increased the risk of injury to a passanger.
Problems with second-row backrests have also affected Renault Clios made from May 2012 to July 2017. The pivot pins from the second-row seat structure were found to be under-dimensioned and may not withstand a head-on collision. Heavy objects placed in the trunk could penetrate the passanger area in the car and cause injuries. The passengers in Mercedes GLEs and GLSs could also be into trouble in the event of a head-on collision. Cars manufactured from May to August 2016 could have excess insulating material in the lower part of the windscreen limiting its adhesion. In case of a head-on collision, the front passenger airbag could press against the windshield and push it out, which increases the risk of injury.
Do not rely on brake lights while driving behind an Audi Q3. During emergency braking, where the EPB (electromechanical parking brake) is activated, the lights may fail. The defect occurs in Q3s produced between June 2014 and November 2016.
Another recall was announced by Ford regarding its Ranger models produced from November 2014 to February 2015. Rangers were recalled over incorrectly guided gear cable assembly that could interfere with the rear drive shaft and damage it. Poorly guided wiring of the steering wheel is an issue for Fiat Freemonts made between October 2010 and April 2015. Any short-circuiting could automatically activate the airbags while driving, causing great risk for the driver.
Mitsubishi ASX, Peugeot 4008 and Citroën C4 Aircross models are all based on the same platform and manufactured on the same production line. Therefore, they suffer from common issues. Due to penetrating water inside the wiper motor, the motor could fail or even cause a fire. Peugeot 4008 and Citroen C4 Aircross models made between 2011 to 2016 were recalled first, followed by Mitsubishi ASXs a week later over the same defect. Lift supports of trunk doors on all three models cause a potential risk to anybody standing under them.
Risk of fire has also been found in 2013-2016 Honda Accords. The battery sensor’s plastic housing may not be resistant to the penetration of moisture. Any penetrating moisture may cause a short circuit, leading to a fire.
Land Rover Range Rovers produced in 2016 and 2017 were recalled over a flashing dashboard display. The recall also affects the Sport version and Jaguar models XE, XF, XJ and F-Pace. The exotic US version of the Mercedes Dodge Sprinter made between 2003 and 2006 suffers from a braking-system warning lights on the dashboard failure. As a result, any defects that occur in the braking system are not indicated, which could lead to an accident. The Italian version of the American convertible Lancia Flavia (2010 – 2014) is also exotic in UK. It was found that in this model the ORC module (occupant restraint control) was defective, which may result in the airbag and seat belt pretensioner not being properly activated in the event of an accident.