25 Recalls in August 2017: Seat joins Audi, Skoda and VW recalls over faulty ABS/ESP


7. 9. 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Category: Monthly Overviews


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In August 2017, 25 recalls were announced that affected 27 cars of 14 manufacturers. According to RAPEX, most busy were Toyota (5x), Aston Martin and Nissan (3x), followed by Lancia, Mercedes and Seat (2x). The oldest recalled model is from 2005 (Nissan) and 2007 (Seat).

A fault in the earth connection of the ABS/ESP control unit sparked recalls affecting Audi, VW and Skoda in previous months of 2017. However, now Seat joins the suit. The affected owners are from the 2007-2009 Leon and Altea models. They are followed by Toledo models made between June to October 2016 that are being recalled to replace the defective seatbelt pretensioner.

As almost every month lately, there has been another recall announced for ProAce, Expert and Jumpy models by Toyota, Peugeot and Citroen. Of course, all of the faults affect their Verso, Traveler and Spacetourer as well. However, this time the AC compressor console is faulty and may fall out. The recall applies to models made between March 2016 to March 2017.

Screws, wiring and welding points…

Missing welding points on the body of the Renault Kadjar were cited as the reason for a recall in May 2016. In August 2017, the V-Klasse and Vito model were recalled by Mercedes-Benz due to the same defect. Inadequate welds affect the minibuses’ and vans’ rear crossmember. S-Klasse models produced between March and May 2017 suffer from a poorly installed wiring system in the passenger area. According to RAPEX, this may cause a short-circuit and a fire. The already cited Kadjar model shows up also in our August summary and was recalled due to problems with its airbag control module.

Poorly secured screws of front seats are cited in BMW’s recall of its cabriolets and coupe models. Specifically, the fault affected the BMW 6 Gran Coupé made in July as well as the Cabrio, BMW 4 Cabrio and BMW M4.

Nissan and Toyota

The Nissan Note from 2007-2014 and Tiida from 2005-2013 may be affected by a defective passenger airbag inflator. A brake hose breakage caused by the faulty plastic protection of the right wheel arch is cited in Nissan’s recall of its 2013-2016 Qashqai models. Even 2016-2017 Micra models have not been spared from recall with their possible switch box failure due to the poor securing of the switch box cable.

Toyota has once again recalled vehicles over airbags. The Hilux and Yaris models from 2011 and 2014 are troubled by driver airbag inflators. In addition, 2016 Hilux models may be missing the front bumper shock absorber while the 2016 and 2017 models may suffer from a breakage in the wire harness caused by the steering column. The hybrid C-HR of 2016-2017 fuel tank may have a wall that is too thin and the cracks created can leak fuel.

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…and the others airbags and seatbelts

The Volvo XC90 made from September to November 2016 has a badly crimped seatbelt pretensioner in the third seat row. The same problem was found in Fiat’s Grande Punto models from May 2016 to January 2017, Lancia’s Ypsilon (2016) and Thema (2011-2012) models. A defective sensor may prevent the side airbags activation in Dodge’s RAM Trucks from 2012 to 2015. Peugeot 3008 and Citroen C3 produced in January and February 2017 have poorly welded fastening pins of curtain airbags.

Three Recalls for Aston Martin

Even the exotic car manufacturers are not spared from recalls like that of Aston Martin, which announced 3 recalls in August 2017. The 2010-2012 V8 Vantage models suffer from clutch software issues and models made between 2010 and 2013 have problems with the hydraulic system connector. A problem with incorrectly calibrated pressure monitoring system in the DB11 model from 2016 and 2017 has also been identified.

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