29 recalls in May 2019 – Brakes related problems reported by Audi, Fiat, Mercedes, Opel and Subaru


9. 6. 2019 In Monthly Overviews

In May 2019, 29 recalls were announced via the EU Rapex system, which affected 41 models of 16 brands. Five recalls were issued by Mercedes-Benz, while four by Porsche and three by Opel and Toyota. Alfa Romeo and Lexus had two recalls each. At least one recall was reported by Audi, BMW, Citroën, Dodge, Fiat, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Skoda and Subaru.

The common denominator of six recalls is a braking system or some of its components. Audi Q5 models produced from July 2018 to March 2019 may have a master cylinder with a too thin wall mounted. This can cause brake fluid leakage or failure of the entire hydraulic brake system.

The parking brake cable may be defective with the Fiat Talento and Opel Vivaro twins. The handbrake may not work properly also with the Opel Combo.

The brake lights can remain permanently lit with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and GLC F-Cell models, but permanently out due to the switch failure with some models of Subaru.

We have summed up all the EU Rapex recalls in our regular weekly reports. A comprehensive table is available at the end of this article.

Axle bolts can break with Opel Crossland X, ESP can fail with Mercedes C-Class (week 18/19)

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More handbrake problems – this time with Opel and Fiat (week 19/19)

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Third recall for Karoq, fourth for Giulia and Stelvio (week 20/19)

For the third time the Škoda Karoq appears in a Rapex´s list of dangerous products and for the second time, the fault concerns the rear seat headrests… Read more

Faulty relay with Kia Niro, spontaneous downshift with Mazda MX-5 (week 21/19)

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Kia Niro models were recalled this week because of a possible main relay failure that can cause a short circuit and fire on vehicles from the model years 2016, 2017 (Niro DE HEV) and the model year 2018 (Niro DE PHEV). For the same reason, a related Hyundai Ioniq was recalled in January… Read more

Brake failure with Audi Q5, brake lights failure with Subaru (week 22/19)

Audi Q5 models produced from July 2018 to March 2019 may have a master brake cylinder’s wall not thick enough. This can cause brake fluid leakage or failure of the entire hydraulic brake system. Due to brake problems, the Audi Q5 was already recalled last year… Read more

Recalls in May 2019

Make Model Years Fault
Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Giulia 20182019 Seats
Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Giulia 20162019 Cruise Control
Audi Q5 20182019 Brakes
BMW X1, Series 1, Series 3 20092011 Battery
Citroën Mehari 20172018 Suspension
Dodge Charger 20142018 Gearbox
Fiat Talento 2018 Brakes
Honda Odyssey, Accord, Civic 20012006 Airbag
Kia Niro 20162018 Fire
Lexus UX, ES 20182019 E-Call
Lexus IS 20102017 Airbag
Mazda MX-5 20162018 Gearbox
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell, C-Class 20172018 Brakes
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2018 Spoier
Mercedes-Benz X-Class 20172019 Bodywork
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018 Bodywork
Mercedes-Benz CLS, AMG GT 20172018 Seatbelts
Opel Combo 20172019 Brakes
Opel Crossland X 20172019 Suspension
Opel Vivaro 2018 Brakes
Porsche Cayenne 2018 Suspension
Porsche Cayman, Boxster 20162019 Fire
Porsche Cayman, Boxster, 911 20172018 Airbag
Porsche Panamera 20162018 Steering
Škoda Karoq 2018 Headrests
Subaru XV, WRX STI, Forester, Impreza 20072017 Brakes
Toyota Corolla, RAV4 20182019 E-Call
Toyota Yaris 20142017 Airbag
Toyota Hilux, RAV4, Yaris, Auris 20102018 Airbag


What the owner should do?

If you read about a recall that you think may affect your car, you should make immediate contact with a dealer or workshop that’s been officially authorised to perform repairs on behalf of the manufacturer and ask for the details.

If you wish fully comprehensive vehicle check, with more than 80 data points about the history of the car, then we suggest going to HPI-Check, which provides information on a specific vehicle using also the vehicle registration number.

About the Author
Roman Beránek
Czech independent motoring journalist, ex-editor of CNC's Auto.cz website, former host of the CzechTV's "Automotorevue" show. He founded the car-recalls.eu website in 2016 to make car owners better informed and to help to improve road safety. Donate? paypal.me.

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