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



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.


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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

MakeModelYearsFault
Alfa RomeoStelvio, Giulia20182019Seats
Alfa RomeoStelvio, Giulia20162019Cruise Control
AudiQ520182019Brakes
BMWX1, Series 1, Series 320092011Battery
CitroënMehari20172018Suspension
DodgeCharger20142018Gearbox
FiatTalento2018Brakes
HondaOdyssey, Accord, Civic20012006Airbag
KiaNiro20162018Fire
LexusUX, ES20182019E-Call
LexusIS20102017Airbag
MazdaMX-520162018Gearbox
Mercedes-BenzGLC F-Cell, C-Class20172018Brakes
Mercedes-BenzE-Class2018Spoier
Mercedes-BenzX-Class20172019Bodywork
Mercedes-BenzSprinter2018Bodywork
Mercedes-BenzCLS, AMG GT20172018Seatbelts
OpelCombo20172019Brakes
OpelCrossland X20172019Suspension
OpelVivaro2018Brakes
PorscheCayenne2018Suspension
PorscheCayman, Boxster20162019Fire
PorscheCayman, Boxster, 91120172018Airbag
PorschePanamera20162018Steering
ŠkodaKaroq2018Headrests
SubaruXV, WRX STI, Forester, Impreza20072017Brakes
ToyotaCorolla, RAV420182019E-Call
ToyotaYaris20142017Airbag
ToyotaHilux, RAV4, Yaris, Auris20102018Airbag


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Roman Beránek

Czech independent motoring journalist, ex-editor of CNC's Auto.cz website, former host of the Czech Radio's and 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.

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