This week recalls:
– Audi – illegal software
– Hyundai Ioniq – risk of fire
– Mazda 3 – logo on steering wheel
– Subaru XV – rear stabiliser
Four recalls for 10 models of four manufacturers were announced via Rapex in the 33rd week of 2021.
The removal of illegal software to reduce emissions in Volkswagen diesel engines, known as “Dieselgate”, has been ongoing since 2015. Large V6 TDI and V8 TDI engines have also been recalled since November 2018. While the original issue concerned Euro 5 engines, the larger diesel is expected to meet the Euro 6 standard. The recall reappeared in Rapex this week again, and France is listed as the notifying country.
Let’s take this opportunity to briefly recap which brands and engines are affected by the “Dieselgate” and how the scandal has evolved over time.
VW / Audi / Seat / Skoda with EA189 engines
In September 2015, it was revealed that VW had used illegal software to manipulate emissions measurements in more than ten million diesel engines worldwide. The software manipulation involved vehicles from all the Group’s brands (VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat) with 1.2 and 1.6-litre diesel engines and 2.0 litre TDI EA189 series with Euro 5 emission standards.
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VW 3.0 l TDI Euro 6
In November 2017, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) ordered a recall for the VW Touareg II (internal code 23Y3) due to an unacceptable software modification. For the first time, the action concerned the Euro 6 TDI 3.0-litre engine from the 2014 to 2017 model years.
Audi with V6 and V8 TDI engines
Another recall was ordered by the KBA in November 2018 for several hundred thousand vehicles with V6 and V8 TDI Euro 6 engines (2.7 TDI, 3.0 TDI, 4.2 TDI) with the internal code 23X6. This is the one that the French authorities alerted to via Rapex this week and affects A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 models from the 2009 model year onwards – see table below.
Porsche Cayenne and Macan
In May 2018, the KBA ordered the recall of approximately 60,000 diesel Macan (code AJ07) and Cayenne (code AH09) models due to illegal software. The affected vehicles are also equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine.
Does the problem affect my vehicle?
You can find out if the software update affects your vehicle by entering the VIN on the manufacturer’s website.
Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru
This week’s three other recalls concern a fire risk with the Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicle, a poorly fastened rear stabilizer with the more than 600,000 Subaru XV SUV, and a possible injury from a logo on the steering wheel of the first-generation Mazda 3. We wrote about this problem in a separate article: Logo fragments from the steering wheel of 264,000 Mazda3s can injure passengers.
See the table below for all the recalls from this week.
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Recalls announced in the 33rd week of 2021
|Make, Model (years)||Problem|
|Audi A4 (2010 – 2017)||The vehicles are equipped with control software regarded as unauthorized by the competent authorities.|
|Audi A5 (2011 – 2016)||The vehicles are equipped with control software regarded as unauthorized by the competent authorities.|
|Audi A6 (2010 – 2018)||The vehicles are equipped with control software regarded as unauthorized by the competent authorities.|
|Audi A7 (2010 – 2018)|
|Audi A8 (2009 – 2018)|
|Audi Q5 (2014 – 2017)|
|Audi Q7 (2010 – 2018)|
|Hyundai Ioniq EV (2018 – 2020)||An internal short-circuit may occur in the lithium-ion battery. This could increase the risk of fire.|
|Mazda 3 (2003 – 2006)||The plastic logo on the steering wheel airbag module cover may become brittle over time.|
|Subaru XV (2017 – 2019)||The rear stabilizer may be insufficiently fastened and could become detached.|